I posted a bit of internal documentation that is likely to be of interest only to people using VB6 with DAO database access. It describes the entity classes that we’re implementing as we refactor CityDesk, in order to isolate database access code and provide a clean, super-easy interface to database tables. CityDesk Entity Classes.

Yesterday I switched over the CityDesk setup from InnoSetup to My Inno Setup Extensions. Advantages: Pascal scripting, which we don’t need but might, and conditional compilations, which allow me to use a single source setup script for the main setup and the upgrade. Inspired by Dr. Motulsky I eliminated three unnecessary steps from setup, for example, the stupid screen that might as well just say, “OK, we realize you just clicked next, please click next again now, thank you.” (The famous “ready to install” screen that nobody reads.)

About the author.

In 2000 I co-founded Fog Creek Software, where we created lots of cool things like the FogBugz bug tracker, Trello, and Glitch. I also worked with Jeff Atwood to create Stack Overflow and served as CEO of Stack Overflow from 2010-2019. Today I serve as the chairman of the board for Stack Overflow, Glitch, and HASH.