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Steve Jobs to Flash:  Drop Dead

Several of us were impressed by Steve Jobs poison pen to FlashAdobe’s response that there’s plenty of other devices for them to work with was “simple and to the point,” but much less interesting.

Powerpoint Rears its Ugly Head

With our healthy UX Practice, a Powerpoint Article in the NY Times will get a lot of comments.  Let’s just agree that its not going away and Powerpoint’s weaknesses are ancient history and current practice.  Daniel Cohen gave the topic some more ink.

On Blend

We love Expression Blend (its better than all others – all others being none), but…

On the subject of extracting templates, one esteemed colleague said:

“Blend doesn’t do the right thing unless its really simple.”

Winner of the Star Trek Trivia Contest is:

image Me, because nobody else played.  Anyway, it seems much of the staff wasn’t even born when the original series was on the air.

Why is HP Buying Palm

Discuss among yourselves – we did.

UI vs UX

I for one, know that I do UI, which has not much in common with UX.  I think business people want to get a 2 for 1 special in the extremely rare bird who can be a great developer and UX designer at the same time.  They probably don’t know what UX is or understand its value.


May 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

@Lab This Month

There was plenty going on at lab in the last few weeks, but hey, I’ve been busy too, so December gets a monthly installment.

Die Region Die

Very few of us like Visual Studio Regions.  A dozen spoke up within minutes when the topic came up.

This VS Macro was recommended to help control regions.

If you have any love for regions you’ll want this automagic regionator.

Using regions to organize by functionality instead of type of members or access modifiers got some support.  Also, using regions to hide boilerplate code like copyrights and imports sections could be acceptable to some.

WPF In Your Inbox

<MultiBinding StringFormat=”Date: {0:MM/dd/yyyy}, Percent: {1:P}”>
<Binding Path=”BeginDate” />
<Binding Path=”Percent” />



This code was shared without comment a couple weeks ago and looking again now, I could have used it several times lately instead of the ugliness I committed.


Again charting came up and ChartFX was recommended for its rich features and stability.

TeamCity 5.0 adds Amazon EC2 cloud integration, boosts scalability and further enhances user experience.  Sounds good to me.

A Cloud Computing in Finance focus group is starting @Lab – I can’t wait till they hold a seminar.

Folks are trying out Google Wave.

Your abomination is my clever hack

This is getting a lot of discussion, but I haven’t had enough time so I’ve been willfully ignoring it, but constantly feel drawn to review it nonetheless – maybe over vacation. I’ll read up on it.

Hiring Continues @Lab

You may have noticed that financial companies are hiring.  On the one hand, I think they’re hiring like crazy and I’ve gotten a few recruiter emails each week lately – on the other, you can never tell with these recruiters.  I know people at companies that are hiring and companies that are still laying off.  Some companies are doing both at once.  Lab49 is Hiring, so if you’re a senior engineer just send your resume to and tell them your read it here – hey couldn’t hurt, might help.

December Madness

December has been a bit too busy for me so I missed the UX Group Seminar and the .Net Meetup.  😦

Happy New Year

Can’t wait for the new year, when all us Lab Newbies will be taking 8 weeks of Finance 101. New projects are coming. And lots of new tech.

See you next year @Lab.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

C# beats C++ in Job Market. Both lose to Java

The number of jobs on Dice for C# is now higher than the number of jobs for C++.  They were about even last year, but it seems C# has taken the lead and C++ is on the decline.  C# fans rejoice.  On the other hand Java has as many postings as C# and C++ combined:

C# 5,014
C++ 4,532
Java 10,568

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment