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Check out books from amazon which have up to 34% off: Search for any book or item be it software, shoes, electronics, tools and hardware, cameras etc... You know you want to ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:27 PM

Software Development Project
Hi guys! So yesterday I had the interview for my final college assignment. And....... I got a distinction =D I was damn worried about this assignment cos it was huge, and it contained SEVERAL criteria, which were SEVERAL pages long. Anyway I am very happy with the results, and I'm thinking about continuing this project in my free time and then launch it in the coming months... Here are a couple of screen shots of the website so far :) Don't hesitate to ask stuff, or requesting ideas to be added to ......

Posted On Friday, June 5, 2009 5:30 AM

Stephanie Grima’s Curriculum Vitae Introduction As a person, I consider myself as capable to work alone and with a team easily. I am very hard working, and do whatever I set my mind to doing. I am currently at MCAST ICT, during my last year of my studies reading my Higher National Diploma. I also hold an A-Level in IT as well as a National Diploma in Computing. I see myself working in IT as a web developer or software programmer while I continue furthering my knowledge by doing exams such as MCTS ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:07 AM

PHP Shopping Cart
I have been so quiet lately and I feel bad to ignoring you all so I thought about sharing with you a couple of screen shots from the main project I have been working on. This is a Shopping Cart which will hopefully be online some time soon. The client side was done in PHP. Server side is in C#. I'm thinking of doing the client side with C# too eventually, to be sold as a whole package since originally this was a college assignment. Here goes screenshot from client side: Would appreciate it if I could ......

Posted On Monday, January 19, 2009 11:52 AM

Unhide / Show File Extensions in Microsoft Vista
So I wanted to show the file extensions in Windows Vista... It doesn't sound so difficult, right? Well - it took me a while to figure it out since I thought that I'd better do it myself than look it up on the internet, so I will familiarize myself a bit with Vista, since the laptop I bought cannot be downgraded to XP (I really do not love Vista). Anyway this is what you should do: Go to any folder you have on your desktop Click on the button Organise (this is usually found on the top left of the ......

Posted On Monday, December 29, 2008 1:46 AM

Announcement: Windows XP


It is said, that Windows XP can still be bought by pc builders and resellers until May 30, 2009. However, the last orders are going to be taken on the 31st January of next year.

However, May 30th is NOT the end of Microsoft XP. It has been announced that very bargained computers are still going to be sold with Windows XP until June 30th of 2010.


Posted On Monday, December 22, 2008 9:51 PM

Announcement: Windows Vista SP2 Beta Version is up for grabs
As from a couple of days ago, SP2 in Beta version for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has been up for grabs. Those interested should go on the following: 32-bit SP2 Beta 2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 64-bit SP2 Beta 2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 Please note that before installing this, one needs to have SP1 on his computer/laptop. Has anyone tried it yet ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2008 7:20 PM

Announcement: Microsoft signs major deal with Dell for Live Search
Sorry for not blogging much lately but I have been and stil am - busy with college assignments. I was surfing a bit on the internet and got to read some interesting news from Microsoft: Microsoft signs major deal with Dell for Live Search From the looks of it Microsoft and Dell made a deal for the latter company to have all the next computers shipped with a pre-installed Live Search Toolbar. It is suggested that such deals are made in order for Microsoft to grow its search market share. This is not ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2008 7:16 PM

Wow: 49 Comments so far!


I have been writing blogs over here for almost two months now! And so far I have 49 comments :-)

That's quite a good response! I am happy that I am  managing to help and be of information to a good number of you!

Happy week-end!

Stephanie Grima

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2008 11:24 PM

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Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:00 AM

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Posted On Friday, November 14, 2008 7:46 PM

Obama or McCain?


Who do you think will win the elections tonight?

It's 11pm in my country and I'm very tired. I bet I will be waking up alot to see how the elections are doing in the US. I think that there are going to be alot of changes once the winner is announced.

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 9:49 AM

[C#] What is NUnit?
As suggested by Pete O'Hanlon, I am going to take a look at NUnit. I am not very familiar with it as yet, so I am basically doing research to see it's capabilities :-) I heard that I will be teached about it in lecturers in the near future, so I will be blogging even more once I get a good grab at it. What is NUnit? NUnit is a free unit testing framework designed to be used with .NET projects. This framework provides a library that has classes and methods which help writing test scripts. Nunit has ......

Posted On Saturday, November 1, 2008 11:04 PM

[SharePoint] State Machine Workflow vs. Sequential Workflow
The two types of workflows which exist out of the box in Visual Studio are: Sequential Workflow State Machine Workflow Below, find the differences between them, so that when you are thinking of implementing a workflow, you would use the one that fits the most: State-Machine workflows: State-machine workflows are workflows which are driven by particular events. Example: OnTaskChanged OnTaskCreated OnTaskDeleted OnWorkflowActivated etc In order to move to another event, the workflow needs to meet another ......

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2008 10:49 PM

Winner of the October Grand Prize of
I just recieved an e-mail from David Silverlight telling me that I have won the grand prize of October with 95,500 points. I feel so happy about this! I was not expecting to win the grand prize for giving out my opinions over IT, and by helping those in need in SharePoint and other general programming techniques. So I won this cute Robotic Junkyard Dog called Scraps : "This mischievous robotic mutt performs a programmable series of up to 80 moves--if he listens, that is. He cocks his head, twitches ......

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2008 7:10 PM

[C#] [Java] Testing [Part 5]: Integration Testing
Integration Testing: The methods/procedures/functions that were tested seperately in Unit Testing are combined and tested as a group. Integration testing is mostly use to check the performance, reliability of a product and to check whether the requirements have been met. Advantage: It is important to test in groups before testing the application as a whole because you can find code problems earlier in the project. Disadvantages: Boring, monotonous Time consuming ......

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2008 9:12 AM

[C#] [Java] Testing [Part 4]: Unit Testing
Unit Testing Unit testing is when a tester, tests every method/function/procedure seperately. This is done to make sure that the most vital methods work as expected. Once the methods are tested one after the other, these are then put in groups according to what they do to form components. Then, these are tested using Integration Testing. This will be tackled in the next part. Advantages: Improves design Reduce cost of change because bugs are seen instantly Disadvantages: Time consuming. Testers and ......

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2008 6:51 AM

[C#] [Java] Testing [Part 3]: Gray Box Testing
Gray Box Testing Gray Box Testing is the combining of black box, and white box testing. It involves having access to internal data structure and algorithms, but the testing is still done at a user's level, therefore as black box testing. It is said to be mostly used in web services applications since the Internet is quite stable. Advantages: The testers do need to have the source-code while testing. Disadvantages: The testing is done based on limited knowledge of the internal code. Difficult to resolve ......

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2008 5:58 AM

[C#] [Java] Testing [Part 2]: White Box Testing
White Box Testing White box testing is known as clear box testing and glass box testing. The technique in white box testing is to have a very good knowledge of the internal code. The testers need to know what the product does, what the code really does because they need to examine the output values as well as the values within the methods/procedures/function. If the tester, does not know the code well, this kind of testing will be a failure and not accurate at all. It is ideal to do this kind of ......

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2008 4:40 AM

[C#] [Java] Testing [Part 1]: Black Box Testing
Black Box Testing Black box testing is the testing of methods/functions/procedures without knowing what is in the internal code. You would only know what to input, and what the expected outcomes should be. So to speak, no knowledge of the programme/application is required to do this kind of testing. Advantages The testers do not require any knowledge on the product being developed The testing is done from the user's points of view The programming and testing are done by different persons Disadvantages ......

Posted On Friday, October 31, 2008 12:10 AM

So I had to do a comparison between the Java language and PHP for college... and I thought I'd put it online as an article :-) Here it goes! In comparison to PHP, the J2EE language is far more maintainable in terms of updating an application or website. It is heavily object oriented, whereas OOP in PHP is rather new, since mostly, it is scripting. Java also has a better linear performance. And thus, it beats PHP on performance benchmarks as well. In polls and according to most programmers, J2EE is ......

Posted On Thursday, October 30, 2008 9:19 AM is a very cool website with a great concept. As described by many people, it "uses Geek Humor to recognize people for their special talents". One has the opportunity to send awards and to even create new ones on the fly. Example of awards include: "Mr. It Works on My Computer Guy", "Mr. I Can Write My Own Version of ASP.NET better than Microsoft" Guy and "Mr. Overly Complicated Application Guy" . This website is owned by the guy which Silverlight ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2008 5:28 AM

Difference between TFT and LCD Monitors
Difference between TFT and LCD Monitors: This is a question which I have been asked about several times by people who are thinking on upgrading their TV or computer monitors, so I figured out I should answer this online for anyone who has doubts. TFT, which stands for Thin Film Transistor, is not really different from LCD. TFT, comes from the family of the LCD technology. It is a variant of LCD, it is a modern version of the LCD technology. TFT, has a very well improved image quality and makes use ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2008 6:20 PM

New Logo for .NET [Visual Studio]
I have read online at [ that a new logo has been announced by the Microsoft team for the .NET applications. This is said to be due to the key values Microsoft team wants ".NET to stand for: consistency, robustness and great user experiences". What do you all think of the new logo? In my opinion it looks good in the sense of design, and as the .NET world is evolving, a new logo is essential to show the customers that ......

Posted On Friday, October 24, 2008 7:43 PM

[Book Review] MicrosoftOffice SharePoint Designer 2007 Step by Step - Penelope Coventry
Book Review: MicrosoftOffice SharePoint Designer 2007 Step by Step - Penelope Coventry This book is full of tutorials and hints in building customised SharePoint sites. It helps you build pages complete with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), Libraries, lists and also webparts which are very customisable. I bought the book for the main purpose to learn creating workflows with SharePoint Designer 2007, and it really help me. The book as the title says, is really step by step and it is designed and laid ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:29 PM

TCP networking technology in a Chat Application
TCP networking technology in a Chat Application: TCP technology will allow the communication between a server and a client and vice versa, through the use of serializing an object over a network, such as the Internet. The advantage to using TCP over Socket programming is that TCP performs a great deal of functions transparently, such as acknowledging the receipt of data packets, retransmitting lost packets etc. The disadvantage to using TCP over Socket programming is that Sockets are a great deal ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:27 AM

[Book Review] Microsoft SharePoint 2007 for Dummies by Vanessa L. Williams
Microsoft SharePoint 2007 for Dummies by Vanessa L. Williams As soon as I got my job as a SharePoint programmer, I was given a couple of books to get familiar with SharePoint as a server. One of the books is Vanessa L. Williams’ “Microsoft SharePoint 2007 For Dummies”. Most of the book focuses on: Tips and features of the server Detailed step by step information to configure a SharePoint Server Set up sites Granting access to users Creating personal sites Data and business management Ways on how ......

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Posted On Sunday, October 19, 2008 4:02 AM

Should we go for Windows Vista, or not? [Pros and Cons]
Windows Vista: Pros and Cons I just bought a laptop which has Windows Vista. Since I wasn’t sure if it’s feasible to keep it with this Operating System, I researched to see the advantages and disadvantages of Vista. Here is what I gathered out of personal use and research What I love about Windows Vista: · The increased security, although you can also get this by having Service Pack 3 on Windows XP · The new looks, which in my opinion are way better than those of Windows XP · The side bar is a nice ......

Posted On Friday, October 10, 2008 5:55 PM

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