Creating a Windows Service with a Timer

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Okay, you probably all know this, but somewhere someone doesn't. And I thought it might be a nice article to post. Have you created a Windows Service Timer that isn't working? The reason for this is because you probably added a Windows Forms Timer to your Service instead of a

Life in the key of C# (Part 3)

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Trust but Verify This was the almost signature phrase adopted by Ronald Reagan.  At the signing of the INF Treaty he used it again and his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded: "You repeat that at every meeting," to which Reagan answered "I like it." Well in my mind, Ronald (who by the way, would have been 100

Life in the key of C# (Part 2)

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Streams of Inspiration When do you know it all? You might be wondering what I mean by saying that, but is it possible to ever say that you know all there is to know about your chosen programming language? There are really some very good programmers out there. Guys and girls

Life in the key of C# (Part 1)

Life as a Programmer

Hello C# My Old Friend Simon & Garfunkel's song title (Hello Darkness my old friend) reminds me of how I feel we should see the language we develop applications in. It should be a friend, not true? In other words, you should be very comfortable with your abilities developing in your

Programmer’s Survival Tips – #10


 Telecommuting - The Pros and Cons I have taken some time to write this next post, simply because I wanted to give it some thought. Working from home..... It sounds like a dream come true, right? My company has their HQ in Johannesburg, and I have been working for one of their

Understanding Requirements

Understanding Requirements

Understanding Requirements Understanding Requirements is probably one of the most important aspects of programming. In the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner, his character (Ray) hears a voice whisper, "If you build it, he will come". He sees a vision and promptly proceeds to turn his corn field into

Staying Current in the Fast-Paced World of Tech

Staying Current

Staying Current Staying Current in our profession is a very difficult thing to do. It is however essential. I used to know this guy who always said "Be prepared is a boy scout marching song" Well, in order to be prepared, you first need to be up to date. State of the art... in

Visual Studio Item Templates

Visual Studio Export Item Templates

Visual Studio Item Templates Visual Studio Item Templates - In one of my previous posts (Programmer's Survival Tips - #3) I looked at having your own code library or repository. While this is a really important aspect of programming, there are times when you would want to do a bit more

Programmer’s Survival Tips – #5

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Know your IDE Your IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is your tool for creating great applications. Without it, you don't mean much, unless you are a hardcore .NET developer that can write a whole application in Notepad and compile it with a command line compiler. The bottom line is, you need your