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As an individual who does not use Internet Explorer as their primary browser, there is a great feature that you may never notice that allows you to easily copy files to and from a document library: the Open in Windows Explorer link. In browsers such as Chrome or Firefox this link may not appear. I know this isn’t a major groundbreaking feature, but it’s really easy to overlook and it’s worth knowing about, especially when you need to create a local copy of a full document library. In this quick blog ......

If you, like me, have ever looked over the MSDN documentation and though how nice it would be to have that type of documentation for your codebase, SandCastle is the tool you’ve been looking for. SandCastle is a Codeplex project initiated by Microsoft in order to provide MSDN-esque documentation for .NET projects or asssemblies. The documentation can come in several formats such as CHM files or a website. GhostDoc and SandCastle Help File Builder To get started with SandCastle for documentation, ......

If you’ve recently upgraded to SP1 and tried to build a solution checked out from TFS you might have come across the following dialog. Not only does it not allow you to cancel the build process, but it also REPEATEDLY THROWS THE DIALOG PREVENTING YOU FROM STOPPING THE PROCESS. Very annoying. There is a hotfix available via connect and code gallery that will stop this problem. Connect Bug Entry: http://connect.microsoft.co... ......

So E3 has come upon us and is about to make its way out again. Anything that peaked your interests? I have to say by far I was happiest with what I can get for my XBox360 over anything coming out for the Wii (I’ve got no PS3). The games that I’m really looking forward that were shown off this year at E3 are Crackdown 2, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Forza Motorsports 3. I’ve spent many hours playing all three of those titles, and I’m happily awaiting their releases. AC2 and FM3 are both slated later this ......

After reading Michael Neel’s article on Devlicio.us about Balsamiq Mockups, I thought that the article must be insincere. Go ahead and check the article, itself even titled “You should be using Mockups”. Back yet? Well I’ll continue anyways… As I was saying, the article was too good to be true, and this Adobe Air application seemed to be too much of a dream. Well, needless to say, I decided to check the tool out, and I also flaunted my blog and MVP status to get a chance to test out Mockups for myself. ......

Buying books can get expensive. If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection surmounting that takes up more room than you should probably afford. So what are your options? You could use the library, but then you’re fairly limited in readings. Many of the classic timeless books will be around, but the latest and greatest will be a long time from hitting the shelf, if at all. You could do book trading, if you live in the heart of a thriving technical community. But, we don’t all have that sort of availability, ......

My work environment is usually an anything goes, wild west of development sort of place. There are no rules imposed, just a “get things done” attitude. Because of auditing, source control was a necessity that got added to the mix. We use SVN through VisualSVN Server and TortoiseSVN as a client. Well, as a part of self improvement and to produce better more reliable code, I’ve taken up learning TDD for myself. Our current methodology of testing here is based mostly on WTFs per minute and copious prayer. ......

A fellow GWBlogger, Bill Tudor, recently blogged about the progression he would suggest for someone who is getting started or looking to further themselves as a developer. Some small changes I’d suggest is that when it comes to learning an object oriented language, VB.NET is viable object-oriented, managed runtime language. Sure, the syntax is a bit different, but VB.NET is a competitor too. Also, an alternative to Scheme and Haskell could be F#, still leveraging the .NET framework. However, all ......

This post is mostly inspired by a question I came across in the MSDN forums. Basically, say we had a set of data in a string that looked something like this and we just HAAAAAD to use regular expressions to get the info out (I’m insinuating maybe string.split would work better in this situation…) Dim dataToSearch As String = "-Cat-Dog-Meese-Chardonnay-" Well, the pattern is simple right? Just throw in a regex for "-[A-Za-z]+-" and we’re good to go. Dim reg As New Regex("-[A-Za-z]+-") For Each m As ......

For my recent Launcher project, I was constructing a ribbon that would allow the user to search the web via their engines installed in Internet Explorer. The engines themselves are an XML document following the OpenSearch schema. For firefox, these xml documents just get stored locally. What does IE do with theirs? Well, IE sticks them in the registry. Why? Maybe someone else can answer that. Here's a brief look at how to get the search engines out of the registry. The following snippets of code ......

If you haven't seen Google analytics before, you ought to know this: it rocks. You'll get great reports on everything from geographic location to browser to flash version (Why no Silverlight version, eh Google?) See example awesomeness here: Obviously I've only recently set this up. However, since it is up and running and working great, I figured I'd show you how to get yours up and running as well. Firstly, sign up for Google Analytics. Then afterwards, Google will provide a script to monitor the ......

If you make use of the My.User object in a WinForms application, you can just dive right into it and start using it right away, however, if you add this to a new console app it returns a blank response for My.User.Name: Console.WriteLine("User: {0}", My.User.Name) Console.ReadLine() And you'll see this when you run it: To get around this problem, all it takes is an initialization that gets called automagically in WinForms: My.User.InitializeWithWindo... Put that before you use the object for ......

So I was wasting some time perusing around the GWB page today. I was looking to see if Jeff had gotten around to making a nifty new image so I could link to GWB in my news section, then I happened across the new blogger list. It’s pretty cool and comes in cloud form: Currently my name is the small entry below Dave Campell (top right corner-ish). I’m curious where I’ll move after this blog. Anyways, I guess I’m giving another props to Jeff, John and Jerod for the design, I think the blogger list cloud ......

I’ve been digging through the CTP for VS2010, and I have to say that if you haven’t started trying it out, start. Keep in mind, the CTP will hog as much as 40 gigs of space (between the twelve 700 meg parts and the final 25 gig Virtual PC image), but getting to play around with the new features is great. Maybe you’re telling yourself, “I’m not advanced enough to know what to play around with to enjoy the new stuff…” There are walkthroughs. If you use Visual Studio on any semblance of a regular basis, ......

Hey guys, Here we are, and I’m taking the time to finish up my first series at my new host geekswithblogs! For this part of the series we’ll be taking a look at a practical example of an XML snippet, namely the snippet to create snippets. I’ve created my own version, but if you’ve toyed with XML snippets before you would know that Microsoft has already included a snippet snippet. This is a good alternative to the “Hard” way described in Part 1, but what if you want a little more of a custom feel ......

I’m blogging my costume because I’m sure there are some out there who would appreciate it (and the nearly 10 hours I put into sawing the frame, cutting fabric, sewing, hot gluing, etc deserve more than 4 hours of a party, how about partial immortalization via the web?) Next year I’ll be either a goat (my nickname, feel free to call me Goat if we cross paths) or a CAT-5 cable. Either way, at least this year I’ll be ahead of the game. Without further ado, meet Domo: The pink you see in Domo’s mouth ......

If you haven’t already checked it out, it’s definitely worth a look at the new design for geekswithblogs.net. The new design brings a bit of a “hipper” aspect to the scene, and we all know how blogging about software development deserves to be hip :) Check out the updated look: http://www.geekswithblogs.net Technorati Tags: GWB,GeeksWithBlogs 3.0 ......

Here we are at part two of the Custom Code Snippet Series. In the previous part we covered how to make your own snippet by creating an XML .snippet file and adding to it the necessary content to get a custom snippet up and running. This time around, we’re going to cover the “Easy” method of creating custom code snippets: through a GUI. Thankfully, the MSDN itself has a Code Snippet Editor for both Visual Basic 2005 and 2008 available at the following links. This tutorial will make use of the Visual ......

If you follow the GWB blogs, chances are you’ll get tired of hearing this. However, the ASP.NET MVC Beta has been released, and I think a good amount of people are very excited for its release. I remember our BRDNUG meeting on the ASP.NET MVC, and how it was hard to tell anyone what would work for which preview version because of the vast differences and changes that occurred between the early previews and the later previews. Now that we have a beta, we should see a lot more stable MVC. From the ......

I’ll be honest that this did happen to me, and thankfully the MSDN straightened me out. For those of us who normally program for winforms, sometimes the switch to an ASP.NET project can prove to be a whole new world. For instance, I was working on a straightforward single page in ASP.NET 1.1 so that members of the same project could gather some information easily. The form itself had one field, and I wanted to ensure that the field was a number only. I added a RegularExpressionValidator and pointed ......

Jeff just posted to announce the official five year anniversary of geekswithblogs’s first post. To bring home the celebration, the main portal will be getting an overhaul, and Jeff and other familiar GWB faces will be manning booths at the PDC and HDC. Check out Jeff’s post and a sneak peak at the new design here. Technorati Tags: GWB,GeekwWithBlogs.net,PDC2... ......

Continuing on from what I started in the Part 1 post, I’m going to show you how to get set up with Windows Live mail for your domain (assuming GoDaddy, but correlations will be present). It’s easy, relatively quick, and will result in a free service that ought to minimize your mail frustration. Step 1: Get an account started on domains.live.com To get started, browse over to http://domains.live.com. Towards the bottom of the page, click get started and then enter in your domain information. Leave ......

Here we are at the second week's task for the Manhattan Project: switching the user's database to MSSQL instead of SQLite. I'll be honest, there weren't any valuable resources I found for assistance in the creation of this tutorial. Mostly it was a combination of Try / Fail and guessing based on what I saw in the code for the MSSQL dll in the project. I might say that there weren't resources, but what I mostly mean is no tutorial. There are some .sql files to help get the database started, but that's ......

Now that the Manhattan Project has taken its first few baby steps, I think it would be best if I made a series of tutorials for those who want to keep up with the happenings, but might have lagged behind. This is the first in a large series of tutorials that I (and all those involved) want to have available to help those who have a little trouble getting started. To get some things straight, at least for myself, OpenSim is not a client for Second Life (I swear, this is what I thought before I got ......

I’ve just set up WLW at work to take advantage of blogging in a very nice interface and to make the best use of the new WTFNext. I do apologize to those of you who are getting this content and being generally disappointed by the lack of context, but I’m getting myself familiar with GWB and how I can make the most of it. The hope with this post is that I’ll get my tag cloud started, just by incorporating Technorati tags at the bottom. From what I understand thanks to JJulian, the tag cloud should ......

An obligatory w00t for proper DNS functionality on the new site. Now, you can either make your way to this website from http://www.WTFNext.com or you can go through http://www.geekswithblogs.net and find my link on the sidebar. So far I'm enjoying the freedom and I'm excited about the possibilities. I will be looking into blogging solutions that I can use outside of the web (gasp, people still use desktop applications??!?), and I do hope for a solution that will allow me to email content updates ......