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The Z-man Blogeth I think, therefore I get a headache. January 2007 Entries
Extension Methods in VB 9.0
I've been reading about the new extension methods in VB 9.0. They look to be extremly useful for placing custom functionality on other peoples classes, even sealed classes. Read more about them here: Scott Ann Arbor .Net Developers Member ......

Posted On Thursday, January 25, 2007 12:29 PM

Codemash Day 3
The final day at Codemash was one to remember. The day started off with a keynote from Scott Guthrie on LINQ. A great intro on the power of LINQ, and how it can be used as an OR mapper. Next was a session on letting NHibernate be your data layer, which, after the keynote on LINQ, I wonder if it is necessary to use NHibernate, seems to me that they do similar jobs, but I could be way off base also. The following session I sat in on was about a product called Selenium. It was a really cool and very ......

Posted On Saturday, January 20, 2007 2:59 AM

CodeMash Day 2
Another great day at CodeMash! The morning keynote was awesome, I really like Neal Ford's presenting style, I just get the feeling he's a real straight shooter and he always let's you know exactly what he's thinking. Listened to an interesting session on rapid web development in TurboGears, looks like I need to learn Python now so I can explore TurboGears a little further. The second session I sat in on was 'the end of n-tier' which was basically a parallel processing, grid computing, cache product ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 3:09 AM

CodeMash Day 1
Got here yesterday with my colleage Dave Pease checked in to the Kalahari Resort, this place is pretty great! A large indoor waterpark, gameroom, and putt-putt. But what was even better was the panel of speakers they had there. Some of the best and brightest in PHP, Ruby, C#, Python, Java and Flex. What was so great was how civil it was, no language zealots, no arguments, there were a few digs, but the entire panel was very informed and accepting of different languages and where each had it's good ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 2:44 AM

Finally, there is power!!!
I can't believe it took this long. The power went out at my house on Monday 1/15 at 9:30am and finally came back on today 1/17 at 3:30pm. My family and me were living by generator, no washing clothes, doing dishes, hmm wait a minute, that doesn't sound that bad. The nights were the worst, last night it got down to 5ºF, a bit chilly to say the least. Went to bed while the generator was still running, woke up about 4:30am with the inside of the house at 60º. Luckily we bundled our three boys up with ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 17, 2007 8:02 PM

AADND Meeting this Wednesday on Windows Workflow Foundation with Matt Winkler
I just wanted to share the big news at the Ann Arbor .NET Developers Group (AADND). Matt Winkler, Technical Evangelist for Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), will be speaking at our next meeting on January 10 (second Wednesday of the month, as usual). If you haven't heard, WF is the programming model, engine and tools for quickly building workflow enabled applications. WF radically enhances a developer's ability to model and support business processes. Sound interesting? Make sure you don't miss Ann ......

Posted On Monday, January 8, 2007 1:49 PM

Tech Tips: Calling a function on your main page from an IFrame
This one had me stumped for a while, turns out it was extremely simple and I just wanted to share. Here's the setup: <iframe id="Iframe1" frameborder="1" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" width="745" scrolling="no" height="445" style="position:absolute;to... src="somepage.aspx"><... In the somepage.aspx I had a datalist with a SELECT command argument which updated an object on the server, then on the OnClientClick ......

Posted On Thursday, January 4, 2007 4:39 PM

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