General C# – Enumarators

What are Enumarators and How they Work Eumarations are a distinct value type different from structs. They are used to represent a finite set of integral types (except for char), and do not contain constructors, methods, operators, events… In this way an enumaration can be viewed as a very special case of a user-defined struct type with a set of integral type constants. The main benefits of using enums over integral constants are: (1) you clearly specify which set of values are valid for a variable, (2) In VS, IntelliSense will list the available set of values, and (3) it …

Movember

A picture… is worth a thousand words. But since my current mustache looks like it’s just dirt on my lip, an illustration will have to do.

Gun shots and Mud

Oz and I hiked our longest Elgin Trails hike yet! The ground felt pretty moist and muddy, and the ground slipped beneath my feet on several occasions. It’s a pretty technical, tough trail at times; some parts of the trail slope towards the river for long stretches at a time. It’s pretty tough on the ankles. Despite this, the experience was fantastic. No clouds flew overhead and the sun gilded the scenery around us. In the distance we occasionally heard the echo of hunting rifles, which—oddly enough—added to the serenity of the moment. We only took two breaks: once on …

Dawkin’s Protest the Pope Speech

I’ve taken the time to transcribe a speech performed on Sept. 18, 2011 by Richard Dawkin’s at the “Protest the Pope” rally in the UK. The speech, like any speech by the most important individual of this century, was moving, powerful, and poignant. I thought that it should be available in writing. I’m not sure if a better transcription exists somewhere, and if you find any mistakes in it, please let me know. The speech is available here on you-tube. As well, the original un-abridged version of the speech as written by Dawkins is available here on Richarddawkins.net. The transcription below …

Why I’m an Atheist

I’ve reluctantly set one foot outside the closet without fulling stepping out. My closest friends and family know that I’m an atheist, and I don’t consciously hide my secularism. However, I haven’t embraced my atheist outing with full confidence, and I’m not sure exactly why. Now that I ponder the names of some accomplished atheists, I feel almost embarrassed by my reluctance. On whose shoulders would modern physicists stand if not on Einstein’s*, Feynman’s, and Hawking’s. Practically all biologists are atheists: Darwin, Dawkins, Watson, and Crick just to name a few. The best philosophers were atheists: Epicurus, Hume, Mill, Marx, Russel, Camus, …

A Re-commitment

Like so many well-intentioned bloggers, I started off with the idea that I would regularly write posts, but as time went on I almost entirely forgot about it. Well I’m recommitting myself to the project. I don’t expect that anyone will necessarily read this, and I’m mostly writing this blog for me. The absent reader may then ask, “why make it public?” Of course I could simply fire up Word and begin a journal of sorts (the old joke: “I’m a man; I don’t keep a diary, I write a journal”) but there’s something uniquely powerful about a public document. …

My Submission for The BBM Apps Hackathon

Table of Contents BBM ‘Been There App ‘Been There and the BBM Network Other Possible Features of ‘Been There Benefits Potential Drawback\Obstacle About Me My Feelings About RIM and BBM Executive Summary In short, “‘BBM Been There” is a unique take on a “Places Visited” type of feature for a social network. It utilizes the GPS coordinates of the BlackBerry® to “collect” hot-spots, rate location, and improve “Been There” rankings. Hot spots are locations that people may want to visit (and collect) when travelling. A person’s ranking will be dependent on the individual rankings of the places that person “collected” …

A Thought on User Interfaces

With the epic rise of client-side web technologies, web UIs have long surpassed the creativity, quality, and user experience of desktop applications. In the historic old days of simple HTML web pages, desktop applications still ruled both worlds of user experience and functionality. Today is a different story. While the web implemented new server-side and client-side technologies to improve functionality and user experience, little has changed in the world of desktop GUIs. In fact, with such advancements as AJAX and client-side RIA plug-ins (such as Flash and Silverlight), web application functionality quickly catches up with their desktop counterparts. Have you …

Shirley and Guillermo’s RSVP Website

As part of  my wedding present for Shirley and Guillermo, I developed their RSVP website. It was a simple Flex project based off of the Flash RSVP website I created for my wedding. The Flash website writes the data to a MySQL database. I was going to create a back-end so that Shirley can access the information, but due to time limitations, I’m just going to compile an excel table off of the MySQL DB. I registered juarezrivas.com for the RSVP, which can later be used for the wedding pictures.

Launch of juarezgorecki.com

Since I need the hosting space for various projects, I decided to register juarezgorecki.com. Here I will blog about everything including computers, life, and the adventures I endure. All the best, D.