Category: Tips

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What is your dream dev portal?

What features would your dream dev portal have? Blogs, technologies, products, reviews, articles? Does the customizable experience at Live.com give you what you need or would you use a site that pushe

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What's your homepage?

I’m a dev lead in a group that is part of MSDN and TechNet. I’m curious what you (the IT Pro/Dev community) think of the MSDN/TechNet homepages and how we could make them better. It’d be cool if you c

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WCF Virtual Labs - One Minor Erratum

There are two well written WCF Virtual Labs up on MSDN. There is an error on page 9 of the Fundamentals Lab Tutorial. Step 2.k should have you add the app.config to the Host project, not the Service p

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ASP.NET Videos

Lots of great ASP.NET videos up on www.ASP.net http://www.asp.net/learn/videos/default.aspx?tabid=63

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Cons of Response.Redirect(url, false)

The second parameter overload of Response.Redirect is nice because it doesn’t call Response.End, which is responsible for throwing the ThreadAbortException. BUT… The drawback to using this is that the

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VSTS Performance Tools

Check out Ian Huff‘s intro video about VSTS Performance Tools. It’s a great overview and covers just about everything you need to know about them.

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Convert.ChangeType for Nullable types

Convert.ChangeType doesn’t support nullable types. Peter Johnson has a post which shows how to test and cast from object to Nullable types. The can obviously be extended with generics. http://aspallia

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Amazon's Mechanical Turk

Let’s say an algorithm does what we need it to do really well 90% of the time. We have a choice to build the app to handle the other 10% which could come at substantial cost, or introduce a human work

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Office 12 - What do you think?

Just installed Office12 yesterday….I know a bit late, but I’ve been working like crazy lately and just starting to get caught back up on what else is happening in this world ;) Wow - it is slick. I’m

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Great ASP.NET 2.0 Overview with ScottGu

ScottGu‘s ASP.NET 2.0 webcast is a great overview of the new features and has a cool demo which builds a site from scratch. The demo starts at section 20 of the webcast- be sure to disable popup block

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WirDirStat - Disk Usage Utility

I ran out of disk space today and did a quick search for disk usage analysis tools. With WirDirStat I was able to find out quickly that my tempdb ldf file was 27 GB. http://windirstat.sourceforge.net/

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VSS File Paths

Here’s how to get the full path to a file in VSS. Right click on file and select Properties from context menu.2. Click Report Button3. Click Preview Button4. The “Preview File Properties Report” d

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Outlook 2003 Add-in for XP Events

In the process of building a COM Add-in for Outlook I ran into the issue of events not being fired with XP. I needed to capture the ItemAdd, ItemSend and SelectionChange events, which his was working

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VSS Cloaking

I finally learned what the cloaking feature of VSS does and wanted to share. If you cloak a folder, you are marking it as a folder that you do not want to include in a recursive get. For example, let

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Name That Control

What do naming convention do you prefer when naming controls and why? Hungarian: lblUsernamePascal: UsernameLabel or UsernameCamel: username Other?

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Beyond Compare

I am amazed at how many developers are still using windiff or VSS diff tool. Beyond Compare is great tool that I use almost daily. It allows you to diff files and folders using the context menu of Win