Sep 16, 2010

Why Android 1.6 is better then Android 2.1

I recently learned that my phone, Samsung Moment via Sprint, had an update that allowed the phone to use Android 2.1 from 1.6. Like reinstalling windows, it feels like a brand new phone again.

The alarm clock gained the ability to hide the clock, which provides more room to see what alarms one has. The phone's basic lock gained a slider to open, making unlocking while in a pocket much less likely then power -> menu click was. A basic widget for one touch toggling of wireless, bluetooth, gps, app syncing, and brightness was added. Convenience of magnitudes.

Alas, the OS update came with a glaring mistake that strongly shows me the developers for the software live in large cities. The signal strength meter is optimistic instead of pessimistic. If the phone doesn't know the current signal strength is, it defaults to full bars. This gives false information, and is annoying.

As I've only seen Android 2.1 on a Sprint phone with their brew, it may be Sprint trying to make themselves look better. If you have another service, I'd like to know if you are witnessing the same or not, and which version your using.

Sep 5, 2010

Import mismatched table C#

In the scenario that you have two tables of data, in which the columns from these two tables may not completely match (perhaps the source has extra unwanted information, or the destination's purpose is larger in scope) and you want to merge them, the below code can help. It gets each value that matches on both tables, then adds that row to the destination table.
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/// <summary>
/// Adding all the rows of an incoming table to an existing table, where the columns may be mismatched, and dropping source values that don't match the destination is ok.
/// </summary>
///    09.19.10    LW: Altered the Row add line from import to Rows.Add. Method works now >.>
///    09.05.10    LW: Created. Posted online

/// <param name="dtSource">Table to be added to destination table</param>
/// <param name="dtDestination">Table to be receive to source table</param>
public DataTable AddTableToTable(DataTable dtSource, DataTable dtDestination)
    DataRow drInsert;
    foreach (DataRow drSource in dtSource.Rows)
    { //For each row in the source table, add any values that match in the destination table
        drInsert = dtDestination.NewRow();
        foreach (DataColumn dc in dtDestination.Columns)
            if (dtSource.Columns.Contains(dc.ColumnName))
                drInsert[dc.ColumnName] = drSource[dc.ColumnName];

    return dtDestination;