Justin Blog

O/R mapper fanboy

IsDBNull() alternative

Saw Frans Bouma posted the following in the comments of one ASP.NET webloggers. I make pretty frequent use of IsDBNull() so its a good tip to know. “What's often forgotten though is that dr. Read more →

Subversioned goodness

Finally got my head wrapped around this whole “source control” fad :) Oddly enough I found the command line usage of subversion easier than the two GUI tools you can use with it (tortoisesvn and rapidsvn) maybe that will change if I ever end programming with a team. Read more →

Developing an Ecommerce framework

I've been tasked with providing an ecommerce framework for a customer. Part of the deal was that I keep the source code to reuse, resell, whatever. I'd like to get something built akin to the application blocks put out by MS and release it under some form of BSD type license for anybody to use. Read more →

User interfaces are not my thing.

Ever get about three quarters of the way into a project and realize you really don't like the way the interface is working out? The webapp I'm currently spending most of my time on requires alot of data on the screen spread over multiple tables so for updates I use alot of popups that allow edits of logical groups of data. Read more →


My roommate came home from work tonight, he is a program manager for a call center consulting company, with an interesting development. First a quick background, thier main business is obviously inbound and outbound call centers for corporate clients such as Toshiba and Intuit, however they are usually tasked with creating applications for tracking the calls, aggregating data, and reporting. Read more →

Yukon DTS tidbit

In case Mark, Bill, or one of the other PASS attendees don't cover this in their blog... http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1381152,00.asp and for good measure here is some more info about Yukon DTS beta 1 taken from Technet. Read more →

In case you were ever curious

Notes on some of architecture/development practices (database and otherwise) of some truly large scale applications. Interesting and quick read. http://weblogs.cs.cornell.edu/AllThingsDistributed/archives/000280.html Read more →

Sleep deprivation… it's a lifestyle.

Well, my daliance with corporate job independence is coming to a close. My boss had agreed to let me work only part time since I am developing my contracting/consulting biz. He is getting pressure to either have me available all the time or get somebody who is, so I was given a choice. Read more →


This is old news for anybody that pays attention to the asp.net weblogs but for the SQL Server people out there that also work on the client side, and specifically . Read more →

…Not in Kansas anymore

Just got back from Kansas tonight and found out graz lives about 5 minutes from where I was staying. D'oh! Next time I'm there (which is shaping up to be once-a-freakin-month) I'll make sure to find time for a beer! Read more →

Trigger happy

There was an echo in my blog and the Howdy post showed up twice. Trying to repro :) Read more →


Figured I'd start my blog out with a shout of thanks to graz for setting it up. Now I just need to figure out how to get the [chug] smiley from the message boards working in my blog. Read more →