Santomania

Addy Santo's occasional braindumps

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    Introducing Shelly

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    Say hello to the new face which is rocking my world: Her name is Shelly. Update: A Shelly Santo fanclub is now up @ http://shellysanto.spaces.msn.com
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    LINQ at the NYC Code Camp this Saturday

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    I'll be delivering my famous (ok, not really) "LINQ & C# 3.0 For Mere Mortals" presentation at the NYC Code Camp this Saturday. For those who haven't registered yet- unfortunately the code camp registration is already full , but another one is already...
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    [OT] 0 Items!

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    Kirk Allen Evan inspired me to finally take action on something which has been on my to-do list for months - cleaning out my Inbox, which had (despite all my rules) grown to over 1200 items. It is strangely empowering to look at outlook and see: (Thanks...
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    [OT] Not enough music!

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    I haven't been listening to music much lately, which must mean that I haven't been coding enough either. Between Scrum-meistering the team, tweaking our infrastructure and completing a few lingering architecural tasks, I haven't had time to squeeze in...
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    Anti-Agile development conference

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    Agile developers should get a smile (at least) from http://www.waterfall2006.com/ . This anti-agile conference couldn't possibly go wrong, they already have it planned down to the smallest detail: "Because it's possible you may want to attend all sessions...
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    GDI + LINQ = Generate a bar graph in a single line of code

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    This is a simplified version of actual code from an app I'm working on. There are a few lines of setup, and then the cool part (the last statement): Using a select statement to iterate over a List < double > , creating a RectangleF object for each...
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    Code Snippet: Setting NTFS permissions

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    My previous post shows how to use Windows32.Security to read and set permissions to the registry. Doing the same for a NTFS is even simpler: public bool TestNTFSPermissions( string path, string userName) { SecurityDescriptor secDesc = SecurityDescriptor...
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    Code Snippet: Working with Permissions (ACLs/ACEs) in C# under .Net 1.1

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    I've been working lately on adding "self-healing" capabilities to a certain application. The idea is to create a set of utility functions which will validate (and fix if needed) various environmental settings such as NTFS permissions, registry permissions...
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    [OT] Coolest 360 upgrade yet (might be a bit pricey though)

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    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/dec05/12-27URGE360PR.mspx "Conceived by Nissan Design America Inc. (NDA) and equipped with the Xbox 360™ next-generation video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Nissan URGE concept car allows...
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    Something really was wrong with Google's original PageRank...

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    ... and this guy put his finger on it: Something is Wrong with Google's Mathematical Model (Math alert: Eigenvalue problems and general hilary ensue).
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    So are we cool again now?

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    It will be interesting to see how the "Web 2.0" crowds reacts to the new "Windows Live" and "Office Live" offerings... Sometimes I think that many of them are too young to remember how Microsoft turned on a dime and conquered the previous internet...
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    LINQ presentation slides

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    The PPT deck from my "LINQ For Mere Mortals" is available on NJ Code Camp , or here (direct link ).
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    XOR in C#

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    Random factoid: Use ^ for bitwise XOR in C#, for example: a = a ^ c; (or simply: a ^= c; )
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    LINQ for mere mortals @ NJ Code Camp, this Saturday (Oct. 15th)

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    If the LINQ materials currently available on the web make your head spin (Lambda Expressions? Query Comprehensions /w Extension Methods and Inline Initialization of Anonymously Typed objects? huh?) then you are invited to the the NJ Code Camp this Saturday...
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    VS.NET Bug? Easter Egg?

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    After "Collapsing to Definitions" (Cntl-M,Cntl-O), Visual Studio decided to color the collapsed code section in black, white and red: Can anyone clue me in on what/why that is? It happened consistently while VS.NET was open, but only for that specific...
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    \Microsoft Brings .Net to Katrina Relief Effort

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    Spread the word about http://www.katrinasafe.com/ , a site which helps unite the victims of Katrina with their families and loved ones. This solution was set up by a group of Microsoft volunteers, leveraging a wide set of our products and technologies...
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    [OT] The problem with foolproof software is...

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    "We keep trying to make our software foolproof. The problem is that the universe keeps coming up with bigger fools". I don't know where I first heard that, but it has become one of my favorite sayings. Unfortunately, it seems that lately the fools...
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    [OT] Overclocking yourself

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    [OT] = Off-Topic... Tom's hardware guide has an article on " Overclocking Yourself " : "There comes a point in every programmer's life when the strings and tags no longer make sense, the eyes feel heavy and the fingers numb upon the keyboard...
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    Setting up a .NET Development Tree

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    Not new but worth mentioning anyway: Mike Robert treats us to a detailed recipe for building up a development tree, from creating the initial directory structures through automated builds and unit tests. Available here (HTML) and here (PDF) And...
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    ILMerge - Merge your entire solution into a single assembly!

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    This is so cool... I can't wait to get home and try it out! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=22914587-b4ad-4eae-87cf-b14ae6a939b0&displaylang=en "ILMerge is a utility for merging multiple .NET assemblies into a single...
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    It sure is quiet around here...

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    Wow, long time with no posts... To everyone who contacted me recently regarding BlogWave, WSSDAL or anything else - I've been working through some technical difficulties. My home development server died (HW related), my cable service went out for 10 days...
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    Buzzword of the day : "Information Civilian"

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    BoingBoing mentions "information civilians". I haven't heard this term before but I definitely like it. So I guess KW folks should be considered "information commandos"?
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    EDRA moved to slicker new site

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    EDRA moved from the previous dinky GDN workspace to a P&P site with some slick new features (searchable message boards! woohoo!). The move took place a whole month ago but somehow I missed it until today. Take a look @ http://practices.gotdotnet.com...
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    Proxy Detection : Take the Burden Off Users with Automatic Configuration in .NET

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    I lost count of how many hours I spent trying to track these issues down in BlogWave... http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/08/AutomaticProxyDetection/default.aspx Finally! Great article* !! * if it works - I haven't tested it yet
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    CTP Madness Mapper

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    I really needed this a few weeks back- Channel 9 has an interactive display of which CTPs work with each other, complete with download links. Maybe now I'll figure out how to make my Avalon get along with my VSTS, Yukon and have both of them talking...
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