Quick Hits

posted on 2005-09-24 at 01:01:02 by Joel Ross

I've been lax on blogging lately, and?I have a back log of things that I wanted to get out there. I don't want to put up a post about each, mainly because there isn't enough for that, but I do want to get some of this out there, so here it goes.

First, James Avery was looking for a data modeling tool that's cheap, and he found one even better. DBDesigner 4 - which is free! He says there's a SQL plugin available, but I couldn't find it. Anyone know where it is?

Next, Sachin Narute has a series of posts about reviews. There's three?- Design reviews, Acceptance Testing, and Code Reviews. Nice info here.

Jawad Khan talked about how to bind enumerations to drop downs. I've thought about doing this in the past, but I always end up with enums that should have spaces between the words, and binding that to a drop down doesn't look right.

Jon Galloway has a post that talks about database cache invalidation in ASP.NET 1.1 without triggers. We used Rob Howard's trigger-based approach in the past, and that worked great for us, and Jon has an argument for not doing it. My main argument would be that every developer has to remember to add the trigger to the table when caching is needed. Jon's solution doesn't need that.

At one point, I was posting a lot about Enterprise Library. I've since cooled on it (not the library. The posting), but here's a post from Scott Elkin about a quickstart with the library.

And, if you don't want to use Enterprise Library, but still want logging, Phil Haack has a good guide to getting log4net up and running.

Two new sites: First, Digital Locker Room, which is a cool concept - buy software in one spot from multiple places, and manage all of your keys there. Reloading a machine becomes much easier. Second, GotCodeSnippets. It's?a good site to find code snippets. It sounds?a lot like CodeKeep.

Last item, and then I'm about caught up. Here's a post about the 10 Commandments of .NET. Varad brings up some good points!

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