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November 2007 Entries

Reporting Services Fix - Report Viewer 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package
Apparently the issue I was having has been fixed in the Report Viewer 2005 Service Pack 1 from April 2007. The Microsoft Technician mentioned this: I tested your issue and it seems that it has already been fixed in the Report Viewer Redistributable SP1. I was able to reproduce the issue on version 8.0.50727.762 of the Report Viewer control and then I tried with 8.0.50727.817 and it worked correctly. Can you go here: http://support.microsoft.co... and download/install the package. Once that ......

Posted On Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:28 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ]

Reporting Services Workaround
Last week I posted about a bug in the SQL Reporting Services Report Viewer for ASP.NET. I think today after someone's suggestion we found a possible workaround. If we subscribe to the DrillThrough event on a report and then reset our ReportViewer before displaying the report, it works as it should. Add the below to the default.aspx Code Behind File. Private Sub rvReports_Drillthrough(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As Microsoft.Reporting.WebForm... Handles rvReports.Drillthrough ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:33 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ApplicationsToysOther ]

Impressions on ALT.Net
A little over a month ago, I drove down to Tulsa TechFest with Dru. I think the best part of the whole conference was not the presentations, not the speaking (although I learned new things), but the face time with some of the people. I would have to say that hanging out with the ALT.Net crowd was pretty awesome in and of itself (I didn't get to attend that conference down in Austin because I wasn't speedy enough). Having the chance to hang out and play pool with David Laribee (the Godfather of ALT.Net), ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 10:55 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code Personal ]

IoC/DI using Windsor Container
This is a modified version of the presentation that I gave at Tulsa TechFest. It is being prepared for the Topeka .NET User Group Meeting where I will most likely be giving a presentation in January or February. There are a lot of things that bear the name Windsor, as I highlight in the beginning of my presentation. Download Solution - IOC_Example.zip To run the solution you need both AdventureWorks and Northwind installed. You can run Northwind on SQL Server 2005 with 2000 compatibility mode set ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 6:49 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code CastleProject ]

Tulsa TechFest 2007
Last month I had the pleasure of going to Tulsa TechFest for the second time and I have to say that I am more impressed with it this time versus the last time I visited. The last time I went I was on military leave and I was at Ft. Sill during the time so I came over because my buddy Tim was talking and I hadn't yet seen him give any presentations. I went back this year to give a presentation on Interface based development, Inversion of Control, and Dependency Injection. My examples of this were ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 27, 2007 6:03 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code Personal CastleProject ]

Christmas Tree Up
Finally! Every year we put up the Christmas Tree on the same weekend as Thanksgiving. It is one of the few things that get me in the Christmas spirit anymore. I sort of like decorating the tree, but don't let my wife know that. <smiles> While we were working we had some helpers who turned into onlookers when they were unsuccessful. Then they got tired and went in the bedroom to lay down ......

Posted On Sunday, November 25, 2007 12:36 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

I Need Bigger Guns
Last year at this time I was doing some pretty interesting things while I was away on military leave. One of the best things I got to do was try out the Mark 19, the .50 Caliber, the M240B (the M240 Bravo), and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. This was probably the highlight of the time I was away from home. I also was able to hang out with some friends that have some hand guns and fire the glock and the beretta, the weapon that the military calls the M9. This is me headed out to the range. You can ......

Posted On Sunday, November 25, 2007 12:15 AM | Comments (1) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

I Don't Have an Internet Addiction
Bill Ryan did a post on a test for Internet addiction. He scored a low 33. I scored a 57. That means: You are experiencing occasional or frequent problems because of the Internet. You should consider their full impact on your life. So the first step to getting over an addiction is knowing you have an addiction. I don't have an addiction. :D ......

Posted On Thursday, November 22, 2007 1:10 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

Reporting Services 2005 BUG - Report Linking and Paging - ASP.NET Report Viewer
Download Solution - ReportingTests.zip There is an interesting thing that happens when you use Reporting Services 2005. You find that sometimes things don't quite work like you want them to and you don't know why. Such as sorting on a boolean (not going to happen). Or Rich textboxes. Nope, that's vNext. Or wanting it to actually USE the white space that I have put into the report instead of ignoring it on a web page (pre tag anyone?). So what you do instead is start looking for ways around these ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 10:10 PM | Comments (10) | Filed Under [ Code ApplicationsToysOther ]

VS2008 RTM: Confirmed
Microsoft has confirmed that VS2008 is released. Finally I am downloading it... :D Update: Those that are not seeing it in the tree, look here instead: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... Scroll down to Top Subscriber downloads and look for it there ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 11:28 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ApplicationsToysOther ]

VS2008 Bits Technorati
Following the rumor mill on Technorati it appears that a few people have posted pictures of VS2008 being up. The pictures the person linked are to the database edition though. In my last post, I showed that I don't even see it in the tree. Others have mentioned that Microsoft confirmed it would be out this week in this blog post. Frans Bouma has also posted that VS2008 is available (Team Suite) ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 10:49 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ApplicationsToysOther ]

Rumor: VS2008 bits on MSDN
Unofficially I heard this morning that the bits are up, but I don't see them yet on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. I will say that the section for VS2008 has disappeared on MSDN. I need to hit a better server. :D ......

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 10:34 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ApplicationsToysOther ]

Recently Read at Ayende
The best thing I have read all month is Ayende @ Rahien's message:

Which means that if the "hacked" server tells the DB to think that it is Super Mario, it will believe it.

That's awesome!! :D

Posted On Monday, November 19, 2007 9:23 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ]

DevConnections - The Way of The ReSharper (R#)
R# is a tool that I use and absolutely love. I recommend this for anyone who uses Visual Studio and programs in C# or VB.NET. Those that use R#, we see the benefits that it brings and the absolute productivity boost that you get using it. You immediately think, why wasn't this stuff in here to begin with?! It brings about a great set of refactoring tools, and it lets you know when you open a set of code if it is going to compile or not. You can find usages in a file (it will put color codes as to ......

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2007 10:13 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ApplicationsToysOther ]

Military Appreciation at Golden Corral...
...because if military appreciation isn't a whole bunch of veterans standing in line outside in the cold, then I don't know what is. :D Seriously, we went by and decided that we really didn't want to stand in line for free food. The line was down to another restaurant next door to Golden Corral. We went somewhere else and got right in. Being in the military for nine years, you would think that I would get used to standing in lines. Maybe I am starting to realize how my time is worth more than standing ......

Posted On Monday, November 12, 2007 7:20 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

What I Hate About Flying
Don't you just love it when an airline loses your baggage? Last night I got in from Vegas and DevConnections about 3 AM. The flight landed and I went over to the carousel to wait on my stuff to come up while I watched everyone else's crap come up (George Carlin always asks how come your stuff is stuff and other people's s--t is s--t?!). Then I realized one of my bags didn't make it and went to talk to the people that help you with lost baggage. It only took one day to get my bags. That's better service ......

Posted On Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:58 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

DevConnections - Find the Exhibitors, Get the Free Stuff
So it's not above me to go get free T-shirts and stuff at the conference. Two reasons. The first is that that I get to meet and interact with a lot of new people. I did hang out with JetBrains for a little while. The exhibitors always seem to put their best foot forward (i.e. very good looking ladies are there to assist in your vendor selection). The second reason is the free stuff. :D You can almost always find something that you will actually use after the conference. I got quite a few things, ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 8:16 PM | Comments (2) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

Continuous Integration Helpers: CCNetConfig and CIFactory
If you use CruiseControl.NET or are thinking about setting it up, it can be daunting because of the XML document that you have to write for the configuration. If you already have it set up, you definitely want to check out CCNetConfig, a configuration editor for CruiseControl.NET. It works like many of the configuration editors such as the WCF configuration editor (comes with .NET Framework 3.0 I believe) or the Enterprise Library Configuration Editor. Definitely something worth looking at. CIFactory ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 10:01 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ApplicationsToysOther ]

DevConnections - Panel Discussion: Open Source on the Microsoft Technology Stack
I really enjoyed this discussion. I knew I wanted to go to this when I saw that it was Scott Hanselman (great podcaster and now a Microsoft employee), Phil Haack (of SubText and now Microsoft), Rob Conery (of SubSonic and now Microsoft developing Subsonic full time), and Shaun Walker (of DotNetNuke). I love how panel discussions take on a life of their own, depending on the audience. This was definitely like that because we had some interesting people in the audience. Among the crowd, the first person ......

Posted On Friday, November 9, 2007 1:29 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code ]

DevConnections - I've just been Haacked!
I was wondering around in the DevConnections exhibitor area and Phil Haack and his camera guy came by and interviewed me. He asked me a few questions about the conference. This is my second time at DevConnections and it keeps getting better every time I come. For instance, Phil asked what my favorite session was so far and without skipping a beat I said "MVC." In my last post I mentioned that I have been waiting to see a presentation on MVC and when I heard they were having one here, I made sure ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 4:46 PM | Comments (2) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

Las Vegas - George Wallace Show
George Wallace's "I Be Thinkin" is a great show. A friend took me out to it and I heard a Yodeling version of "Milkshake" sung by six guys who use their voices to do all of the instrumentation: Mosaic. They opened for George Wallace. George Wallace is as funny as I remember and it is a different show every night because he interacts so much with the audience and plays off of them. I highly recommend it to anyone that comes out to Vegas. It is a late show at 10PM, so if you are coming from the Midwest ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 2:58 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

DevConnections - MVC Framework for ASP.NET
This was my first chance to see the MVC (model view controller) Framework as when I was at Tulsa TechFest, I was presenting at the same time and didn't get to see Palermo's version of it. I was blown away by Scott Hanselman's great presentation skills. He is definitely a great speaker. Phil Haack was also in the audience (the new PM for the MVC Framework). I am really excited about seeing this come out. Like Monorail, you can also plug in Brail or NVelocity as well as the default. Being able to have ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 2:48 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code CastleProject ]

DevConnections - ASP.NET & VS Keynote - Scott Guthrie
Scott Guthrie gave a great keynote this morning. As is turns out VS 2008 is almost complete and we are not getting a copy here at the conference. We will get one mailed to us however after they release it. Which means we will not really be one of the first to get it. :( Visual Studio 2008 - Of course this is going to be able to be used immediately by us due to the fact that you can target .NET Framework 2.0. That means we can just install and continue developing the same applications with AJAX integration ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 12:21 PM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ Code Personal ApplicationsToysOther ]

DevConnections - SOA - Michele Leroux Bustamante
My first session is a pre-conference workshop with Michele Leroux Bustamante. She is one of the first people that was presenting on WCF back when it was beta, maybe before. She has been talking about it for a long time and has even written a book on WCF. Her session was really good and I highly recommend her to anyone because she is a great presenter and really knows her stuff (not to mention will dig into it). Plus she is personable and you can ask her questions about items through email. Little ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 1:15 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ WCF ]

DevConnections in Vegas
So here I find myself at DevConnections again. I came because I had such an enjoyable experience in Orlando last year. This year I am hoping for the same. This is my first time at the Vegas DevConnections and it looks like many more people come out here than go to Orlando. They also have more co-conferences at the same time. I am looking forward to the WCF presentations and the first one I will be headed to is a pre-conference workshop on SOA with Michele Leroux Bustamante. The post-conference session ......

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2007 11:56 AM | Comments (3) | Filed Under [ Code Personal WCF ]

Overheard at a .NET UG meeting...
...you can even run it on your LEEnux machine.

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2007 3:59 PM | Comments (2) | Filed Under [ Personal ]

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