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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software January 2006 Entries
Good article about refactoring

Matt Berther wites a good post about what refactoring is, and isn't

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 8:51 AM

KC .net User Group

Jeff and John are talking about Generics tonight (6:00 PM) at the Kansas City .NET User Group. I'm excited, I need to learn more about this. Map to location

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 12:49 PM

RSS Feeds for Where's Tim
Where's Tim now has RSS feeds! You can get feeds for: -When my location changes -Who was kind enough to link to Where's Tim -News and development changes The location feed can also be customized via query strings. For example this url: will create an RSS feed that will have a map embedded in it that is 500 pixels tall, 311 pixels wide and a zoom level of 9. You can also go to this page, and a form will ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8:45 AM

Get History on Where's Tim
On Where's Tim, you can now see where I was on a specific date. Entering a date in this box: will get you this: Clear History = Removes the history overlay Export History to XML = Generates an XML document with the lat/long data Disable Auto Update = Temporarily disables the Auto Update feature so you can move the map around and browse my previous locations without the map recentering itself Note that the history function doesn't work that great in Firefox. And that getting dates with a lot of data ......

Posted On Monday, January 23, 2006 8:49 AM

My job is 20% research
Sahil Malik reenforces what I have been telling Kyle (my boss) for years. 20% of my time should be spent doing research. For me this includes reading blogs about technology, creating test apps using new technology and reading books.I am constantly finding new ways to do things and as time permits, I go into our old code and refactor it to make it faster and more efficient. This makes me a stronger asset to EnGraph, makes our applications better and keeps the daily 9-6 fun for me ......

Posted On Monday, January 23, 2006 7:16 AM

Norwegian university talking about Google Maps
Apparently, Ostfold University offers a class called Location Aware Systems. In that class the students were asked to find Google Maps mashups that fit in the following categories: Most useful Most impressive Least useful Best commercial potential Most original Most stupid Also, I am guessing that the professor is making the students blog about it, because these Location Aware Systems blogs have been popping up all over the place. I think it's great that they are learning about Google Maps and even ......

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2006 9:27 AM

Christers doesn't want to know where I am
Christers Edvartsen is taking a class called Location Aware Systems. One of his assignments was to find Google Maps mashups in the following categories:Most usefulMost impressiveMost originalBest commercial potentialLeast usefulMost stupidGuess what won Most stupid?I would rather have been in the Best commercial potential list, but I'll settle for any plug :) ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 1:53 PM

SignFile task error when publishing with ClickOnce
I'm working with a ClickOnce project that has successfully published before. I am working on a recently rebuilt computer, and I retrieved the files via SourceGear vault. Now when I try to publish the application, I get the error: The "SignFile" task was not given a value for the required parameter "CertificateThumbprint". A Google search returns nothing relevant. I'll post the solution when I figure it out ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 10:42 AM shows the most recent mashups, the most popular mashups, the most consumed APIs and most used tags from in a simple one page interface. John Musser talks more about it here.

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 10:11 AM

Get Lat / Long from Google Map
Quite often, I need the lat/long of a location. I've always used the tool from, but there are a couple things that I don't like about it. 1) Map is too small 2) Map does not have a zoom control So I built my own ( Here is the javascript code: var map = new GMap(document.getElementByI... map.addControl(new GLargeMapControl()); map.addControl(new GMapTypeControl()); var point = new GPoint(-95.31549, 38.97663); map.centerAndZoom(point, ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 9:24 AM

Working with WeatherBug API
I talked earlier about integrating WeatherBug data into Where's Tim. Chris Sloop has been a lot of help and was even nice enough to include Where's Tim on the WeatherBug's API example page. He requested that I share some code, so here it is:Basically, to consume WeatherBug's API, I:1) Make a call to the Where's Tim webservice2) Parse the zipcode out of the .Place property of the GPSData structure3) Pass the zipcode into a function that builds the REST url4) Load the url into a System.Data.DataSet ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 7:51 AM

.NET Developers Blog

Minh T. Nguyen has a site that is "an aggregated blog of non-Microsoft .NET developers". I subscribed to their feed yesterday and have seen good content come from there. I also saw that Jeff Julian was aggregated there. Any other GWB members there?

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 6:22 AM

Google Maps Mania on NPR
Mike Pegg from Google Maps Mania is going to be on NPR's All Things Considered today. Maybe he will give Where's Tim a plug :)

He talks about it here.

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:51 AM

Where's Tim now with GPS cookie crumbs
You can see where I currently am, but also now where I have been with the new cookie crumb feature on Where's Tim. It uses the standard large red icon to show my current location and the little blue icons (like on Google Ride Finder) to show where I have been. As my location changes, GPS cookie crumbs will be left behind. At anytime the crumbs can be cleared by pushing "Clear GPS Cookie Crumbs". Note that crumbs will only be left if my location actually changes ......

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:16 AM

Using infowindowopen with Google Maps
Kyle complained that sending me a message on Where's Tim didn't always work, that sometimes the InfoWindow would close before he could push send. This was because every 30 seconds an AJAX call was made that would check for my current location. Looking through the Google Maps documentation, I found the infowindowopen and infowindowclose events. So I created a boolean variable that is checked before my current position is refreshed and set that boolean to true on the infowindowopen event and false ......

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:02 AM

Where's Tim now with current weather
Using the WeatherBug API, you can now see my current weather conditions on Where's Tim. The API was easy to use and I also include the data in the Where's Tim Webservice. Calling GetTimsWeather returns an object that contains: Current Temp (.Temp) Todays Rainfall (.Rain) Current Windspeed (.Wind) Wind Direction (.WindDirection) My current zipcode (.ZipCode) URL with more info (.WebLink) Thanks to the My class in VS 2005, you can get my current temperature with one line of code: MsgBox(My.WebServices.EnGra... ......

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:49 AM

Back home

Chelsea and I had a good trip to South Carolina. Chris Williams was nice enough to invite us to take a tour of his company, Blackbaud, but we just didn't have time, thanks anyways Chris.

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:34 AM

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