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Whew. It has been a crazy two weeks on this project, and it all culminated with a nasty error where Response.Redirect was on the fritz. This one tore me up before I was able to figure out what was going wrong. Basically I was doing a Response.Redirect on a page, and in Dev and Test it worked like a charm. Even after I moved it to production it worked ......

First off, sorry for the absence. Things got a little busy in life as well as work. Not to mention having to get up to speed on 2.0 in a big hurry. All good things, but it left less time for fun stuff. With that said, I want to offer a little tip to help with formatting your ASP.Net pages. Getting a label to be multiline within a set width. Now many ......

Get on over to Microsoft and watch some of these ASP.Net 2.0 webcasts. The content is great, and it has helped me get up to speed in 2.0.

This was a frutrating one, and since 2.0 is so new, I couldn't find anything about this on the web. But eventually, I figured it out... The answer is that you can not specify the web.sitemap in the data source controls. It is actually the default, and ASP.Net 2.0 selects this automaically. If you try to tell it specifically to look for the default it ......

If you are going to be in the Winston-Salem North Carolina area on November 5th, 2005, then come and hear me give a talk on SQL Server 2005 and XML

Free courses are still available here. But they will not be around for much longer. If you are scheduled to take a beta exam, I imagine these course will be VERY useful for you. Go there now - it's free. One caveat. The course is only available for 30 days after you sign up. So don't sign up for all of them at once ......

As I am sure everyone who takes the time to read this article is aware, in November Microsoft releases a huge upgrade to their developments platform, VS2005. (There is also some other releases in this time too, but that is for another article.) Part of that release is a complete reworking of the ASP.Net platform. Not that there is anything disastrously ......

Web site scraping is a great tool, and it is so easy in .Net. But there are some snags, especially if you are trying to build a robust system that can run unattended. One of these problems are web errors like '999 web site temporarily unavailable.' .Net views these errors as fatal and boom you are out of the program. Now you can catch them then recall ......

Right up front, the authors of this book state that you really should have done smoe coding befor in order to get the most from this book. But with that pre-requisite covered 'Learning Perl' is a fun and information dense learning tool. Not to say that you can’t do it if you have never coded before, but it will be more of a struggle. Luckily I am familiar ......

I just posted the first article in my series 'Building Custom Controls'. I learned a great deal about the process from this simple control. Not the least of which was the inherent challenges of building controls that do the bulk of their work at the client. I also got some good ideas about what kind of control to tackle next. If you have a suggestion ......

OK - Confession time. I am new to the coding game. I strted this after an aborted "career" in Accounting. I found myself spending more and more time slicing and dicing the data in SQL. I liked it, and I hated accounting, and so I made the leap. This was after the bust of 2000, so you know I was ready to leave my previously chosen field. But what this ......

So I am working on the self-validating text box, and the first issue I ran across was the namespace naming convention. Just what the heck should the namespace be for these controls? I finally settled on something similar to the Microsoft convention – At least I know it works. MyCompany.Web.UI.WebControls Will I ever have a need for classes under my ......

Besides the obvious answer (Visual Studio) what do you folks use as text editors? I just downloaded two Vim and UltraEdit. I plan on trying to use Perl some in Windows, but I use the Text editors now for HTML development. A tool I have really come to like (if you have Firefox) is the "view formatted source" plug-in. This has proven to be an invaluable ......

There are so many times when working on a project I find myself thinking - “I just did this exact same thing on my last project.” So I do the old cut-and-paste routine, and move on. While it ain't best practices, it has served me well enough. Then the inevitable happened. A client requested a change that closely mirrored a change in a control ......

The other day while working on an ASP.Net website with some simple ADO.Net CRUD functionality, I was getting the most frustrating error."Line 1: Invalid syntax near 'spMyProcedureName'." But I ran the stored procedure in Query Analyzer, and it worked fine.Typically my response is to go to the web, but a search on the error message turned up only people ......

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