Archives / 2007 / March
  • SimpleCMS Update Released

    Today, Brendan updated SimpleCMS, the no-impact ASP.NET CMS add-on available for free from  The new release uses the RTM builds of MS AJAX And the AJAX Control Toolkit. If you haven’t tried it, please do.  Note that the big FAQ for the registration page is that you need to have a nonalphanumeric character in your password.  Since someone asks me about this at least once a week, let me explain what that means:  not a letter or a number.  Generally this can be achieved by hitting SHIFT plus any NUMBER on your keyboard. Anyway, assuming you’re able to make the cut and come up with an acceptable password, we’d love to hear your … more

  • VS2005 Data Pro Dies on Compile Fix

    I had an issue with VS2005 For DB Pros (the Data Dude SKU) where every time I would build my solution (or that project), VS2005 would simply die.  This was on Vista.  After looking for the answer, I contacted Gert Drapers who informed me of the fix — install the RTM of SQL 2005 SP2 (or just the XMO redist) and the problem’s solved. Thanks, Gert – I hope this helps some others who had a CTP of SP2 installed.Tags: vs2005, dbpro, data+dude more

  • Lake Quincy AdSignia Announced

    Lake Quincy Media, which I co-own, has announced initial availability of its new online promotion management software, AdSignia.  Lake Quincy Media specializes in the promotion of products and services of interest to our network of dozens of Microsoft developer community web sites.  AdSignia has been something I’ve been working on for several years, and will replace the advertising software I wrote several years ago when ASP.NET 1.0 was new (which has been rock solid, but which never had much of a user interface).  You can see an example of the UI for AdSignia below – click the image to learn more about the software.  We’re pretty excited about what it … more

  • MS Money Vista Issues

    This is a summary of some problems my wife experienced recently upon installing Microsoft Money 2007 on Windows Vista: Here is what I did:   1.        Installed Vista 2.       Installed Money 2007 Deluxe 3.       Opened Money – it wanted to install a service pack.  No prompting for restart of computer when installation was complete.  No suggesting that there needed to be a restart. 4.       Opened the Money file from the backup on the desktop. 5.       Tried to download transactions from the banks.  Got an error … more

  • ASP.NET Wish List

    I’m at the MVP Summit this week in Seattle and one of the things this provides an opportunity for is providing feedback to the product teams.  I certainly have plenty of ideas of my own for new features I’ve been longing to see in ASP.NET, as well as fixes for some annoyances.  If you have ASP.NET feature requests of your own, please add them as comments.  I’m going to make sure the ASP.NET team reads this post. My short list of ASP.NET feature requests follows: Recursive FindControlA very common issue with ASP.NET today is locating references to controls that are not referenced directly from the page.  For instance, if you want to refer to a button … more

  • Columbus Ohio .NET Positions Available

    Quick Solutions in Ohio is looking for a bunch of .NET developers with solid skills for the Columbus, Ohio office.  Here’s the job posting:   Work with experienced, knowledgeable professionals who are passionate about technology.   Quick Solutions, Inc., a leader in the successful delivery of information technology solutions, is currently looking for exceptional Microsoft .NET development professionals. Qualifications: 1. Solid understanding of Object Oriented Programming 2. C# development experience 3. Web Service development 4. A strong passion for technology.  If you are eager to work on challenging, technology-driven projects you should consider a career with … more

  • Use RedGate ANTS Profiler with Vista and ASP.NET

    Found these two forum posts that show how, as well as how to wire up ANTS to Webdev.WebServer.exe (aka Cassini). Here’s the summary: Start ANTS Profiler Select either Profile memory or Profile performance Select .NET desktop application as the type of project Click the elipsis (...) to the right of .NET desktop application and browse to c:\windows\\Framework\v2.0.50727 and select Webdev.WebServer.exe Let the working directory automatically update Fill in the arguments necessary to start your web application: /Path:"c:\inetpub\MyApp" -the path to the web application on your hard drive /port:8080 -a TCP port not currently used by IIS (or other app) /vpath:"/MyApp" -the … more

  • Plasma v1.0 Release Available

    Plasma is an ASP.NET in-memory web server emulator that can be used for ASP.NET unit testing or automation.  Its initial codebase was written by Microsoft and its current incarnation is a community project licensed under the Microsoft Permissive License.  I’ve been working on the project with several others and have just put the initial release out on the CodePlex project site.  There are a lot of enhancements that have already been made that are not in this release, but I wanted to get the basic, vanilla implementation out there first, and then (hopefully soon) put out a 1.1 release with some of the many optimizations that we’ve already made.  Unfortunately, … more