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XPath execution utility
I have written an XPath test utility at http://commonxpath.codeplex... is a WPF application that allows you to enter some test XML and and an XPath expression. When writing such expressions it is important to get the XPath expression correct before embedding it into a program.The program is available as source under LGPL so you can run it both on your office and home PCs. There is a link to help on XPATH syntax ......

Posted On Monday, October 29, 2012 3:06 PM

DayPilot Scheduler Control for ASP.NET
Recently on Code Project, I discovered an ASP.NET control for event scheduling. Source is available for the Lite version.

The article is at

There is a demo page at

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:10 PM

A crowded Extra-Solar system
The orbiting Kepler telescope has found another unusual alien solar system. The Kepler telescope monitors star for changes in their brightness. The light resulting curves can be seen at http://www.planethunters.or... an extra-solar system with 4 stars (planets orbiting two of the stars with the other two stars orbiting as a distant binary pair) was discovered using by two "arm-chair" astronomers using the above web site. Source All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:30 PM

Will New Horizons have to bailout?
At there is an interesting post about the challenge facing the New Horizons as to whether to allow the spacecraft to remain on the current trajectory which will take it between Pluto and the orbit of Charon, the closest in known moon of Pluto. Given that the current round-trip light time is 6 hrs 53 minutes, a decision to go for a bail-out fly-past must be taken some 10 days in advance of the actual fly-past ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:19 PM

TDD: Is There Really Any Debate Any Longer?
At, Jospeh Eams of pluralsight has published an interesting article on why TDD should be beyond debate.

Posted On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 10:59 AM

New Horizons now only 8 Au from Pluto
Today at 07:00:00, the New Horizons space probe was only 8 Au from Pluto! While this is still an enormous distance, being 8 times the average distance of the Earth from our Sun, it is now only some 1001 days from closest approach!

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Posted On Monday, October 15, 2012 5:28 PM

Update your Firefox to 16.0.1
Please see the following articles and ensure that you are running 16.0.1Mozilla rates the bugs fixed as "critical".http://arstechni... ......

Posted On Monday, October 15, 2012 3:01 PM

What is the Coded UI feature of VS2010 and VS2012?
A question recently arose as to what is coded UI? It is a feature of the ultimate and premium versions of Visual Studio 2012 (and 2010).It is described as "Automate user interface tests to validate application UI"Here are some useful links about it:http://codedui101.blogsp... ......

Posted On Monday, October 15, 2012 2:40 PM

Sandcastle Help File Builder - October 2012 release
At the latest Sandcastle has been released. I am pleased to say that it incorporates the generic version of a fix, I originated that allows projects including Crystal Reports to be documented.Here is the relevant passage from the help file:"The default configuration for MRefBuilder has been updated to ignore the Crystal Reports licensing assembly (BusinessObjects.Licensing.... if it fails to get resolved. This assembly does not appear to be ......

Posted On Friday, October 12, 2012 10:37 AM

Update 1 for Visual Studio 2012.
One of the features of Visual Studio 2012, is that it is much easier to deploy new features to it. The first update is due in November and a CTP (Community Technology Preview) is available now.

The details are at

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:15 AM

Free guide from Microsoft - Springboard Series Resource Guide for Windows 8
At, there is Springboard Series Resource Guide for Windows 8. This is an index to some 72 resources about Windows 8.

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:05 AM

Typescript - A free add-on for Visual Studio 2012
At Microsoft are providing a free add-on for Visual Studio. If you have any version of Visual Studio 2012, it provides an editor for Typescript."TypeScript is a language for application-scale JavaScript. TypeScript adds optional types, classes, and modules to JavaScript. TypeScript supports tools for large-scale JavaScript applications for any browser, for any host, on any OS. TypeScript compiles to clean, readable, standards-based JavaScript. ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:56 AM

Free book from Microsoft - Building Elastic and Resilient Cloud Applications - Developer's Guide to the Enterprise Library 5.0 Integration Pack for Windows Azure
At Microsoft are are offering a free book - "Building Elastic and Resilient Cloud Applications - Developer's Guide to the Enterprise Library 5.0 Integration Pack for Windows Azure"The Microsoft Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure is an extension to the Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 that can be used with Windows Azure. It includes the Autoscaling Application Block, the Transient Fault Handling Application Block, a ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:33 AM

Free book from Microsoft: - Exploring CQRS and Event Sourcing
At Microsoft are providing a free book on Exploring CQRS and Event Sourcing"This guide is focused on building highly scalable, highly available, and maintainable applications with the Command & Query Responsibility Segregation and the Event Sourcing architectural patterns. It presents a learning journey, not definitive guidance. It describes the experiences of a development team with no prior CQRS proficiency in building, deploying ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:27 AM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day 11/Oct/2012 - CLR via C#, 3rd Edition
Today's Deal of the Day from Microsoft Press at is CLR via C#, 3rd EditionThe deal expires probably 23:59 PT, today 11/Oct/2012. Remember to use the code MSDEAL at checkout."Dig deep and master the intricacies of the common language runtime (CLR) and the .NET Framework 4.0. Written by a highly regarded programming expert and consultant to the Microsoft® .NET team, this guide is ideal for developers building any kind of application-including ......

Posted On Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:22 AM

Free book from Microsoft - Introduction-to-Visual-Studio-Technologies.pdf
At Microsoft are offering a free e-book - Introduction-to-Visual-Stud... chapter titles are:Introducing Visual StudioGetting started with MetroTesting in Visual StudioIntroduction to ALMALM assessmentsALM using TFSWindows Azure Platform OverviewWindows Azure Compute ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:45 AM

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