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Debugging from an ASP.NET and Azure Engineer. Posts are from customer issues and things I feel may be useful.

August, 2008

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    Logic puzzle: Russian Roulette

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    Here is another logic puzzle, see what you think: You are tied to your chair and can't get up. Here's a gun. Here's the barrel of the gun, six chambers, all empty. Now watch me as I put two bullets in the gun. See how I put them in two adjacent chambers...
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    Logic Puzzle: What comes next?

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    What row of numbers comes next? 1 11 21 1211 111221 312211 13112221
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    SOS Feature Requests for the Future

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    I know I have asked a similar question in the past, but what I would like to know now is, without any bounds on what it can do, what would you like to see from a troubleshooting tool for .NET? I am thinking about doing something radically different and...
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    Logic Puzzle: Jelly Beans

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    Hope this one is a little harder then the last one.  Please keep in mind that all comments will remain hidden until I post the answer to allow others to try to solve it. Puzzle You work at a factory that creates bags of jelly beans.  You make...
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    Update for viewstate issues

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    So a while ago I posted about how to fix the Validation of viewstate MAC failed error .  There is some really exciting news that is coming with Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.  One of the improvements...
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    Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

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    The next service pack is finally available.  If you are using .NET 3.5, or want to use any of the new features that we have been talking about being added in this service pack, I’d strongly recommend you upgrade to this.  You can download it...
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    ANSWER Logic Puzzle: Russian Roulette

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    Here is my answer to the puzzle that was posted here . Label the chambers {A,B,C,D,E,F}. Let chambers {A,B} contain bullets. Spin the barrel. Our expectation distribution of the current chamber is X={1/6, 1/6, 1/6, 1/6, 1/6, 1/6}. Fire the gun. We get...
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    Hyper-V and Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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    So I wanted to post a little bit about my adventure with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 .  I have a virtual machine that has Visual Studio 2008 installed on it.  But it only has about 2 GB of free hard drive space on it.  So when I went to install...
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    Common Issue: Permission problems when using remote content

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    We have had a number of customers run into problems when trying to store their ASP.NET Content on a remote machine.  Whether that is just a UNC path from the web server or a DFS share.  So I wanted to talk about the issues and how to resolve...
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    IE8 Beta 2 Update

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    So I have now been able to install Beta 2 on my machine and I just wanted to give my thoughts on it so far. Installation This was a little bit of a problem for me and the Beta 2 package didn’t uninstall Beta 1 automatically for me on my Vista x64 machine...
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    System.IndexOutOfRangeException on a webfarm

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    Here is another issue that a customer had that I thought would be helpful to others. Problem The customer said they are getting Exception type: System.IndexOutOfRangeException every minute or so when accessing their web site.  The error looks like...
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    Loading a control in a Login Control may give a NullReferenceException

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    If you try to use a Login Control and change the contents of the control when someone logs in, you have to be really careful how you do it.  You can only change things after certain events to ensure that the template is correct.  Also, some...
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    Known issues for ASP.NET with .NET 3.5 SP1

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    Just wanted to give a heads up on two issues that we are aware of that were introduced with .NET 3.5 SP1. Issue:  The HtmlForm action attribute is now honored when defined in declarative markup. Reason: 3.5 SP1 added a settable Action property to...
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    Comment Guidelines for this Blog

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    As the community participates in the ASP.NET Debugging blog, I want to offer some guidelines on how I handle comments in general.  My primary goal is for this to be a place for open discussion about ASP.NET, so I don’t want to have lots of overhead...
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    IE8 Beta 2 is now out

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    In case you haven't seen already, as announced here , IE8 Beta 2 can now be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/ie8 . Why is this important?  Well, Beta 1 was for developers to see the new browser and test their sites with.  This beta is...
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    ASP.NET Scaling Strategies

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    So there is a very good article that came out in the April 2008 issue of the MSDN Magazine, Scaling Strategies for ASP.NET Applications . The main things in this article are: Scaling ASP.NET Applications and databases Optimizing code Using...
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    ASP.NET Tip: ASP.NET MSDN Site

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    Have you checked out the MSDN site for ASP.NET lately?  It is full of useful information.  You can find it at the ASP.NET Developer Center .  My favorite things to check out are the “How Do I” videos.  They can be really helpful and...
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    Have you used or added to the ASP.NET Wiki?

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    Not sure how many people are starting to use our wiki, but it is a great resource where you can find all kinds of really useful information.  The other great thing is that you can add your own links and information to it.  You can check it out...
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    ASP.NET Tip: Keep hidden files hidden

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    I have seen a few cases of this so I wanted to let everyone know.  If you install the FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) on a web server, it will install some configuration files in a directory under your web site called _vti_cnf.  This folder...
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    ANSWER Logic Puzzle: Buying donuts puzzle

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    Here is the answer to the question that was posted, here . There are a few ways to answer this, you can use the brute force method or you can look for an easier way. This actually turns out to be a problem space where there is a specific way to solve...
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    Bringing the Olympics to the PC

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    I just read a really interesting article about how Microsoft is helping to bring the Olympics to the PC.  You can read the article here . One of the amazing things about this is that Microsoft got involved in January and was able to make all of this...
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    Inserting a dynamic column into a DataGrid and sorting by it

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    We recently had a customer that wanted to sort a dynamic column in a DataGrid and so I thought it may be something that others would like to be able to do. You get your data for your dynamic column and then do something like below to insert it into an...
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    ANSWER Logic Puzzle: What comes next?

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    Here is my answer to the puzzle that was posted here . Count the number of occurrences of a particular number in the above sequence along with the number itself. e.g here 13112221 One 1, One 3, Two Ones, 3 Twos, 1 One     1          ...
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    More about the Olympics and NBC

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    Tim Heuer has a great post where he talks about NBCOlympics.com and how things are going.  There is a great video talking about this and Silverlight , Eric Schmidt from Microsoft was interviewed about it..  Feel free to check out the video here...
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    Understanding How You Use This Blog

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    Ed Jolly has asked me to post this, and I’m happy to oblige: Greetings Blog Readers, My name is Ed Jolly, and I am a director in the Commercial Technical Support (CTS) organization at Microsoft. I am here to request a few minutes of your time. We would...
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