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Winchester Mystery House Video

I’ve long said that many VB6 applications remind me of the Winchester Mystery House. This house, built by the heiress to the Winchester Rifle Company, is a sprawling mansion that had additions made to it essentially on the whim of the owner. Architecturally its a mess, but it still functions, much like a lot of VB6 programs you see with hundreds of forms and modules and with nooks and crannies that just don’t make any sense at all.

Here’s a video tour by the guys who did the Weird US series on the History Channel. It’s a fun video. Watch it and see if your VB6 app has something in common with this house.

 

 

 

 

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Add comment October 20th, 2007

R. Lee Ermey’s VB.NET Boot Camp

I ran across this video while looking around on YouTube this afternoon. Given my series on applying Marine Corps leadership traits to software development team leadership and Coding Horror’s Jeff Atwood using some stills from Full Metal Jacket on a couple of his posts, it just seemed like a great coincidence to find this. It may make you appreciate your manager more, that’s for sure. (scroll down for video)
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BTW, Gunny Ermey was an actual Drill Instructor back in the 60’s and did some combat time in Vietnam. He’s the real deal.
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Add comment August 25th, 2007

Jonathan Coulton’s Code Monkey

My discussion with GaĆ«tan Voyer-Perrault on my 7 Steps of Software Development story brought this song to mind, particularly the lyrics of first verse when Code Monkey is talking to his manager ‘Rob’. I also like how he asks the crowd if anyone needs any VB code written before launching into the song. I like this live performance he did of it that I found on YouTube (scroll down for video).

Check out Jonathan Coulton’s web site if you get a chance. Also, his song got picked up as the theme song for the hilarious new G4 TV show, Code Monkeys so check it out too.

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