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Tatworth April 2010 Entries
How to ask questions on the Forums
Based upon answering many questions on forums such as forums.asp.net, here are some tips on getting your questions answered, once you have exhausted searching on your own. Choose a concise but meaningful title but avoid words like "urgent" Post to the correct section of the forum - some people specialise in a particular section of a given forum Make it clear that you have already made an effort to answer yourself. Summerise the environmental context of your question e.g. If using SQL then state the ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:39 PM

From the Coalface - 2 - Work as hard as you can to be as lazy as you can
On one project, the standard build involved building the database from scratch producing a build log that was about 100,000 lines long. Manually paging throught this log took hours and it was very easy to miss any errors. The solution was to write a filter that read the log file and output a summary file with each output line pepended with the line number in the original file. Sucessive iterations eliminated more noise lines. Diagnostic displays required escaping. The final output was just a few ......

Posted On Monday, April 26, 2010 9:01 PM

Useful utilities - PFE, Notepad++ and XML Notepad 2007
All three editors are free to download and use! PFE http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staf... XML Notepad 2007 http://www.microsoft.com/do... Notepad++ http://notepad-plus.sourcef... PFE development has stopped and I have included it mainly for reference. It does however have the facility to: Run DOS commands and capture the output Run simple macros XML Note Pad 2007 is excellent if you need ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:28 PM

"From the Coal Face" - 1 - What ILDASM can reveal!
In a place far, far away, there was a project where the Architect decided on using embedded TSQL in a Dot Net application, rather than use stored procedures. I located ILDASM.EXE (my Framework 3.5 version lives at C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\bin on my home development PC) and created a shortcut to it in the SendTo folder. Now I could set about doing a simple demonstration to the Architect by taking one of the Dot Net EXE's with the embedded TSQL and sending it to ILDASM. Since I ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:06 PM

"From the Coal Face" - 1 - What ILDASM can reveal!
In a place far, far away, there was a project where the Architect decided on using embedded TSQL in a Dot Net application, rather than use stored procedures. I located ILDASM.EXE (my Framework 3.5 version lives at C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\bin on my home development PC) and created a shortcut to it in the SendTo folder. Now I could set about doing a simple demonstration to the Architect by taking one of the Dot Net EXE's with the embedded TSQL and sending it to ILDASM. Since I ......

Posted On Monday, April 19, 2010 10:14 PM

Useful utilities - LINQPAD
Recently I came across LINQPAD at http://www.linqpad.net/ a free utility by Joseph Alabahari. This is an excellent tool for developing and testing LINQ queries before you incorporate them into your C# programs. If you get stuck as I did at one point recently there is the MSDN Linq forum at http://forums.microsoft.com... where you can ask for help ......

Posted On Sunday, April 18, 2010 9:54 PM

CLR via C# - first post of many!
I am currently reading CLR via C# ISBN 978-0-7356-2704-8. Whilst quite correctly described by the publisher as a "Deep Dive", this is a book that C# developers with 6-18 months plus experiance ought to read. Certainly any serious Microsoft programming shop ought to have a copy. For our VB.NET bretheren, a book of this quality is a good excuse to learn C#. (And before you ask, my favourite language of C# and VB.NET is the one that gets me the next contract!) When I started programming 31 years ago ......

Posted On Sunday, April 18, 2010 3:15 PM

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