December 2007 Entries

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish my readers out there a safe and happy new year!  I'm not sure about you, but next year for me it's going to be a blast (more to come on this) ;-)!

posted @ Monday, December 31, 2007 4:57 PM | Feedback (1)

ASP.NET Persistent Cookies and IE7

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a good part of a day troubleshooting an issue with creating persistent cookies from ASP.NET 2.0 and how they're handled by IE7.  Fortunately for us (specifically me), this occurred in our test environment so only developers in the project were affected by it. Background Info Our application is using a custom authentication cookies to help reduce the request overhead to our database (pretty common scenario).  This can be done by implementing your own IHttpModule and within it's Init method, register to the HttpApplication's AuthenticateRequest Event.  My good friend Heath Stewart wrote...

posted @ Monday, December 31, 2007 11:28 AM | Feedback (8)

Dynamically High

I caught up with my comics and I just had to share this one:

posted @ Thursday, December 13, 2007 10:10 PM | Feedback (1)

Test post from TextMate

That's right, I'm just playing around again... ;-)

posted @ Thursday, December 13, 2007 9:06 PM | Feedback (0)

ASP.NET MVC CTP Download

Well, we can finally get our hands on the ASP.NET MVC bits!  They're being released as part of the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions CTP.  This release includes: ASP.NET AJAX Improvements: New ASP.NET AJAX features in the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions release include better browser history support (back/forward button integration, and server-side history management support), improved AJAX content linking support with permalinks, and additional JavaScript library improvements. ASP.NET MVC: This model view controller (MVC) framework for ASP.NET provides a structured model that enables a clear separation of concerns within web applications, and makes...

posted @ Monday, December 10, 2007 9:14 AM | Feedback (6)

IADNUG Silverlight Presentation Demos

Well, it's been over a month since the I did my Silverlight presentation at the IADNUG November meeting and I've realized that I've forgotten to post my demo code.  Well, sorry about that.  For those of you that are interested, you can download it from the link below.  Sorry! Files: silverlight_presentation.zip (~20 MB - it include videos).

posted @ Saturday, December 8, 2007 11:05 PM | Feedback (0)

PDC 2008 Announced

That's right, PDC has been rescheduled to Oct. 27-30 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  Here's the info from their site: PDC 2008 October 27–30, 2008 Pre-conference October 26, 2008 Los Angeles, California OK, OK. We are delighted to announce the date and location of the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC): October 27–30, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. PDC is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects focused on the future of the Microsoft platform. Mark your...

posted @ Friday, December 7, 2007 3:18 PM | Feedback (0)

Visual Studio 2008 Demo Contest

Well, as I previously blogged about it, the details are done for our demo contest during the VS2008 InstallFest in Des Moines are finalized.  Here they are: Visual Studio 2008 Demo Contest! Want to show off your VS2008 or .NET 3.5 skills?  If you answered, yes, this is your opportunity to strut your stuff! During the Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest & Holiday Party on December 12, 2007 at the DMACC West Campus, we'll be having a demo contest in the auditorium.  Here's the scoop ... What do I need to...

posted @ Friday, December 7, 2007 2:42 PM | Feedback (0)

First Comment, First Serve

I am not sure how many of you out there were planning on attending the VS2008 InstallFest in Des Moines next week.  I completely neglected the fact that because I had registered for the event I would "take" a VS2008 license from the pile.  Well, I already have VS2008 (through MSDN subscription) so I don't need my free license. So if anybody wants it, be the first to comment on this post and it's yours.  Yeah, it's that simple.

posted @ Wednesday, December 5, 2007 9:16 AM | Feedback (2)

Are you a Software Shop?

Joel Spolsky posted today his second part of the talk the gave to the Yale Computer Science Department on Nov. 28th. In this part he talks about perils of internal software development at non-software shops.  Here's a glimpse, ... New York was the first place I got to see what most computer programmers do for a living. It’s this scary thing called “in house software.” It’s terrifying. You never want to do in house software. You’re a programmer for a big corporation that makes, oh, I don’t know, aluminum cans, and there’s nothing quite available off the shelf which does the exact...

posted @ Tuesday, December 4, 2007 2:26 PM | Feedback (0)

Computer Science Humor

I was looking through XKCD.com today and ran into this beauty: It's funny to me 'cause NP-Complete problems was one of subjects that I most enjoyed out of my Theory of Computation class at Iowa State...and the Knapsack problem kicked my ass trying to understand it.  Yes, I'm both sick and sad at the same time... ;-) For those of you (math/cs) geeks out there, check out these other famous NP-Complete problems: Knapsack Problem Subset Sum Independent Set Graph...

posted @ Tuesday, December 4, 2007 2:20 PM | Feedback (2)

New Home For Blog

That's right, I've had enough with hosting my own blog and decided to move it over to Server Intellect.  After talking with Nick Parker and Tim Rayburn about their experiences with them, it was pretty much a done deal. So now you blog readers (yes, you three), you can now enjoy a higher bandwidth for my RSS feeds and crazy blog posts.  More importantly, there will no more blog outages!

posted @ Monday, December 3, 2007 10:25 PM | Feedback (2)