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Monthly Archives: April 2006

PHP vs ASP.NET

Do a Google search for “PHP vs ASP.NET” (or “ASP.NET vs PHP”) and the first hit you’ll get is a seemingly well-written Oracle article. When the article was first published, the .NET community certainly made note of it.  There’s actually … Continue reading 

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ASP.NET 2.0 Is NOT a Silver Bullet

Before the first concrete information about 2.0 came out, promises about massive code reduction were being made.  “I can’t say too much at this point…one of our aggressive goals is to reduce the number of lines of code between v1 … Continue reading 

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Getting the day’s name in TSQL

Surely there’s got to be an easier than this, but so far it’s the best I’ve got: ALTER FUNCTION GetWeekdayName(   @Weekday INT)RETURNS VARCHAR(9)ASBEGIN   DECLARE @temp INT,           @return VARCHAR(9)    SET @temp = @@DATEFIRST + @Weekday   IF (@temp > 7) BEGIN      … Continue reading 

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I’ll be at REAL Development – Ottawa

I won’t get the chance to go to TechEd this year [:'(]  but I will be at MSDN’S upcoming REAL Development in Ottawa (Canada) which focuses on new web technologies and security. Not exactly sure yet how I’m going to be … Continue reading 

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Paging Data – MySQL > Microsoft

A little while ago, Scott Guthrie talked about record paging in his post “Paging through lots of data efficiently (and in an Ajax way) with ASP.NET 2.0“. The important part of the article doesn’t have much to do with ASP.NET … Continue reading 

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Consuming .NET with Flash

Ever since joining Fuel Industries, I’ve had a new found respect for Flash development. Flash isn’t well suited for every types of development, for example I wouldn’t want to see google.com fully implemented in flash! When it comes to adver-gaming, … Continue reading 

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code better – use string.format

Poorly handled exceptions might speak volumes about someone’s coding abilities, but it’s string concatenation that’s a sure bet to kill a programs readability (thus maintainability). Everyone knows that they should use StringBuilder’s for better performance when concatenating a lot, but … Continue reading 

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Understanding and Using Exceptions

(this is a really long post…only read it if you (a) don’t know what try/catch is  OR (b) actually write catch(Exception ex)  or catch{ }) The first thing I look for when evaluating someone’s code is a try/catch block. While … Continue reading 

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