Saturday, December 31, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
A friend of mine with a more literary bend (he has his MFA and teaches English at a local college) loaned me Montana 1948, by Larry Watson. Not my typical fare, but he recommended it highly and pointed out that it was a quick read (it took maybe three hours).
After reading it, wholeheartedly agree with his assessment--what an excellent book! The prose was lean and tight, with pearls of description that brought rural Montana to life through just a few pen strokes. The core of the story is about family relations and the prejudices of a small town. I was impressed by how little time and text it took Watson to establish the complex relationships between the half dozen different family members. He brought them to life in a direct way that I admire.
As the afterward in the edition I read noted, it is also an excellent example of fiction which addresses a difficult subject--specifically the abuse of Native Americans--without preaching. It comes in to tell a story, builds the story effectively, and in the course of that reveals the injustice of the not-so distant past. Montana 1948 is an excellent novel, and I'm going to be looking up more of Watson's work in the near future.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
- What is he afraid of? (I knew part of this, but discovered an entirely new fear that dove-tails nicely with the plot of the novel)
- What polarizing events are in his childhood?
- What is the inciting incident which starts the story in motion FOR HIM?
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The RFC is only at the Informational stage, but it's nice to see someone trying to get more standardization around a long-used, poorly-documented format.
Friday, December 9, 2005
For a couple days I was pretty glum about it, but with some motivation from my lovely wife I'm getting excited again. I've realized that I've got more development work to do--both on the characters and the world they inhabit. Some things I know in my head haven't translated onto the page, and the critique group's "gentle" prodding has revealed areas that are hazy even to me. I thought I had the whole thing wrapped up neat as a bow in my mind, but apparently that wasn't the case.
I'm don't know the extent of the plot changes I'll be making, but I do know that the book will be richer, stronger and more fulfilling (to me and to my readers) because of the time I'm taking to back up, rethink and clarify.
Thursday, December 8, 2005
A Web application can be comprised of multiple XML Web services, however the Application_Error event within the Global.asax file cannot be used for global exception handling.
Debugging a SOAP extension can be a bit different from how you might normally debug a Web service hosted in ASP.NET. ASP.NET uses the DefaultWsdlHelpGenerator.aspx page as configured in machine.config to display test pages for your Web services. These test pages can be used to invoke your WebMethods, but the test harness does this by making HTTP POST requests to the server rather than HTTP SOAP requests. SoapExtensions only work with SOAP requests, and thus any requests to your Web service made using the default test page will result in your extensions not being used.