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IDataReader Extension Methods
First of all -- I'm a total liar. I was supposed to offer up some great insight from Tech•Ed. But alas, I had to leave early and fly to Seattle for a meeting. So, I wasn't able to share any fun stuff :( We'll, I actually have a tiny bit of time to write, and I thought I'd share the result of recent code review. I'm currently teaching .NET (Framework fundamentals, C#, et al.) to some of my clients who are preparing to take over the support of a very large application (we're going on 2 years of development ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 11:55 PM

RSS in .NET Made Easy with XML Serialization
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! Based on my previous rants, here’s a stereotype for this post: <<Casual_English_Used... So I was looking for a real quick way to publish an RSS feed from a Web application I created for a friend and found some great articles and components (RSS Toolkit for ASP.NET 2.0.) However, I didn’t find anything that ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:12 AM

Broken Links Fixed
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! I recently moved to a new host, and being that I'm a lousy housekeeper, I forgot to update the links on this blog that point to downloads. I've gone through my posts and update the links; however, I thought it best to post an abridged listing here: Search Engine Safe URLs in ASP.NET http://www.scottvanvliet.co... ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 7:13 PM

.NET Reference Messenger Bot - Broken Links Fixed
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! I installed Community Server 2.0 on my server last night, and it removed my downloads folder, thus breaking the links. I've since re-uploaded the downloads, and the links to the NRB source packages have been fixed. Just for posterity: http://www.scottvanvliet.co... (1.1) http://www.scottvanvliet.co... ......

Posted On Saturday, March 18, 2006 6:26 PM

.NET Reference Messenger Bot - Source Posted for 2.0
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! The code previously posted for the .NET Reference Messenger Bot was built for .NET 1.1, and when running under 2.0 an InvalidOperationException occurs (thanks to Jeff Gonzalez for pointing this out.) I’ve since modified the code to work in 2.0, and posted a separate download at the following link. http://www.scottvanvliet.co... ......

Posted On Friday, March 17, 2006 7:36 PM

.NET Reference Messenger Bot - Source Code Posted
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! After receiving numerous requests for the .NET Reference Bot source, I’ve finally taken the time to dig up the code and post it here: http://www.scottvanvliet.co... This package includes the DotMSN API (which provides the meat of MSN functionality) and a test application, NRBTest. To get the test application ......

Posted On Friday, March 17, 2006 4:23 AM

XAML Grid.RowDefinitions Syntax in DataTemplate Disallowed
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! As noted in the WinFXReadme.htm file included with the WinFX January CTP, the preferred syntax for RowDefinitions and Column Definitions is as outlined in the following XAML listing. <Window x:Class="TestApplication.Wi... xmlns="http://schemas.micro... xmlns:x="http://schemas.mic... ......

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2006 9:09 AM

SoCal Architect Blog
The Scott Kerfoot and the SoCal DPE guys have finally put up a blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/socalarchitect/.  Add their feed to your RSS reader, cause they've always got something interesting to say :)

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 10:33 PM

.NET Reference MSN Messenger Bot Update #2
Ok - I've received a lot of traffic on this service! I came back this evening to a huge log file, and saw that many people were typing in some interesting things (e.g. System.Skillet.Eats.Bologna.) Thanks to feedback from Lenny, we've learned that the service does not work with Trillian - not sure, just know that it doesn't work. I've also added the System.Data namespace to the service's content store. I think this is the start of something really cool. Some possible future features may include allowing ......

Posted On Monday, September 5, 2005 4:17 AM

.NET Reference MSN Messenger Bot Update #1
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! I've made a few changes to this service after recieving quite a bit of traffic. The first version was not functioning properly when dotnetreference@hotmail.com was added to someone's Contact List; thus, I've set up the service to automatically add the user to the service's Contact List (rather than simply allowing all ......

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2005 3:39 PM

.NET Reference Bot for MSN Messenger
I hate to rip people off, but Ben's brilliant idea to create an IM bot for the ColdFusion Live Docs got me to thinking; "Wouldn't this be great for the .NET Framework Class Libraries?" So, sitting here late on a Saturday night, I decided to have some fun ... I created a Windows Service that utlizes the DotMSN library (which is easy to use, and overall badass) to respond to messages from MSN Messenger sent to dotnetreference@hotmail.com. The message content will be used to search a list of classes, ......

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2005 7:52 AM

ColdFusion Live Docs Bot for Yahoo! and Google Talk
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! Ben Forta has written a ColdFusion-baesd bot for Macromedia's ColdFusion Live Docs reference site. To use, add the appropriate user to your Contact List (Y!: cflivedocs, GTalk: cfdocs@gmail.com.) Then, send a message with a ColdFusion tag or function name and you'll receive a description of that tag/function, and examples ......

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2005 3:55 AM

MSRS / WSS Custom Header Update
I'm very sorry for my apparent lack of consideration regarding my last post! It seems that all comments and emails from my blog were being treated as spam and deleted from my mail server :( I have gone back through the site and view some of your comments, and realize that I foolishly left out the solution description for implementing a Custom Header in Reporting Services / Windows SharePoint Services. I intend on delivering the solution to you all; however, with so many folks interested, I have decided ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2005 4:15 PM

Managed Bluetooth API for .NET
The folks over at OpenNETCF.org are in the know! This site is an excellent resource for .NET Compact Framework and is choc full of shared source projects, including Application Blocks simliar to those found in Enterprise Library. I recently discovered the OpenNETCF Bluetooth API, which provides a managed API exposing Bluetooth functionality in both the .NET Framework and the .NET Compact Framework. I've been tinkering with this for about an hour, and have got the DesktopListener sample up and running ......

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 2:45 PM

Slacker!
It's 2005 - a fresh new year - and how do I start it off? By slacking! I've been on vacation and out sick the past couple weeks, but I plan on getting back on track within the next week. I'm in the process of writing another article for The Code Project, and will post the details here soon - so be sure to check back soon! Also, check out the new Op Girls Learn To Ride Web site. It's written in C# and utilizes the Page Framework for ASP.NET 1.1 with some additional features that I may add to the framework ......

Posted On Monday, January 31, 2005 7:49 PM

Update: Page Template Framework for ASP.NET 1.1 in C# & VB.NET

For those of you who are interested in tinkering with my 'Page Template Framework for ASP.NET 1.1' in VB.NET, I've ported both the source and demo projects!  You can read the article and download the demo/source projects at the following location:

http://www.codeproject.com/aspnet/PageFramework.asp

Enjoy!

Posted On Wednesday, November 17, 2004 5:58 AM

Odd Behavior While Boxing Value Types in C# 1.1
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! I’ve noticed some very weird behavior when comparing boxed value types, referenced as object. Consider the following code. object a = "foo"; object b = "foo"; bool matchRefType = (a == b); object x = 1; object y = 1; bool matchValueType = (x == y); The first Boolean value will return true, as expected. However, the second ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 25, 2005 6:46 AM

Day Two at the Microsoft West Region Partner Architect Forum (Whew, again!)

I'm at San Jose Int'l Airport, and don't have much time to blog but wanted to provide a VERY brief recap. 

Today was chock (sp) full of great content of BizTalk Server 2006, Indigo, WinFX and Avalon.  There was also a good demo covering actual use of VSTS in 2005.  I can't talk about much, but there are exciting things coming down the pipe.  As soon as I get the time, I'll post some reference links provided by the speakers.

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 1:15 AM

Day One at the Microsoft West Region Partner Architect Forum (Whew!)
After messing up my wakeup call (my fault!) I made it downstairs just in time to catch the bus to the Microsoft Silicon Valley Conference Center in Mountain View, CA. Today's two keynotes, the first by Adam Denning provided, some great insight into the Platform Strategy for 2005 and beyond. Adam is a great speaker, and kept the high-level stuff entertaining for an audience of low-level-lowing Architects. Following some good sessions on Analysis Services in Yukon, a panel comprised of SI & ISV ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 5:52 AM

Heading to the Microsoft West Region Partner Architect Forum
I'm typing from the terminal at John Wayne Airport, waiting for my flight to the Microsoft Web Region Partner Architect Formum (whew!)  I getting excited about speaking at TechEd 2005 (as well as attending,) and event more excited to get a peek at the next versions of Commerce Server and BizTalk.  I'll post more (where applicable, and not blocked by NDA) soon!

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 10:58 PM

New Page Framework Coming Soon
Due to some client demands, as well as too much free time, I've updated the Page Framework for ASP.NET 1.1. This updated version (1.3) includes support for HtmlForm Controls inside of a template configuration, as well as support for "true" Master Pages. I've got the framework running on my machine as well as a few colleagues'. Once the documentation is updated, I should be posting the changes to my article over at The Code Project ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2005 4:26 AM

Search Engine Safe Urls in ASP.NET Relocated
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! While moving to another host for BRDWRKS, I've decided to relocate the Search Engine Safe Urls in ASP.NET download to the following URL: http://69.2.200.115/downloa... Enjoy ......

Posted On Friday, October 22, 2004 6:13 PM

Page Template Framework for ASP.NET 1.1
A few months ago, a colleague of mine approached me about page templates in ASP.NET. I had done this before using page inheritance, so I referred him to a few links that I had collected that offered similar solutions. He researched the articles, and decided to implement a solution for his client utilizing a page inheritance approach. More recently, this topic had come up again, and I put some more thought into the approach that both my colleague and I had taken. Although page inheritance provided ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2004 3:29 AM

Microsoft Certification Exam 70-320 - Passed!
I took a shot at the Microsoft Certification Exam 70-320 (Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft C# .NET) and passed yesterday! It was much more difficult than the first exam that I took – 70-315 (C# Web Apps). It’s funny – the name of exam leads you to believe that it would cover mostly Web Services. However, most of the questions I encountered on the test were about .NET Remoting and Enterprise Services (although technically Web Services are a part of .NET Remoting …). ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 5:29 PM

Reporting Services Wierdness
So, I recently installed Windows SharePoint Services on my laptop (running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition) and found that my Reporting Services installation was hosed. So, I searched on the internet for solutions. I did everything, including reactivating the ReportServer, changing the different Virtual Server ports, and finally installed Reporting Services SP1. Still – no go. Frustrated, I wiped my laptop clean and installed only Windows Server 2003 Enterprise, SQL Server 2000 Enterprise, ......

Posted On Thursday, July 15, 2004 4:38 AM

Search Engine Safe Urls in ASP.NET
Update 2010-03-23 – Sorry, but the images and downloads were hosted on a server that is no longer available. I will try to find the sample code bits and images on a backup sometime! I first came across Search Engine Safe (SES) URLs a year or two ago when Erik Voldengen and Bert Dawson created the CF_sesConverter Custom Tag for ColdFusion applications (http://www.fusium.com/inde... This tag would accept a modified Query String, which looked ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 4, 2004 8:01 AM

Ben Forta's New Regular Expression Book
If you don't know who Ben Forta is, there is something wrong with you! He is the reason that I am now a professional developer. Anywho, Ben is at it again, and has written a teriffic book on Regular Expressions. Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minuteshttp://www.forta.com... you want to learn about Regular Expressions, this book is a must. It also helps that I contributed to this book by porting his ColdFusion sample application to ASP.NET (which is available for download ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2004 9:41 PM

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