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If you have an MSDN account and, like me, systematically claim keys just as well as you systematically forget which keys you’ve used in which test environments! Well, in a meager attempt to help myself track my keys I created an importer for KeePass 2 that takes in the XML document that you can export from MSDN and TechNet. The source is available at https://github.com/svickn/M... UPDATE:GitHub has chosen to deprecate the downloads section for files. Right now, to download ......

A month or so ago I was working on a feature for a project that required a level of anonymity on the Sharepoint site in order to function. At the same time I was also working on another feature that required access to the Sharepoint search.asmx web service. I found out, the hard way, that the Sharepoint Web Services do not operate in an expected way while the IIS site is under anonymous access. Even though these web services expect requests with certain permissions (in theory) they never attempt ......

Lee and Sachi LeFever have made a pretty interesting video to cover how twitter can help strengthen your social network. you can watch the video here: http://dotsub.com/api/small... And I found this cool information via Community Credit’s forums! Technorati Tags: twitter,community credit ......

Authors deserve more credit than they get. Coming up with a simple example to illustrate a principle is harder than it looks. Good authors have to do this all the time. They provide the examples that become anecdotal when describing the concept to a friend or colleague, and most of us, myself included, never take the time to think about the process. That was until today when I needed an example of Dependency Inversion to help explain the concept to a classmate. I must have thought up 10 or so bad ......

Antonio Chagoury, VB MVP, has constructed a list of Twitter accounts for VB MVPs, VB Team members, and others who are influential in the VB.NET community on his personal blog, CTO v2.0. This list has many great people who are not only talented in VB, but also who have great talents in many aspects of the .NET framework. I’m listed as a VB MVP, but if you don’t want the full list you can still check me out at http://twitter.com/svickn. However, I’d recommend checking out the rest of these guys too, ......

Typemock are offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint called Isolator For SharePoint, for a special introduction price. it is the only tool that allows you to unit test SharePoint without a SharePoint server. To learn more click here. The first 50 bloggers who blog this text in their blog and tell us about it, will get a Full Isolator license, Free. for rules and info click here ......

I’m currently working with a data table that stores member information. In the table itself, the member’s first and last names are each stored as the following respectively: mbr_1st_nam mbr_lst_nam I don’t know who chose these names, but this definitely begs for reconsideration. 1 and l are too close in design in some fonts, and when playing around with large amounts of TSQL in terminal like fonts, I don’t want to have to strain or waste additional time wondering if that’s an l or 1. So what do these ......

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, ......

I was thinking today and had a crazy idea about a virtual / completely online coding dojo. So follow me here for my “virtual tour” of what I’m thinking: Friday rolls around, and you’re excited. Tonight marks the release of the latest project in the Virtual F# Dojo. You check the VF#D blog and find out the latest project is KataBowling. A simple enough program to write, and you’ve been looking for a reason to explore the power of F#, so you dive in. Once you’ve got your example working, you check ......

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