I’ve recently been exploring many of the Syncfusion controls and one that jumped out to me as potentially being very useful is the Report Viewer control. Many companies and development shops out there want to make you think they are the ones who have nailed the perfect reporting platform and the fact of the matter is I don’t believe any of them have truly nailed anything. I’m not saying their products are garbage, I’m simply pointing out the obvious that is not obvious. You see every project and every business demand is unique and having a one size fits all approach is difficult. Larger organizations attempt to work around this by having huge investments into database systems from Oracle and Microsoft with nice reporting features like SQL Reporting Services. But what about small businesses without the capital to invest into these platforms?
I have recently been working on a new internal application for my family’s insurance agency and I knew I wanted to force a secured connection. Being an insurance agency, there are various rules and regulations regarding data security that you can’t take for granted. We use SSL connections for all of our web applications and I needed to force this new application to use HTTPS.
Recently I’ve been thinking about accountability quite a bit. In many facets of each and everyone of our lives, accountability is what sets many of us apart from one another. It is certainly extremely easy to look at others whom lack accountability and point it out, but tonight as I type I’m looking at myself in a mirror. Accountability starts with each and everyone of us and I’ve decided that I’m going to try and hold myself more accountable by sharing what my annual goals are. I will then provide a mid-year and a end-of-year review to update everyone on where things ended up.
Since I didn’t start off 2012 with this plan, I didn’t have many formal goals to look back on so I figured I’d start by documenting what 2012 was for me.
This has been a pretty crazy year full of ups and downs in terms of family. I’m still happily married to my bride of 7 years Melissa and we absolutely love our two year old son Owen to pieces. He definitely has my personality (Lord help us all, now!) and he looks exactly like his Uncles on his mom’s side of the family. Owen keeps us grounded and very busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
In May of 2012, my sister Dani passed away after a very courageous fight against Clear Cell Sarcoma (CCS) Cancer. Looking back, I’m very glad that I was able to be there with her and the rest of my family in her final days and moments. Now that I’ve had a little over 7 months to reflect upon my sister’s battle and ultimately her death, I have learned that you have absolutely no idea what life is going to throw your way, but if you get to decide how you’re going to go about dealing with life. Dani never played the “why me” card and taught me that NOW is the most important time. If you spend all of your time thinking and worrying about tomorrow, then you are neglecting NOW.
Given my sister’s battle, Melissa and I were not able to travel as much as we would have liked to have. We started off the year in TX with my family and that was our only big trip together for the year. I was able to spend Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas with my father-in-law, two brother-in-laws and my brother Rob. I then spent another 7 weeks or so in TX throughout the remainder of the year. I may as well refer to San Antonio, TX as my second home at this point.
I spend most of my time working for my family’s Medicare Insurance Agency VibrantUSA (VUSA). I’m the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for VUSA which basically means I’m responsible for making sure that all of the current and future technology needs are met for the business. But given the size of our organization I end up wearing many hats from operations to marketing to human resources. 2012 was the best year that VUSA has ever had with record setting revenue and net income, but we’ve still got some very important work to do and investments to make to remain competitive.
When I’m not burning the midnight oil as they say for VUSA, I run a technology consulting company called TechDoba (TDOBA). The reality is that I didn’t push for new clients in 2012 for TDOBA as we spent most of our time enhancing our CRM solution that VUSA has used for the past few years. But we still did get a couple of new customers and saw revenue of about $1,000 (clearly not bragging). The good news is that 2013 will start off with a project near completion that will yield about $500.
TechnologyWhile Technology is my profession, it is also my hobby and passion. I absolutely love learning new things and trying to solve new problems. Here is a quick list of some of the areas I spent some time:
- Windows Azure
- ASP.NET MVC4
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- Create a new blank solution within Visual Studio
- Add a new Web Application Project to the newly created solution
- Import existing website files into newly created Web Application project (overwrite files as needed)
- Manually add references into the new project that you had in your old website
- Once all refernces are added, you likely have many namespace errors. Create the new namespaces as required.
- Now we need to perform a conversion process on the web application project, right click on the new Web Application Project and select “Convert To Web Application”. This should fix missinging designer.cs or designer.vb.