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WTF Next? Dev ramblings from a master of nothing. November 2008 Entries
How-To: Enumerate the Internet Explorer Installed OpenSearch Engines
For my recent Launcher project, I was constructing a ribbon that would allow the user to search the web via their engines installed in Internet Explorer. The engines themselves are an XML document following the OpenSearch schema. For firefox, these xml documents just get stored locally. What does IE do with theirs? Well, IE sticks them in the registry. Why? Maybe someone else can answer that. Here's a brief look at how to get the search engines out of the registry. The following snippets of code ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:27 PM

Isolator for Sharepoint, Sharepoint Unit testing!
Typemock are offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint called Isolator For SharePoint, for a special introduction price. it is the only tool that allows you to unit test SharePoint without a SharePoint server. To learn more click here. The first 50 bloggers who blog this text in their blog and tell us about it, will get a Full Isolator license, Free. for rules and info click here ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:15 AM

December Baton Rouge SQL Server User Group Meeting: William Assaf
Location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, December 3, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM Sponsored By: Strategic Staffing Solutions Presenter: William Assaf BIO William Assaf has more than three years working as a dedicated SQL administrator and architect. Before that he also worked as a .net developer and SQL reporting developer. William has SQL 2000 and 2005 certifications, is a Development Consultant for Sparkhound and is involved in multiple projects in various roles, from SQL optimization to data conversion ......

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2008 3:13 PM

December Baton Rouge .NET Users Group Meeting: INETA Sponsored Kate Gregory
location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 AM Sponsored by: Robert Half Technology Presenter Kate Gregory BIO: Kate Gregory is the Microsoft Regional Director for Toronto, a Visual C++ MVP, the author of over a dozen programming books, and a technical speaker. In 1986, she founded Gregory Consulting with her partner, Brian. Based in rural Ontario, Gregory Consulting provides consulting and development services throughout North America, specializing in software development ......

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2008 3:09 PM

I broke my own build...
Yesterday morning I took the time to work on a personal project and I wrote some great code. I wrote a class whose purpose was to enumerate the search engines that are installed in Internet Explorer so that I could implement them into a Word Ribbon, allowing you to do searches straight from Word. I got the bulk of the work done, the class was finished, it just wasn't hooked up to the project to produce output yet. I committed my changes because the changes didn't break the build, and I was on my ......

Posted On Monday, November 24, 2008 1:56 PM

.NET Tip: authorization forms credentials default is SHA1, not Clear
I was recently following along in a quick tutorial in Microsoft ASP.NET Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Version 2003 Step By Step by G. Andrew Duthie, when low and behold I came across a fundamental tutorial about ASP.NET authentication that just didn't work. The culprit? authorization forms credentials has a default of SHA1, not Clear that the book assumed. I checked through the MSDN entries to make sure this still applied in 3.5, even though the book was written for ASP.NET 1.1 (which ......

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2008 3:25 PM

How to: Set up Google Analytics on your GeeksWithBlogs blog
If you haven't seen Google analytics before, you ought to know this: it rocks. You'll get great reports on everything from geographic location to browser to flash version (Why no Silverlight version, eh Google?) See example awesomeness here: Obviously I've only recently set this up. However, since it is up and running and working great, I figured I'd show you how to get yours up and running as well. Firstly, sign up for Google Analytics. Then afterwards, Google will provide a script to monitor the ......

Posted On Friday, November 21, 2008 12:58 PM

Avoiding the cathedral: 4 quick tips to keeping your DNUG a community
One of the timeless articles among the lists of "must reads" for programmers, The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Steven Raymond, was written to expose how the open source community can succeed. The article exposed commercial software construction as an unyielding entity that is structured and secretive, where only those closely involved understood the inner workings. Similarly, open source was associated with the bazaar, as a thriving community where everyone is involved, and the internal structure ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:29 PM

A quick look at VB10
As you may have noticed (perhaps on the Visual Studio Start Page), there’s a section of the MSDN reserved for the future of VB. The page is fairly bland at first glance, but there is a great reference to the new features of Visual Basic 10 available in the downloads that I dare say you should investigate. Of the upcoming news, some that stand out are multiline lambda expressions, “implicit line continuation” (AKA goodbye to the underscore, mostly), Auto-implemented properties (one line of code for ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2008 2:41 PM

.NET Tip: Must initialize My.User before use in console based applications
If you make use of the My.User object in a WinForms application, you can just dive right into it and start using it right away, however, if you add this to a new console app it returns a blank response for My.User.Name: Console.WriteLine("User: {0}", My.User.Name) Console.ReadLine() And you'll see this when you run it: To get around this problem, all it takes is an initialization that gets called automagically in WinForms: My.User.InitializeWithWindo... Put that before you use the object for ......

Posted On Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:25 PM

Some random coolness: The GeeksWithBlogs Blogger List Cloud
So I was wasting some time perusing around the GWB page today. I was looking to see if Jeff had gotten around to making a nifty new image so I could link to GWB in my news section, then I happened across the new blogger list. It’s pretty cool and comes in cloud form: Currently my name is the small entry below Dave Campell (top right corner-ish). I’m curious where I’ll move after this blog. Anyways, I guess I’m giving another props to Jeff, John and Jerod for the design, I think the blogger list cloud ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:37 PM

The Visual Studio 2010 CTP: Floating Document and Tool Windows Outside the IDE
I’ve been digging through the CTP for VS2010, and I have to say that if you haven’t started trying it out, start. Keep in mind, the CTP will hog as much as 40 gigs of space (between the twelve 700 meg parts and the final 25 gig Virtual PC image), but getting to play around with the new features is great. Maybe you’re telling yourself, “I’m not advanced enough to know what to play around with to enjoy the new stuff…” There are walkthroughs. If you use Visual Studio on any semblance of a regular basis, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 11, 2008 2:09 PM

The bad then the good…
I haven’t had the chance to update lately (by lately I mean this week really) because my grandfather has passed away. He was a great guy and I loved him. I just hope that he’s happier now than he was for his last few days on earth. That was the bad news, but he was a great guy and I am better for knowing him. The good news is that I’m really motivated to get some new series under way. The underlying idea when I made WTFNext was that I’ve seen so many tutorials that I’ve felt were incomplete or could ......

Posted On Saturday, November 8, 2008 11:32 AM

Custom Code Snippets Series Part 3: XML Example
Hey guys, Here we are, and I’m taking the time to finish up my first series at my new host geekswithblogs! For this part of the series we’ll be taking a look at a practical example of an XML snippet, namely the snippet to create snippets. I’ve created my own version, but if you’ve toyed with XML snippets before you would know that Microsoft has already included a snippet snippet. This is a good alternative to the “Hard” way described in Part 1, but what if you want a little more of a custom feel ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:45 PM

BRDNUG Meeting this Wednesday, November 5th
Just a reminder about the upcoming BRDNUG meeting. We'll be looking at ADO.NET data services. The whole summary is available here: http://www.wtfnext.com/arch... Technorati Tags: BRDNUG,ADO.NET Data Services ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2008 9:58 AM

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 CTP available once again
Maybe you’ve already noticed, but the download links are once again active for the VS2010 .NET 4.0 CTP. Tackle yourself some new team oriented features here: https://connect.microsoft.c... Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010,.NET 4.0 ......

Posted On Sunday, November 2, 2008 9:31 PM

My Halloween Costume 2008: Domo-kun
I’m blogging my costume because I’m sure there are some out there who would appreciate it (and the nearly 10 hours I put into sawing the frame, cutting fabric, sewing, hot gluing, etc deserve more than 4 hours of a party, how about partial immortalization via the web?) Next year I’ll be either a goat (my nickname, feel free to call me Goat if we cross paths) or a CAT-5 cable. Either way, at least this year I’ll be ahead of the game. Without further ado, meet Domo: The pink you see in Domo’s mouth ......

Posted On Sunday, November 2, 2008 8:52 PM

Community Credit Winner!
Last night past midnight amidst the construction of my Halloween costume (I know I’m a day off, but the party I’m going to is tonight!) I received the email notifying me that I’m now a winner at Community Credit for my contributions to the geek worlds via this blog! Sure, I didn’t cure cancer or win the World Series, but my philosophy on blogging nowadays is that there is an online community that has helped me so much, I want to be around for the next generation of “me”s that deserve the same help ......

Posted On Saturday, November 1, 2008 10:27 AM

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