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Providing technical information from a slight slanted standpoint.
By Peter Henry on Friday, November 28, 2008 1:53 PM

Have you even gone to a presentation and wished the presenter could just zoom in on one small piece on the screen?  Have you ever given a presentation and wanted to point out one specific piece of information on the screen and found yourself stretching/pointing at the white screen?  There is a fantastic utility to help you out called ZoomIt.  Read on for further details.

By Peter Henry on Friday, November 28, 2008 10:16 AM

Do you have the .NET String formatting strings memorized?  Do you have the entire ASP.NET page life cycle memorized?  Do you know ALL the built in code-snippets?  If you don't, here's a great .NET cheat sheet!

 John Sheehan's blog - Just Sayin' More Words blog entry about .NET Cheat Sheets: http://john-sheehan.com/blog/index.php/net-cheat-sheets/

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 1:01 PM

Have you ever been part of a team run by a project manager who had no budget?  What about by someone who was cheap?  Frugal usually implies being smart or wise with your money but when was the last time you used that word to describe your PM?  Have you ever been on a project where the PM/manager/boss was willing to spend a little bit of money where it made sense?  Dual monitors/LCDs come to mind.  Which projects did you enjoy being a part of?  I bet I can guess which ones!  Read on to see what one PM (Jeffery Palermo) did to help improve his team's communications, very cool read!

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:42 PM

Are you still developing with Courier New as your default font in Visual Studio?  I have to ask you, WHY?  Oh, TrueType is a good font technology, but there's a new kid on the block especially made for LCDs called ClearType.  Read on for further details and screen shots of what you could be seeing in VS.

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:50 AM
I've participated in three study groups and have seen some doozies in the past two years, but at the same time, I've seen some AWESOME ones!  It's amazing how creative people can get with a bit of preparation! 

 I saw this post today about 10 "tips" to give a bad presentation (can you sense the sarcasm? :>). 

 The overall theme about Mr. Evan’s post, preparation is king!  No prep, you’re chances of success diminish significantly.

 

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 10:35 PM

Have you seen this message before but have NO clue how to fix it?  I have a few of the common links here, AS WELL as one which actually fixed the problem I was having, which you might be having too and can't seem to find the answer.

By Peter Henry on Monday, October 27, 2008 10:17 PM

Have you ever asked a senior developer for help?  What did they do?  Were they actually helpful or did they just talk over your head? 

I think to climb the corporate ladder, "teaching" should be a mandatory skill!  Unfortunately not too many companies value teaching as an asset.

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:58 AM

As developers, we've been asked to "rework" pieces of code/sql to optimize it.  But have you ever questioned WHY?  Still forced to optimize eh?  Seems like you've been stung with Premature Optimization.

By Peter Henry on Friday, October 17, 2008 9:56 AM

Every once in a while I want to know how the CLR datatypes map up to the SQL Server data types and I can never remember the link.  Well, here it is.

By Peter Henry on Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:21 PM

I've been using Generics for a little while now (List<Team> = new List<Team>()); and I'm liking them quite a bit.  I LOVE the strong typing it gives me, It's ALWAYS better to find bugs at compile time than at runtime.  But I always forget the predicate syntax for anonymous methods.  So here it is for all posterity.

By Peter Henry on Friday, October 10, 2008 12:30 AM

 Using a GridView with ObjectDataSource or SqlDataSource, parameter setting results in Page Not Found error in IIS but works perfectly on Vista?

By Peter Henry on Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:07 PM

I read today on Sara Ford's blog a VS trick about forcing VS to put the MRU file opened on the far left.

As you open up files for viewing/editing, they're added to the tabs to the right of the current one.  Well after opening a few, ok, more than a few, they start to drop off out of view! :<  It can be frustrating cause chances are the files you're looking at only once in a while are already in your face on the left, but the ones you REALLY want are gone!  Sara's got a fantastic registry trick to fix that!  The trick forces all the most recently used (MRU) files to the far left, therefore the more recent the file is, the further to the left it is.

If you just want the reg key, here it is.

Under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0 key, you can create a DWORD UseMRUDocOrdering = 1

If you want more details, please visit Sara's blog.

By Peter Henry on Monday, October 06, 2008 7:50 PM

Have you ever wanted to get the Date part of a DateTime field in SQL Server?  What about the Time part?  What about the different formats available to you?  You might know you need to use Cast/Convert, DateAdd, DatePart or DateDiff but who can remember their parameters?  What about the order of the parameters?  Oh you can?  Good for you, here's your hero biscuit, for the rest of us, there's this link. :>

By Peter Henry on Saturday, September 27, 2008 2:00 PM

Are you getting this error message?

The SMTP server requires a secure connection or the client was not authenticated. The server response was: 5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first. 9sm3590188qbw.6

Exception Details: System.Net.Mail.SmtpException: The SMTP server requires a secure connection or the client was not authenticated. The server response was: 5.7.0 Must issue a STARTTLS command first. 9sm3590188qbw.6

Are you using the Microsoft.NET PasswordRecover object and the LocalServer connection string in web.config?  Are you using Google's smtp servers as well?  Well, THERE'S your problem (taken from Adam Savage's quote).&l

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 8:40 PM

Did you just cut'n'paste something to the clipboard but thought DANG! I wanted that other thing that was there before! :<  Oh man, it's lost now.  Have no fear, it's not lost!  Introducing the Clipboard Ring!

By Peter Henry on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 11:18 PM

I'm working through creating WebControls and got a funky bug tonight (read that as it smelled realy bad) but I couldn't figure out what was going on.  Turns out I tripped onto a bug with VS08.

If you are seeing the error below, then you're dealing with a VS08 bug and not a coding error (well, at least not YOUR coding error :>).

By Peter Henry on Sunday, September 21, 2008 3:03 PM

Do you use magic number/strings in your code?  Shame on you!  Do you use constants or read only variables, KUDOS to you!  But do you know the difference between a const and a readonly variable?  Read on for some insights into their differences.

By Peter Henry on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:43 PM

If you are a member of the ODNC 70-528 Web Study Group, then you'll be interested in a new website I'm working on.

     
  
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