My Biggest Mistake Series

Check out these tales of development projects gone wrong.

James Joyce once said, "A man's errors are his portals of discovery." If that's the case, busy .NET programmers are bound to discover a whole heck of a lot over the course of their careers. Read these first-person tales of development gone wrong, from the authors of the On VB, C# Corner and Practical ASP.NET columns at Visual Studio Magazine, and you may make a few discoveries of your own. Remember, all programmers make mistakes, but good programmers learn from them.

In the first installment of the series, My Biggest VB Programming Mistake, Joe Kunk relates how a simple oversight using SQL Server 2000 Data Transformation Services (DTS) nearly resulted in disaster.

Patrick Steele follows up with the second tale, titled My Biggest C# Programming Mistake, which illustrates a gaffe he made while transitioning from WebForms to ASP.NET MVC.

Finally in My Biggest ASP.NET Programming Mistake, Peter Vogel built an ASP.NET application that was too clever by half, and found himself at odds with the very environment he was supposed to be leveraging.

Want to read more tales of developer woe? Check out our monthly DevDisasters column. We're always looking for tales from the field. Have you faced a recent learning experience? Email me at [email protected] and we may publish your story.

About the Author

Michael Desmond is an editor and writer for 1105 Media's Enterprise Computing Group.

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