10.5.09

Charts in ASP.NET

Recently I was working on a project to show metrics in graphical format in a web application. After exploring the possibilities of using all flashy technologies like silverlight etc we finally went for using the Microsoft Chart Controls.

We hear about technologies and solutions all the time and read them in books and articles, but we only realize the ease and power when we work on them. I am sure everyone working in .net would come across a situation where the user wants his data in graphical format. I must say, this is THE solution for anyone trying to provide charts to your users in ASP.NET.

Apart from being flexible, the best part I liked was the complete detailed examples which they provide in a single solution which makes it so much easier even for those using it for the first time.

It requires little or no learning for existing .net developers as they are just extension controls. The development is a breeze with the complete knockoff examples they provide.


2.5.09

Lessons from Susan Boyle

There are already too many people praising her which she rightly deserves, so I won’t be doing that again. Instead, I think we need to learn two important lessons from this whole episode



1. It is a perfect example of "Do not ever go by looks alone"
You never know the real potential of a person unless you see his/her work. We live in a world where looks are so important and this once again proves that we are wrong.

2. Keep the expectations low and surprise people to exponentiate the appreciation.
She knew that she was gonna blow away the audience and she kept a low profile. It’s not that she would not have become so famous otherwise, but it brought that element of surprise and tremendous fan following.