Santomania

Addy Santo's occasional braindumps

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    To Tablet or not to tablet?

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    We are developing on the tablet PC so there are a few floating around the office. I got to test drive one for a while, and I must say that that for a geek toy they have a very high "wife acceptance factor" . Apart from that, I don't see it replacing my...
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    Roy's Config Hell

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    ... 'Write' functionality on config files is just as logical as reading from them. If you want us to steer away from ini files, or registery values - give us something that replaces this functionality at the simplest level. When i first saw the appSettings...
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    1st time traveller caught??

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    Heh, I was just wondering if this would ever happen in my lifetime <G> http://tv.yahoo.com/news/wwn/20030319/104808600007.html <Yes I know it's fake, but still too much fun to ignore :) rebuffed at http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue...
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    I want it all and I want it now!

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    Dammit, it is annoying working with MS guys who keep dropping remarks such as " yeah, I played around with the C# features in whidbey and they are pretty cool... " and then follow that up with " ... I wouldn't have bothered, but I needed it for developing...
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    SharePoint Products and Technologies Developers’ Conference

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    Hi, I will be attending the SharePoint Products and Technologies Developers’ Conference between April 14 – 17, 2003 in Redmond. My main areas of interest: Sharepoint V2 and InfoPath. Does anyone want to try to meet up over there?
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    Looking for lexical analyzers in .NET...

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    Maybe someone out there can help me out: I need to parse a really complex data format which tends to change every now and then. Manually coding something to read the data and take it apart would probably result in an app which needs reworking for every...
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    Final Flight of the Osiris - W00T!

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    Just saw the Final Flight of the Osiris (along with "Dreamcatchers"). The characters- wow . The story - WOW . The CGI animation - WOWOWOWOW . The coolness factor - undescribable:) In short, the 10$ ticket was worth every cent just for the 4 minutes...
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    Iraqi picture - Life following art??

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    This picture appeared on the CNN homepage as part of a headline describing the fighting in Nasiriya: I can't help but wonder about the amazing similarity between that picture and a CounterStrike screenshot. Would anyone care to bet on the chances...
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    Any good RSS feeds for following the events in Iraq?

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    Preferably updated at 30-second intervals :)
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    XML Comments in VB.NET

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    For anyone who really misses XML comment support in VB.NET - check out VBXC - which adds an almost complete implementation to the VB.NET IDE. While it isn't quite stable (it tends to popup error windows now and again almost at random) it is great at what...
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    Ingo Rammer's newsletter

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    Peer pressure will get ya every time - I don't wanna be the only guy on the server who didn't mention that Ingo Rammer's newsletter is out. And it is short and sweet, just as I like 'em :)
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    Ugly!

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    C# Syntax for having an interface implement another interface: public interface I2 : I1 Now the same in VB.NET: Public Interface I2 Inherits I1 "inheriting" an interface... Ugh. Why oh why does my client prefer VB.NET??? (Answer: it isn't...
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    Is VB.NET falling behind C# ?

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    Looking over the new features planned for C# and then for VB.NET it seems (at least at first glance) that C# programmers are getting lots of new goodies which the VB guys aren't. So far MSFT has gone to great lengths to keep both languages equivalent...
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    VS.NET IDE Oddities

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    Has anyone noticed that conditional compilation clauses make the VB.NET IDE act strangely? Try this: 1. Enter the following code snippet into an empty VB class file in your project. Save the file. # If DEBUG Then # Region "some stuff" Public...
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    Anything-to-PDF convertor

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    This is just too cool to keep to myself. Everyone should take a look at a utility available at http://www.pdf995.com which installs itself as a local printer, and converts anything you print into a PDF file. We just tested it with an insane 150 page...
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    Quality Posts? Nah.....

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    At the beginning I thought I would only post stuff really worth mentioning. And then I posted this :)
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    More on the RSS front

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    Well, Over the weekend I got a bare-bones NNTP handler up and running, so my backyard RSS aggregator is now also my news reader. That forced me to move from XML data files to an MDB format, mainly because of the sheer amount of text content which is...
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    Blimps are evil!

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    Beware- anything you drink while reading this will probably get sprayed all over your keyboard.... http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?threadid=160851&perpage=50&pagenumber=1
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    The Patents war reaches new levels of absurdity

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    This will never end. Palo Alto Research Center has filed for a patent on Aspect Oriented Programming http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/%20srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1...
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    Nunit

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    Just wanted to let y'all know that Nunit 2.0 rocks ! As if you didn't know that already... The NUnitAddIn is also very cool, although it is far from stable. I find myself stopping the service and restarting VS.NET every few minutes when working with...
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    Time for some mad ranting... beware!

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    This is my third day blogging, so now might be a good time to rant a little regarding blogging in general and work-related blogs in particular. I'm still a newbie in many respects so I apologize in advance if my ideas have already been discussed in other...
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    .NET is to Platforms as PHP is to..... ?

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    One last post for today, you might like this one:
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    Detecting mouse buttons in .NET

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    This is embarrassingly stupid - I'll be realistic and assume that I'm the stupid one here: When developing with Winforms, most events allow checking the state of the mousebuttons using the MouseButtons enum. However I can't seem to catch combinations...
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    No doubt...

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    Yep, what can I say, blogs rock.....
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    A multi-lingual compilation of Common UI terms

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    Just saw this on Blogadocious - Microsoft have a fairly comprehensive list of UI terms translated into all the languages that they support. As someone who has dealt with multilingual projects many times, this is an incredible timesaver when translating...
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