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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

Microsoft Support - I'm Impressed!
Well, this isn't going to be a long post, but I recently had an experience at work that enlightened me to just how good the Support @ Microsoft really is. A Little Bit of Background Well, a little bit of history on this topic. At work, it's kind of a tradition, as it probably is at many organizations, that when someone leaves their screen unlocked that you change their desktop wallpaper and lock their computer for them, just to kind of remind them that they forgot to lock their screen, and comically ......

Posted On Saturday, September 19, 2009 7:47 PM

Mitch Vs Asp.net 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

Human Interaction Is Sooo Last Year....
Lately I've been noticing a trend in technology that is starting to scare me. I think we've advanced beyond the information age, and are upon a new era of communication and social networking. Gone are the days of actually phoning people, instead we have advanced so far as to invent telephones that instead of calling your friends, you can take full advantage of using a tiny little keyboard to stumble thumb some text message to them. Yes, technology IS advancing. And I must say, I love Facebook/MySpace/Bebo/Whate... ......

Posted On Sunday, September 13, 2009 9:44 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

So Many Toys... So Little Time....
I was just reading a post on Donald Belchman's Blog today, as part of his series of "Development Project Archetypes", and one of them was on the "Ooo.... Shiny...." developer. An incestuous cousin to the Front of the Magazine Architect, this developer is easily distracted by any new technology. Not only will he want to talk about it endlessly, the ‘Oooo…Shiny!’ Developer will simply add the technology to the project without telling anyone. You will find, scattered through the code base, a number ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 10:31 PM

Sweet! A Blog!
Well, hey there you poor unsuspecting folks out there?! That's right. I made a blog ( I know what your thinking.. and yes they do let just anybody get one now adays...). I'm now a completely one of a .. million developers out there who have blogs! Yay Me! On a more serious note, I'm going to answer a few questions: Why Did I Create a Blog? Why not? And also, cause I figured it's a good way to force people to hear my opinions on stuff <insert evil laugh here>. I think it's also a good way to ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 8:14 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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