June User Group Meeting

This month’s user group meeting would go down as one of the funnier ones. Imagine me presenting in a pitch dark room with no lights, I only realized how hilarious it was after I saw Wela doing his presentation (mine was the first). All I could see from the back was his black silhouette against the presentation backdrop. I would definitely have been a sight to watch (and not in a good way).

Overall I enjoyed doing yesterday’s presentation which had zero demos, but we really did spend time drilling through the CLR, exception handling, garbage collection best practices with a heavy dose of the IDisposable interface thrown in for good measure.

If you were at yesterday’s session please do leave your comments (both good and bad are equally welcome).

I’ll also post the link to the slide once Wela uploads them somewhere.

Wela’s presentation on CSS, Themes and Skins was quite insightful. I learnt a couple of tricks including Style Hierarchies in CSS as well as the abc’s on ASP.NET Theming.

June User Group Meeting

Automatic Brace Matching

The Visual Studio shortcut of the day is CTRL+] which allows you to jump between two matching braces. The name is somewhat misleading since brace matching works not just for braces but also includes parentheses and all other pair statements like #region#endregion, #if and so on.


All you have to do is move the cursor to either the left or right of a brace and press CTRL+] to toggle moving between the two ends in the code editor.



A word of warning to Visual Basic users, you guys don’t uses braces so you don’t get the Automatic Brace Matching feature. Ouch.

Automatic Brace Matching

On Sex and Linux

I was browsing through my stats pages and came across a couple of pretty interesting findings.

It’s quite funny that my blog turns up #1 on Google when someone does a search for ‘sex pics‘ in Sri Lanka.

Next, why on earth does my blog come up #1 before Sanjiva’s for ‘blog linux Sri Lanka

A quick search on Live.com gives much better results . On ‘blog linux Sri Lanka‘, merill.net never makes an appearance in the first few pages.

On Sex and Linux

Imagine Cup – Panchayudha Wins!

After a gruelling 3 hours the winners of Imagine Cup ‘06 were announced for the Sri Lanka. It was great to see the time and effort that all the teams had put into preparing their presentations. There were video clips and full 3D animations to convey the solutions they were offering.

Unfortunately although four of the five finalists were from Colombo University, it was the team from Moratuwa University that stole the crown. There were lots of opinions on who should have wont it, and my take on the matter is that although there were better polished and more complete solutions it was the Panchayudha solution which had a unique outlook on solving a real world problem and doing so, they have a better prospect representing Sri Lanka at the global finals.

Kudos to Jina from Microsoft who organized and ran the entire show which went quite well given the logistics of planning an event with over 20 students presenting.

Imagine Cup – Panchayudha Wins!