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Jul
5
comment How do you get past the Analysis to Paralysis when working on a new project?
Okay. I search for the term Time Boxing on this page and only find it in my answer. But if you feel other questions address the same concept with different terminology than that is fine. I would suggest editing those answers to include the term though, since that is a common term for the concept.
Jul
5
comment Open .doc file from my website in browser
So it looks like my answer is fairly well aligned to your stack. Yes, you might need to upgrade to .NET 4 for some of these options, but that is a simple move from .NET 2 so it shouldn't be a big deal.
Jun
26
comment Development environment to manage multiple Oracle databases
interesting suggestions thanks.
Jun
26
comment Development environment to manage multiple Oracle databases
Nevermind I think I figured out the difference. Personal is intended to be a one user license running on a single machine. Standard is for a more "production" situation with multiple users / processes etc. accessing the server. So if I wanted to support multiple instances on dev machines, it seems like I would aim at using Personal Edition.
Jun
26
comment Development environment to manage multiple Oracle databases
Thanks Justin. What is the difference between Personal and Standard editions? And yes, we have individual .NET applications that access multiple, distinct Oracle servers (and therefore separate databases). In retrospect, this may have been a bad idea, but we are where we are.
Jun
21
comment If I use Ruby Migrations, do I have to use the rest of Ruby on Rails?
Thanks Christoph. So I can use migrations with "regular" SQL scripts without using Active Record, for example?
Apr
12
comment Confused about ASP.NET Ajax, jQuery and JavaScript
@Ozz good point. I added that crucial word. :-)
Mar
7
comment How to develop line-of-business tablet apps as a .NET developer?
Many tablets allow for you to "install" the web app so it appears to act like an application. So I wouldn't count this out because HTML5 doesn't appear app-like. This seems like the best option to me.
Jan
18
comment Is there a design pattern that would apply to discount models?
+1 for Decorator. That is what jumped to mind for me.
Jan
12
comment Rule of thumb for cost vs. savings for code re-use
+1 for YAGNI until there is a real re-use scenario. This philosophy hasn't led me astray yet, whereas trying to guess up front about reuse definitely has.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
I can get on board with that Matthieu. Thanks for the thoughtful responses.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
Your stance is that there is no objective basis for comparing architectures / technologies? Isn't that the whole purpose of the architecture discipline? I agree that it is all about my bosses requirements. One of those requirements is maximum longevity for cheapest cost, hence this question.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
From a certain sense I can understand this perspective. However, I do need to choose a UI technology at some point, and depending on that choice it will require replacement / updating sooner or later. I'd like to make a choice that results in maximum longevity.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
I totally agree with this answer. You can never know for sure. But there are multiple technologies that could satisfy the questions you lay out, and I still have to choose among them.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
I totally agree about layering out different pieces of the application. And I also totally agree that you should make your UI as dumb as possible because UI technologies tend to churn quite a bit. But, even after creating those layers, you still have a guess to make on which technologies will be better / cheaper in the long run.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
The direction I've heard from MS has hinted that WPF doesn't have much of a long term future. But they haven't announced anything. I expect they will put it into a "maintenance mode" like they did with LINQ To SQL.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
@ThomasOwens totally agree with you that expecting a single stack to be viable for 10+ years is asking a lot. However, some choices will make it easier to evolve an architecture and some choices will make it harder. I'm simple trying to find the best choice.
Dec
19
comment How to architect enterprise desktop applications for Windows 8
@Mike Brown Well that's quite a teaser - hurry back!
Dec
6
comment Entity Framework vs. Linq to SQL?
All good points. But also bear in mind that Linq to SQL is basically in maintenance mode. Microsoft has stated that they only plan on investing further in EF. So I wouldn't recommend doing new stuff in L2S I would definitely use EF.
Dec
1
comment Alternatives to Octopus for deploying .NET applications?
Interesting. I wasn't aware of either of those. I will check them out.