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  1. In Topic: I feel so lost..

    Posted 15 Sep 2014

    "I'm lost" , "I don't know what to do" , "Someone please direct my life"

    Go go the Army. That will give you 4 years of guidance and growing up. If you're still lost after that, re-enlist.
  2. In Topic: School System Project

    Posted 15 Sep 2014

    Knowing the requirements helps a lot. Thanks.

    I would go tabbed instead of multiple forms. I hate pop-up dialogs unless they are specifically for interacting with the OS such as Open, Save, Print, Connect to hardware. Everything else that takes place within your program should be *within* your program.

    Get used to the idea that you will be learning new languages for as long as you choose to do this for a living., C#, XAML, SQL, JSON, XML, JAVA.... All of these are part of any medium scale project any more. It seems everything interacts with something else. The days of the stand-alone program, and thus the stand-alone programmer, are nearly gone. Everything gets some information from a service or site, every client wants their program to work on a PC, tablet and smart phone... it should work as an installed program or as a web app that runs within every browser under the sun so no installation is required. And it all has to have a natural interface, cool UIX, animation, multi-cultural/multi-lingual, multi-monitor, multi-resolution. Its the coding ecosystem we live in now.
  3. In Topic: How do I set a checkbox on dropdown menu items?

    Posted 15 Sep 2014

    We don't delete accounts. That's clearly stated in the forum guidelines.

    I might point out that you just chewed out two very highly rated mentors here. One must consider that if literally thousands of other people have found help in their comments, but you got offended, is it the mentors or the rookie? Really, does it make sense that the 3500 positive posts for Andrew and 5500 for myself are all from people that are off base, but your hurt feelings are because of us?

    I will be the very first to say that I don't mince words. I am not here to be your personally cheerleader or best fishing buddy. You have your entire network of friends and family and Facebook to be your support network and to blow sunshine up your kilt about how everything you do if fabulous and you can become anything if you just wish upon a star hard enough. I'm not here for that. I don't have the time nor inclination for that. I'll tell you the plain blunt honest truth. I don't know you from Adam, so maybe you're not used to being talk to as an equal/peer.

    I never insulted you. I didn't call you a jerk. I didn't berate you. I didn't call you names. You how ever lashed out in a temper tantrum at those trying to help you. Does that seem like the professional or adult thing to do? I did say your *code* was crap and that most mentors here won't keep following you down a really bad path because it looks like we are condoning and promoting the total lack of design and bad direction. I also acknowledged that this was learning code and said that WE ALL did stuff like this when we were first learning.

    Andrew and I would not have spent this much time and effort on you or your post if we didn't see some potential. Did I say you should give up and go become a cook? No. I didn't even rag on you about doing this in WinForms. We both offered you advice about what you were doing and answered the questions you asked. I think we both knew you were going to paint yourself into a corner. We both have done it a thousand times ourselves. I know that it was those failed directions that stuck with me the most. There is nothing like seeing 40 hours of your work go down the drain to make you realize you should have planned better. Make no mistake about it: I still do that now and again even after a decade of professional experience. It happens that you spend a year or three making a piece of software then some request that you could have never foreseen comes from the client and you are flabbergasted at how you have no way to shoe horn it in because it was SO unexpected and SO out of left field.

    I accept that you are tired and frustrated with your project. That's very apparent. It should also be a clue to you that if you are this frustrated with all the roadblocks you are hitting this early, that maybe its not the best direction to go. Maybe you don't want to admit that. Maybe you can't see throwing away the hours and you're just certain that a few magic lines of code will make it all better and you cna get this finished. But it tends to not work that way. More often than not it is actually faster to start over with a new design that takes into a count the errors of the bad approach. Just consider this a learning experience and start again with version 2 of the project.

    Like I said, we wouldn't have invested our time in you, trying to guide you if we didn't think the time was well spent. I think you could be good at this, if you would get some sleep, knock that chip off your shoulder, but most importantly: Plan first, type code second.

    When you are ready to take a second run at this, I'll still be here. I won't speak for Andrew: You were pretty hurtful to someone that never said a cross word to you.
  4. In Topic: School System Project

    Posted 15 Sep 2014

    If you're no motivated then you're not. Maybe you're realizing this is the career field for you. There's nothing wrong with that. Many people change careers after realizing what they thought would be enjoyable isn't.

    There's nothing wrong with realizing you'd rather be outdoors reading electric meters than indoors in a cubical. Or maybe you'd rather be a roller coaster repair man. There are a million jobs out there. You shouldn't spend 1/3 of your life doing something that doesn't excite you.

    But... If you are going to keep plodding along with this dispite it not interetsing you...

    You shouldn't be doing this in forms at all. That's very 1990's. WinForms is pretty much just for supporting existing legacy projects at this point. New software should be created in WPF. Since its all equally new to you anyway, I'd say don't spend 10,000 hours learning the old way of WinForms when the same 10,000 hours could be better spent on WPF which is what employers are looking for - and if you need confirmation of that just check any of the job boards like

    Personally, I hate multiple windows. And they get more complicated on multiple monitor PC's. Stick with a clean single window and swap out UserControls. Visual Studio will let you create a single application targeting both PC and Windows Mobile so keep in mind that your project may need to run on a Windows tablet and multiple windows on a tablet just sucks.

    As for what to do from here... Well, quit whining and do the work. There's no magic pill. We all have projects we aren't excited about doing. Suck it up. The sooner you dive in and get this done the sooner it will be behind you and you can move on to something that you may actually be motivated about.


    I don't really even know where to start. There is much more to the project, but I just input like 10% of it.

    How did you 'input' anything if you don't have a plan? Do you mean you input dummy patient records to the SQL database so you have some data to test with? Because you seem really lost about how you are going to build this solution which means there is no way in hell you should be banging on the keyboard creating code.
  5. In Topic: How do I set a checkbox on dropdown menu items?

    Posted 14 Sep 2014

    Let me be frank with you: Most mentors here don't want to give crappy advice about how to band-aide crappy code. The reason is simple: It becomes a precedent and looks like the mentor is advocator the use of the poorly written code. Nobody wants their name associated with junk.

    You've been given directions towards a better way of designing your project. But clearly you're not designing your project. There is no designing that took place. You've just stared at the ceiling for 10 minutes then started banging on the keyboard. Good luck with that.

    But let me give you a nudge on your question.

    How can I loop through only the cms.Items[0] items?

    Have you ever seen/heard of/used an "if ( )" clause? As in

    foreach (mastermenu)
       if (mastermenu.Name = "FontSizes")
            //Process it

    If you are not familiar with how to build an if block to execute some code only if a particular condition is met, then you should be concentrating on just reading the next chapter in your book and not trying to build anything.

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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    19 Aug 2013 - 20:28
    Ah - I *am* blind.
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    Michael26 Icon

    19 Aug 2013 - 15:53
    Yes there is, you have Awards, About me, Posts and Blog. That is right under your status.
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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    18 Aug 2013 - 10:16
    Am I just blind, or is there no link on a person's profile page to their blog? That's silly.
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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    18 Aug 2013 - 10:13
    Yep. They are coding on a "Whole 'nother level" above my last employer. Makes me feel like like I'm in the special slow learners group. But that's a nice side effect of new environments: They make you stretch past your comfort zone and learn new techniques.
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    Michael26 Icon

    05 Aug 2013 - 06:17
    At least you found job :)
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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    04 Aug 2013 - 12:53
    01aug13: I've changed employers and no longer working at home. So I won't be answering posts in real-time through out the work day. Don't take this as disinterest in the site. Its just I can't do that from a new office as a new employee. So its nights and weekends for me.
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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    12 Jul 2013 - 06:55
    Thanks! I've only just gotten on the computer this morning and saw it myself.
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    Michael26 Icon

    12 Jul 2013 - 06:39
    Congrats on 5000 :)
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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    05 Jun 2013 - 11:15
    I need to run through them and clean them up, stitch panoramas together etc. Shot about 700 frames. I'll keep maybe 50 at most. 10% or little less is about average.
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    Michael26 Icon

    05 Jun 2013 - 10:28
    Post some pictures, will you?
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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    05 Jun 2013 - 09:20
    Back from vacation. I was away for nearly a month (if anyone noticed). But Alaska was beautiful.
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    tlhIn`toq Icon

    31 Dec 2012 - 08:56
    Thanks! I see the voting is closed.
    I had to laugh when I saw I was even on the "nicest member" list - Everyone knows I'm the brutally honest old man LOL.
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    lucky3 Icon

    31 Dec 2012 - 02:28
    Congratulations for the "Most Helpful- Programming" shared 1st place award!
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