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Mitch.Web Re-Branded to The Evil Little Developer's Toolbox
Let's face it, it needed a rename. Mitch.Web just lacks everything in terms of marketing, so I've re-branded my (currently error logging :P) framework to "The Evil Little Developer's Toolbox" in game with my EvilDev theme. I've also made advancements (not guaranteed to work yet) on my error logging framework, mostly in terms of a new Services Project, and the Logging Service. The logging service, is a WCF Service, designed to log errors to a database. The idea behind it, well, I generally focus my ......

Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:48 PM

Mitch.Web Framework - Enhanced Error Logging
Well, my logging framework is pretty solid I think, still needs further practical testing, but so far working alright. Today, a co-worker proposed a challenge to me, in the form of a general comment. He mentioned how our current error logging framework at work functioned (we use ELMAH). Which got me thinking. ELMAH works, by implementing an HttpModule, which catches web applications "OnError" event if you will, logs them and lets the app go on it's merry way. Digging into HttpModules, I discovered ......

Posted On Monday, November 16, 2009 11:37 PM

Mitch.Web Framework on CodePlex
I recently decieded to start merging some of my code that I use in a lot of my little projects into a centralized framework, and provide a consistant API for them. (As well as give me a reason to experiment with Visual Studio 2010 ^^). So today, I released a pre-alpha version of the "Mitch.Web" framework, currently only semi-complete API is the ILogger framework, inspired by Uwe Schmitz demo presentation (with a few design/enhancements I felt were necessary). API is similar to Uwe's, with a couple ......

Posted On Saturday, November 14, 2009 12:26 PM

XSD.EXE - Little Known, Must Have
Today, I was assigned a task at work, which involved taking a CSV format flat file and submit it to a third-party web service. Well the webservice that the data needed to be posted to, is not a .NET based webservice, so the hook-ups needed to be done manually. The webservice is setup to accept an ISO Standard XML format called ADF, it's an eLead based schema used within the automotive industry to exchange prospect data from system to system. I took a look around Google, but wasn't able to find a ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:07 PM

Mitch Vs Report Viewer Control Round Two
Well, today I spent most of the day, trying to find an alternative way to render an SSRS Report to the page, other than the report viewer control. Based on a comment on my last post on this, I decieded to dig into the ServerReport.Render function. Well, this sounded/looked promising, and I was quickly able to write a neat little wrapper object, exposing the various formats as properties. I then proceeded to create a special IRequestManager for reports, and some other stuff to nicely integrate it ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 16, 2009 11:42 PM

Taking MonoDevelop 2.0 for a Test Drive
Well, for a long time I have been a big fan of open source software, and although I'm not specifically a .NET developer, it's my main focus, as everything I do work related is .NET. I've known about The Mono Project for a while, and I typically run Ubuntu as my OS of choice, with XP running in a VM for when I really need it. Well, I haven't booted up Ubuntu for a while, having been really busy doing work stuff, so today, I decided that it was time to take Ubuntu's Latest version, Jaunty Jackalope ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:44 PM

Good Architect, Bad Architect
This is a topic that has been beaten to death. I know it, you know it, but I'm still going to give my version of it, just because I can. One thing I'm going to try to do different from every other "implementation" of this topic, as actually make it practical. It's great that for good design you should follow <insert design pattern of choice here>. And for the crowd that's going to comeback with "The design pattern isn't as important, so long as your code follows the SOLID Principals", well, ......

Posted On Thursday, September 10, 2009 7:31 PM

ASP.NET Report Viewer Control
So, today I was working with the ASP.NET Report Viewer Control. If you don't know what that is, it's an ASP.NET control that comes with .NET, and what it does is allows you to display a SSRS Report on your website. True to ASP.NET, it seems very simple at first, drag, drop, set parameters... and then of course, there's the fallbacks on the things it cannot do. A major thing to me, when I'm developing a website, especially recently, is performance. I hate going to a website, and waiting more than ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 8:12 PM

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