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Dynamic type creation in ASP.NET

Dynamic type creation in ASP.NET

ASP.NET web controls are usually littered in the markup in design time, but sometimes there is a need to dynamically add controls to an ASP.NET web page in runtime. Its quite easy to generate a server control from a string.

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The beauty of simplicity in interfaces

The beauty of simplicity in interfaces

Over the years, we’ve seen the birth and death of several design patterns for graphical user interfaces. One of my favorite acronyms is KISS: “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. It’s valid in an impressive range of creative outlets.

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Breakpoint issues in Visual Studio.NET

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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Firehoses in SQL Server

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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Rock star programmers

Rock star programmers

Since coding C# ain’t the most glamorous way of living today, the next step for many ambitious coders is to become a Rock Star Programmer. Fortunately there is a handy guide to browse through before you don your bandana gear and start smoking bananas. If you ever doubted the glamour part, just head over to Rick Strahl’s office for a look.

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Microsoft Live 2006 tour

Microsoft Live 2006 tour

I just got home from a day filled of Microsoft information. There were sessions on three parts of WinFX: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF, formerly codenamed Avalon), Windows Communications Foundation (WCF, codenamed Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF). Even though all of them are interesting, my focus lies on Avalon.

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Reflections on MIX06 convention
Turkish culture issues in .NET

Turkish culture issues in .NET

I came across a very fishy bug which seemed to occur only for Turkish locales. It turned out that case sensitivity was the culprit and both Rick Strahl and Scott Hanselman had written about the issue a few months ago. The Turkish alphabet seems to have different meanings for upper and lower case versions of the letter “I”.

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Speaking URLs with Typo3

Speaking URLs with Typo3

I’ve been using Typo3 for a while and since it’s a fairly advanced system with many pitfalls, I would like to share some of my experiences concerning speaking URLs to other Typo3 users. The configurations I describe are more like guidelines, not written stone tablets from beardy deities.

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Experiences of Typo3 – The good, the bad and the ugly

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Reliving history in Washington D.C.

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."
Roaming in Valletta

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."
Bunker safari

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."
Alone in Kyoto

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."
Sessions in Seville

Sessions in Seville

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

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."

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