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Throwing Away Return Values
So it probably took me 15 seconds to track down this error in my code, and those wasted seconds, while very minor, are exactly why I wish Visual Studio or ReSharper or some program would alert me to what I've mistakenly done. It is easy with some Read More...

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Defining Progress in Software Development
One thing I probably say too often when working on code with other people is, "That's a new error. We're making progress." I take a bit of crap from a coworker of mine because of this. He thinks it is quite funny that new error messages are what I consider Read More...

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Long Code Lines in Articles and Tutorials
While publishing articles for ASP Alliance I often take the time to fix long code lines I find in the articles. These bother me greatly, because they make web pages and thus the article ugly and difficult to read. I hate having to scroll horizontally Read More...

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Web Application Projects are better than Web Sites
Recently I was explaining the difference between the web application project and the web site to the budding developers I've been working with. I suffered greatly while using web sites instead of web application projects. I remember having a great deal Read More...

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Fake Binary Clocks
I recently downloaded a Vista clock gadget . It is kind of nice, but as with most things claiming to a binary clock, it really is not one. I am bothered by ThinkGeek's binary clocks as well as pretty much all of others I've seen. Don't mistake me here Read More...

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Programming Information Titled Security
Disclaimer: This post is not about security. Is anyone else bothered by Information titled with the word security? Let me explain what it is I am referring to. I will see an article, a blog post, or a section on a web site which claims to be about "security." Read More...

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SQL Server Client Tools Installation
A while back I blogged about how to install sql server management studio , and it got a reasonable amount of feedback. More recently, Steve Smith posted a response to it where he highlights a better way of installing Management Studio . The method I outlined Read More...

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Windows Vista DreamScene Only Works with 1 Monitor
So I haven't had a lot of problems with Vista. There have been some slight issues including this one I blogged about recently. I think windows DreamScene is very cool, but I of course of more than one monitor attached to my computer. Okay, I can understand Read More...

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Vista 64 Install Requires a DVD Device Driver
So I've been using Vista 32 for a while now. I've not had much trouble with it. I've not seen the horrors about which others speak. Perhaps now my eyes have opened a little bit to some of the problems. So while installing Windows Vista 64 on a machine, Read More...

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Upgrading to XtraReports version 7.3.6.0
A few weeks ago I upgraded a site using XtraReports to a newer version. I upgraded from 7.1.3.0 to 7.3.6.0 (not a major revision update) and the results were simply amazing. Looking at the version number I would assume that no major changes were made, Read More...

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Silverlight Expired The Pain of Reinstalling
So I have been ignoring these messages I've been receiving for a while about Silverlight. Now I might not have ignored it, but it said my version of Silverlight expired. Ok so big deal. You might say, "Why not just go get a new version?" Well it says Read More...

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Copying Data From SQL Server Management Studio
I often write queries in SQL Server Management Studio to find different bits of information about which I am curious. This is quite easy and I discover a lot of useful and interesting things this way. You might ask why I am writing this blog post. I'll Read More...

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Constant Search Engine Optimization
With the power that search engines seem to have now, it has become difficult to design anything without considering them. Anytime I am trying to find anything I check Google first, and I often use Google to search sites that have their own searches. One Read More...

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