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ASP.Net 2.0 – Detailed Master Pages and Detailed Data Access

Posted in Programming by Brian Russell on February 28, 2007

Since I am currently working on an ASP.Net 2.0 project, I am finding resources that are helping me out to learn the new stuff.  Here are a couple I found tonight:

Master Pages Tips, Tricks, and Traps – Good article going over Master Pages in detail.

ASP.Net Data Tutorials – Around 50 tutorials to help you dive deep into the data functionality in ASP.Net 2.0.


Free Sample Database Models

Posted in Programming by Brian Russell on February 28, 2007

I have seen this resource before, but when I had seen it, there were not a whole lot of models.  There are a TON of them there now.  So, if you are designing a new system, you should check here first before you build a database schema for it.

Source Control on the Cheap and a Comparison of Specialist and Generalists

Posted in Uncategorized by Brian Russell on February 26, 2007

How to setup a Poor Man’s TFS.  This is good for home projects if you are a developer.

Why Specialists are Grumpy and Generalists are Happy – I thought this was a pretty insightful post.  Which one are you?  From the article:

Generalists, people with moderately strong attachments to many ideas, should be hard to interrupt, and once interrupted, should have weaker, shorter negative negative reactions since they have alternative paths to realize their plans. Specialists, people with stronger attachments to fewer ideas, should be easier to interrupt, and once interrupted, should have stronger,more sustained negative reactions because they have fewer alternative pathways to realize their plans. Generalists should be the the upbeat, positive people in the profession while specialists should be their grouchy, negative counterparts (page 526).

Free O’Reilly Subversion Book

Posted in Uncategorized by Kevin Colyar on February 22, 2007

SQL Stuff, Baby Sign Language, and SPAM Fighting

Posted in Network,Programming by Brian Russell on February 21, 2007

Teach baby sign language – As a parent, I found this amazing.  I did not know that a child could learn this before talking. (The link doesn’t seem to be working right now, but it did work earlier…check back.)

Fighting SPAM – an IT perspective.

The old Build vrs. Buy and Customize discussion.  Some good points talked about.

The new Reflector is out (5.something).

Easy and efficient paging of result sets.

SQL Server Service Pack 2 was released.  There is also a feature pack available.

The For XML clause explained.  In case you need your data out of SQL Server all XMLly.

Google Reader for Web and Mobile RSS Reading

Posted in Uncategorized by Kevin Colyar on February 21, 2007

If you have a Google account you can setup and start reading your rss feeds at You can also access your feed from your mobile phone at

WSUS 3.0, Virtual PC 2007, and Users Who Know Too Much

Posted in Uncategorized by Brian Russell on February 20, 2007

Windows Server Update Services 3.0 is out, and here is the step by step guide.

Virtual PC 2007 has been released.

Temp Files seem to be a problem these days.

Users Who Know Too Much – All in how you look at it…

WikiPatterns – dunno, looked interesting to me, I will scan it later.

YouTube .NET API – to allow you to make weird video type applications????

Free Subversion Hosting

Posted in Programming by Brian Russell on February 19, 2007

I am trying to find a place to host my source code since my web host (webhost4life) doesn’t currently support source control.  My preference is to use Subversion, and since I am already paying for a web host, it should be cheap and/or free.

I found two contenders so far: – This one is interesting.  If you like the idea that your source code is open source and that people will pay you money to add features, then this is your place.  I wanted a private repository, so this isn’t going to work for me. – Messages, Milestones, Tickets (features, bugs) and Source Control for free.  The catch is the free account is 15 MB and only 1 user.  This isn’t bad if you don’t have much source code to host and their is only one person on your team (you).  For $9 more a month, you step up to 3 users and 250 MB of space.  I am not sure that is worth it.  The good news is that if you try it out and don’t like it, you can download all your stuff easily (thank you 37 Signals for cluing websites into this).

I will continue to look, but it looks like I will try out Unfuddle for now.

Windows Vista Security Guide

Posted in Uncategorized by Brian Russell on February 15, 2007

Image Zoom on ASP.NET Page

Posted in Programming by Brian Russell on February 15, 2007

I thought this was pretty neat.  You can zoom an image in a ASP.NET page by using the MS AJAX framework.  This could prove useful in some situations.

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