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October 2005 - Posts

The Project Is Boring

I need to commit the payroll system after code review; which has been developed for my employer’s use by my team mate. I asked about the postmortem of this release; and he quoted that The project was boring The project was lengthy On inquiring; he could
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Characteristics of Good Portal Framework

So what a good portal platform should provide you? Add new things and vote listed item on scale 0 (no need) to 10 (it will not be a portal platform if it does not have this) User Management System Security System Extendable Mobile Support Online help/documentation

Some Random Wishes

I wish that while browsing I can setup a session where all my browsed data is kept; that I can easily share and transport across different machines (home pc; office pc) and search. Google Desktop Search; and Yahoo toolbar (with its new My Web option)
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Earthquake :: Kashmir Ki Beti

It’s getting harder and harder to drive in Lahore. I remember when I first moved to Lahore; Main Boulevard was full of trees; in evenings; one could enjoy the walk on road side. But traffic is increasing by leaps and bounds. Today on our drive to hospital;
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IBuySpy v2 :: Where Is It?

Has anyone checked the ASP.NET v2 starter kits? All of them have poor architectures. I feel that they are promoting the 2 tier development model; the VB/SQL days…. I have checked Personal Web Site, Club Web Site and Time Tracker Starter Kits, and all
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Validation :: Backend Handling Capacities

Today I debugged an interesting problem at my workplace. We are using CT (Computer Telephony) based call-centre for our support lines. Calls are recorded randomly and sent to a mailbox where different managers can hear them later. Few weeks back; the
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Cassini :: Rich Reporting Emails

“ Developer ” has written a post on how useful Microsoft’s Cassini is. It’s a light weight engine to host ASP.NET applications; no need of IIS; embed ASP.NET application in your application transparently; or use it as a stand alone web server having .NET
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Earthquake :: Updates from Balakot

From: Farooq Umar Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2005 2:40 PM To: BS99 Subject: [imp] Earthquake: From Balakot We went up as far as Balakot yesterday with some good trucks. Some facts so that everyone can make sound decisions: 1. The road upto Balakot and
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Recent Development At My Workplace

There has been some interesting development at my current workplace. We sit down few days back and decided not to do any hybrid development anymore; we have picked .NET as our core development platform (Bye bye ASP and PHP; we will miss you) and C# as
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PHP :: CGI or ISAPI

Few days I posted about specifying php.ini path ; and Adnan posted a simpler technique to use php.exe as CGI and specifying ini path in command’s parameter. Just wanted to say; no doubt his solution is much cleaner; but its good on development machines;
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October Updates :: Earthquake - Shrimp and Weenies - LinkPoint - Google's RSS Reader

Few updates from my side Earthquake: Many organizations, government departments and private companies are doing their job by setting up different relief activities. Many workers in my company have given their one day salary; and people in higher posts
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The Earthquake

Today in morning; after dropping my wife at her hospital; I and my son were enjoying Tom & Jarry cartoons when an earthquake hit this region. It was an intense one, Alhamdulillah , everyone is fine here. Later I found out that it was really an intense
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Specifying PHP.INI path

Today I wanted to test a php application behavior in Apache and IIS simultaneously; and for that I wanted to have a single PHP.INI file for both the servers. Apache part was easy; but not the IIS one. IIS was trying to load the ini file from %WINDOWS%
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Dependency Tracking

The second common problem in small to medium software development team is lack of dependency tracking. (The first problem is discussed under Naming Convention post ) The implication of not doing tracking dependencies between different software components
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HttpException :: Unable to validate data

If you are receiving HttpExceptions in your ASP.NET applications on postbacks; saying, Unable to validate data , you may try setting enableViewStateMac to true. You can do so at page level or for entire site in web.config. <configuration> <system.web>
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Atari 65XE

Here is my first computer; given to me as a gift by my uncle when I visited Saudia back in 1988. (I was 11 back then). I played games like Pacman and River Raid on it (and both of them were much enhanced comparing to Atari gaming console). I programmed
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Naming Convention

I have often observed, that software developers and architects in small to medium teams don’t care much about naming conventions, which ends up creating lot of confusion among team members during development and testing but also increase maintenance cost.