Using delegates to eliminate duplicate code

Here’s a simple technique you can use to easily eliminate duplicate code. Try not to let the word “delegates” scare you away from learning the technique and I’ll try to refrain from using the word “delegate” as much as possible.  I’ll start small and then work my way towards a more complex example that really demonstrates its power. …Continue reading “Using delegates to eliminate duplicate code” [Using delegates to eliminate duplicate code]

Using IDisposable objects responsibly – the easy way

How many times have you complained about how much repetitive code is required to properly dispose of objects in your code? How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you’re unsure whether or not you’re even supposed to dispose of an object in the first place?

I want to show you a technique which completely (or, at least, temporarily) avoids the need to bother yourself with those very important concerns. This is an extremely powerful technique which can be used for much more than dealing with IDisposable related issues, but that seems to be the scenario I use it on most often. …Continue reading “Using IDisposable objects responsibly – the easy way” [Using IDisposable objects responsibly – the easy way]

The current state of AlexDresko.com

I’m being forced to hold off a bit on writing anything really meaningful due to all of the other things involved with starting a new website like this. For example:

  • I’m not very happy with the registration process that is required for commenting on my posts. I think I want to leave registration as a requirement, but the process of commenting on a post needs to be streamlined.
  • I haven’t yet found an OpenId plug-in for WordPress that functions the way I want. OpenId is enabled on the site, but only nerds like myself would have any clue how to use it. What I really want is something like this:
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  • The major search engines still don’t see my new site the way they should. If you search for “Alex Dresko”, I want AlexDresko.com to be the first result. At least Bing shows my site first when you search for “AlexDresko.com”.  I predict this is going to take a while, but there are still a lot of things I can do to make my site the most attractive result when people search for me.
  • For crying out loud, I don’t even have an “About Me” page yet! What about my resume and links to my social network profiles?  I bet you don’t even know what my purpose is for this site. And have you seen that default faveicon in the address bar? Gag me with a spoon! Yes, I just wrote that. The list of small stuff like this grows and shrinks daily and I’m going to keep hammering away at it until there’s nothing left to sweat.

So that’s a rough break down of what’s happening here right now.

I. Am. Not. Going. To. Give. Up. On. This.

The dark side of my job

On occasion, I get to perform such profound tasks as shifting columns to the right so the labels don’t wrap in our Employee Self Service application. Oh, and I think  I get to remove the “12” from the right column of the Box 12 data.

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I just kinda figured the world would want to know that.

Something is better than nothing

In 2002, I purchased AlexDresko.com with the sole purpose of creating the most badass website to ever grace this beautiful planet. However, much like a mechanic who never has time to work on his own car, none of the dozen or so drastically different versions of AlexDresko.com I started on over the years ever got a chance to please the public.

But recently, I got tired of not having a voice on the internet. I have all these ideas for things to write about, but I’d always tell myself, “I don’t want to post anything until I can post it on my website, and I can’t post it on my website because my website isn’t ready, and my website isn’t ready because… SQUIRREL!”  Well enough is enough, man. I want  a place to call home and if some PHP *eeeeeek* blog system called WordPress is the way it’s got to happen, then so be it.

I’m going to stop beating myself up about not having everything exactly as I want it and move on. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but I honestly feel like this is a hugely important step in the right direction. In my mind, there’s still a lot to do here, but something is better than nothing.

Wow. My first, real, suck-it-if-you-don’t-like-it blog post.