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Preferred method for read only Config files
I had come across an article where you can use the following line to read custom section settings from your config file (where SectionName is the name of your section) in .Net. NameValueCollection myData = (NameValueCollection)System... The advantage of this is your setting doesn't have to be in the app.config file (web.config). You can have a file named mywackyweirdfilename.config, and you use the exact same line. The beauty of it is in the ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 26, 2008 9:34 PM

To bug the Microsoft MSDN Evangelist, or not to bug
Excellent times ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 10:44 PM

SQL Server Reporting Services Licensing Info
After presenting at the Tulsa SQL Server SIG I received the following question: According to all the blogs if you install SSRS on a web server it still burns up another SQL server license even if you don’t install SQL. Our production SQL server costs like $30,000 for the enterprise version because it’s on an 8 core box. The SharePoint server where I am trying to install SSRS also has 8 cores. For SharePoint you have to install SSRS on the web server or it will not work. Is there a cheap version of ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 12:45 AM

Getting more out of SQL Server Reporting Services Charts
Summary: This white paper presents general information, best practices, and tips for designing charts within Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services reports. It provides an overview of some Reporting Services features, answers common chart design and feature questions, and includes advanced examples of how to design better charts. (32 printed pages) Click here to download the associated sample code, GetMoreChartsSamples.exe. Click here to download the Word version of the article, MoreSSRSCharts.doc. ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 12:36 AM

SQL Injection article
It's hard to believe that SQL injection is still an issue. My friend Zain Naboulsi gave us a great overview of basic security hacks and how to defend against them at our last MSDN Express event. I recall learning about SQL Injection issues over 12 years ago in my first job. Here's a fairly decent article about some of the details of SQL Injection, in case you're not familiar with it's problems. http://www.sqlservercentral... ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 12:33 AM

Join the Microsoft Game Studios Beta Program
If you're interested in joining Microsoft's beta program for games, you'll be interested in the following email I received. We are gearing up for a year of great betas. To prepare for these upcoming betas we have a new survey on the beta website. Please follow this link to access the new survey: (link removed). We will be using this new survey to select participants for our betas. If you do not complete this new survey, you will not be able to participate! But don't worry, the survey is quick and ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 12:27 AM

Pictures of the 1st Fort Smith .Net User Group Meeting
A bit thank you goes out to Anthony Potts for sharing these pictures ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 4:11 PM

State Government kudos
This is not a tech related blog posting. I started out the day regretting all the phone calls I had to make. Two collection calls and then a call to the state government about a mixup I made. For some reason when it comes to paying my state withholding tax, I always seem to mess it up. They have this little form that you are supposed to send in, with the month and year filled in for you. (Why they don't have a way to file and pay online, is another story for another blog posting) I seem to always ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 2:40 PM

Free DevExpress .net controls
I ran across an ad today that linked me to where DevExpress is giving away over 40 controls for free. I'm a big fan of two of their products (which unfortunately aren't free), CodeRush and their Excel like grid control. Their grid control is a huge hit amongst the Excel heavy business users I typically deal with. The free sets of controls you get are: The XtraEditors Library The XtraNavBar Suite ASPxMenu ASPxSiteMapControl You can register here for it: ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 10:42 PM

SQL Server Management Pack
I found this nugget of a tool today. I haven't tried it out yet, but it sounds like one terrific tool. The SQL Server Management Pack monitors the availability and performance of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 and can issue alerts for configuration problems. Availability and performance monitoring is done using synthetic transactions. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 11:22 AM

First Fort Smith .Net User Group Meeting
Last night was the first meeting for the Fort Smith .Net User Group. It was a great turnout of 38 people and featured Raymond Lewellan talking about Behavior Driven Development. You can read more about the event from the following blogs: Michael Paladino David Mohundro Technorati Tags: Fort Smith,.Net,Northwest Arkansas ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 2:38 PM

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