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Today's $10 Deal from APress - Next-Generation Business Intelligence Software with Silverlight 3
Today's $10 deal from Apress is " Next-Generation Business Intelligence Software with Silverlight 3 Business intelligence (BI) software is the code and tools that allow you to view different components of a business using a single visual platform, making comprehending mountains of data easier. BI is everywhere. Applications that include reports, analytics, statistics, and historical and predictive modeling are all examples of BI applications. Currently, we are in the second generation of BI software, ......

Posted On Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:16 AM

Why no 64-bit version of Visual Studio yet?

At there is a very informative article why Visual Studio is still a 32-bit application.

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 1:41 AM

Duplicating a line in Visual Studio

A friend passed me a tip on a macro to duplicate a line in Visual Studio. The macro is described at:


Posted On Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:14 PM

Send to ILDASM in Windows 7!
One of the useful features of Windows Explorer is the ability to add additional targets to the SendTo list. With windows 7, getting at the Send To directory in Windows 7 need some help. Please see on how to do this. Once you have the send to directory, just add the shortcut to it. In my case I located the ILDASM utility, created a short cut on the desktop and moved it to the send-to directory. Now what is ILDASM? ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:08 PM

Telerik's free Mocking Tool

Assuming you are into Mocking, Telerik have introduced a free mocking tool.

Details at

Posted On Wednesday, January 26, 2011 8:41 PM

More useful add-ons for Firefox
A colleague has pointed me towards two useful add-ons for Firefox. The first is XPATHER which is a feature rich XPath generator, editor, inspector and simple extraction tool that he found useful in constructing tests with Selenium See the home page at The other isXXS me. The home page at states "XSS-Me is the Exploit-Me tool used to test for reflected Cross-Site Scripting ......

Posted On Sunday, January 23, 2011 7:53 PM

Write up on IP6

At there is a comprehensive document on IP6. It is well worth a read.

Posted On Sunday, January 16, 2011 7:54 PM

Dot Net Code Coverage Test Tools - there is now a choice
I have been pleasantly surprised this week to discover that there is a choice of tools for measuring Code Coverage. If you have Visual Studio Team edition, then if you are using MSTEST, then you have built-in code coverage, however even then you may need a standalone tool. The tools I have found are (costs are per seat): 1) NCover (from $199 to $658 per seat) I have used it but it is very expensive. 2) PartCover - Free! Steep initial ......

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:53 PM

Web Matrix released
Microsoft have now released Web Matrix (and ASP.NET MVC3 if you so inclined!) One signifcant utility is IIS Express which will replace Cassini It is worth noting that SP1 for VS2010 should be out in Q1. Links: ......

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:52 PM

SubMain Ghost Doc Pro with SpellChecking
SubMain have announced at that the next version of GhostDoc will include a VS2005/VS2008/VS2010 compatible spell checker. This replaces their existing spellchecker ( which is being discontinued. If you buy GhostDoc Pro now (I urge you to as it helps tremendously in documenting both C# and VB.NET code) , be sure to include Licence Protection as it means you will get the next version that includes ......

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:47 AM

Please do not SPAM me!

I have recently comments about my blog postings with URLs that appear to be advertising non-IT related items.

Be warned, I may delete any comment of this sort.

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:22 AM

Fiddler - A useful free tool for checking Web Services (and web site) traffic
Recently I had reason to be very glad that I had Fiddler. I was able to record some web service traffic and identify a problem as Fiddler can record both the call to a web service and response from the web service. By seeing the actual data traffic I was able to resolve a problem found in testing in less time than it has taken me to write this blog entry! This tool is also useful for studying general web site traffic. Fiddler is available from There are training ......

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:19 AM

Tales from the Coalface - A Software Hero I have met.
I use the word Hero to describe my friend, who wrote a word processor program that did not use a keyboard. This program was used by a 34-year woman who previously was unable to communicate. The first thing she wrote after she learned how to use it was "Nicole loves Mum". The details of this heroic act are documented in the Hansard (record of proceedings) of the Australian House of Parliament. A copy is available at ......

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:02 AM

APress Deal of the Day 15/Jan/2011 - Windows Mobile Game Development: Building games for the Windows Phone and other mobile devices
Todays Apress $10 deal of the the day is: Windows Mobile Game Development: Building games for the Windows Phone and other mobile devices This book will provide you with a comprehensive guide to developing games for both the Windows Mobile platform and the Windows Phone using the industry standard programming languages C# and VB.NET. $49.99 | Published Apr 2010 | The book dates from the VS2005/VS2008 era but should still be useful to VS2010 developers. Given that such games development can now be ......

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2011 9:50 AM

Run your own XHTML validator
Whilst the W3C do provide an excellent service for manually checking your web pages, there are times when an alternative is required. There is for example a web service at This can be for programmatically checking your pages (provided you make no more than 1 call per second). The W3C do provide all the source code needed to run your own validation service. Get the full details at: · Installation and development information for the W3C Markup Validator ......

Posted On Sunday, January 9, 2011 6:09 PM

APress Deal of the Day 9/Jan/2011 - Pro Silverlight 3 in VB
Today's $10 deal from APress at is Pro Silverlight 3 in VB Silverlight is a lightweight browser plug-in that frees your code from the traditional confines of the browser. It's a rules-changing, groundbreaking technology that allows you to run rich client applications right inside the browser. Even more impressively, it's able to host true .NET applications in non-Microsoft browsers (like Firefox) and on non-Microsoft platforms (like Mac OS X). Silverlight is still ......

Posted On Sunday, January 9, 2011 9:04 AM

Installing a new ASP.NET 4.0 site on a Windows 2008 server.
I have been specifically requested to blog about getting an ASP.NET 4.0 site working on a Windows 2008 server that has never run a 4.0 web site before. Make sure the 4.0 framework is installed on the server! Patch it will ALL the security patches have been applied. ((for a live server, make sure that you tested the patches on your development server first) You will find the HTTP Log status codes at - they are very important in understandign the IIS logs) After ......

Posted On Saturday, January 8, 2011 7:30 PM

Using a saved password for remote desktop access from Windows 7
This past week I have been accessing a remote server by remote desktop access from a Windows 7 PC. Whilst I could save the password, windows 7 will not use it if the remote system is not fully verified. The fix is excellently documented at I used it and the connection process stopped asking for the password to be re-entered! (n.b. no gpedit -force is required) ......

Posted On Saturday, January 8, 2011 6:57 PM

A useful ZIP utility for DotNet
The DotNetZip Codeplex project at looks to be an effective means of programmatically zipping and unzipping files. The source is also available. It is a VS2008 solution that requires "Windows Mobile Standard v6 SDK (for CF version)" If you like me would like a VS2010 upgrade, please leave a note at http://dotnetzip.codeplex.c... ......

Posted On Saturday, January 8, 2011 4:44 PM

Keep your machines patched with all the latest security patches

Next Tuesday should have one or more IE security patches - see the article at for details.

Patch your PCs, patch your development server, UAT servers and when satified about the patches, patch your Production servers.

Posted On Saturday, January 8, 2011 2:31 PM

Developing for Windows Phone 7

There is an excellent list of tutorials on Windows 7 phone development at:


Posted On Saturday, January 8, 2011 2:14 PM

Ghost Doc Pro

Today I have tried out Ghost Doc Pro and found it to be a very useful utility for documenting C# code. The basic personal licence costs $35 (see

I did find what I think is minor bug with it so I reported it at

Posted On Saturday, January 8, 2011 1:10 AM

New version of GhostDoc

There is a new version of GhostDoc at

If you write C#, you owe it to yourself to get a copy and use it to get started on XML documenting your code.


Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:55 PM

APress Deal of the Day 6/Jan/2011 - Beginning WF: Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0
Today's Apress $10 deal of the day is Beginning WF: Windows Workflow in .NET 4.0 "Indexed by feature so you can find answers easily and written in an accessible style, Beginning WF shows how Microsoft's Workflow Foundation (WF) technology can be used in a wide variety of applications." I am reviewing this book. At $10 for the PDF, this book is a bargain ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2011 11:23 PM

APress Deal of the Day 4/Jan/2011 - Pro SQL Server 2008 Mirroring
Todays Apress $10 deal of the day at is "Pro SQL Server 2008 Mirroring is your complete guide to planning, using, deploying, and maintaining database mirroring as a high-availability option. Mirroring protects you by maintaining one or more duplicate copies of your database for use in the event the primary copy is damaged. It is a key component of any production-level, high-availability solution. This book covers the full spectrum of database mirroring, taking ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 5, 2011 9:30 AM

Apress Books - 4 - Introducing Visual C# 2010 - Further comments
Apress Books Introducing Visual C# 2010 - ISBN 978-1-4302-3171-4 Having read through parts 1 and 2 of this 4 -part book, I am very impressed by its practical approach to C#. I cannot improve on the by-line "Get started on your C# journey with an expert by your side leading by example" Adam Freeman teaches C# by precept and example. I suspect he drives a Volvo C30 as it comes up in many of the code examples! Throughout the book there are numerous links back and forth so as to avoid overcomplicating ......

Posted On Sunday, January 2, 2011 8:07 PM

APress Deal of the Day 31/Dec/2010 - Introducing .NET 4.0: with Visual Studio 2010
Today's Apress $10 deal of the day is Introducing .NET 4.0: with Visual Studio 2010 Deal is at Details of the book are at I have been using Framework 4.0 for a year now and I am still finding out new things introduced with 4.0 - a book like this is a very welcome addition to my library ......

Posted On Saturday, January 1, 2011 2:03 PM

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