March already?

I thought about taking the blog down when I realized how long it had been since I posted here but instead, I decided to say goodbye to Facebook for awhile and devote those misspent energies to something a little more productive.

I started a new full-time job in January, which is another reason I’ve been away.  Aside from the steady paycheck, it’s been a good opportunity to work on a new programming project.  In this case, a web-based purchasing system complete with a SQL Server back-end, web services, a typed dataset providing the classes and a decent amount of leeway in design.  It’s also been a refreshing change from Access 2007 as I’ve been able to update my .NET skills with Visual Studio 2010.

Still, I’ve been getting a little restless off-hours and finally decided to kick myself back into gear.  A steady gig (with an hour commute each way) opens the door to the temptation of kicking back with Netflix during too many nights and that eventually leads to a very sad place so I’m trying to dust off a side project or two again and see what I can do with them.  I really should go back to that Microsoft Access eBook I was working on back in December but working  on SQL Server / Visual Studio during the day and Microsoft Access at night sounds a little too much like a double life to me and a backwards one at that.

So for now, I’ll just try to write a little something here each day.  It might be something new I’ve discovered in .NET or maybe just an interesting link I’ve found during the odd moment when I needed to wrench my mind away from stored procedures and shared functions …