D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

February 2006 Entries

Useing Web Site Admin Tool outside of VS.NET

Why create user and role administration pages when they're already there for you? In addition to the great login and account creation controls, vs.net also comes with a great site administration tool that allows you to create users, roles, etc. very easily. But...what if you want to access this outside of your vs.net environment? What if you just want to let your users have access to it? Check out the article below for the answer: http://www.chat11.com/ASP.N... D ......

About to throw my grid views into the snowbank

Ok, at first it was mildly annoying...but now its a raging hemhroid on the butt of my application. I have these grid views...they have an update feature using a command button in the grid...you click edit, the cells turn to textboxes, you click Updated and the new data gets sent to the database. Unfortunately, nobody seems to be telling the gridview this, as it will still persist the OLD data! I've tried refreshing...nope...I've tried clicking edit/cancel...uh uh...for some reason, it just doesn't ......

Random Chuck Norris Fact Generator

I really have no idea why everyone is fascinated with Chuck Norris recently, but its a fun little cult that we can all be part of I guess. For those that need a daily fix of Chuck Norris trivia, check out the Chuck Norris Random Fact Generator for your daily dose of Chuck.

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Help me out Celebration Generation!

Ok, so for any of you who lived in Canada for any length of time in the mid-to-late 90's, you know the name Chris Sheppard. He's a dj/musician/producer of dance and electronica. I've been scouring ITunes and Google trying to find the title to a song he did back in the 90's...but it wasn't under his name...he had a group (but not Love Inc., they came later). The chorus lyrics go something like: “Just open your eyes...see things you've never seen (or remember)...just open your eyes...forever ......

It's like a Japanese Hooters for Geeks...

Found this story on CNN (when the player loads, it defaults to a commercial...just click the “Maid in heaven for geeks” link on the right).

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Catching Exceptions from an Object Data Source

I kept getting SQL FK exceptions in an app I'm working on, but wasn't sure how to actually catch the exception since an underlying object to an object data source was throwing it.

Turns out that its really easy. One of the events ODS's have is called Deleted. The event args for this give you access to both the exception and whether the exception was handled by the object.

Happy happy, joy joy.

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Not so addicted

Robert Kloosterhuis posted his WOW addiction score, and I figured I'd give it a shot. Turns out that I'm not so addicted. More of a habitYou are 26% Addicted! You seem to enjoy the game, and understand it, but it hasn't yet taken over your life. This is probably a good thing, depending on who you talk to. D ......

Funny client story

So I'm in a client meeting a few weeks ago. There's myself, our business analyst, a guy from a different company, and two people from the client business (one techie, one business). Now, they're all great guys, but this was just too funny. So we're all talking about how to solve the issue that we're all meeting about, when the business guy from our client looks at me and says, “Hockey.” The discussion stops...”I'm sorry?” I say, a little be-wildered. “Hockey.” ......

American women belong in the kitchen baking apple pie, not playing hockey.

It was a good try girls, but alas it was not to be. Maybe try a sport more your speed, like ringette.

I think Canadian women look better in gold anyway.
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Read CBC's report here.

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Don't waste your [blank]

John Piper is getting ready to have cancer surgery surgery tomorrow. With cancer there's never any promises, never any guarantees, never any for-sures. My uncle passed away from cancer last month, and another uncle is suffering from it right now, so I've seen first hand the devastation it can have on the person with it and on the family and friends. But as he blogged about it tonight, it wasn't about the what-ifs he was facing, or the comments of determination to defeat the disease. It was a list ......

Happy Geeky Day!

So many good geeky things happened today! - At work we got the PPC app we're working on to successfully talk with our SQL 2005 database through a webservice (I know, it doesn't “sound” difficult, but believe me...we jumped through alot of hurdles). - I watched my first Happy Tree Friends video WITH my wife (it was on at the end of Attack of the Show tonight on G4) - I found out that they did a sequel to the Dungeons and Dragons movie and its released on DVD today! - Triumph the Insult ......

Fun with SQL 2005 and DTS

I'm working on a project where we wanted to run a DTS package from an ASP.NET page. Problem was that on the test server, it kept erroring out when we'd navigate to the page saying that it couldn't find a reference to Microsoft.SQLServer.DTS.Run... This namespace is actually found in the physical file Microsoft.SQLServer.Managed... Now, I have no explanation as to why, but when we ran the web app from within the VS.NET IDE, we had no problem accessing it (i.e. through Cassini). But access it ......

Valentine's Day History Lesson

So how did this holiday start off? It goes like this: Back in the day the Roman's had this holiday where they'd ask some wolf-god to keep the wolves away, and they'd have a big feast and put names of girls in jars. Men would pick names from the jars, and that would be their sweetheart for the year. Touching. While Christianity was a fairly new religion, Claudius the Second, a Roman emperor, had this hot idea that if he prevented his soldiers from marrying they wouldn't want to stay at home and would ......

Report Editor Control: Does it exist?

A friend of mine was asking if I knew of any sort of control that would allow users to create their own reports within a VB 6.0 application. I'm thinking the only options out there are Crystal Reports, SQL Reporting Services, Word/Excel using VSTO, or Access...but these are all external...what they really want is something that ...well, basically a slimmed down Crystal Reports designer that can be plugged into an app. Anyway, anyone ever come accross something like this? I didn't think one existed ......

Google as a file server? I think not...

Interesting article about a new “feature” of Google desktop that will actually copy text-based files to Google servers so you can search for files from accross different computers. The security issue is that, since they're stored on Google's servers, any government agency can subpeana (sp?) those files without needing a warrant (or something like that...basically they can't guarantee privacy). http://www.eff.org/news/arc... D ......

Superbowl Commercials on Google

Google's video service is offering up all the Superbowl commercials for viewing!

http://video.google.com/superbowl.html

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Biggest Loser

Alright, so I'm less than a year away from hitting the big 3-0, and I'm going through somewhat of a midlife crisis. At the top of my list is my health, which is great and outstanding if being overweight and unhealthy was great and outstanding...but its not...so instead I'm just horribly overweight and unhealthy...like, winded after two flights of stairs unhealthy. So last night I started on my road to slimness: I spent a half hour on the treadmill. It's hilarious how you change your eating habits ......

We all grow up eventually...

In Grade 7 my crush-of-the-week was a girl by the name of Jen. I had just seen her star alongside Fred Savage in the movie/Nintendo commercial “The Wizard”. From what I remember of her Nintendo Power interview, she like Tetris...I think (grade 7 is like a lifetime ago). Unfortunately, she didn't go the way of other geek girls like Morgan Webb and embrace her geekiness, so it just wasn't meant to be. Sorry Jen. She has however put out her new solo CD (Rabbit Fur Coat) after spending the ......

All I want is a bloody 'With/EndWith'!

<rant> So I'm on a C# project right now, and actually am really enjoying working with the language! It's not the nasty beast I thought it would be, and the semicolons are growing on me. I ran into a bit of a snag the other day when I needed to check a value to see if its numeric. Hmmm...no IsNumeric function in C#. After asking around, I was pointed to a few different solutions like the parsing method of the integer data type or using a regular expression (which is what I went with). Today, ......

Table-less Web Pages and Steelers Superbowl Champs

If the Falcons weren't going to win the Superbowl this year, I'm glad it was the Steelers. Bill Cowher definately deserved it, as did Bettis. The Seahawks...its too bad that they had to be the losers in this game, but they just didn't make the plays and afterwards I was really impressed that they all gave props to the Steelers and took the loss like men...class acts all the way. I'm trying to do something different with my personal website. I'm going to try and implement it as much as possible without ......

Microsoft For Every Sized Business

Funny video showing off Microsoft's CRM tool and how it can help your kids get their own money for college.

http://xpstream.winisp.net/BenVollmer/LemonadeSmall

If only we as developers could claim our hours playing XBox as billable time...

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Tech Job Horor Stories

I was talking with a co-worker about the sad state of the small business market in the city I live in, and how they all, for the most part, seem to swallow up great talent, use it up, and then spit it out without any regard for how the employee is affected by the long nights, the lost weekends, and the commitment to company that never seems to be conveyed the other way. He said to me “How do you know this? What are you basing it on?” I am currently in my 6th tech related company in 5 ......