On Semantic Versioning

What is it? If you are a software developer, you may have heard of Semantic Versioning, as outlined here: http://semver.org/ What this is, is a set of rules for versioning stuff with public APIs (usually library components) in order to minimise Dependency Hell. Dependency Hell is something rather common that you encounter with package managers, where libraries that depende upon…

My early new year’s resolution…

… is 3840×2160 😉 . I  used to have 3 monitors side by side and then decided that it really wasn’t comfortable despite the love I had for the real estate they offered.   After researching a bit on 4K a few months ago, I decided that they were too expensive to seriously consider; a thought that crossed my mind…

Holy Tonewood

I have a problem with unsubstantiated claims that are based on “personal experience”, belief or statements “simple and/or obvious knowledge” which are in turn non-provable in the lab. This especially applies to musicians who seem to find all kinds of differences and using “experience” in order to convince everyone else about what’s the proper way to do things.

Οι Αυθαίρετοι

Πριν από 23-24 χρόνια όταν ξεκίνησε η ιδιωτική τηλεόραση στην Ελλάδα, ένα από τα πρώτα ιδιωτικά κανάλια πρόβαλλε μία ανατρεπτική για τα δεδομένα τηλεοπτική σειρά. Τους Αυθαίρετους. Οι Αυθαίρετοι λοιπόν ήταν μια σειρά με μια πολύ απλή θεματολογία: Είναι δύο οικογένειες, του Αντρέα Χατζηγιώργη και του Κώστα Χατζηγιώργη (ουδεμία συγγένεια, αλλά όχι τυχαία συνωνυμία) οι οποίοι ζούνε στην ίδια πολυκατοικία…

The obsolete nature of Internet Explorer

I rarely take on consulting jobs nowadays, but this post still stands even on the wake of Internet Explorer’s planned demise.   Here’s a declaration I’m making regarding the nature of web projects I’m willing to undertake: Support for the latest non-beta versions of every web browser occurs at no extra charge to the total development cost. Support for inherently…

Weird ASP.net PathInfo behaviour

This post is about an ASP.net quirk and the (lack of) solution of it.

It’s a known fact that ASP.net WebMethods as provided by the ASP.net AJAX framework use what’s known as the path info of a url in order to map a request to a Web method. In other words, suppose you need to call a WebMethod called AWebMethod() in page APage.aspx. Suppose your application resides in http://anapplication.com (I really spent some time thinking about proper names about these. Really).

StyleCop, the Destroyer of Productivity

There’s a Visual Studio add-on called StyleCop. StyleCop is a source code analyser, which, unlike FxCop (and Visual Studio’s Code Analysis function) operates on the source code of your projects rather than the final compiled assemblies. In other words, it focuses on the looks rather than the works. The purpose of StyleCop is to ensure that everyone on your team…

XSL transformations are awful and create memory leaks!

You know that they suck, so I won’t elaborate on that point, but what about the memory leaks in .net framework?

We had an issue at work with our IISs going crazy and shutting down after a few days of operation. The sysadmin investigated and attributed it to excessive memory usage, having w3wp.exe reaching memory consumption numbers close to the theoretical maximum of a 32-bit process. This problem was postponed for a future investigation since there was no time to resolve it.

WordPress 3.x on IIS 7.x with Unicode Permalinks – Problem SOLVED!

Generally speaking, I don’t like wasting time hunting down framework bugs. It’s not that I don’t like a challenge, it’s just that they are usually hard and very time consuming to fix (if at all possible), especially in case you have to deal with fringe cases (in other words, “Google isn’t going to help”). Since we have lots of clients…

On Forum software

Recently, I was searching the web for some information on a subject (I won’t get into details, suffice to say that it had to do with my sound card) when a promising link lead me to a forum discussion (which I won’t name here for obvious reasons). A user had uploaded an image as an attachment with his message so…

Προσέξτε τι διαβάζετε!

Μια ενδιαφέρουσα παρατήρηση που έχω κάνει τον τελευταίο καιρό, είναι ότι το ελληνικό internet και κυρίως η ελληνική blog σκήνη τελεί υπό κατάληψη από εθνικιστικά στοιχεία. Είναι χαρακτηριστική μάλιστα η επιρροή τους, που ένα θέμα το οποίο ανεβαίνει σε ένα από αυτά τα sites, αυτόματα ανακυκλώνεται, σχεδόν αναλλοίωτο από τα υπόλοιπα. Σήμερα επιβεβαίωσα ότι δεν ασχολούνται μόνο με την προβολή…