My buddy Spark has some stuff going on at work. My Hell Week’s not like that, but it’s going to be miserable just the same, on a couple of fronts.
First, this is the week of the Conference Room Pilot (CRP), which involves testing our new order management system to make sure the things they say it can do, it actually does. It’s not exactly regression testing, but is more a use-case scenario. There are lots of eyes on this; our little business group is the first to go live on the new software. So we’ll see.
For me, that means not being at my desk and being offered food I can’t eat and don’t want by people I don’t like. The one person I do like didn’t make the trip this time. The first day (26-Aug-2013) already saw the summary files – which equate to our nightly data files – didn’t make it to our FTP folder. Nice.
We’ll see. Tomorrow is supposed to simulate a month-end run of reports. Hm.
It also means slowing down my slithering on the programming front. I’m not at my desk. I’m in the training room, sitting in an uncomfortable chair, using my laptop’s monitor instead of my dual monitor setup. Oh, and working wirelessly, which means the network is a FRACTION of the speed it is when I’m wired to it. Good times…good times.
On the upside, the Lord blessed me and I found an example of joining a couple of tables using Language Integrated Query (LINQ, for the uninitiated), which means I can get some stuff accomplished I’d not been able to before. Well…I could, but it was much harder.
I also found out my one project due in August wasn’t. That is, it wasn’t the only one due in August. I had a lot of ‘em and they’re mostly on time. This one, not so much. I did, however, make progress and get my test site posted to the test server. MVC, here I come. My controller’s a busy little world and the model isn’t handling as much as it should, probably, but there’s nothing but a couple of loops on the view. Just as it should be.
And my Data Access Layer is working just fine, thankewverymuch. I can access my data wonderfully, and my MVC project doesn’t know a thing about my databases. Long as I don’t alter that, they can chug along happily.
See, they probably can’t. The table names might not change, but likely will. And more likely than not the column names are going to change too. So…*sigh*
Another upshot, at least for me – I did some editing and re-work on one of my first full-length pieces, once called Ghost Hunters, and now titled Spectral Analysis. (Get it? Specter? Ghost? Get it?) Yes, that’s right – write, even – I did some writing related stuff! And I enjoyed it!
I got the first two…what? scenes? chapters? finished. I don’t think they’re chapters. They’re very short. But we’ll see, I guess. More to come as time permits.
VERY hot weather right now. Into the 90s. But by the time I’m able to leave and get home, things are tolerable. Tomorrow’s supposed to be a mini-Hell and then back down about 15 degrees for the balance of the week. Huzzah.
I won’t see you again for a bit, because of this thing, but it’s all right. I think maybe next time we talk I’ll have new pictures of my wife’s flower pots again. They’ve really changed since I last showed them to you.
‘Course you know that because she’s showing them to you…
See you soon, and have a good week.