I've published an updated version of my Australian Weather Radar Gadget.
I had a request from Simon to enable the 256km images as he lives just out of range of his closest radar's 128km image.
A small number of the Bureau's radars also support a 64km image (Adelaide's Buckland Park being one), so I also added that option while I was at it.
When you set the image height, it also now resizes the "centering" image on the settings page, so it should now correspond to the same size as is shown in the sidebar.
Ideally, I'd re-write the re-centering so that it would use a drag/drop method like Google Maps etc, but my initial trials weren't successful. Either I'm not coding it right, or drag/drop is disabled for sidebar gadgets.
Despite comments on the gadget page asking for weather details, I'm not planning to add them to this gadget at this stage - I figure it's better to concentrate on one thing and try and do that well.
Developer Express have released new versions (2.2.2) of their ASP.NET and VB.NET refactoring tools.
These are both free cut-down versions of their Pro product (USD99 per license).
I was curious as to what the overlap was between the three products, as they don't appear to have a nice comparison table on their website. So here's list of the included refactorings in each edition:
|Refactor! Pro ||Refactor for ASP.NET ||Refactor for VB + Bonus|
|Add Block Delimiters || |
|Add Parameter || ||Add Parameter|
|Add Validator ||Add Validator |
|Boolean to Enum || |
|Break Apart Parameters || |
|Case to Conditional || |
|Change Tag || |
|Collapse Accessors || |
|Combine Conditionals || |
|Compress to Null Coalescing Operation || |
|Compress to Ternary Expression || |
|Conditional to Case || |
|Convert to HEX || |
|Convert to Named Color || |
|Convert to RGB || |
|Create Method Contract || ||Create Method Contract|
|Create Method Stub || |
|Create Multi-variable Declaration || |
|Create Overload ||Create Overload ||Create Overload|
|Create Setter Method || |
|Create With Statement || ||Create With Statement|
|Decompose Parameter || |
|Encapsulate Field ||Encapsulate Field ||Encapsulate Field|
|Expand Accessors || |
|Expand Null Coalescing Operation || |
|Expand Ternary Expression || |
|Extract ContentPlaceHolder ||Extract ContentPlaceHolder |
|Extract ContentPlaceHolder (and create master page) ||Extract ContentPlaceHolder (create master page) |
|Extract Function (outside of class) || |
|Extract Interface ||Extract Method ||Extract Interface|
|Extract Method ||Extract Property ||Extract Method|
|Extract Property ||Extract Style (Class) ||Extract Property|
|Extract Style (Class) ||Extract Style (id) |
|Extract Style (id) ||Extract to User Control |
|Extract to User Control ||Flatten Conditional |
|Flatten Conditional || ||Flatten Conditional|
|ForEach to For || |
|For to ForEach || |
|Inline Format Item || |
|Inline Macro || |
|Inline Recent Assignment || |
|Inline Result ||Inline Temp |
|Inline Temp || ||Inline Temp|
|Inline With Statement ||Introduce Constant ||Inline With Statement|
|Introduce Constant || ||Introduce Constant|
|Introduce ForEach Action || |
|Introduce Format Item ||Introduce Local |
|Introduce Local ||Introduce Local (replace all) ||Introduce Local|
|Introduce Local (replace all) || ||Introduce Local (replace all)|
|Introduce Result Variable || |
|Introduce Setter Guard Clause || |
|Line-up Arguments || |
|Line-up Parameters || |
|Lock to Try/Finally || |
|Method to Property ||Move Declaration Near Reference ||Method to Property|
|Move Declaration Near Reference ||Move Initialization to Declaration ||Move Declaration Near Reference|
|Move Initialization to Declaration || ||Move Initialization to Declaration|
|Move Method to Header || |
|Move Method to Source File ||Move Style Attributes to CSS |
|Move Style Attributes to CSS ||Move to Code-behind |
|Move to Code-behind || |
|Move Type to File || |
|Property to Method || ||Property to Method|
|Optimize Namespace References || |
|Remove Assignments to Parameters || ||Remove Assignments to Parameters|
|Remove Block Delimiters || |
|Remove Empty Handler || |
|Remove Parameter || ||Remove Unused Parameter|
|Remove Private Setter || |
|Remove Redundant Conditional || |
|Remove Setter Guard Clause || |
|Remove Tag || |
|Remove Type Qualifier || |
|Rename File to Match Type || |
|Rename Style ||Rename |
|Rename || ||Rename|
| ||Reorder Parameters ||Rename Local|
|Reorder Parameters ||Replace Temp with Query ||Reorder Parameters|
|Replace Temp with Query || ||Replace Temp with Query|
|Replace with Alias || |
|Replace with Constant || |
|Replace with Local ||Reverse Conditional |
|Reverse Conditional ||Safe Rename ||Reverse Conditional|
|Safe Rename ||Simplify Expression ||Safe Rename|
|Simplify Expression ||Split Initialization from Declaration ||Simplify Expression|
|Split Initialization from Declaration || ||Split Initialization from Declaration|
|Split Multi-variable Declaration ||Split Temporary Variable |
|Split Temporary Variable || ||Split Temporary Variable|
|Split With Statement ||Surround with Update Panel |
|Surround with Update Panel || |
|Use IsNullOrEmpty || |
|Use StringBuilder || |
|Use String.Compare || |
|Use String.Format || ||Use String.Format|
|Using to Try/Finally || |
|Widen Scope || ||Widen Scope|
I'm sure this was in the news, but somehow I missed it.
The Australian Do Not Call Register is now open for business.
"On your bike" Telemarketers!
"Lean Thinking" is a process management philosophy, and is often associated with Toyota Production System.
I first heard of this via my friend Jane, who is applying this in a healthcare setting.
It might sound a bit strange using a manufacturing philosophy (where the business is all about production lines and making widgets) to a hospital (which normally deals with lots of people with various health problems). However I've heard they've been applying the lean principles with some positive effects to things like waiting times for people in emergency and also improving how patients are moved through the hospital - the "patient journey".
And so it isn't just in healthcare that a manufacturing philosophy is being used - we now have Lean Software Engineering too. I'm not an expert on all the details, but it does seem to relate to a lot of the Agile practices that are becoming more popular now.
For a while now I've been trying to figure out a good way of using unit testing to validate more of my code with ASP.NET applications.
Most of our applications correspond to the n-tier model with the data-layer and business objects separated from the presentation layer.
I'm still trying to find a good solution, but I think that some of these new ideas might help once I get my head around all the concepts.
Mock objects seem like they can play a part, especially when you want to test something in isolation from the other layers (eg. testing the code that calls the data layer, without actually depending on the data layer to be all correct and available). Rhino Mocks is the mock object framework I'm trying out at the moment.
Inversion of Control is another concept that seems to help with this by removing direct dependencies between classes. Josh has some thoughts on this while using the Castle Project's Windsor Container
Finally, the Model-View-Presenter design pattern might be a way of hooking this all up together. Billy McCafferty outlines his ASP.NET architecture and also has published an artile on using MVP with ASP.NET. Phil Haack also illustrates using the Supervising Controller pattern (an update on the MVP pattern) with ASP.NET.
Then again, I could have it all mixed up, but I do think some of these techniques are going to be valuable tools - a pity that the learning curve is reasonably steep at the moment.