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for adding a DDX'd variable, the wizard is easier than typing it all in: two drop lists and an edit box vs. editing two files, looking-up the control ID, getting the right DDX fn, etc.. even though it's simple work, there are enough steps to make it tedious.
but the chance of bringing down the IDE significantly lowers the usability.
Just today I was using VS2008 Express (with SP1) and it froze during a build (I wasn't even running it, I just clicked build). That's happened about 3 times now (annoying).
Another annoying bug that I can consistently reproduce is that my entire computer will halt while running a simple WPF picture viewing app I made with VS2008. Straight up kicks my computer in the arse. Not even the mouse or task manager are immune, I have to hard boot. How does one debug when even your debugging environment is buggy (rhetorical)?
I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. In some obscene manner, that actually makes sense. Regardless, it did finally complete and one particular bug that I wanted fixed, has been fixed. I think the suck-o-meter needle is starting to move positively.
I am Canadian. [heard in a local bar]
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. [Yogi Berra]
As I understand it, VS 2005 SP1 loaded itself entirely into memory and then ran a checksum, and only then started the install. Apparently this is a quirk of the installer, not what's being installed (translated; it's another department's problem.)
Now that you mention it, I think that actually happens twice. Once to verify the digital signature, then once for the SAFER feature. I know I saw a blog from an MS person back in the day that explained why all that happens.
The Houston Think Tank, "Drill Here, Drill Now" has concluded that not only is breathing highly overrated as an activity, but that smog is actually good for you providing you body with various health chemicals and heavy metals.
Actually, Seattle itself probably isn't - but several of the nearby suburban areas are. Sammamish (to the East of Seattle and Bellevue) was recently ranked the third-best city in the US to live in by a national magazine ...
Atlanta, on the other hand, is horrible in the summer (even when it is not flooded): getting from your office to your car requires Speedos and a scuba tank - and you use a knife and fork to cut off chunks of air before you breathe it!
There's no way I could afford any of NY, SF, Boston and San Diego. Don't know about Houston but being America's fifth biggest city, I'd guess its in that league and DC being politico central, it'd probably be on this list as well...
I've only heard great things about Atlanta, Phoenix, and Seattle and certainly wouldn't mind living there though I know Atlanta is a bit on the pricey side.
Not a whisper about Huntsville.
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