Managing "Global Constants" with a Database

Introduction There always comes a time while developing an application when a programmer has to introduce some “constants”. These may be Id’s, names, time intervals. The first action is to just put the literal constant where it’s needed first. Once the value of the constant is needed in additional places, a decision has to made: where to store the “constant”. The really bad answer would be to just reuse the

Creating a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget

I think this post should begin with a few sayings: “Never say never”, “When hell freezes over”, “Once in a blue moon”, “I would rather shoot myself”, “Over my dead body”, but the best suited one for this post comes from Ciprian Jichici, the Microsoft Regional Director from Romania: “In this line of business, there’s no room for talibanisms”. I will be talking about developing Sidebar gadgets. These Sidebar gadgets