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Michael Holland
I have been developing an MVC3 application with the intention of deploying to the Cloud. It was configured to use Forms Authentication with SQL Membership on SQL Azure. Everything seemed to be working perfectly locally, but after I deployed the Membership.ValidateUser no longer seemed to work. I could use the Providers to get information from the database ......

For the past three weeks I have been busy with one of those projects where next to no days were allocated to a certain module yet it requires as many days as the length of a piece of string... I am sure everyone gets these from time to time. Like most people I do not like doing many of the repetititive tasks and so use CodeSmith to help me out. I had ......

I am a firm believer in using programming patterns. It helps to build more stable, predictable and better applications. Microsoft have not seemed to allocate any resources to their first patterns & practices release for quite some time, but at least the guys have updated the library for VS2008. Get it at http://smartclient.codeplex... ......

I have been having a lot of trouble moving all my Compact Framework projects to 3.5 over the past few days. The first problem came in the form of the "Update Web Reference" failing with the following error: The custom tool 'MSDiscoCodeGenerator' failed. Could not retrieve the current project. From what I can gather, there are leftover's from VS2008 ......

I have been struggling to get my version of SQL Compact 3.5 SP1 to work. Version 3.5 used to work without a hitch but my next project is going to be using SQL Server 2008 which requires the service pack (but I will still have to support SQL2005 applications). The project will have handheld scanners operating at the docks where wireless signal will not ......

A good majority of my work is for mobile applications using the Compact Framework. Something really annoying I came across today was that if I used a variable for the pattern in my Regex then the IsMatch did not work, but if I used a constant then it did. So, for example, if I used: string val = "YELLOW"; string pattern = "(YELLOW)$"; The following ......

I found something really cool with SQL yesterday that I did not think it would do; give me the distinct count of a field. For example, to calculate the number of payment terms being used for our customers in the UK I can use the following statement: SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT [Payment Terms Code]) FROM [Customer] WHERE [Country_Region Code]='GB' ......

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REGEX is not exactly my favorite technology to have to work with, but there are times when it is definitely the right tool for the job. Recently I needed to parse a large text file that contained blocks of information within curly brackets - {}. I found a great solution for the REGEX at: http://blog.stevenlevithan.... Note ......

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