A new look at multiple monitors

I was always one of those guys who felt the more monitors the better. Following the CRT-era I preferred two monitors (and yes, I did dual monitors with CRTs…I’m that much of a geek), or even more. However, I read an article today that changed my way of thinking. You may or may not agree, it’s up to you. Take a look and see what you think – Manage Pixels Not Monitors.

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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24 Hours of PASS…again!

To some it may seem like I post about 24 hours of @PASS regularly, but is it a bad thing? Free web-based SQL information and training from industry professionals? You won’t hear me complaining!

This set seems like it’s a little better than before, the link to the event is here.

The sessions I will be attending are:

  • WHY DATA WAREHOUSING PROJECTS FAIL (AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT).
  • IDENTIFYING COSTLY QUERIES
  • SQLBI METHODOLOGY
  • T-SQL BRUSH-UP: THE BEST THINGS YOU FORGOT YOU KNEW
  • RELATIONAL DATABASE DESIGN FOR UTTER NEWBIES (I like hearing best practices for folks like me who’ve been doing this stuff forever)
  • ZERO TO CUBE: FAST TRACK TO ANALYSIS SERVICES DEVELOPMENT
  • TOP 10 DESIGN MISTAKES
Yeah, I know, I can only find 7 out of the 24 meetings to attend? I’m personally looking for areas that either peak my interest or I can immediately apply to my job or improve my work. Not to say the other meetings aren’t worthwhile! Take a look and sign up for ones that work for you.

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch

Microsoft introduced a new stand-alone product today called LightSwitch, that is intended to facilitate client application development for the business user who may not necessarily be a professional developer. The UI looks slick, very much .Net 4, WPF/WCF, and the demo appeared to present the product as extremely easy to use. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, and although I typically applaud new developer stuff Microsoft puts out, this one concerns me.

One person commented on Jason Zander‘s (@jlzander) blog how he feels this will give management the impression that application development is easy all-around, and when they create a 5 minute app and insist on changes that are outside of LightSwitch’s scope they’ll grumble about why it takes us so long to do it when it took them 5 minutes. Agreed, and explaining the reason to the business users or management is not that easy. I think we’ve all experienced this before, a lead, supervisor, manager, director, or other business user who works in a technical capacity but is not as skilled in development wants to hear you but tunes you out as soon as you start talking shop. I share this concern…but it’s still cool!

Here’s the link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2010/08/03/introducing-microsoft-visual-studio-lightswitch.aspx

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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