Er, you what?
I like Stack Overflow and the other StackExchange sites. They’re very clever: you go there in response to a Google search, and find yourself trapped into answering questions about all sorts of things.
I mean, Joel and Jeff even sent me a hat, and a couple of pens, and a T-shirt, for answering a question about… worktop surfaces. And if that doesn’t count a sign I get easily distracted from the day job, nothing will.
One thing I’ve started to notice is that plenty of people end up asking questions that can be answered by themselves by understanding a little more about the tools they already have. A good example is the WCF Service Trace Viewer.
Bishop: “I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg, Mr Jones”; Curate: “Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!”
“True Humility” by George du Maurier, originally published in Punch, 1895.
I’m really a server-side fellow, at home with code that can be unit tested and where the only user is a computer. I suspect like most developers I find computers more predictable than people…
I’ve just finished a quick proof-of-concept for a nice bunch of people who wanted an API for their Web site. We needed a proof-of-concept for the proof-of-concept so we thought “well, what about a mobile Web site that calls the API?”
Yes, I know the .NET Framework is big and I’ve lots of amazing assemblies in my GAC… but why-oh-why does it take so long to populate this?
If it t’were up to me I’d populate this in the background a few moments after Visual Studio has loaded. As it is, there’s a jolly good chance you won’t find the assembly you’re looking for until a minute or two have gone by and the list box is properly populated.
My dodge for detecting when it’s loaded is to click on the “Component Name” column. If the little triangle appears, you’re in business:
Then you can type incrementally to get the assembly you’re after. Another pet peeve, that: why no Search… box?
In my travels using .NET and other technology I find that I’m often being asked the same questions. That, and I forget stuff myself, which is probably associated with the grey bits appearing on my head.
So this blog is really my notepad for stuff I really shouldn’t forget. An electronic version of my battered old physical notepad, if you like.
I’ve some details about who I am and how to reach me here.