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Entries of year 2006

Breakpoint issues in Visual Studio.NET

When debugging large projects in VisualStudio.NET, I’ve sometimes noticed that the IDE has suddenly inserted breakpoints at random places in the code. This can be largely confusing, since they does not appear in the list of breakpoints and won’t go away by a simple “clear bookmarks” command. There are several causes and solutions to this issue. Some are common sense while others border on the edge of voodoo.

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Naked designs

Recently the CSS Naked Day was held on the net. A lot of sites in the blogosphere were intentionally stripped of their style clothes, revealing the markup behind it. But I still hear a lot of people in the business who haven’t grasped one of the most fundamental aspects of modern web design: separating structure and presentation.

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Firehoses in SQL Server

While modifying rows in a database with Enterprise Manager in SQL Server 2000 I got an exciting error message: “Transaction cannot start while in firehose mode”. Even though this is better than “Error=47”, I think it would be nice with a bit more information since I assume that not all database workers are fluent with the firehose technique.

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Join the hive

The interest in online multiplayer games is ever increasing and attracts new gamers every day. Beside giant worlds such as World of Warcraft and Eve Online which requires installation of large amounts of software on the client system there now exists a lightweight alternative.

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Reactions on CTP versions of Vista and IE7

Like it or not, but most people who develop websites using Microsoft technologies will suffer from the benefits and pitfalls of Vista and IE7. Since the avalanche is unavoidable, it’s better to getting used to the idea and learn more of what’s behind the corner. Just as with a real avalanche, your knowledge and preparation (maybe even a proper portable jetpack) will save you from a lot of trouble.

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Featured stories

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."

Sessions in Seville

"I end my journey in front of the tomb of Columbus, located inside the world’s largest Gothic cathedral."

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."

Chilling in Chile

"My weary feet has reached Valparaiso. After almost a month of traveling across the South American continent I realize that this is as far south as I will come, due to weather conditions."