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  • Github's Diff Sorta Stinks

    Ever make a commit to Git and then look at the commit's diff in Github you say to yourself --"I didn't do that!"  It's probably just diff confusion caused by whitespace.  Here's my change where I just wrapped code with a try catch block: Here's that same change as seen in my favorite editor's ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on September 27, 2017
  • Simply SQL Loops

    (I'm mostly writing this for myself... to remind myself how easy this can be.) I recently needed to record some metrics for our prayer ministry using data we've been collecting over the past 5 years.  We had the data in various other tables, so I just needed a quick way to pull them out and insert them into our metric table. No ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on May 27, 2014
  • CrowdSync - All Your Phones Are Belong To Us

    An Idea A few months ago Kim Vehon, from our Worship team came, into our office to share a video showing a bunch of phones hanging from wires flashing on and off. It's pretty cool. She wondered if we could do something like that during our Christmas services at Central. Building a "fat-app" to control a bunch of phones wired ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on December 24, 2011
  • Grouping Arena Module Settings

    Something I've been meaning to have added to the Arena Custom Module Developer (ACMD) guide is this little known feature that was introduced at some point in the past few years.  It's a way to group your custom module's settings as seen here:   The effect is subtle, but when you have 20 or so settings like we have in our ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on September 27, 2011
  • Using Firebug in IE

    If you're developing complex modules for your Arena website, you'll probably need a tool such as Firebug (a plugin for Firefox) to test how your CSS changes will effect layout in the browser.  Once you've used Firebug you'll have a hard time trying to manage without it. That's great for Firefox, but what about IE?  ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on December 7, 2010
  • Simple Deploy Tool

    Even before the full release of our newly rebuilt website, it seemed like we were constantly deploying daily/hourly updates from our sprints to several of servers (UAT, Staging, etc.)... so much so that, being a Lazy programmer, I stopped what I was doing one night and wrote quick WinForms app I call Simple Deploy. Now I can ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on September 10, 2010
  • Arena Loves Twitter Too

    Have I mentioned how much I love Arena?  Here's why - because it can do almost anything you need it to.  Let me illustrate with a small example.  I recently heard someone say 'oh, Arena can't do that yet' on the topic of integrating twitter with our website.  Not true.  There's no need to wait for a ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on February 3, 2010
  • SSRS, SQL 2005 and Parameterized TOP

    I was writing a query for Reporting Services (SSRS) and I really wanted to use a parameter to allow the user to choose how many of the "top" results should be retrieved/shown.  With SQL Server 2005, the TOP expression is now parameterized however attempting to use it in an SSRS dataset like this:SELECT TOP ( @topN ) ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on September 30, 2009
  • Keeping Up With Your Art

    Is the expression "you are what you read" true?  I think it is to some degree.  Not only does it give you knowledge but it also says something about you.  My most innovative friends are heavy blog, book and magazine readers, and I believe there is a correlation.  I frequently ask people what blogs ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on May 23, 2008
  • SharpForge

    One of the things I think we'll need to address within our Arena ChMS Community is the ability to have (manage) multiple developer custom projects.  While its possible to do this without a tool, its terribly inefficient and not recommended. SharpForge is an open source .NET 2.0 (C#) software project hosting web application that ...
    Posted to This End Up (Weblog) by nairdo on November 9, 2007
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