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I spoke at CMAP’s monthly meeting last night on using the SOLR search service with your .NET application. While a somewhat niche topic, a good crowd showed up and had a number of great questions. I really enjoyed it and look forward to coming back to CMAP (probably their next code camp) and present again! Slides I’ve uploaded my slide deck to SlideShare. ......

If you’re like me, you don’t really do a lot with COM components these days. For me, I’ve been ‘lucky’ to stay in the managed world for the past 6 or 7 years. Until last week. I’m running a project to upgrade a web interface to an older COM-based application. The old web interface is all classic ASP and lots of tables, in-line styles and a bunch of ......

It’s been a few months since I last blogged (not that I blog much to begin with), but things have been busy. We all have a lot going on in our lives, but I’ve had one item that has taken up a surprising amount of time – Pittsburgh TechFest 2012. After the event, I went through some minutes of the first meetings for TechFest, and I started to think about ......

So, first off, I’m by no means a mobile developer. I’ve played around with some samples here and there, but I have not built anything significant to date. So I’m not that familiar with the publishing process for iPhone, Android and WP7 applications. OK, with that out of the way, I will say that I am an owner of 2 WP7 devices (one for me, and one for ......

I had a situation where I had to deserialize a small chunk of JSON-formatted data and I didn’t want to create a class for it since it was a very specific use and I was confident there wasn’t a need to reuse it elsewhere in the application. If I did have a class defined for the JSON data, I could easily use JSON.NET’s JsonConvert.DeserializeObject method: ......

After an incredible trip to Chattanooga, TN (my first trip to Tennessee, by the way), I finally made it back home to Pittsburgh and found some time to upload my two DEVLINK talks (slides and code). I tried something a little different this time by adding my code to GitHub and my slides to SlideShare. We’ll see how that works out – but I’m optimistic. ......

I’m a big fan of client-side development using HTML / CSS / JavaScript for about the past 2 or 3 years – really ever since I dug into jQuery and really began to appreciate the power that the technologies on the client-side possess. Nowadays, everything is HTML / CSS / JavaScript – it’s in all the articles, all the techies are talking about it, and it’s ......

In the project that I’m working on (let’s call it BrainCredits v2.0), I wanted to integrate a user’s Gravatar into the system (like how StackOverflow does it). To Gravatar’s credit, they make it very easy to incorporate a user’s image – just hash the user’s email address (which I have) to the end of their URL and you’ll get the image back. The email ......

I have to admit that I’m a basic user when it comes to JSON serialization/deserialization. I’ve used JSON.NET and the DataContractJsonSerializer. I’ve read that JSON.NET is faster and more efficient than the built-in .NET serializer, but I haven’t had to build a system that is dependent on squeezing microseconds out of my serialization routines. That ......

One of the things that I love about the .NET framework is that I am constantly learning new things about it, finding new jewels that save me time, and just some really interesting bits. This latest item I found falls into the “interesting bits” category. Probably like many of you, I’ve written a number of console applications to do some tasks quickly ......

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