This old dude still has game

The last real application I wrote was called PRISM Benchmark Pro.  It measured a wide variety of things related to timing of moving files across targets – it was written to test Wireless LAN way back in the early days of WLAN – but it worked equally well on network shares, etc.  By "equally well" I mean just that!  But it was very widely used back in the late 90’s thru 2002 or so.  Interestingly enough almost every Google Search result now for that application brings up a foreign language site. 

But today I had a pretty complex idea I needed to get across to my development team.  So I started to mock it up in PowerPoint.  I just couldn’t get the flow of the application to represent well in PPT.

So I cranked up Visual Studio .Net.  Three hours later I had a pretty cool demo that included using the Google Mapping API, connected to a MS-SQL database, displaying regional data based on if the user selected a continent, country, state, city, etc.

Very cool.  Cool that I can still program, and cool that programming is just so much easier now.  Online help, context-sensitive help, tons of free tools and examples.  Code Completion.  Amazing!

But I’ve still got it – I can still write useful code.  In this case just useful as a tool for my development team to build from.  But useful non-the-less!

Now the next challenge – overlay a heat-map over the current maps.  That will be more challenging… there are a lot less examples for this available – and none I can find that use heat maps quite like I want to use them.  But I can’t wait to attack the problem.  It will force me to learn something new, and I’m always happiest when I am learning something!


  1. @Kami – thanks.  That’s pretty cool.  Not sure I could use because the data I will be using on the heat-map is from a private database.  But I will talk to them.

  2. Check out what FortiusOne is doing.  I recently did a heat map with them for a client:

  3. Yuvi – it is .Net 2008.

    And what is your issue with Rich Text boxes? 🙂

  4. I can’t help it: Which version of Visual Studio? The ".NET" moniker version (2002/2003), the latest 2008 or the just slightly older 2005 version? 2008 is so much better that about 300 lines of code in 2005 were reduced to about 15 in 2008. Darn too easy. Too easy.

    P.S. I’m goanna keep protesting about the rich text box here…

  5. @Josh – Welcome!  Yes, in many ways Google is like the spouse that always reminds you of your past mistakes 🙂

  6. Always interesting what you find when you Google old projects.

    – ps – I found your blog through a link from Kami