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March 2014 Blog Posts
When is opening day again?

Back when I was young (before there was indoor plumbing and when, gosh, life seemed so much simpler), Opening Day in baseball was simple.  It started in the afternoon in Cincinnati.

Now that life is more complicated, everyone starts on the same day.  Well, most everyone, anyway.  At least we can celebrate the beginning of the…..wait.  What?  The regular season started over a week ago?  In Australia?

I believe this is how Rome fell.  Or something.

Go Pirates.

posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 9:08 AM | Feedback (0)
Access to a domain expert end user makes all the difference

In software development, having access to a domain expert makes a huge difference.  But a domain expert who doesn’t use the end product can lead you astray.

In software development, having access to an end user makes a huge difference.  But an end user who isn’t a domain expert can lead you astray.

In software development, having access to a domain expert that is an end user can make all the difference.

You can discuss the requirements with the domain expert and get in the ball park.

You can look at the screen of the in progress software with the end user and see what works and what doesn’t.

And when you have access to someone who is equally competent in both roles, you can cut your development time by orders of magnitude.

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:21 AM | Feedback (0)
Visual Studio Problem: The breakpoint will not currently be hit

Might want to check if you are running a release configuration instead of a debug configuration.

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:48 PM | Feedback (0)
Web sites I visited recently that suck

I realize one of these is a sitting duck, but….

Healthcare.gov:

Since I incorporated, I’ve had an individual plan for a very long time.  It seems to be okay, but the premiums have been rising pretty quickly, so once I figured out I could get a better plan for half the cost (currently, anyway), I decided to go ahead and get one through this newfangled thingy we have.

Most of the known issues are well-known, but a couple of ones I really liked included having to enter my SS# multiple times, often in the same ‘process’.  Apparently, that was too difficult to carry over from page to page.  Another great one was how, for reasons not known, the login page would simply fail.  You’d click on login and nothing would happen.  The only way around it I found was to switch browser types, as in, now I will use IE, then Chrome, then Firefox, until I could complete all tasks.  That was a good one.

The whole “the site is down, but enter your email address and we will let you know when it is back up” functionality was fascinating.  If the site can’t stay up, how is the email infrastructure working then?

 

Microsoft Partner Network:

There’s nothing like a totally suck ass portal to make one feel like a valued partner.

I needed to update/renew/whatever my Action Pack Subscription, and was overjoyed with the broken pages, random non-functioning functionality, and, once again, the need to switch browser types at various points to see data updates.

I was able to complete the task, in only two to three times the amount of time that it should have taken.  That’s always good.

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:09 AM | Feedback (0)