Regular Expressions Cookbook

I just received a notice that O’Reilly is publishing a new Regular Expressions Cookbook.  It’s not available yet, so I can’t offer a review, but I’m certainly a fan of Cookbook style books (like this one), because of their simple, problem-solution organization.  The authors are notable regular expression experts, so I expect there will be […]

Vista Disconnect From Network Share or UNC Path

Occasionally I’ll try to connect to a UNC share or network device and I’ll forget my proper username and password for the device (NAS, router, another box, etc.).  In the case of one of my NAS drives at home, it will let me guess three times what my credentials are, and then it will just […]

TechEd 2009 Session Aftermath

I’m a bit later than usual in posting my slides and demos from my talks, and for that I apologize.  TechEd this year was a lot of fun, albeit a little disappointing due to its being a smaller show than in past years.  However, it was great to see a lot of my friends whom […]

XmlSerializer FileNotFoundException

Recently a buddy of mine ran into this problem trying to serialize a custom object.  The error message he got back was the ever-so-helpful An unhandled exception of type ‘System.IO.FileNotFoundException’ occurred in mscorlib.dll Additional information: File or assembly name uwzg3j_w.dll, or one of its dependencies, was not found. After a fair bit of research, he […]

IgnoreRoute in ASP.NET Routing is Order Dependent

I’m wiring up the IoCControllerFactory from MVCContrib into an MVC application and I kept running into an issue where a request was coming in looking for a ContentController.  The reason for this is that in my CSS file I have a property like this: background: transparent url(images/logo.gif) no-repeat scroll left top; which is in the […]

TechEd 2009 Sessions

This week I’m at TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles.  I’m giving two talks and would love to get some feedback from attendees on them.  Naturally you can use Commnet to add your evaluation (and I hope you will do so, unless you’re one of those cruel all 1s people), but if you have anything constructive […]

Stir Trek

Last Friday I presented at the Stir Trek event held in Columbus, Ohio.  This event was by far one of the best local events I’ve been a part of, and I’m eagerly looking forward to a similar event already scheduled for next year.  You can learn more about it at its web site, but the […]

Azure Developer Contest

If you’re into cloud computing, you should check out the new CloudApp(): Azure Services Platform Developer Contest.  You can learn more about it at  The contest opened up on May 4th and submissions are due by 18 June 2009.  Winners will be chosen and announced by the end of June.  The contest is US-based […]