Jerry Dixon's Blog

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    Moving On

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    I'm moving on to bigger and better things, so this blog has come to an end. If you'd like to follow me on my new journey, you can surf on over to http://jerryldixon.wordpress.com/ , where I'll post about any new or interesting things that I come across...
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    Using SignalR to power ASP.NET Dashboards, Part 2

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    In a previous post , I covered how you can use SignalR to provide real-time communications between a Windows application and a Web page. The idea is that the Windows application could collect different kinds of system health information and provide it...
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    Using SignalR to power ASP.NET Dashboards

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    Edit: This is now part 1 of a series. This post covers SignalR and how it is used to provide real-time "health" updates to a web page. Part 2 covers how to use the .NET PerformanceCounter class to pull actual status information and forward it...
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    Zipping a single file with PowerShell

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    I recently needed to quickly create a PowerShell script that would create a Zip file from a specified input file. A quick Bing search found a popular solution on StackOverflow : function ZipFiles( $zipfilename, $sourcedir ) { Add-Type -Assembly...
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    Visual Studio 2013 Goodies

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    Just a quick post to remind everyone that Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 has now been released. It has too many features to cover in detail here. However, in addition to a number of fixes, it also allows you to get rid of the ALL CAPS menus. This:...
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    Boot from VHD - What worked for us

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    My son and I spent most of the day yesterday trying to get our laptops to boot from a VHD. We found loads of posts on the Internet that showed how it should be done, but we couldn't make it work. When we finally were successful, we found what we believe...
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    Get the name of the current property or method

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    I often need to obtain the name of the current property of method, and I have historically used reflection for this. However, I recently ran across the CallerMemberName attribute. This lead me to create the following utility function: Public Shared...
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    Support timelines for SQL Server, .NET Framework, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server and Windows

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    Microsoft maintains a database of all supported products, along with the dates when those products' various support stages end. Anyone can search the database for a specific product, but that can be time-consuming when data for more than one product is...
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    Connection-Pooling vs. Reusing one connection

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    I recently had a conversation about .NET connection pooling, and how this compares to reusing a single open connection.  I have always “known” that connection pooling helps, but that it isn’t as efficient as reusing the connection.  Since I...
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    Additional reasons to migrate off of Visual Basic 6

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    As most people know by now, support for Visual Basic 6 expired in 2008 ( http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/default.aspx?sort=PN&alpha=visual+basic+6&Filter=FilterNO ). However, I frequently receive questions about the risks of NOT...
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    Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain non-Microsoft DHCP servers

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    I recently had a need to prove that my home router was not the cause of some networking issues.  So, I pulled an older router out of the closet and hooked it up.  I quickly noticed that there was a problem.  My Windows XP machine could...
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    Password-protecting Compressed Folders in Windows XP

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    During a conversation today, a colleague of mine pointed out something that I didn't know:  A Compressed Folder in Windows XP can be protected with a password.  Like many of you, I've been using XP for years, and yet I somehow missed this. ...
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    Social Bookmarks

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    Microsoft has launched a new web site where IT Professionals can store and share Internet bookmarks.  Each bookmark can be tagged and given a friendly name and description, which makes it pretty easy for others to search through the list of bookmarks...
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    Running SQL Reporting Services on Vista

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    I recently decided to fire up SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services on my Vista laptop. I installed SQL Server 2005 (with SP2 of course!) and made sure that I used the SQL Server User Provisioning tool to give myself full rights. I then launched the Report...
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    Microsoft SQL Server Data Services

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    Today at MIX, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft SQL Server™ Data Services (SSDS), a Web-facing utility-based service designed for businesses and developers that need scalable, highly available, secure and easily programmable on-demand data storage with...
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    The data provider required to connect to the local data file cannot be found

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    I've been trying to get SQL Compact 3.5 working in Visual Studio 2008. Since SQL Compact 3.5 ships with Visual Studio 2008, I thought that this wouldn't be a problem. All I needed to do was to create a new Windows Forms project and add a Local Database...
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    VB 6 Support is Winding Down

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    Ah.... VB 6.  It's been one of my favorite languages.  Over the years, I've created all kinds of programs with it; games, business applications, hardware control systems, etc.  Although I was among the first to admit its faults, I was also...
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    Web Part Connections in WSS 3.0 (Part 4)

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    In part 1 of this series, I showed how to make one web part accept data from another. In part 2 , I showed that this can be extended so that one web part can provide data for many. In part 3 , which I thought was going to be the last part, I showed how...
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    Virus Scanners and ASP.NET apps don't always mix

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    In a previous post , I talked about Alternate Data Streams and how some virus-scanning engines use them for tracking purposes. When this happens, the file is changed. It doesn't matter that the "real" data hasn't changed. The system still knows that a...
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    Alternate Data Streams

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    I want to recap a topic that has been around for a while: Alternate Data Streams. This topic has resurfaced again in an interesting way. I'm going to tell you about it in later post. However, I thought I'd explain Alternate Data Streams again, just in...
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    Web Part Connections in WSS 3.0 (Part 3)

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    In part 1 of this series, I showed how to make one web part accept data from another. In part 2 , I showed that this can be extended so that one web part can provide data for many. Now, in this final post of the series, I'll show how a single web part...
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    Web Part Connections in WSS 3.0 (Part 2)

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    In part 1 of this series, I showed how to make one web part accept data from another. In this part, I'll show how one web part can send data to two different web parts. Let's add another web part. We already have a web part that allows the user to...
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    Web Part Connections in WSS 3.0

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    Josh Holmes recently asked me to present a couple of small demos for an ArcReady event in Memphis. While looking through my material, I discovered a couple of web parts that I had written a while ago. I wrote these web parts in order to investigate how...
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    Subscribe to the Lifecycle Newsletter

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    In my last post , I discussed the Microsoft product lifecycle site, and how you should use it to ensure that your products remain supported. If you have a lot of products, this can be pretty time-cosuming. There is a better way. Simply subscribe the the...
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    Check Your Service Pack Lifecycle

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    Many people know about the support lifecycle site at Microsoft. It contains information about the support policy for Microsoft products. It allows you to look up a specific version of a Microsoft product and to see when support for that product ends....
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