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I [heart] code! .NET musings from the chick side April 2009 Entries
Iowa Code Camp
I will be speaking at Iowa Code Camp this weekend. Greg Wilson, Bryan Sampica, and I are doing a series on WPF data binding. It should be a great time, so come on out!! These guys always put on a first class event. And the after party (the most important part of the weekend) is always awesome. (As for the cows, it’s an Iowa Code Camp thing. You kinda had to be there.) Technorati Tags: WPF,code camp ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 28, 2009 2:38 PM

Twin Cities Code Camp 6
A couple of weeks ago I presented WPF databinding at TCCC6. It was the end of a very hectic couple of weeks. I do not often post personal stuff to this blog, but in this the story is just too crazy. It all started during my family’s annual trip to Mexico. My nephew Drew has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, is wheelchair-bound, and the slightest illness poses a serious threat to him. I stayed with my family in Mexico for one week, then I returned home. My family was scheduled to stay for an additional week. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2009 10:10 PM

Debugging XMAL Parser Exceptions
In Visual Studio click on Debug –> Exceptions, and when the dialog box appears click “Add”. Fill it in as below: Be sure to check when “Thrown”. Now your code will break on the C# code where the error is thrown and you can find it more easily. Technorati Tags: WPF,XAML,Visual Studio ......

Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2009 4:53 PM

And All the Geeks Screamed Like Teenage Girls
On May 8 the ugMIX Event is coming to Minneapolis. This will be a special presentation of the highlights from MIX, followed by the main attraction… A private screening of the new Star Trek movie!! I can’t wait! this is turning out to be geek heaven for any .NET developer. See you there! Technorati Tags: .NET,MIX,StartTrek ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 10:44 AM

Vote for Me!!!!
This year Codestock is selecting their sessions by attendee votes. As people register for Codestock, they are are asked to select the sessions that they would most like to see. While I think this is a way cool and awesome method for selection, it is driving me crazy wondering what the results will be!! Here are the sessions that I have submitted. If you would like to see these at Codestock, register online and vote for me!! Speaker Name Kirstin Juhl Session Name WPF Databinding ++ Technology WPF ......

Posted On Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:19 PM

Where’s my Data?
I was doing a data conversion that involved importing data from a flat-file source into SQL Server. I fired up SSIS and created the Data Flow tasks that would move the data into the SQL Server tables. The problem was, the longer fields (i.e. a “Notes” column) were all being truncated no matter what data type I made the destination field. So I created a Data Conversion task to sit between the Flat-File data source and the SQL Server Destination. After I had tried every conceivable destination data ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 7, 2009 8:58 AM

What's Wrong With This Picture?
Recently I was on a project with no Unit Tests, no Continuous Integration Server, not even a Build. I was asked to deploy the application to a server so that the client could begin using it. (No, we had had no User Acceptance testing either formal or informal, but that's neither here nor there...) I tweeted what I thought was a rhetorical question: "I am deploying an application by pulling the source code, compiling it on my laptop, and copying the DLLs to the server. What's wrong with this picture?" ......

Posted On Monday, April 6, 2009 9:06 PM

My Favorite SQL Server Command
My favorite SQL Server command is: STUFF. What an awesome name for a command. During a recent data conversion I had to combine many duplicate part records in the Part table, but retain the values from all of the duplicate part rows. I used STUFF to collapse the rows: Select Distinct [CustomerPartNo] ,[CustomerNo] ,(Stuff((Select ', ' + CustomerDescription From [PARTS] T2 Where T2.[CustomerPartNo] = T1.[CustomerPartNo] and T2.[CustomerNo] = T2.[CustomerNo] FOR XML PATH('')),1,2,'')) From [PARTS] T1 ......

Posted On Friday, April 3, 2009 10:56 AM

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