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Running with Code Like scissors, only more dangerous March 2009 Entries
My Job is Tools
For the last few months I’ve been working on a fairly large-sized web application for work. The application is mostly Flex-based, so I’m working on back-end components, which are accessed via FluorineFx (an ActionScript-.NET connector). The site also needs to integrate with Ektron, a somewhat perilous enterprise-level CMS, because a lot of the company’s web-facing data is already stored their and they want to reuse as much as possible. The site is a completely new version of a much less-ambitious ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:20 AM

Invoking a Partial Update from Flash
This morning I received an email that posed a question so interesting that I thought I would blog about the answer. The question was, essentially, how can we invoke a partial update (using ASP.NET AJAX triggers), from an on(up) button handler in Flash? There are a few different ways to approach this problem. I believe the method I’m going to write out here is what I like to call the “path of least resistance” – it’ll get you there quickly. However, it will create some interdependencies among your ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 17, 2009 8:33 AM

Facebook UI for ASP.NET Launches
I’ve officially launched the Facebook UI for ASP.NET project at CodePlex at http://facebookui.codeplex.... It’s kind of a preview edition of what’s to come – and there’s quite a bit. Here’s a quick overview: Now: Design-time and run-time server support for about 30 FBML controls. Visual Studio IntelliSense support for FBML controls Web Site project templates in Visual Studio 2008 Version 1: All FBML tags within: Users/Groups, Profile-Specific, Embedded Media, Visibility on Profile, Tools, Forms, ......

Posted On Friday, March 13, 2009 5:05 PM

Speedy C#, Part 4: Using - and Understanding - CLR Profiler
CLR Profiler is a free and incredibly useful tool offered by Microsoft. I'm fairly certain its primary use (at least from Microsoft's perspective) is to illustrate use of the CLR Profiling COM APIs, which aren't exceptionally clear-cut (in my opinion), particularly from a .NET programmer's point of view. The really difficult part of using CLR Profiler is becoming accustomed to its interface and the data it presents; however, once you do so, I'm certain you'll find it incredibly helpful in addressing ......

Posted On Friday, March 13, 2009 2:34 AM

Teaching Synchronization at University
I enrolled in the software engineering program at Arizona State, primarily because that program was willing to take me without having completed an undergraduate degree in computer science (the M.S. Computer Science and M.C.S. programs were not). But as I went through the process I decided that I wanted to complete a thesis instead of a project, and I found a topic that I wanted to pursue that was clearly out of the realm of what I would consider software “engineering.” So I began working on undergraduate ......

Posted On Saturday, March 7, 2009 5:03 PM

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