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14 July 2009 @ 10:35 pm
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I finally got around to checking out FareCast this week for flights to DragonCon. Except it turns out that since the last time i checked FareCast got bought out by Microsoft and is part of the Bing search engine now =P I wonder why Google didn't manage to snatch them up? It seems like it ought to have been right in their bailiwick. Score one more for the Microsoft monopoly.

Not that Microsoft is _always_ bad (just usually =) I've been dealing with converting a project from MS-SQL to Oracle at work for the past few weeks (or more accurately, adding code in parallel so that the user has the option of using either.) It's rather painful some of the stupid things Oracle does, or maybe it just seems that way because i started out on MS-SQL. But still, it seems entirely natural that it ought to be possible to do a search inside a procedure that returns zero results. MS-SQL handles this just fine, you get a null result back and as long as you remember to check the results before trying to use them everything is fine. Oracle on the other hand insists on throwing an error if a search in a procedure doesn't return any rows, which not only seems stupid, but handling exceptions in Oracle is a lot more painful than just checking for a null value in MS-SQL.

But lest i think too fondly of Microsoft, this new project has also involved learning to use C#. It seems pretty similar to C++ in a lot of respect, though there are some annoying bits of trivia. However the most trivial thing that has been bothering me the most is that MS Visual Studio insists that in C# projects breakpoints _always_ have to be highlighted. There's a even specific setting in the generic debugging options menu to turn highlighted breakpoints on and off, which works in C++ projects but gets ignored in C# projects =P

But aaaaanyways, when i checked FareCast Bing on sunday it said the lowest price it could find was $325 and recommended i wait. When i checked today the prices were down to $275 and it recommended i buy, so i've got a flight to DragonCon now :) The price actually ended up getting bumped up to $289 so i could get non-stop flights at "reasonable" times. I debated about whether to go with AirTran, who i'd never heard of before, or Delta, but after checking Consumer Reports it actually seems like AirTran is the better airline, _and_ it was $10 cheaper, which is a bit strange when flying into the Delta hub :)
Mark E. Phairistgut on July 15th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Score one more for the Microsoft monopoly.
seriously, dude? What is this, the late 90's? ;p

And C# is closer to Java than it is to C++.

As far as highlighted breakpoints go, there might be a problem with your settings file. This thread is about the reverse problem, but the suggestion by the MVP of backing up and then deleting your settings file might fix your problem, too.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 15th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the only really relevant thing i was able to find when searching earlier, and i've already switched the colors around. But like they said, you still lose all the contextual colors that way.

It's been a long time since i've used Java, so i can't compare it to that very easily.
Mark E. Phairistgut on July 15th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
did you try this:

"Export your existing settings to a file. Shut down VS. Go to the directory where the settings are stored (\Visual Studio 2005\Settings) and delete the current settings file. Restart VS and see if the highlighting works properly. If it does then try restoring your settings and see if it goes away again."
Kimchalgaryn on July 15th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Atlanta is also AirTran's hub, iirc. They fly mostly in the eastern half of the country, so I'm not surprised you haven't heard of them. We flew on them out of Chicago a few times.
sthaddeus on July 16th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
learning to use C#

Are you using LINQ for anything yet? That's something I've been wanting to try that has no equivalent in Java.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 17th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what LINQ is, so presumably not? :)
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on July 22nd, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
So are you gonna share the details on your flight with the people whose room you're sleeping in?

Also, if you want to get a badge before the con, and you haven't already, the rate went up last Thursday. But if you watch dragoncon, sometimes people are selling their badges because they can't go.
DonAithnendonaithnen on July 23rd, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, i was going to get around to talking to you about that at some point :) I didn't actually recall you specifically saying there was room for me, it was definitely implied, but i didn't want to presume so i was going to double-check first :) But anyways, there should be a post about it now.

And i'd rather just pay the extra $10 than deal with the hassle of acquiring someone else's badge :)