Hello, I'm Jason
I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?
First off, I’d like to thank Steve Smith for helping me out yesterday with a major brain
<insert your favorite phrase here>. Like always, my issue turned out to be something stupid. Anyway, my issue ended up bringing something else to my attention. Why not use regular expressions to grab data from strings being passed in and then do something with that data. Hmmm.
I was reading Wally’s post about how ECIS slams Microsoft over Vista. I completely agree with Wally. Industry leaders seem to take an extreme amount of criticism whenever they release new items or take the “wrong” steps in getting things done. Microsoft, Walmart, GM and Ford, and even sports franchises such as the New York Yankees all experience this. I find this interesting. All of these organizations have become leaders in their industry because they have fans. Then organizations such as ECIS try to make an extra buck by attacking successful organizations. Like Wally, I don’t know much about ECIS, but I find it the idea that another organization can dictate what Microsoft does a little skewed. I hate using cliches, but “can’t we all just get along.”Read More
Its pretty easy to forget some of the cool SQL functions that are built into SQL server. I’ve been driving myself crazy adding in a custom function that would take a varchar variable and convert it to an empty string if it was null. I totally forget about the lovely IsNull function. What functions have you forgotten about before either because you haven’t used it in awhile or were caught up in doing something and you couldn’t remember or think clearly?Read More
Wow! I’ve been trying to search everywhere to figure out a way to deploy Crystal Reports with VS 2005. I knew I could use Click Once to do it and I had a feeling there was a merge module somewhere. However, the Crystal module for VS 2005 is not in the default folder. Of course not. That would be… easy. Instead, I went through about 10-15 click throughs on the Business Objects website before I finally found it in the obvious location. All of the merge modules for any language and version (.NET, Java, VS 2003, VS 2005, etc) can be found at http://support.businessobjects.com/downloads/merge_modules.asp#07. The link provided herein will take you right to the VS 2005 downloads. Special thanks to Julie Lerman for pointing out the website that led me to this.Read More
Apparently, a few hackers have found some security flaws in open office and acrobat reader 8.0. If you have these products, you’ll want to check with the appropriate vendor for patch information.Read More
I’m working on a web project that will utilize the Microsoft AJAX Library and asked myself, “What has happened to the web.config file?” I mean, back in ASP.NET 1.0, I was lucky if my web.config file was 20 lines long. Now, I’m finding myself commenting the web.config file to remember why I added, changed, commented, or removed items. How pathetic is that! <g>Read More
I’ve been reading up on recent blog posts by Mitch Denny lately regarding a laptop he had received from Microsoft. Earlier today, I received my daily email from eWeek containing an opinion post regarding the *free* laptops. I followed through all of the links provided and read up on the stories behind the laptops. It seems as though they are tied to a game called the Vanishing Point. Many developers and IT pros have commented about Microsoft’s latest gimmick.Read More