The HTML tyranny

As we’re moving forward with our web application I’m getting more and more frustated with the web technologies. I’ve got accustomed to the freedom of thought given by XAML and the inner peace given by the .NET/C# tandem: the customer asks for it? No problem, worse case scenario is we use a Windows hook and we’re done. With HTML I’m having discussions with my developers on a daily basis and every time I have to put in a lot of effort to talk them into implementing a simple feature. Just think drag and drop in a web page … it should be easy,…

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Despre “succesul” comunismului

Tocmai am citit un comentariu la un articol; omul spune foarte clar (si foarte corect): “Secretul minunii comuniste a fost sa nu lase oamenii sa aleaga”. Articolul poate fi citit la http://www.contributors.ro/societatelife/regie-1987-construiam-cobra-in-camin/, iar comentariul apartine utilizatorului “gigi”.

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Keep your customers away from your computers

Last week I had to pay a visit to a car service: my car needed an oil change and there were some other needed maintenance tasks. The service is nicely organized: there’s a waiting room with clear walls that allow the customer to see how the mechanics work on their cars. They’ve recently added some video cameras allowing the manager to quickly see the mechanics as well. But they did a little mistake … In the waiting room there are two PC-s connected to the Internet that any customer can use. Every time I pay them a visit, I sit at one of these PC-s and…

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Cannot debug program in Visual Studio

One of my coworkers ran into a nice issue: she has been assigned to take over the work of a developer from another country and she received the sources nicely packed in a Visual Studio solution. She managed to build the sources, but every time she tried to start the application under Visual Studio debugger the output window would list “invalid instruction” and the application quit; the main function was not hit at all. When run without the debugger, the application run fine. She was not able to find out what was happening so she called me (the last C++ expert in the company) to the…

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Support blues …

One of our customers has a weird issue with the application. The support person asked for the application logs, but he was not quite explicit in his request: “Could you please send the log files as shown below …” And the customer answer was priceless: she didn’t send the actual log file, she sent back a picture with the content of the folder :-)

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Harmful coding practice

A customer has reported a bug. Being one of those educated and smart customers we love, he sent us the repro steps and the input data. When I first saw the bug report, I thought it will be really hard to repro it, but, to my surprise, I’ve been able to repro it from the first try. Good, let’s move into debugging … Everything works ok, until we’re returning a value in an Office ribbon callback method. That’s where PowerPoint raises an exception and stops calling other callbacks. I had to modify the code a little to make it debuggable (it has…

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