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  • Attacked by reserved keywords

    One of our shipment application are used by a number of countries. It has a functionality to write files in an organized manner using country and gateway codes. In other words, files for Manila gateway are written inside PH->MNL folder. It has been used for years by our client and now a reported bug...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 07-18-2007
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  • Windows Live Writer Beta 2 is out

    Been using it for months now, download the update here .
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 05-31-2007
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  • Offline google reader browsing

    Last time, gmail increased the attachment limit to 20 megabytes, now it's offline browsing of google reader feeds. I just noticed the new feature of offline reading of google reader through Google Gears (currently on beta). I previously had plans of switching to a windows client application for reading...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 05-30-2007
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  • Legacy Code

    Our boss asked us developers for our preferred developer books and we submitted our wishlists, weeks later they ordered all 20+ of them, whoa! all the books that we wished for, nice! I'm currently browsing through Michael Feathers' Working Effectively with Legacy Code . So what is legacy code...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 05-22-2007
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  • Goodbye plumber

    after a year of using bloglines , i have now been using google reader. i just love the the "all items" in "list view" mode. been familiarizing myself with the keyboard shortcuts (as usual) but for the meantime, you can subscribe to my shared item feeds here (new feature of google...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 04-25-2007
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  • handling unique constraint violations

    unique constraints are very common for database table designs in applications nowadays. there are two ways to safely code an application to cater for this unique constraint requirement. (1) do an existence check/query before doing the insert. (2) let the database throw a unique constraint and handle...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 04-24-2007
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  • phone interviews

    i arrived home last tuesday and my roommate (who is also a .NET developer and an ex-officemate) is on the phone for an interview. the interviewer was from the US and her questions are very technical and trivial. the funny thing is my roommate all have pages of cheat sheets around him, referencing each...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 03-30-2007
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  • could not connect yahoo messenger using 8.1

    i recently updated my yahoo messenger to 8.1 and i noticed last week that i could no longer connect using my office box. i asked our network admin to take a look at it and he told me that there were problematic updates on the latest version of yahoo messenger so he rolled it back to version 5.x. The...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 03-11-2007
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  • gmail shortcut keys

    i have just started using the shortcut keys for gmail as shown here . as usual, i printed a copy and pasted it in my cubicle borders. i love it when they standardize navigation keys, the J and K keys for move up and move down selections are similar with bloglines '.
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 02-22-2007
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  • Crashing windows update

    I recently turned on Automatic Updates in my laptop and since last saturday, i experienced a crashing svchost process related to it after boot up. There were times that i couldn't access any MMC plugin application and even my control panel after the crash. I've seen a number of resolutions in the internet...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 02-18-2007
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  • Nokia Text Message Editor now has menu shortcuts

    I have just updated my PCSuite to their lates version ( and i'm glad that they have now included menu access keys for keyboard power users like me for sending message, replying, forwarding, etc. Now i can use the said software again without the mouse. I hope they will include real shortcut...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 01-15-2007
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  • One reason why Gtalk is better than YM

    As of the moment, yahoo messenger is my primary Instant Messenger, the problem with it is when i wanted to search through my IM logs/history. Since I am using a different pc at home and at work, there are times that the said information is found on the other machine. Google talk is good since it is keeping...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 01-15-2007
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  • single letter variable names

    If j(i) < 1 Then m = m + j(i - 1) Else m = m + j(i - 1) - 1 Single letter variables are good for iterators, but if integer variables will involve coditions such as the statement above, better use a more descriptive variable or refactor the said line to a method with a descriptive name. I guess if...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 01-07-2007
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  • Decimal values cannot be used in Attributes

    One of the things I like with MbUnit is the parameterized test methods with RowTestAttribute . This gives you the ability to write just a single test case to test a method with parameters. As I was coding my formula parser i bumped into a limitation on .NET's attributes where you cannot supply a decimal...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 10-05-2006
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  • InstallShield 12 uninstall breaks TestDriven.NET

    I have just uninstalled my Evaluation copy of InstallShield 12 which I used to setup our build server. Unluckily, my TestDriven.NET addin suddenly is not behaving properly. My officemate who also had his IS12 copy uninstalled currently have the same problem. After doing an ad hoc run tests (right-click...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 10-02-2006
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