Cool Searches in Hoot

The latest version of Hoot has some cool search options. Hoot is one of many study tools you can use to study words for Scrabble™ and other word games. It's a free PC tool with a lot of standard search options that can help you increase your word… more »

Education Credits: Beyond the Basics

Tax incentives for education may be the most overlooked and most abused items on an individual tax return. They are frequently criticized for their complexity, with each form of education credit or deduction having different rules. With some credits as easy targets for fraud some practitioners are leery of education credit claims. Other problems with these incentives are not so obvious. Software support is limited and taxpayers are not always aware of the benefits or may have false notions about the requirements. more »

Managing Localization in Combo Boxes

Introduction This example combines the use of combo boxes, a separate DataSource, and localized s for alternate cultures. Background Using a combo box, programmers can use a selected item as a variable or parameter within a single method. In other… more »

Best Hoot Features

It's been about five months since I started developing Hoot and I'm reviewing what I've accomplished and what I need to work on next. With the release of version 1.6.7 I am weighing the most useful features in Hoot. By the way, Hoot is a freely… more »

Hoot Update

This is an update for those word game enthusiasts following my progress with Hoot. A month ago I released the first version (1.4.9) of a word game study tool called Hoot, and wrote a post describing some of its features. There are many on-line options… more »

IRS Proposes Revised Education Credit Regulations

With several tax law changes to education credit requirements over the past two years, the IRS regulations have become outdated. One of the changes requires that taxpayers have received a 1098-T in order to claim the credit… However, buried in the middle of the proposal is a section that taxpayers and preparers can rely on if the regulations do not become final before the next tax year. … more »

Hoot - Word Game Study Tool

The seed About six weeks ago I was interviewed for a job with GenesisWorld for a software developer using C#/ASP.NET/T-SQL. The position I applied for was an entry-level job. As a part of the interview, I had to do some coding, in C#. I knew I had used… more »