Back From Vacation

If you think the troubles with Advantage Rent-A-Car were over – you’re wrong. We lost another hour on our way back to airport when we brought the car back. Aside from numerous annoying mechanical issues with the car itself (nothing major – just annoying) it turned out that the contract on it was closed, so a new one had to be created. How these people get anything done – is just beyond me. Literally spent between 40 minutes to an hour just dropping off the car. Would have been more, but some manager type said he wants us out of there so the sales rep had to fill out some forms by hand to enter them into their system later.

I remember I was complaining about car rental companies before, but Advantage Rent-A-Car has truly beaten all the expectations of bad customer service.

Aside from that the vacation was anything short of amazing. Had a lot of fun on the beach and in parks, rested a lot and came up with new project for myself.

It looks like ASP.NET is a well under served technology. I do a lot of development in ASP.NET and it turns out there’s just not as much information out there as there is about other stuff. Whenever I get stuck with some complicated JavaScript/PHP/SQL issue – I can find an answer almost immediately. However, when I hit a roadblock with ASP.NET (either VB.NET or C#) – it’s either some guys from India copy-pasting MSDN code samples into their blogs to get exposure or pretend they have experience, or there’s (usually unanswered) cry for help on one of the few main ASP.NET forums. Of course, there’s a chance someone actually covered the topic, but it doesn’t even come close to being as often as other technologies.

So I thought why not start covering some real-world issues. There’s a lot of entry-level stuff you hit all the time that’s just not that obvious and you get stuck with it just because you’re missing one single bit of knowledge on how that specific thing works. Or some advanced-level stuff that gets “ah, that’s simple, I’ll just make it work” attitude, when in fact it’s not. I am definitely not a guru, but if this little bit will help than my goal will be accomplished.