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There's a cool option in Visual Studio 2005 to format the current document (ctrl-e,d). But what do you do when you have thousands of files in your C# solution? I'm much too lazy to open every file individually to make sure other developers on the project are formatting their code properly. The first idea was to change the build script. Doing this would ensure the code is always formatted (unless someone has a lock). Unfortunately, I could find no task do this in MSBuild. Naturally, I endeavored to ...
I don't regularly use desktop or web-based RSS feed aggregators for the fact that they take the content away from its context. It usually doesn't add much, but sometimes I can gauge things like professionalism and creativity of the writer (such as is the case with Scott Hanselman's blog--it's snappy layout reinforces its content). Besides, tech blogs usually come through with code samples all screwy, images out of whack, and a variety of other distortions. What I do enjoy about them, however, is ...
Continuing on with RSSBus scripts showing how to pipe Google Calendar to Twitter and Flickr to Twitter, here's my last Twitter RSBScript. Here's a script to pipe any existing RSS feed to Twitter. I wanted to sync my blog with my twitter, so now everytime I post a new blog entry, it will be added to my Twitter status. Here's the url: http://www.textbox1.com/app... blog_url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds... &twitter_password=mypas... &twitter_user=mytwitter... ...
When given a choice between style and substance in software, I usually opt for what I consider to be substantive qualities such as speed, functionality, usability, and cost. Since I never saw a sentence about Vista without the phrase "eye candy", I casually dismissed Microsoft's long-awaited OS release as fluff when it first came out and was in no hurry to jump aboard the upgrade band-wagon. Well despite my valiant effort at indifference, I am ashamed to admit that I have finally succumbed to the ...
I'm sure there is a Microsoft exam on how to handle custom errors in ASP.NET, and even how to verify query strings before processing them. It might be in their forums, http://forums.microsoft.com, but not at this URL, http://forums.microsoft.com... Yep, we have a Server Error in '/Communities' Application in full display with instructions on how to turn on custom error handling. Obviously no web application I've every written would do something ...
So I needed to search for a particular term within a set of files in a directory, which contained sub-directories of files. I figured this would be an easy feat given Vista's much-touted search functionality (or what seemed to be much touted...I seemed to think that search was a huge improvement in the OS anyway). However, it appears that Vista will do a great job searching the name of files and folders based on your criteria, but there didn't seem to be a way to search files CONTAINING a particular ...

I was surfing the official Microsoft Silverlight site and found that the site is using Urchin software. There is a JavaScript file (http://silverlight.net/__utm.js) when you "View Source" on the homepage.

Well, nothing wrong with it but Urchin is now Google Analytics, so... :) 

Strange or expected ??!!

Has anybody seen this error? How to fix it? This happens when I click on the one of the server name under the Registered Servers in the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. I can't seem to find the problem. I tried to google but found nothing ...
UPDATE: For full TwitterMinder documentation, see this TwitterMinder article. In my last two posts I mentioned my recent introduction to Twitter (after having watched so many people blab about it for the past few months). So today I went ahead and published my Google Calendar to Twitter RSBScript, and gave it the name TwitterMinder: TwitterMinder will check your Google Calendar for events that are occuring in the next hour, and if it finds any, they will be automatically submitted to your Twitter ...
Now this is a very interesting thought, especially when placed in context with the history of the fact that Symbian is effectively the son of Psion, and forgive me now for sounding incredibly optimistic, but given the legacy of what the Psion team and code could achieve then from a performance perspective in small tight code it's quite possible it could blow the doors of the Benchmarks? Let's take this crazy thought one step further and suggest that they launch a Notebook? Better yet, just take the ...
A few months ago, Charlie pointed out how it might be useful to have a script that would automatically post Google Calendar events on Twitter. Then he found someone that had already done it. Well, at the time I filed a note to do this with RSSBus - but then I got busy and never got to it - until today! :) Let me say that I did the RSSBus script first, and then I looked at how the other guy did it (he used a 200 line php script + Yahoo Pipes). Here's my roughly 20 line RSB script (using the RSSBus ...
If you are using Twitter, let me know so I can follow you. Yep, I'm on Twitter now, finally. I decided to give it a shot and see what all the hoopla is about. Is it really that great? We'll see. While I'm checking it out - I decided to look at its API and look into whether or not I should throw together a Twitter connector for RSSBus. The API is very compact - simple and to the point. All simple HTTP get and put. All of the API methods return data in several formats - it looks like all of the gets ...
It occurred to me today that the techie blogosphere will never truly be mainstream until it has it's own version of Oscars and Emmies that recognizes the truly memorable blog posts. In the spirit of blogo-democracy, I thought I would just kick-start things myself by creating my own award which I will call the 'Caffeinated Codey" (it's my award so I get to pick...). The lucky recipients of these awards will not only be rocketed into certain geek stardom by the increased exposure that I provide through ...
Clang, clang clang! The warning bells are going off. I can report that Google has finally contacted me, although it's probably too late for us- we already are in negotiations with other vendors. but regardless, it seems I'm not alone in my thoughts about the potential stumbling of Google. Digg is announcing that they are breaking away from Google as well. Of course, I really don't want to seem like I'm hoping for the demise of Google, and Google is big enough now, and it's hard to sink a big ship ...
Recently I was tagged by Russ on the Justice Gray challenge. Personal Something I have been attempting over the last few years is to be healthier. What does that mean? Well for my wife and I that means making healthier decisions when we eat. We find the good substitutes. Over the past two years we realize that is not enough. A healthy diet is a good step in the right direction, but you need that level of exercise to be the catalyst for a healthy lifestyle. -I think I want to run in something, probably ...
The age-old question. And the first answer should always be: "Yes." Because they both use the same .NET Framework classes, they both compile to the same intermediate language, and there is functionally no difference between the two. Syntactically, they are different, but they can both do the same things. That being said, I will admit that I have a bias towards C#. I am currently working in VB, but that's not completely by choice, that's just what my current group uses. I like that because I'm learning ...
So recently I have been trying to play with VS Orcas and Silverlight but hit a huge wall. After installing Orcas, the silverlight add-in for it and the silverlight Alpha runtime I still was unable to view any silverlight content, the same "Install Silverlight" graphic would appear. After some considerable google time I found this link from Walt Ritscher and one of the comments did the trick. Basically... 1. Close IE72. Un-install all versions of silverlight runtime3. Delete the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{... ...
So a few days ago I was ranting about how Google might not be such a great company to invest in if their management is as bad as I think it might be. And now, we have more possible proof that Google is not exactly Fortune 500 material. Hey, I love tech companies, but just why is Google so lauded? Their search results are horrible, the app looks like something college kids threw together over a weekend. What really baffles me is why no one else has really improved on the search engine either. Before ...

Spring has it, Enterprise Library has it, Google's been using it.  Check out a framework that Google's been using for production, now open to the public

Guice wholly embraces annotations and generics, thereby enabling you to wire together and test objects with less effort than ever before. Annotations finally free you from error-prone, refactoring-adverse string identifiers.

google-guice - Google Code

I've had a code similar to the following: string sSql = String.Format("Column1 LIKE '%{0}%'", StringValue); fareRows = dataset.Table.Select(sSql); And DataTable.Select method returned me "Cannot perform 'Like' operation on System.Int64 and System.String". System.Data.EvaluateException: Cannot perform 'Like' operation on System.Int64 and System.String. at System.Data.BinaryNode.SetT... op, Type left, Type right) at System.Data.LikeNode.Eval(D... row, DataRowVersion version) at ...
Well guys... If you have read my previous blog post about Guice and you are using only .net technologies you might got little bit worried of that why you can’t use such a nice framework. Don’t worry, there is a project going on at Google called Titan that inspired by Guice. It’s still in the beta stage though. It’s a pre-release version and they don’t recommend it using in mission critical applications. Titan is a new take on inversion of control for .NET 2.0 applications, inspired largely by Bob ...
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K7 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began this mornings show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website. How to Print Contents of a Directory Here's a link to the Microsoft Word MVP FAQ Site that contains the steps to print the contents of a directory. Scroll down and check out the "If you don't have Outlook" section. That page is contributed to by fellow Microsoft MVP ...
Doing some R&D works on GWT a few weeks back, I really fascinated on the Google frameworks. Next Google framework I’m gonna puts my hands on is Guice: Google way of implementing Dependency Injection. That isn’t a company assignment but I think its worth to learn and try. Guice (pronounced "juice") is an ultra-lightweight, next-generation dependency injection container for Java 5 and later. If you have ever tried out to achieve loose coupling to the ultimate extent you really should know about ...
I have to build a new mapping application and replace an existing one. We are looking at three possible options: MapQuest, Microsoft's Virtual Earth, and Google Maps. The first two companies were easy to contact and get pricing, but I never realized just how horrible Google's support is until I attempted to get actual commercial pricing numbers from them. First, the information for businesses is not on their website. I need hard numbers for a Fortune 500 company, not some sample HTML code for a personal ...

 I am not sure what the long-term play is here, but Google has "signed a definitive agreement to acquire Postini" a leader in email security and compliance solutions.

I had a problem on one of our home pc's tonight where Spoolsv.exe was pegging the CPU at 100% usage. I couldn't find any knowledgebase articles concerning it and a Google query only turned up safe-file results. I ended up discovering that the problem was in the MS Office Document Image Writer spool. There was a job (apparently from almost a year ago) stuck in the queue at 67% complete. I canceled the job and everything has returned to normal. Go figure. I have been unable to find any information ...
So for those of you who have one, or are interested in how this is progressing it might be worth while checking out http://hackint0sh.org/forum but it's quite clear that Apple's blaze of Hype and Publicity could be bringing with some rather unwanted attention? ;-)) Files in iPhone reveal overseas plans for T-Mobile, Vodafone Posted Jul 4th 2007 3:09PM by Ryan Block Filed under: Cellphones That iPhone firmware leaked this week? Well, as found on the iPhone Dev Wiki it's been cracked open, its files ...
Google its a essential tool for my life especially for my forgetfull brain.... I have decrease extremealy the use of paper notes as well as my IQ decrease because I no longer need to memorize stuff s.. I just dump everything on my gmail, google docs, videos or pictures.... On a normal day.. when I have to write phone numbers, data that I need to keep forever (except for very personal info.. I dont trust any web server for that), I gmail it to myself and later on I just need to search... just realize ...
For those of you who don't know, for years now I've been one of the in-studio co-hosts for Computers 2K7, a call-in radio show on Sunday mornings from 8am - 10am on 850 The Buzz in Raleigh, NC. We had some good calls and talked about a number of topics this morning. Each week the show is available for download on the Computers 2K7 page. Problem with XP Auto Login and the .NET Framework We had a caller who was experiencing a problem with the auto login feature of XP and the .NET Framework. From Start ...
After coming back to Australia from UK we were a bit disappointed finding that the FoxIQ was not all it's cracked up to be - at the moment it looks like the best bet is quite possible the Topfield 7000, with Dual HD Tuners and HDMI, it sounds like a good chance? TiVo coming to Australia in 2008 - but will network squabbling kill it? By Adam Turner Wednesday, 30 May 2007 Forget Topfield. Forget Beyonwiz. Forget everything. TiVo could finally drag Australian television into the 21st century and change ...
I had a look at one recently and when online the response time just getting to the basic high volume sites like Google News, MSN, etc. was just painful and made me think that I was working with Dial-up. The real core of the issue is that Apple is using Cingular (AT&T) and their EDGE protocol. Which from what I hear is stuck in < 100 Kbps mode. Now, I have Verizon's broadband and when tethered through my USB cable I did a speed test (www.SpeedTest.net) and got 1.2 Mbps dowstream and 0.7 upstream ...
Quote from the internal Microsoft mailing list message published in the post: Many of you were asking for the feedback I received from my interview with the former Google employee I hired into ABC Development as a Sr.SDE. Here it is. This candidate is also a former MS employee who left the company and founded a “Start-up” called XYZ. XYZ was purchased by Google and he was hired on as a Senior Software Engineer II / Technical Lead. Here is his take on Google’s environment as well as areas Microsoft ...
The post is a cautionary tail of the latest episode of common sense versus cool. AJAX is a great technology that allows webpages to have much richer content. Google Maps was the turning point for this technology as it brought the technology to the attention of the Technorati that has enjoyed a superficial level of hype ever since because it is encompassed as the lynch-pin of Web 2.0. The key part of AJAX is Javascript which is a language that all mainstream browsers, no matter what operating system, ...
Lately, I have started using Google Reader for my feeds when Outlook 2007 decided it didn't want to read my feeds anymore and I started missing valuable content. I absolutely love the interface of Google Reader, it is very fast a with the HotKeys, it feels like a desktop application. However, the add subscriptions functionality is less than desirable. Inside IE it will freeze up quite often and just sit there bubbling green goo out of the beaker. To get around this issue, I created a IE Search Provider ...
OK, so let's stop right here, this is getting silly isn't it? Is it April the 1st? ;-)) Virtualization on your iPhone? June 20th, 2007 by Alex Barrett No, Apple hasn’t made any announcements about virtualization for the iPhone, but all this reporting about VMware ESX Lite jogged my memory of a conversation I had recently with XenSource CTO and founder Simon Crosby. While talking about Xen 3.1, Simon mentioned that since Xen is an open-source project, some developers in the consumer electronics space ...
Not a big crowd but we were able to pack into the conference room at www.beanstalknetworks.com and it made for a very pleasant and interactive session. Here are many of the links we explored tonight: www.silverlight.net - Go to "Get Started" to see what to download and install. You will find many of the demos there. www.visitmix.com - Mixx Conference had many silverlight presentations, demos and hands on labs. http://dev.live.com - Free media storage up to 4 gb. http://blogs.msdn.com/brada... ...
Some interesting news via bink.nu I have been using Ubuntu via VMware at home as a safe Browser/Internet facing device and even the 6.x version is very slick and easy to install - adding other Open Source apps via the Internet is a breeze. If you haven't tried Linux yet because you thought it too dificult then I'd encourage you to try this. I'm hoping for a Novell DVD of Suze to drop at my door shortly and I'll be giving that at run and see how it compares? Microsoft's Windows Marketplace: "Ubuntu ...
I have a Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 which I totally love. I've been almost obnoxious in referrals to friends. The Laser is definitely worth the additional cost. But now that I have a new laptop with VISTA Ultimate I am having trouble when using Quicken Deluxe 2006. The scroll wheel only scrolls up - even when you are scrolling the wheel toward you. A quick search on Google shows others have experienced this same problem with Quicken and some other applications when using VISTA. So far the fix seems ...
This blog has moved to http://www.douglasmarsh.net You will be redirected in 10 seconds. I use virtual environments for all my BizTalk development. I have several base machines that I clone to use as my actual development boxes. A couple of days ago, I was installing Microsoft Updates to my current BizTalk Dev Environment and one of the updates failed to install. The culprit was the Critical Update For Sql Server 2005 SP2 KB934458. Since, the update, while critical didn’t directly affect me, I ignored ...
This past week I have been using ASK.COM instead of Google and Live. Pretty well after a few days I realised that there isn't actually all that much between theses search engines, after performing rudimentary comparisons on searches they all pretty much come up with comparable results sets. I'm no expert in search algorithms but then who is? What's the point when you find what you're looking for using any of them? Ok so my intention with this post was to bore you senseless with examples but then ...
Lately I’ve spent a lot of time playing with VS.NET “Orcas” Beta 1 and focusing on the language enhancements to C# in the new compilers. As an instructor who teaches the languages and as a developer of large frameworks for clients, the first thing I’m interested is the language enhancements. Then I dive into the addition “add-on” type features (read: WPF/XAML, WCF, Workflow, etc…) So far I’ve found some really intriguing features (like LINQ) that I like and think have some value but which won’t dramatically ...
We've got a custom control that consists of 2 radio buttons, a "normal button", and a text box, all on a single line. Internal to the control, I have all 4 of member controls lined up so that all the text is on one line. So far, so good. Except for one thing. When I put my control on my form, I can not get the text on my form to line up with the text on my label, and I end up manually futzing it into something that resembles "it's place". Where are my alignment functions? I guess it's off to google. ...
I am in a training class all this week in Toronto at the EMC office in Burlington, ON for EmailXtender. Usually I am a well prepared traveler having consulted for many years. For some reason though I forgot my power adapter for my laptop on this trip. I sought out the local Best Buy to see what a universal charger (like the model from Kennsington) would set me back - Yikes! $125.00 CAD. I have my Blackberry so I thought I could make it through still having email and internet access from the device. ...
My daily Silverlight 'Pick of the Litter' from the web, I will add on as I come across others Silverlight 1.1 - How to Create a Media Player Chad Campbell has created a 31-minute 'walkthrough of creating a media player' in alpha video. admitted first video, but great content! ... I look forward to seeing more, Chad :) Programming HTML with C# The subject didn't get me, but reading a bit of what Tim Sneath said made me wonder if he was hiding in the AZGroups meeting last night. System.Windows.Browser ...
I was checking Google Reader this morning when I came across a post by Download Squad entitled Firefox's popularity is repeating Microsoft's dominating mistakes all over again. But when I click through the link all I get is a single comment: "I don't even know where to begin on a rebuttal for this one..." Did Download Squad get a bunch of backlash and take it down? Or is this just a temporary bug? If anyone else has the full article in their feed reader or browser cache, please post the content in ...
Here is a simple example, lets try and find the following address: 240 St. Joseph Ave, 94115. Live Maps / Live Local / Local Live / Virtual Earth finds it with no errors or warnings. Yahoo Local Gets the right location after using the closest match "240 Saint Josephs Ave, San Francisco, CA 94115". Web 1.0 Mapquest can't find the address but it does suggests the correct location. Ask Maps & Directions can't find the address but focuses the map on the correct zip code. Google Maps can't find the ...
Let us not beat around the bush, Google is the default search engine for much of the Internet, I need look no further my blogs site visitor statistics for evidence of that! 46% of my visitors come via search engines and 93% of those come via Google. So thank you Google for sending me nearly half of my readers! Ok so Google is popular but I'm not married to Google, I don't own shares, so my loyalty only comes from Google being good at it's job and helping me find relevant sites after entering my search ...

This is absolutely hilarious.  To make a point with Google at the BooxExpo America, a publisher took a couple laptops from the Google booth.  He returned them later with this beautiful quote: "there wasn't a sign by the computers informing him not to steal them."

Engagdget has the whole story.

The Google Maps API blog talks about adding driving directions to their API. This is something that I am excited about adding to Where's Tim. I've had directions to me on my real time GPS site for a while (see the post here), but I've always just shelled out a url to maps.google.com. Now I can retain the users of that feature on my site and not have to send them away (hoping that they will come back). This is also big for the mashup "industry" as well. Visually understanding where an object resides ...
Today Google announced Google Gears at their Global Developer conference. The blurb says ... Ok so it doesn't take a genius to work out that it's a client side data cache. Client side data caches are not new and architecturally speaking it's always cool to make 'chunky' data calls because a 'chatty' application will reduce the performance and the users experience of an application and that's it! do not pass go do not design a 3 tier application with everything on the client. Gears is about 'To do' ...