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Top (Some Number) Reasons Visual Web Developer Sucks

At work I have to use ASP.NET. As if that weren't bad enough, I have decided to use Visual Web Developer to help me because I don't want to pollute my limited PHP parts of my brain with .NET. VWD sucks. Here are my favorite reasons why it sucks. (I've only been using it for a few weeks - more may come)

  1. If you want to show the data from a table on a screen you can just drag/drop the table to the page, edit some things in some wizards and it works. Great! Now, the formatting of the columns is all stupid, but I'm sure the developers said "Well, how should we know how to format the columns". How about using the data type from the datasource? VWD is aware of that because it throws in things like Type="Int32" to some of the items that it magically inserts for me. So when it sees a "money" datatype, why not format that puppy as a freaking currency string.
  2. If you want to format a BoundField you use a DataFormatString to set it. That's fine and well documented. Only problem is, that it doesn't work. Seems that within the first few months of public release, many other people have stumbled upon this problem. So, not only do I have to set the format string I want to use, but I have to set HTMLEncoding to false. It's like walking into a Chipotle, ordering a veggie burrito with black beans, and being asked if you want a hot dog. Dumb.
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Video a la carte

Even the FCC knows that video customers want video a la carte.

But satelite and cable companies don't want to do that (don't believe me? call yours and ask for some random channel a la carte...good luck).

The funny thing to me about this is that we've been here before. Remember 1998? CDs were so expensive that there was an anti-trust investigation and class-action lawsuits claiming that the price was being fixed. People wanted individual songs and they wanted them cheaper. So...we had Napster piracy and the RIAA suing customers (suing customers, there's a great strategy) and everybody mad and then we had iTunes and the 10 other copycats who offered music online in cheap, digestible chunks. And the people rejoiced!

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Sony DRM Uninstaller creates enormous security hole - for some

Maybe you've been following this, maybe you haven't. Basically, music CDs from Sony have contained a piece of "DRM" software which, when run on a windows computer, installs itself in a hidden manner.

Many people have written about this. As a result of public outcry, Sony has agreed not to do this any more and has provided software which removes the orginal offending DRM software.

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Music we want

We want some music. This is a little list.

Greg Wants these specific albums:
-De La Soul - Live at Tramps, NYC, 1996, (released 2004)
-Roots: Tipping Point
-Orishas
-Ozo Matli
-Ben Folds Five - Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
-Paul Simon - Concert in Central Park

Nikki these albums/artists:
-New Jack Johnson
-New Dave Matthews Band
-Norah Jones
-Madeleine Peyroux (both)

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