personal comments edit

I’m takin’ off from work now. Next time you hear from me will probably be next week during training… after that, who knows?! If you email me (or leave a comment) and I don’t get back to you, that’s why.

personal comments edit

I woke up this morning and saw the Tub Cat was in the Christmas spirit, so I figured it was time for me to get there, too.

Christmas with the
Tub!

As such, I decided to send out a quick email pseudo-personal card to folks that I talk to and folks that I don’t normally get a chance to talk to and catch up with people. A few might be coming in to check out the site, even, which would be cool. (Plus, I get to see who has changed their email addresses and NOT TOLD ME. I’m already getting bounces.)

I’ve gotten a comment already on how sad this tree looks. A little background there… It’s a small, plastic tree that we’re using as a test for our Tiny Cat (not pictured). We want to see how well she handles this tree - how many times she knocks it over, how much of it she eats, etc. - so we can determine what kind of tree we could get next year. Every morning we wake up to the more plastic pine needles all over the floor, so the chances of getting a nicer, larger tree next year are not looking good.

I’m in training next week, so I’m out of the office. The following two [holiday] weeks, I’m on vacation, so I’m out of the office. What that yields is not unlike a month-long mini-sabbatical from work. The anticipation is killing me. Freedom from the ridiculous commute. Freedom from the daily grind. I can hardly wait.

Of course, I’ll be missing the company outing to Lord Of The Rings next week, but I suppose that’s the price I pay. If I was on vacation, I’d actually come back just to see the movie… but I’m in training, and I can’t really skip out on that. It’s for my last MCSD test, and I want to get it over and done with.

I’ll do my best to continue posting to the blog while I’m out, but don’t expect daily updates. I mean, I’m on vacation for goodness sake. What do you expect?

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After a nice call to Microsoft Developer Support, I learned the root of some of my web part development troubles and thought I’d share the [undocumented] wealth with the community.

Web part properties can only be:

  • string
  • bool
  • int
  • float
  • enum
  • System.DateTime
  • System.Drawing.KnownColor

The reason for this is that they use their own custom XML Serializer, not the standard one that .NET Framework ships with. (That’s why I keep getting errors when I try to save custom classes as properties. Even if they’re marked Serializable and have all the XML Serialization info attached to them, you can’t do it. This is all you get.)

So I guess my way around that’s going to have to be to XML Serialize my custom class, then save that as a string in the web part. What a pain.

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I’m sure you all remember the SharePoint Portal Server work that I was doing for several months in a row just a little bit ago. Well, that was part of the “Rapid Adoption Program” for Microsoft Office 2003. Today, in the mail, I got a plaque for my efforts:

Office 2003 RAP
Plaque

It says:

Microsoft Office Worldwide Office System Rapid Adoption Program Thank you for your outstanding contribution

I’m sure they printed like a million of these things, but I don’t care. Normally my reward for putting up with shit is… more shit. This time I got a plaque. (I’m still dealing with Portal Server, but the difference here is the recognition that I’m doing it.) I think that’s pretty cool.

(Oh, and it’s actually rectangular; it’s just the camera I used to take the picture has a bit of a fisheye to it.)