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A while back, I wrote an article on codeproject.com about being able to encrypt the value of an HttpCookie. Adam Tibi wrote a follow up article regarding this, but the original code still works great as written.I've since refreshed that code a little and presented it on nuget.org/httpsecurecookieE... ......

Just released a new version of my gmaps-api-net (Google Maps Web Services API) for c# due to some bugs in the building of urls in the previous version, v0.10.0. Go snag it from http://nuget.org/packages/g... next release, v0.11.0 will have some pretty big changes in the c# api due to some restructuring that I feel is necessary:- JSON serialization ......

As you may know, every Windows installation starting with Vista has a winsxs directory that takes up a lot of space... not a problem when you have a 500GB volume... but a big problem when you have a VPS with only 40GB of space and the winsxs is taking up 12GB!Just ran across a post on HelpDeskGeek.com that finally actually works for reducing the winsxs ......

I have a pet peeve: designers that always start with reset.css stylesheet. There are so many flaws with this approach:all styles... all elements, everything, is reset to padding 0, margin 0, font-size: 100% (whatever that means) and so forth. So utilizing an h1 requires "restyling" an h1 to be somewhat bigger, somewhat bolder than the average text. ......

Time to rejuvenate the blog. Many things afoot in the world of developement.Of note,MVC 4 RC is coming out soon. Eh, I don't really see much new there. A couple of interesting additions but like I said... eh.Umbraco 5 RC2 was released. You can get it at http://umbraco.codeplex.com/. Umbraco is a very nice CMS that runs on top of ASP.Net, and version ......

Any body using NHibernate? So far I like it, but it honestly doesn't feel stable. When running tests, sometimes (sometimes!) the queries that ran fine just before bomb out with Message: expected in: <end-of-text> The query executed was "from prf_ProfileSection"... not much else to screw up here, yet the parser fails. Then, I recompile the DLLs ......

So now I'm faced with a change that I realize can't be applied... but I really don't want to restart! Reasons are that to get to this point, I had to step through a lot of code line by line, and I needed to make one slight adjustment... and I want to save that adjustment, but continue debugging. I'm surprised many others haven't been annoyed by this... ......

Counting the days (til when??) that I will be able to get my hands on the new Beta 2 bits of VS Orcas.

I look forward to actually being able to use LINQ, the split view for ASP.Net designing, and a few other things...  Initializers, lambda's, etc.



...Are spitting out invalid markup...  For instance, nhibernate's schema has moved to a version 2.2. whereas CodeSmith's NHibernate templates are still spitting out 2.0...

Anybody worked with them?



After reading this post about LINQ, I think a few people are missing the point of LINQ... LINQ *replaces* any "Data Access layers" that have been created. When you build methods in your data access layer, like "GetCustomersByCity," you're actually creating a wierd separation between the data and business layers. In a sense, you're defining business ......

ScottGu has been busy writing some articles about some of the new features contained in the new Beta 2 bits of Visual Studio "Orcas": - Part 1: Introduction to LINQ to SQL - Part 2: Defining our Data Model Classes - Part 3: Querying our Database - Part 4: Updating our Database - Part 5: Binding UI using the ASP:LinqDataSource control So far, its an ......

An update to the post about BoundFields not able to bind to nested properties. Hero ScottGu answered back and brought one of the developers into the question. So at least now we've got a ear that can filter through the feedback parsing your words (not to mention that its difficult to use the feedback site... I typically get frustrated with it, and don't ......

...And supposedly this time its got all the LINQ goodness built in... Virtual PC Image: http://www.microsoft.com/do... (Dont forget the base image: http://download.microsoft.c... Installable version: ......

When using BoundFIelds and domain objects... BoundFields use some algo that can't traverse the object hierarchy. What am I talking about? Take for instance a Northwind database, with certain objects mapped to data tables: public class Customer{ public int CustomerId; public IList<Order> Orders;} When binding to a list of Orders in a gridview: ......

Just to impart some experience, by default the Virtual Server 2005 installation makes a link available for you to administer Virtual Server on the "Installation Summary". Well smarty-pants me decided to use http://localhost instead of http://[machine-name] to try to log in to the virtual server console. For whatever reason, http://localhost/VirtualSer... ......

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