You know there are some days where you just find that everything you ever wanted to program has already been done by someone else. This is to be expected considering how many programmers there are in the world.
However there are certain developers around the world that take that step further and share their work with everyone else. Most people who know me know I am pretty big on open source and gnu linux (I can see Gary shaking his head in disgust).
Although my current line of work involves VB.NET programming there are still people out there making some damn good open source/free controls that I find myself using every day.
I thought I would give them a heads up and a tip of the hat on a job well done.
NetSpell A free open source control that does spell checking within any .Net Application (I have no idea where I would be without this control especially when it comes to the ESP)
Tim Dawsons .Net Controls quite possibly one of the best set of controls I have used and it sure makes your apps look pretty 😉
Today I came across a set of extensions called The Genghis Project, all I can say is wow what a great package. I spent about a week trying to achieve the same effect of most of these extensions and mine only half worked! You have to wonder why MS just doesn’t add these control features to windows forms.
Recently Aaron has been tinkering with Lucene for various reasons and I have to say this puppy is great. The more time I spend reading up on it and seeing it in action the more I want to get my hands dirty in it.
Anyways enough computer talk, Tivo is taping CSI for me and its time that I catch up on the 15 minutes I’ve just missed 🙂