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Links 2007-02-25

Universal Data Type Checker Here’s a neat little C# function for checking if one can convert a string value to a specific type. Here are some examples: CanConvert("12", typeof(int)); // true CanConvert("f637a876-9d58-4229-9559-a5e42a95fdac ", typeof(Guid)); //...

Bratislava - Slovakia

My real job takes me to places all over Europe as of late. I’m currently blogging from my hotel room in Bratislava. If you haven’t heard of Bratislava you’re not alone, neither had I. This...

Vista Ready to Launch Event in Detroit

The Vista Ready to Launch tour came to Detroit this week. These “kick-off” events are a lot of fun and the break out sessions can be very informative. Mostly I go to reenergize my interest...

Using Keywords as Identifiers in C#

There are times when keywords and identifiers collide when coding. This is particularly true in code generators but sometimes the keyword really describes the purpose of the identifier (like default or ref for instance). You...

Microsoft Word Markup Tip

I don’t particularly care for the track changes markup that displays on the right edge of documents in Microsoft Word. While it may be useful for collaborating on documents, most of what I write is...

Links 2007-02-07

NIST’s Plan for New Cryptographic Hash Functions Due to recent attacks on the SHA-1 hash function specified in FIPS 180-2 , Secure Hash Standard, NIST is initiating an effort to develop one or more additional...

Testing with Post2Blog

Every time I discover a new off-line blog editor I of course have to test it with Bloget™. Post2Blog - a desktop blogging client for Windows. This is an example of quick snippet that inserts...

Links 2007-02-03

Microformats - rest/ahah AHAH is intended to be a much simpler way to do web development (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_development) than AJAX (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_%28programming%29): “Asynchronous JavaScript and XML.” Strictly speaking, AHAH can be considered a subset of AJAX, since...

Writing for Deployment

One of the things I try to think about when coding is what I call “Writing for Deployment”. Too often I have encountered software that is difficult to install and configure. Most of the time,...

Links 2007-01-29

Ultimate Rounded Corners If you want super easy to maintain rounded corners that are fully anti-aliased with support for borders and background images and that look as good as graphically created ones then curvyCorners is...
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