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  • Composite ASP.NET controls: the abuse

    And so continues the saga of hopeful interviewees trying to impress me with their knowledge. Today's question goes Which template must you provide, in order to display data in a Repeater control? Answer: DataList So a primitive class can achieve some base functionality by containing its richer cousin. Or perhaps he was way too advanced in ...
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on January 31, 2007
  • What does WSDL stand for?

    Granted, I have not been a developer of decent web services myself, given my involvement in projects throughout my career path. But at least I had long established just what WSDL stands for. In fact you will even see the World Wide Web Consortium confused over this acronym, so Web Services Definition Language or Web Services Description Language ...
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on January 30, 2007
  • The Internet is directly in your hard drive!

    In the regular activity of marking the answers interviewees give to technical questions we challenge them with, I continue to be taught blindingly new revelations of truth that escaped my eyes for all these years: Question: Where on the Internet would you look for Web Services? Answer: ''\bin'' directory
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on September 21, 2006
  • New spirit into broken body doesn't work

    I guess sometimes even a fresh OS reinstallation cannot undo the work of an anti-miracle. Or, cranky old hardware simply refuse to work properly no matter what. This laptop still exhibits bouts of CPU hijacking by svchost.exe once in awhile, although no where as bad as what it used to be with the old OS. I thought that is still within tolerable ...
    Posted to Curse Diary (Forum) by icelava on August 22, 2006
  • The effective way to avoid multi-threaded solutions

    I recently had the pleasure of marking some answer sheets of software development questions my company hands out to interview candidates. I am not too sure if I am allowed to LOL in such a disruptive manner anymore.... Question: How do you stop a long-running process from blocking the UI? Answer: CTRL-ALT-DEL
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on June 12, 2006
  • Just how much simpler must computing hardware get?

    Heck a whole lot more, so it seems. I think I am going insane pretty soon, for I am required to press the power button to switch on the PC so my mother can use it. Yes! Casing designers and manufacturers have gotta make it unmistakably obvious with blindling floodlights and blasting sirens to indicate an operating PC, for my mother is ...
    Posted to Electronic Hardware (Forum) by icelava on October 9, 2005
  • Don't throw your maths books away

    Not having done any algorithmic programming (yeap, since school days) for over 12 years can really deal a heavy dose of corrosion to one's system. I just had an interview where I was asked to write a (classic) Binary Search function. Now that is something all my experience with IIS or ASP.NET or n-layer architecture or even the understanding ...
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on August 16, 2005
  • Programming is like writing poems, really

    Martin Fowler, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code:Any fool can write code that a computer can understand. Good programmers write code that humans can understand.And so, the reason why programmers typically spend only 30% of the time writing new code and features; the other 70% is wasted trying to figure out what the old code, ...
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on June 10, 2005
  • The Great Singapore Power Save

    I have a theory. Two actually. That the food distributed around the inhabitants of my island are really low-grade fuel. Or, the Singaporean gene has some serious deficiency when it comes to efficient energy absorption ratio from the digestive system. How else can I explain then, that the daily people you encounter in your walk through life, ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on May 20, 2005
  • Cheating: you choose your reward

    We held our birthday barbeque party for SgDotNet last night without much fanfare other than the entire group incredibly voicing out a birthday song in public targetted at no one. This has to be a first for me. Anyway, in the course of cooking and eating and roaming round the circular pit, a bunch of us got into a conversation about Xbox gaming ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on May 15, 2005
  • Posers

    Don't you simply love them? Showing off gets you no where.
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on May 9, 2005
  • Hardware requirements: your web app is not my web app

    It perturbs me whenever somebody asks this type of question in hosting/performance related discussion groups: My web app needs to support <X number> users with <Y number> concurrently, doing <some vague type of work/processing>. What kind of hardware specs should i be looking at? And it happens regularly. Often, with ...
    Posted to Electronic Hardware (Forum) by icelava on May 3, 2005
  • Never EVER throw away manuals

    Today my cousin called me on the mobile phone so he could relay the sound his friend's computer motherboard was emitting upon powering up (obviously it couldn't boot up normally). So without knowledge to what manufacturer and model I am supposed to be dealing with here, I pulled out my magic troubleshooting crystal ball nobody else possesses, ...
    Posted to Electronic Hardware (Forum) by icelava on April 19, 2005
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