May 2011 Blog Posts

Out with the Old and in with the New (Gradually migrating ASP.NET from VB Web Forms to C# MVC/Razor)

I have a web application that I have been tinkering with for years – about 6 years; it’s built in ASP.NET Web Forms with VB.  Every so often, I jump into this app and create some new features or fix some bugs, and over the past few years I’ve been itching to get it converted over to C# and ASP.NET MVC.  But the application has about 100 screens (distinct views – often a single ASPX will have multiple screens) and there are tens of thousands of lines of Web Forms event-driven code, so I’ve been intimidated by the idea of...

posted @ Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:07 AM | Feedback (3)

All things lead to Philosophy

Today’s XKCD comic had the following ALT text: Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parentheses or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at "Philosophy". I felt compelled to put this to the test with a single example.  Would “Toothpick” lead me to Philosophy?  If so, how many clicks would it take?  Here is the result: Toothpick Wood Plants Life Physical body ...

posted @ Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:00 AM | Feedback (1)

Google Scribe wrote this post

I saw mention of Google Scribe the other day.  If you open it up in Chrome, it has a feature for reading your mind.  Okay, it’s just word completion.  While I can usually type a word out faster than I can read what auto-completion is providing me, break my stride, hit the space bar, and pick back up on the next word… it’s still fun.  For extra funness, I decided to see what Scribe would produce if I typed only 1 letter and then let auto-complete run with it until it stops suggesting words.  I did this for each letter...

posted @ Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:15 AM | Feedback (1)