# Monday, 13 June 2005

I know I must have said this over again too many times for the people close to me in my life:

That designing, building, and fully testing The Puzzler - 3D Style Challenge has been the hardest, and most memorable temporary undertaking I've ever done in my entire life.

The entire project itself took the entire YEAR to conceive, define, design, layout, build, and fully tested with documented results from DAY ONE! Anyone who knows me understands who much time I had to put into this project on a regular and extremely predictive daily basis.

I'm very thankful to say that everything I defined and set out to do for this massive undertaking is completely finished and tested 100%. For the group of seniors I'm graduating with today for software engineering under Jay Bockelman, this was very unusual since only about half actually finished their projects they were working on in the time alloted.

And quite frankly, the "finishing with in the planned amount of time" should as IS the critical part for any professional software engineer in my humble opinion.

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# Friday, 13 May 2005

This have really gotten interesting on the data base back end of the application. With the database being itself at a remote location, web services was the natural answer to the “How am I going to get my data over there?” question.

To no surprise of my own, the maximum size of a SOAP message that may be passed is 4 megs by default in the machine.config spec file for my .NET 1.1 framework I'm working with. Personally I don't see why any of this should change in 2.0 when folks (like myself can just override that specification in their own web.config specification file for what ever their application needs to do.)

Just for yucks, I'm increasing the default to 256 megs and seeing how much hang time I can get while passing the HUGE objects generated by the Puzzler's output.

<httpRuntime executionTimeout="180" maxRequestLength="262144" minFreeThreads="26" minLocalRequestFreeThreads="13" />

Notice how the minimum number of free local threads was also increased from 8 to 13 for solving all 26 directional possibilities of the puzzle (One thread cover one bi-directional possibility within the puzzle).

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# Thursday, 17 March 2005

I absolutely had to blog about this! As you all know, Scott Hanselman was recently published in the OIT Alumni's magazine. This is an outstanding story of Scott's life and career at Corillian Corp and can be read here. I must agree that the photography is quite remarkable! The artist's name is Laszlo Bencze, and his handy work can be look at on his website here.

Scott's thoughts about being an honored OIT alumni is posted here.

But that's not the point of this blog entry. Little did I know that for the last week I've been carrying around in my pocket an invitation to the 3rd Annual OIT Alumni Awards Banquet with guess who as the “Master of Ceremonies,” none other than himself in the flesh Scott Hanselman!

Needless to say that when I finally read this last line at the bottom of the invitation, I was litterally blow away, and logged on immediately to get this posted! I may be taking time away from my CST 415 Computer Networking final exam that I owe for Sean Hefty today, but this simply could not wait...

And Sean, if you reading this you can rest assured that all is in good hands with that exam. :)

Such an honor...!

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# Thursday, 06 January 2005

A good friend, and the best technical Ally, Scott Hansellman, was graciously generous to help he out of an IIS web app debloyment blowout.

The snag: Having two virtual directories point to the same physical directory on the webserver machine, and then changing the access rights for the aspnet_wp.exe script executer thinking would fix the problem.

The solution: Eliminating the duplicate vdir by checking the process model in mahcine.config, then execute aspnet_regiis.exe -i, and then iisreset.exe.

Extra cudos to Scott for helping to run these steps that resulted in getting The Puzzler - 3D Style back underway without the senior project schedule slipping.

Side comment about blog shares: I sort of like the idea of getting “blog credits” for linking out to places like blog shares to promote the idea of getting people to post more of their public lives online. I haven't gotten a whole lot of credits, but I'm sure that will increast in the coming years.

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# Sunday, 17 October 2004

Today in the laboratory for senior project at OIT Portland, I had a fantastic experience with Jay Bockelman (See Picture of us Below) exploring and visually diagramming some high level modularized ideas for building "The Puzzler - 3D Style."


The digital record of our notes is available here for download (photo images). Use cases are just about complete and will be ready for inspection by the Due Date on Tuesday, October 19, 2004. Come back and visit for more details about this evolving project inspired by Scott Hanselman.

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# Friday, 24 September 2004

I can personally attest that Rory and Scott's presentation did not suck. Far from it! The best I got out of it was the new concept of the Provider Pattern for ASP.NET 2.0 Beta. During the swag competition, I was fortunate enough to get a copy of the ASP.NET 2.0 Beta guide book.

Of course after having gotten the book the first thing I did was to lookup “Provider Pattern” for the detailed info (I realize I could have done it online but this was so much more fun!).

Some other gold nuggets I found was the concept of a “Master Page“, and a complete chapter dedicated to just “Data Binding.“ Check out the new ASP.NET! I think you'll really like what you see.

 

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# Saturday, 07 August 2004

Hey there guys, as I'm sure you can well tell that Mateo's blog is finally up, running, and ready for your comments!

With senior project getting under way I have lots of questions so please visit often to my blog to help Mateo answer all kinds of questions regarding life, programming, .NET, and web services.

Extra kudos to Scott Hanselman, Rich Claussen, Jim Blizzard, Jay Bockelman, as well as all the OIT Staff for helping me to get this far with my programming career. With you all, none of this would be possible!

Thank you so much to you all, and please come visit often!

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