I am a Senior Developer/Consultant for InfoPlanIT, LLC. I previously spent over 7 years as a Product Manager for what eventually became ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity. While there, I helped to create ActiveReports 7, GrapeCity ActiveAnalysis, and Data Dynamics Reports.
James has written 572 posts for Mr. .NET

Thick As A Brick 2

I’ve been listening to Ian Anderson’s Thick As A Brick 2 lately. Its the first CD I’ve bought in at least 5 years and likely more than that. I’ve listened to the album about a couple dozen times over the past week and I have to say that I’m thoroughly enjoying it. As I write … Continue reading

Announcing ActiveReports 7 beta!

Monday, GrapeCity released the beta version of the next version of ActiveReports!  We’re still putting up all the web materials, however you can go to the forum post with the announcement and download the beta now and read up on it while we’re working on that. New in this version is a feature we call … Continue reading

Oppose SOPA and PIPA

In case you’re like me and do all of your Google searches from the Chrome address/search bar, you may not have noticed that Google has put together a petition to protest SOPA and PIPA that you should sign. The English Wikipedia has also been blacked out and has more information about them.

Alternative DNS server, for what exactly?

Earlier today I noticed that youtube was mysteriously no longer available to me.  The first thing I checked was whether I could ping it…unknown host.  I brought up nslookup and tried there and the primary server for Google DNS wasn’t responding to my query. Now, in Windows and Mac, you can specify a secondary (or … Continue reading

Be prepared for the worst, for your family

Sometime around New Year’s my grandma suffered a severe brain hemorrhage.  No one is sure when it happened, she was found late Jan. 1st, but it had been a couple days before then since anyone had seen her….sadly I was going to visit her on the 29th or 30th but didn’t due to me being sick … Continue reading

Arrrr, there be pirates about!

As some of you may know (or figured out by my last post) I work for a company that sells software, specifically developer components.  Part of my job is keeping up with what people may be saying about our products.  For this, I’ve created several Google Alerts to watch for our products. Saturday I received … Continue reading

Coming Soon: A new Data Dynamics Reports release

I was hoping to post about this last week, but a regression was found in the designer when working with charts and master reports so the release has been delayed. This release will include several new features and a high anticipated designer performance boost. The designer is now more performant when working with large reports. … Continue reading

Windy Garden update

Long, long ago I started work on an iOS game I called Windy Garden.  The purpose of the app was to familiarize myself with Objective-C and Cocos2D.  For one reason or another I got away from working on it, and it sat languishing on my MacBook Pro. Earlier this year I decided to get back … Continue reading

Where has the time gone?

Its that time again, I let my blog languish for months on end and return with a post that promises I’ll be more active. That sounds all great in theory, but I know I’ll wind up in the same rut I’ve been in for months now…stuff I want to talk about but can’t or just … Continue reading

New Data Dynamics Reports release!

Earlier today I pushed out the next maintenance release for Data Dynamics Reports, v1.6.2084.14.  This new release adds almost a dozen new features and many bug fixes. This release has been the culmination of several months of work and collaboration between the development team in the PowerTools division of GrapeCity and the Global Services division. … Continue reading