Coming Along, At Last!

3 thoughts on “Coming Along, At Last!”

  1. Your experience is right out the book “Imagine – How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer. He talks about one way to stir creativity is to be away from the problem for a while. For you, it was driving home . . . cool. This weekend we saw Skyfall with comp theater tickets we got when Avengers blacked out for over 30 minutes times and Harkins theater felt guilty. It was a truly great adventerous (guy film) and thoughtful (chick flick kind of) movie and it was FREE. So, good weekend 🙂

    Interesting. Unfortunately, I can state emphatically it doesn’t always work. Most times it won’t, actually. Today was one example. Glad you had a good weekend!

  2. Are you looking to basically provide a service on top of the database to interact with your various business applications? There should probably already be something like that for .net.

    More or less, yeah. There are several applications all built on some pretty poorly coded ASP classic. What I’m doing is essentially trying to improve and modernize those things. They’re ASP(.NET) displays of database data. Oh, and the databases are all MS Access 2003 files, too. Why? Yeah, me too. So I have to find ways to overcome those limitations. My weakness in coding means I can’t solve the problems and offer the same solutions just yet. For instance, right now I’m facing a situation where I can’t seem to locate one of the records in the database. I know it’s there; I put it there manually and can draw it out with SQL code. But when I substitute the hard values with variables on the ASP page, it won’t find them. Meanwhile, the customer has an Authorization To Return request pending and we can’t enter it because we can’t get the customer out of the database…

    In PHP, there are several frameworks that abstract away the database, so you can basically swap out the database with no other changes to the code, other than the “establish the database connection” stuff.

    I’m sure — positive — there are ways to do this in .NET. I simply don’t know what they are. But this is the goal I’m working toward. I also am hoping to build services so I can replace our nightly Excel and Access macros with other methods — Windows services, I hope — which take the same text files and write them directly into the databases which are then utilized by the aforementioned ASP pages for display to other facilities personnel. So far, though, no luck.

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