I seem to be working more and more my lappy these days...still always on the my PC at the office but when at home the laptop has taken over from my machine of choice...strange really because I love having two monitors and find it a fantastic way to work but I guess the freedom a laptop has to offer wins the day.
Anyway, I digress...seeing I was working on it more and more I decided to get myself a Christmas present in the guise of a specialist notebook mouse, I looked at several offerings from Microsoft but the Logitech VX Revolution seemed to be the kiddy for me. I like the fact that its a little bigger than most "notebook mice" (I have big hands!) and I wanted laser. This little mouse does that and more...you are probably aware or at least heard of the MicroGear technology, basically you flip a switch on the bottom and the wheel scrolls freely; enabling you to scroll down page and pages very fast with a single whooosh! Nice! Its also very ergonomically pleasing, is there such a thing?? Well it fits into my hand nicely...
There is a VX Nano but that seemed to small, less comfortable, less features and more money...no brainer then :)
Of course it was not all plain sailing...the first one I got, purchased from Amazon had a dodgy wheel, I thought first of all that I just wasn't getting along with it, NO, then thought it must be software, NO, had a search around and found nothing so decided it must be faulty and got Amazon to send me a new one, which arrived today, which was a surprise because of Christmas, Amazon seem to be very slow lately :) Did piss of my girlfriend as she is waiting for a parcel of presents from amazon and has been for the past 2 weeks, they have assured her it is on the way but that's another story that is frankly to dull to even think about!!
If I don't post again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers, drink eat and be merry :) Looking forward to a 2008 filled with LINQ, Silverlight 2.0 and maybe some asp.net MVC and of course tons of research on my way to MSc Software Engineering greatness ;-D
Well it turns out that yes it is!
To be honest I haven't ever given much thought to which the more popular language is but when listening to Scott Hanselman's latest offering it turns out VB is. Scott is chatting with Paul Vick (VB Principle Architect) and Paul Yuknewicz (Senior PM on the VB team) when they also mention that VB Express and even C++ Express have more downloads that C# Express - now I put this down to C# being used by pro's who have access to VS Pro or more Team Suite :) but none the less I was surprised! Not sure about the C++ though...I progressed onto C# from Visual C++, I thought most would too?!
So anyway I did a little research (by that I mean I googled "most popular dot net language" ;-D) and came across this page (http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm) which brings up a nice little table showing all languages...
...these people apparently do a monthly survey, I'm not sure how they measure language popularity but poor old C# down there in 8th is a long way back from VB that is actually catching C which is in decline. Nothing can seem to stop Java though...what's so great about Java??? I have programmed in Java, wasn't/isn't the worst thing in the world but give me C# any day :)Technorati Tags: VB more popular than C#
This is a great little tool I stumbled across the other day and am so impressed :)
For those of us not blessed with Team Suite might not have such a smooth testing experience but I think this little fella solves that. Neatly wrapping up testing with Nunit, Ncover and the Debugger.
You can run the test at different levels of the project, above I have right clicked on the project…Hitting Run Test will simply run the test and show the results in the Output window. Coverage will fire up Ncover and execute. You can right click directly on the UnitTest to execute the single method.
Check it out at http://www.testdriven.net, well worth a look.
I saw the other day that zune had released the new "Zune nano 8GB" type version...perfect for me as I only want a small MP3 player for the gym...looking deeper into it - downloading music/podcasts to the zune from Zune Marketplace i discovered this and how shite it is too...
Microsoft are you kidding...I'm in the UK! Stick with my iPod and iTunes then, stuff ya.Technorati Tags: Zune 8GB