eWorld.UI - Matt Hawley

Ramblings of Matt

I'm Twittering Now... I guess

May 29, 2008 23:04 by matthaw

I'm giving this a try, it's the "fad" thing now - yeah, I'm late to the game, I know. Oh well, let's see how that goes - probably just as good as my MySpace & FaceBook stints... I give it 1.5 months, and it'll be done! Anyway, if your in any way interested, start following me.



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New Design is Live!

April 1, 2008 01:05 by matthaw

Ahh, I've worked so hard on this. I hope you all enjoy it. Check out my new design as I've taken a different direction for the site. I hope your a real developer and feel at home with my new layout!

Update: Okay, thanks for humoring me :) The site has been officially moved and the link above has been updated.



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My New Job

March 27, 2008 16:12 by matthaw

Ah, the cat is finally out of the bag at work. I've been holding out recently and didn't want to say anything until the official notice had been sent around to my colleagues. I've been at Microsoft for just about 3 years now, working in the MSIT Partner division and I've finally decided it was time to move on. As of April 14th, I will be working on the CodePlex.com team! It's a very small, very agile team under the direction of Jim Newkirk. I can't wait to get over there and start learning a lot from this team.

With this new adventure, I hope to start blogging a lot more and really get back into the community. I've sorely missed not being involved and it's something I'll get back to doing.

This is just my first of few surprises, stay tuned as the 2nd one is going to take a bit more effort by me!



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New Blog Home and News to Come!

March 27, 2008 01:22 by matthaw

Well, if you've made it over here and saw this blog post - great! I realized it was time to start blogging again, and since http://weblogs.asp.net is getting too extremely cluttered, I decided to venture out on my own. First off, thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy keeping up to date on my blog. I swear I'll be more proactive about things. The biggest reason is leading me up to my second statement, I have some exciting news to come! I can't share just yet, but the two things I have in the works should be very exciting for both me and the community.

So, hopefully I can become more diligent in posting, as I've been doing some really cool things recently, and wanted to start sharing again. Now, I still can't say for certainty that this blog will remain technical by any means, but I'll definitely try my best. Until later...



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FogBugz getting an API & VS2005 Plugin!

December 22, 2006 16:29 by matthaw

Yes, the title says it all. FogBugz is getting an exposed API (oddly enough feels like WebServices but isn't even close - rar!) in the next version. The good news is there's a beta version of this API already out that enables a new Visual Studio 2005 Plugin to see your cases by your various filters. I've been wanting something like this for home for quite awhile, so I'm quite happy to see this finally exists. I would have posted sooner about this, but it was a rocky start for the API as it's already on (my version #, not there's) 1.2 due to some bugs not allowing me or many others to work with it. So definately check this out if you're using FogBugz and Visual Studio 2005 & hate to have a separate IE window open to manage your bugs.



Website Under Maintenance

July 20, 2006 07:43 by matthaw

If you’ve visited my site tonight, you may have noticed that it’s currently down for maintenance. What does this mean? Well, nothing bad of course, just migrating from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005 which will hopefully allow me to utilize some fancier features with the new website coming in a few weeks (hint hint). This migration hasn’t been easy as I started off with high hopes from my hoster. 24 hours later I have a working plan - which involves the following steps…

1. Backup my SQL 2000 database
2. Download my SQL 2000 database to my home server
3. Restore my database to my home server (SQL 2005)
4. Backup my database from my home server
5. Upload my database to my SQL 2005 server
6. Restore my database to SQL 2005
7. Execute a script altering the schema from ‘user’ to ‘dbo’ on all objects
8. Point website / forums to SQL 2005 server & hope it all works!

Eight fricking steps, not too shabby considering it’s considered a major migration. I really wish it would have been easier, however my hoster seems to have some issues restoring SQL 2000 databases to my SQL 2005 server, so it must be ‘cleansed’ prior to a restore. Anyway, hopefully things will go smoothly as I’m currently on step 2. Please let me know if you notice any issues, though I doubt anyone will.

Update: Site is now back up with a smooth migration! Now, if only I could tell the difference from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005…





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