I bought a bunch of stuff this weekend:
- The new Badly Drawn Boy album.
- “Retro,” the New Order 4 CD box set.
- A couple of Spider-Man TPB’s, reprinting all the JMS issues that I didn’t already have.
- A Hulk TPB, reprinting the first Bruce Jones issues.
- The Powers “Who Killed Retro Girl?” TPB.
- ASP.NET in a Nutshell. Not as fun as the other stuff, but necessary.
So, I’ve got a lot of listening and reading to do. Too bad I still don’t seem to have enough spare time for all this. Oh well!
(The motivation for buying all the comics, by the way, was a gift certificate that I got for Christmas. I’m not on some mad buying spree. Really.)
Spent a bit too much time today trying to figure out how I could create a DLL containing user-defined functions callable from Crystal Reports 8. The obvious route was to use Visual Basic. Well, I don’t normally use VB, I use PowerBuilder. However, creating a DLL in PowerBuilder resulted only in a new and exciting way to crash Crystal every time I tried to open a report. So I went hunting for VB. I have no problem buying a copy. However, I couldn’t verify that VB.NET could create the kind of DLL I needed. I knew VB 4, 5, and 6 would work, but no one reputable seems to have VB 6 for sale anymore. Eventually, I found a dusty copy of VB 5 in a box on top of a bookshelf, underneath a bunch of other stuff. And it worked! Yay!
Does it ever bother you when a 17-year old seems to know more about programming that you do? And you’re 34? (Actually, it doesn’t bother me much, and he seems like a nice guy, so it’s cool. He’s written some neat stuff, too!)