Alex Lowe's .NET Blog

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    Dave Wanta of 123aspx.com and kbalertz.com is blogging......

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    Dave Wanta of   123aspx.com and kbalertz.com and other great products is blogging - subscribed . Article on aspNetMime (one of Dave's products) and the AspAdvice.com moderation tool is forthcoming....
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    Making .NET accessible to our youth....

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    Martin Spedding had a discussion with friends in which they deduce that the young folks in software development are more interested in non-.NET platforms, tools, languages . I believe that your friends observation is accurate of many recent college...
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    Simple custom cache class.....

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    One of the projects I'm working in is a large ASP.NET application that will have both Mobile and WinForms bits plugged into it in the future. We want to cache data but we don't want it tied to the ASP.NET cache (even if it will work now without IIS on...
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    Microsoft is missing the SDLC boat....big time....

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    I think Visual Studio .NET is a pretty darn good IDE. Don't get me wrong, it has it's quirks (anyone else have to use TaskManager to 'Switch To' VS.NET when it becomes "stuck" in the task bar?) and idiosynchracies that I could do without. All in all,...
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    Do you miss ASPToday.com?

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    For those of you who didn't have a subscription to the site, I wrote a monthly column on ASPToday that focused on various software development issues. Shortly after Wrox went into liquidation and ASPToday.com was "turned off", I had a handful of people...
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    Do you read asp.netPRO magazine?

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    asp.netPRO magazine is the only ASP.NET magazine on the market (AFAIK). I wrote an article (and a handful of tips) for the magazine last year and have been reading the magazine since its first issue. I'm trying to decide where I would like to focus...
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    I'm back and so is the Grand Rapids, MI .NET User Group......

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    Ok, so it's been A LONG time since I last posted and hopefully that will change now (I say that everytime I think I will have some free time and/or something interesting to post). Well, I'm happy to say that the .NET User Group is firing back up after...
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    Yikes...where does the time go...?

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    I'll tell you where it goes..........It goes to my project at work (as of 3:44pm today we are 759 lines from the ever elusive 300,000 mark!). It also goes to my favorite list serv ! At any rate, I've missed blogging over the last month so I thought...
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    Removing email addresses from a string/text......

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    Yeah, it sounds easy but for a RegEx dummy like me it wasn't that easy (thanks Scott ). Anyway, I thought that maybe someone some where would find this useful so why not put it on my blog: //create regex object and intialize with regex validator Regex...
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    3degrees is not that cool.....yet.....

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    From Ollie's blog : Microsoft has launched its ThreeDegrees beta. It's midnight and I'm tired, so I haven't installed it but I went through the product tour and it looks fairly nifty. The bit I don't get is why it is a so separate from Messenger. To...
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    XML Web Services are kewl.....

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    And Darren is pointing everyone to Dan Wahlin's wonderful XML videos (and site): Dan Wahlin's done it again... he's posted 4 excellent Windows Media movies that show a simple example for getting started with WSE http://www.xmlforasp.net/codeSection...
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    You can now search the ASPAlliance lists.....

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    Yep, we just put the finishing touches on our search engine so members and non-members can search the ASPAlliance list archives!
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    Performance testing is fun.....

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    Performance Testing Microsoft .NET Web Applications by Microsoft Press is a great book to introduce you to the various aspects of performance testing as well as the tools of the trade. It's definitely a "must have" for those of you who work in an environment...
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    Looking for web based bug/defect tracking software.....

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    And I'm having a hard time finding one I like. I am interested in what you folks have used for web based bug tracking software...? Please give us all some good links, etc. in my comments section as I'm sure others are interested in this as well. I...
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    Back from vacation.....

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    and it stinks. I mean, it was 75 degrees in Orlando, Florida and now I'm back home and it's 25 degrees (with three feet of snow) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Oh well, I have a nice Internet connection now so all is good. =) While I was sitting by the...
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    Edit and Continue will be back......

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    Edit an Continue will be back in at least VB.NET for version 2.0 and possibly other languages!
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    Ingo Rammer (.NET Remoting God) redesigned his site....

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    Yep, Ingo Rammer has redesigned his site (again) - be sure to read the explanation of how it works.
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    John Lam on CLAW.....

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    NOTE: Oops, the quote below came from John Lam's blog (not Sam as I originally wrote).... " Currently, CLAW is in limbo; I haven't really touched that codebase since about October or so. ...Why haven't I continued working on CLAW? Since working on...
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    Busy, busy, busy.....

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    Whew, things out here in Seattle are BUSY. Yesterday, the MVP summit kicked off in grand fashion and then we (ASP.NET MVPs) spent the rest of the day with the ASP.NET (Scott Guthrie and Rob Howard in particular). They gave us an overview of features...
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    Funny stuff in a software city.....

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    So we're on the Underground Tour (very neat - tour guides were funny, story was interesting, made history fun) and we come to a spot where a steel I beam had been placed horizontally about three feet under another steel I beam (one directly above the...
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    What do you do in Seattle?

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    Alright, the plane made the jump from Grand Rapids to Minneapolis and from Minneapolis to Seattle without trouble. My wife and I are staying on Michigan time for a little while (+ 3 hours from Seattle time) so we are up at the crack of dawn here. Worked...
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    Off to the mothership......

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    In a couple hours I'll be on a plane to the mothership - Microsoft (Redmond, Washington, USA). I'm pretty excited about this trip as I was the last time I went. This time I'm going to attend the MVP Summit (which is a first for me). I hope to meet lots...
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    Do you miss 'Edit-and-Continue'?

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    I do. I loved the 'Edit-and-Continue' feature in Visual Basic 6.0. My C fill in the blank friends tell me that's because I write buggy code but I don't really care. I know one thing - I used it and I liked it. I'm glad that Microsoft plans to add this...
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    Job Sites....do they all suck?

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    I don't have the end all be all answer but my short answer is YES. Basically, they are a headhunter's haven. They are a place where you can get screwed over by a headhunter who doesn't know jack about you or the company for whom they are peddling a job...
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    Language Wars.....

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    Chris Sells says: " Let The Language Wars Continue I think that the CLR languages *should* have different capabilities and that programmers should be proud of their choice of language! The skinning the pretends to separate two nearly identical...
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