Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The exec task needs a command to execute

July 30, 2008 Posted by Jason Irwin No comments
I received this ridiculously inane error message when attempting to compile a visual studio 2008 solution this evening. I spent some time investigating as I had just upgraded the solution which was originally created in 2005.

In fact the issue was caused not by the conversion but by an empty line in the pre-build event box. I know, I know - it was sloppy of me to leave an empty line in the first place but this is another example of a wonderful IDE let down by silly little bugs - I know for a fact that the microsoft corporation has the ability to remove empty strings!!! In the end I manually removed the empty string and all returned to normal - a few more minutes of my life that I'm not getting back :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

justinguitar - sometimes I love the Internet

July 23, 2008 Posted by Jason Irwin No comments
Disclaimer: this post has nothing to do with software development.

As I write this from my new iPhone 3g (sorry, I had to gloat) I can't help but realize that 99% of the content on the Internet is complete garbage. Of course that is completely subjective (and does not apply to this blog) but it is rare that I find something online that i feel the need to shout (read "blog") about.

I've owned a guitar for as long as I can remember and been unable to play it for even longer...which is why I am so excited about http://www.justinguitar.com. I am in no way associated with the site nor do I have anything to gain by posting about it. This being said, this site is amazing!! Justin provides lessons in written and YouTube form. The real beauty of the site is most definitely his gift for teaching. Lessons are provided in both guitar theory and (user requested) songs. Video lessons are extremely clear with closeups of both the chord and strumming patterns. Lessons are perfectly detailed yet extremely accessible - even for a novice such as myself.

There is a fine balance between teaching songs and teaching how to play guitar - while Justin pushes students to go and figure out chords and strumming patterns by themselves, he definitely appears appreciative of the motivational influence of being able to play a song in the first place - something which his audience appears grateful for (you only have to look as far as the pages and pages (and pages and pages) of song lesson requests on his forum to see what i mean.

An active community is already present in his forums, providing further help to those who seek knowledge. Donations are accepted, but never pushed, making the site available to those who cannot afford lessons and allowing others to say a much deserved 'thank you'.

This is an invaluable site for anyone interested in picking up a guitar and one which i hope continues to grow and grow. Spread the word!!!