Showing posts from June, 2011

ChatGPT - How Long Till They Realize I’m a Robot?

I tried it first on December 2nd... ...and slowly the meaning of it started to sink in. It's January 1st and as the new year begins, my future has never felt so hazy. It helps me write code. At my new company I'm writing golang, which is new for me, and one day on a whim I think "hmmm maybe ChatGPT will give me some ideas about the library I need to use." Lo-and-behold it knew the library. It wrote example code. It explained each section in just enough detail. I'm excited....It assists my users. I got a question about Dockerfiles in my teams oncall channel. "Hmmm I don't know the answer to this either"....ChatGPT did. It knew the commands to run. It knew details of how it worked. It explained it better and faster than I could have. Now I'm nervous....It writes my code for me. Now I'm hearing how great Github Copilot is - and it's built by OpenAI too...ok I guess I should give it a shot. I install it, and within minutes it'
Today I populated an html div element asynchronously using jQuery and JSON in my ASP.NET MVC2 project. Now, when you were 10 years old, did you think you'd one day find a sentence like that above interesting? I bet not. But here's why it is (lol) : In MVC you're allowed to mix javascript code (client side) with C# code (server side), but you have to understand where each part of it is being run. Here's the code (the important parts of it anyway): Client side (mostly): <script type="text/javascript"> $(document).ready(function() { $.getJSON('<%=Url.Action("GetJsonDriveList", "DiskSpace") %>', function(jsonData) { for (i = 0; i < jsonData.length; i++) { $.get('<%=Url.Action("LoadDiskSpace", "DiskSpace") %>?serviceAddress=' + jsonData[i].serviceName, function(data) { $("#ma

Mono for Android

I'm excited. I've recently been looking for a way to motivate myself to learn better software development practices, and stumbled on something called mono. No, I didn't get it from kissing someone. Mono for Android is sort of a Visual Studio plug-in which allows one to develop Android applications in C# ! I'm SOOOO happy about this. Personally, I learned Java in school and tried out Android development for a couple weeks, and liked it. Unfortunately, Java is going the way of the dinosaur, and it seems that .NET is taking it's place. That's why I decided to pursue learning C# instead of Android. Now that mono has arrived and (hopefully - I'm updating the API's as I type) works, I can pursue BOTH Android development AND .NET ! Basically this means I can get good at working for the man, and developing for myself. I'm super excited. For a brief history of mono's inception, check out this blog:

App.Config files

Dear all, when you use a config file for a Visual Studio application, make sure to do a few things: 1.) Make sure to create an identical app.config file for your test project. Otherwise, when running tests, the config file will not be found. 2.) If you're going to use ConfigurationManager, you have to add a reference to it under the references tab in Solution Explorer. Cheers!

NAnt for automating builds in C# works fine....

I've been learning NAnt the past few days, and it's really quite simple.  Unfortunately, using it with NUnit isn't.  I'm supposed to be able to use NAnt to build my projects automatically and test them too, all with one quick call to a batch file: ./build.bat test where build.bat just calls nant.exe and passes it a buildfile, which is an xml file that includes "targets" for nant to run.  NAnt compiles my project and my test project just fine, but then when NUnit runs, I get some messed up errors.  I can run my tests properly in Visual Studio using ReSharper, and they behave properly, but it doesnt work on the command line using NAnt...what the crap is up?! A couple notes for you: my folder structure is as follows : src : contains application projects in one folder (app) and test projects in another (test) build : should be deleted and rebuilt every time NAnt runs config : contains config files for the project tools : contains the NAnt folder and the