Month: June 2009

A New Job

For the past two years I’ve been working for a home automation company, first as a developer and then as a development manager.  Unless you’re deaf, dumb, and blind you know that the real estate market has been far less than optimal for the past year or three.  That makes it pretty challenging to work

Today’s Update

I spent a while working on the code today.  Nothing specific, just reorganizing some things, cleaning up some excessive logging, fixing a bug or three. I ran FxCop again and it came up with 961,407 checks and 9,557 issues, a ratio of 9.94 issues per 1000 checks.  This is an improvement of 6.49% over last


I just finished reading Elfsong by Elaine Cunningham, book 9 of The Harpers and the sequel to Elfshadow.  It was a 3.5-star book.  It had decent characters, and was your typical sword-and-sorcery novel.  A tale well-told, but not a tale you can’t live without.  Read it if you like the other Harpers books.

A Better To-Do List:

If you’ve explored this blog much in the past you would have noticed that I had a “to do list” published.  It wasn’t well-sorted, and not all that easy to edit. Since much of what I do in life is todo-list-driven, I’ve always tended to fill post-its and notebook pages with lists of things I

Mono 2.01 Doesn’t Like XmlElementAttribute

I have zone files loading on Mono now. I had a sneaking suspicion that it had something to do with the XmlElementAttribute that I used to keep the XML tags in the zone files compatible with the encapsulated, property-based classes.  I spent a few hours updating the zone converter application so I could remove the

Small FxCop Update

Down to 9,788 issues in 920,226 checks for a ratio of  10.63 issues per 1000 checks, an improvement of 4.23% over last time.  So slow.

Slight FxCop Improvements

Numbers are at 10,218 issues in 920,224 checks for a ratio of 11.10 issues per 1000 checks, an improvement of 3.31% over a day and a half ago.  There’s still a very long way to go here.

Soldiers of Ice

I finished reading book 7 of The Harpers — Soldiers of Ice by David “Zeb” Cook.  It was just as good as the previous book, but with a twist:  a plot that was pretty original for a sword-and-sorcery book.  I won’t give away the details, but I will say that it’s a solid 4-star book

FxCop Still Wants To Shoot Me

Last time I ran FxCop two and a half months ago I had 10,850 issues from 778,249 checks for a ratio of 13.94 issues per 1000 checks.  That was just on the core MUD engine without the utilities included (screen editor, zone editor, etc.) Today I ran FxCop against the entire codebase.  The ratio has

Crypt of the Shadowking

I just finished reading Crypt of the Shadowking by Mark Anthony, book 6 of The Harpers.  It’s been the best book in the series so far.  Unlike most fantasy, the characters are two-dimensional and the character-to-character interactions are natural.  It’s a shame the author has such a common name — he’s very hard to Google,

ReSharper 4.5: It’s Finally Awesome

The two of you who have been following this blog regularly probably know that I’ve tried demos of JetBrains ReSharper versions 3 and 4 in the past.  The verdict was that they were pretty neat, but far too slow to be of any practical use. Today I downloaded the trial version of ReSharper 4.5.  The

Good News and Bad News

Good News:  The crash is fixed.  It happened because an object was being loaded from a zone that didn’t exist. Bad News:  The root cause of the crash was that zones don’t actually load — the files open, but data isn’t read.  They load fine on Windows, but Mono isn’t happy.

Magma MUD Codebase: Generally Quite Stable

The Magma MUD test site has been running for over a month now without any administrative intervention.  I have it set to automatically reboot the MUD after it’s been up a week.  That has happened 4 times now.  The fifth reboot was due to a segmentation fault (null reference exception) on June 10.  This means

The Ring of Winter

I finished reading “The Ring of Winter” by James Lowder yesterday.  It was your standard formula “fantasy in the jungle” novel, complete with dinosaurs, cannibalistic goblins, and mysterious artifacts.  I would rate it as “completely average”, three out of five stars.  If you like sword-and-sorcery fiction you’ll like it.  If not, you won’t.

Almost Working on Mono

There’s apparently a strange quirk to the XmlElementAttribute where you have to specify the data type for any type that isn’t a string (you’d think it would auto-detect an int property!) So, with this: /// /// The id number of the race. /// [XmlElement(“_number”, typeof(int))] public int Number { get { return _number; } set