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Philip Stears
I'm a software developer for DriveWorks Ltd in the North of England.
Interests: reading, snowboarding, programming, musing, most music from mozart to rammstein and tracy chapman to nine inch nails with some trance thrown in for good measure.
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From the very outset the DriveWorks API was designed with PDM as one of our core scenarios, and we aimed to make it possible for both ourselves and our partners to implement integrations into a wide variety of different systems.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
In my last post I talked about the work my team has been doing on the online documentation, and I’m now happy to announce that as of today, the new documentation system is in production at Thanks to everyone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
At DriveWorks, one of the things that we work really hard on is the openness and breadth of the documentation we produce, if you’re a DriveWorks Solo user you can get access to the documentation online at and if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
Wow , been quite a while since I posted on here but things have been a little hectic of late! So I’ve opened the next chapter of my book and the aim is for me to write a Windows application. So I start with Windows Forms… So I start with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at #DevJulie
If you’ve been following twitter or the main DriveWorks Blog, you might have noticed that today is a special day. Today marks the 10th birthday of DriveWorks – I can’t actually believe that the past ten years have gone so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
Wow. I can say without a shred of reservation that this was easily the best of any of the SolidWorks World’s I’ve been to. SolidWorks put on a great show this year, the offsite event on Tuesday was truly spectacular... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
In hindsight, my plan to get out a few blog posts about DriveWorks 8 before SolidWorks World seems at best flawed, if not downright naïve. The weeks in the run up to SolidWorks World are pretty much the busiest in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
Thanks Don - glad to hear you like it :-)
So far during my blogs I’ve learnt a how to do a few simple things and heard a lot of terms I have no idea about. A few key ones are .Net Framework, C# ,C++ , Ruby, compilers etc. In all honesty someone may as well of spoken to me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at #DevJulie
Loops, Ok I hope this is right! I did a tutorial it was a good and then didn’t save it properly so now I’ve guessed how to make it work over a week later. I’d also like to point out in this time I’ve had many cool and somewhat alcoholic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at #DevJulie
I’m probably not going to get much of a chance to update my blog over the week or so as the office officially closes for Christmas. In the mean time, for anyone that doesn’t subscribe to the RSS/Atom feed, here’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
In Part 1 of the Rules Enhancements series we looked at some of the new functions coming to DriveWorks 8, but we’re not done yet - In this post, we’re going to explore some new customer-driven security and date related... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
In the previous general enhancements post, I covered the new today screen, in this post I want to talk a little bit about the installation of DriveWorks Pro. Installation isn’t generally something people want to talk about a great deal,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
So far I’ve covered various form designer and rules enhancements (don’t worry, there are more of those too), but in these posts I just want to zero in on a couple of general enhancements, first up – the new DriveWorks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
They sure will.
Great question - I've got the answer lined up for a separate post :-)
If you’re implementing DriveWorks, there’re a few places where you find yourself spending most of your time, and one of those is actually creating your rules. In DriveWorks 7 we made a lot of improvements to the rules builder, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
So far with forms we’ve covered transparency and the new hyperlink control, today I’d like to talk about a couple of other customer driven changes which we think are going to make working with forms in DriveWorks even better. Form... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
Just a personal preference - for anything over two concatenations I find the & syntax a little unwieldy and less readable :-)
Don’t worry, we’re not done with form enhancements yet, but I thought I’d take a quick 1-post break from forms stuff to look at some of the new functions coming to DriveWorks Projects in DriveWorks Solo and Pro 8. In... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
Anyone new to development starts with saying “hello” and I won’t be breaking any trends with my first encounter with Visual Studio. The idea is to write a bit of simple code allowing me to get to grips with visual studio, understand a few rules and blogging about it allows... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at #DevJulie
Thanks :-)
DriveWorks 8 introduces a few new form controls and in this post I’m going to talk a little bit about one that we get asked for a lot: Say hello to the humble hyperlink! There are all sorts of reasons... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Philip Stears | DriveWorks
WatchTower is our primary means of testing different model generation conditions, in which case, there are in excess of 2,600 unique permutations of models and more are being added all of the time. We are using a trailer implementation to specifically test DriveWorks Autopilot in a number of ways. Firstly, the model itself undergoes fairly significant change - it has a good number of replacement models that are generated. Secondly, it involves using "common" models - i.e. models used in more than one top level assembly, which specifically tests the algorithm used by Autopilot to distribute work when more than one Autopilot machine is involved. Thirdly, we are using it to hone our handling of SolidWorks in DriveWorks Autopilot, we've specifically got Autopilot configured to use a single copy of SolidWorks - i.e. not to restart after each top level model, this means that each SolidWorks instance is used to generate thousands of individual models. The environment itself in terms of the specs of the machines is pretty rudimentary in terms of the hardware/software we are using, and the DB is backed by SQL Express as opposed to one of its bigger cousins. This gives us a pretty realistic view of the scaling ability of DriveWorks Autopilot and how to tune it which is, as I said, the primary goal for the Autopilot part of Jobbr.