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Jannik Anker .NET developer blog January 2005 Entries
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Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 10:51 PM

Okay, so I don't own a TabletPC and have no artistic skills what-so-evah... But I still think that
ArtRage by Ambient Design Ltd. is a a fantastic application.

It emulates painting on canvas - and naturally it is optimized for use with a TabletPC, with which it must be sublime, but also works on a regular PC. Try it out - it's free.

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 10:30 PM

Rearchitect Your Web Applications for Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0
ASP.NET Home: ASP.NET Whidbey: Rearchitect Your Web Applications for Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0

Alright, I'm cleaning up my "To Blog" bookmarks folder. This is a nice walkthrough describing how to optimize an existing 1.1 app to the 2.0 Framework.

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 10:22 PM

What to be aware of when designing a business website
The 5 biggest Mistakes Almost All Web Designers Make And Why These Mistakes Could Cost You a Fortune!...

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 10:17 PM

International Features in Microsoft SQL Server 2000
International Features in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 I know how much trouble can be caused when an SQL Server has been set up with the wrong international settings. Trust me, I do. The date handling fails (or acts "funny"), and it's damn hard to trace the source of the bug. We had an issue recently, so luckily I googled my way here, where I found the single wrong setting that was causing an entire app to fail miserably. Just thought I'd share ;-) ......

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 10:15 PM

Testable Designs / TDD / XP / NUnit
Just got a few geek books (1, 2, 3) from Amazon. I want to dig deep into the world of Test Driven Development (TDD), Extreme Programming (XP) and the mythical tool called NUnit. In that process, I stumbled upon this article on Testable Designs, which has some great links in it. This may prove useful, and this has much relevance ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 11:40 PM

Still Driving a "Horse-Drawn" Computer?
Product: "The New Standard Keyboard solves all the problems associated with QWERTY, which was used on the first commercially produced typewriter in 1873. Ironically, QWERTY was actually designed to slow down the typist to prevent jamming the keys, and we've been stuck with that layout since. While QWERTY was great in its day, it's not relevant on a computer. Computer keys can be placed in any order desired. After 130 years most people still use a keyboard layout specifically designed to be as inefficient ......

Posted On Monday, January 24, 2005 10:48 PM

Web Page Design for Designers
Web Page Design for Designers - again, though not being a web designer, I find this site quite helpful. Some of the data may be slightly outdated, but overall a good source...

If the above site interests you, this one may also be of relevance. Takes a somewhat more theoretical approach to things, which is a good thing. Yes, it is. C'mon, admit it! ;-)

Posted On Monday, January 17, 2005 10:43 PM

Use GDI+ to Save Crystal-Clear GIF Images with .NET
Use GDI+ to Save Crystal-Clear GIF Images with .NET if you're having image quality issues. I've been there, but went straight to the cowardly way out - saving as JPEGs instead. Wouldn't have done so, had I known about this library at the time...

Posted On Saturday, January 15, 2005 6:33 AM

ASCII art with C#
What a way to spend time. How do you justify to yourself that this is a healthy, wholesome way to spend time?
Daniel Fisher cannot fully appreciate the potential beauty of a regular image. He prefers recreating the image using regular characters: See the project, see the result.

Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 12:35 AM

20 Year Archive on Google Groups
20 Year Archive on Google Groups: "Google has fully integrated the past 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups, which now offers access to more than 800 million messages dating back to 1981."

This is funny. And interesting. Take a look...

Posted On Sunday, January 9, 2005 11:48 PM

Nerd Quotient
I am NOT a nerd! Test yourself here: Wx Plotter Fun Tests - Nerd Quotient

I am nerdier than 16% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 8:03 PM

Is Client-Side Scripting the Next Big Thing?
Some interesting observations on the future of client-side scripting. I can only agree that for instance ASP.NET is leaning towards server-side processing (almost as if it's "recommended"). Yes, there are plenty of options for rich client development, but is it easy? Is it intuitive? Not for me, having an ASP 3.0 background. Take a look, cross your fingers and hope for a "rich client friendly" ASP.NET 3.0... Is Client-Side Scripting the Next Big Thing ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 7:51 PM

The year 2038 bug
The year 2038 bug may prove very grave... Or not...

Not being a bitwise (hehe) programmer, I'm not too enlightened by the code samples, but nevertheless it's quite interesting to read about. In short, on January 10, 2004 some systems may display an incorrect date - and on "Tue Jan 19 03:14:07 2038", who knows what'll happen?

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 7:43 PM

[RANT] .Net ResourceManager - non-nerds please ignore
I hate resource (.resx/.resources) handling in .Net... It seems that every single person who's managed to make it work, completely forgets what parts were difficult, hence skipping past it IN EACH AND EVERY FRIGGIN' SAMPLE ON THE WEB!!! Look at this MS example - in a WinForms scenario (with which some of us are still on the noob stage), what exactly is the assembly name, where does a resource file end up after compilation and so on. In the above example, the reference to the resource file is "items". ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 1:33 AM

Interesting article on web site protection against hacker
Stefan Gossner is God among MCMS developers. He found this article on protecting a site from hacker-"bashing". Read it ;-)

Posted On Wednesday, January 5, 2005 1:32 AM

Color for Coders - Color and Design for the Non-Designer [Design Principles]
Color for Coders - Color and Design for the Non-Designer [Design Principles]: "If you're one of the people who spend most of their reading time skimming through Client and Server Side Coding articles, then you probably should read this article."

I agree. This is a(nother) good article on color selection for code monkeys (i.e. me).

Posted On Tuesday, January 4, 2005 2:09 AM

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