January 2004 - Posts

Trackback Handler

What's Trackback/Pingback? How do you know who's reading your blog? What's the magic behind this secret mechanism whenever we post a blog (no matter in .Text, DasBlog, MT...)?

I asked this kind of newbie question like the definition of Trackback to ScottW when I firstly implement .TEXT in about 6 months ago, and he is so kind and share a tutorial with me at that time.

Now, Trackback/Pingback become a popular (must?) features in weblogging and Patrick wrote an article in writing a Trackback Handler (VB.NET) recently. :)

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FREE HTML Map Editor and Forums Colorizer

Carlos is the man who created a WebChart control, DB Diagram Add-in and many other controls for ASP.NET, specifically for ASP.NET Web Matrix. Today, he release 2 more FREE controls:


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Microsoft Axapta

Preparing for a ERP system of a client, I'm trying to search information and learn more about the Microsoft Axapta this evening:

Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta
(Let drop me a line if you have any comment / experience of Axapta).

At the same time, I found that there're 2 new articles on MSDN:

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*P to ASP.NET Migration Assistant Beta

The ASP.NET Team released two alpha migration assistants to speed up project migration from classic ASP and PHP to ASP.NET in October 2003, and there's a migration guide from JSP to ASP.NET published in December 2003 too. Well, they never stop... the code migration assistants are in BETA now.

FYI: http://www.ASP.NET/MigrationAssistants

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Fighting With Spam Comment

Recalling a blog posted in about 2 days ago, I hate spam... I received tons of spam mails everyday and saw tons of spamming messages in different online communities/discussion forums, included “blogging site”.

I receive a couple of comment spams from here per week, well, I know it's undesirable but I adapt it. It's a known issue that most of the spam messages are posted to my old blog entries. Today, Oleg blogged that MovableType 2.661 released, which have a couple of cool features to fight against comment spam!

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Passing Data Across Web Pages - Obfuscate QueryString

The title of this entry is a FAQ in any ASP.NET Disucssion, as all of us have to face the problem of “stateless” in Web environment. Passing data through QueryString is not anything new, but I just read an article about “Obfuscate your ASP.NET Query Strings” from TheServerSide.NET

This article is written by Tim on .NETJunkies originally, and I just reply to a thread on the Forum in this subject today (well, this question appear on the Forum several times a day)

While one of the point worth noting is the comment on TheServerSide.NET:

Absolutely; there are always limitations in any security technology, even everybody's favorite, SSL, and that's why I chose to title the news item using the word "obfuscation" rather than "encryption".

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Microsoft Newsgroup Spammed

I spend HUGE amount of (both office and personal) time in various online communities, e.g. ASP.NET Forum, AspAdvice, WindowsForms Forum, my .NET User Group...etcetc. I enjoy the community life and browsing different types of forum, blog and other resource sites.

Today, I went to my local Microsoft MSDN Newsgroup suddenly (Well, I didn't visit it for some time due to some reason - keep reading)

What I can say is: “ah.. WTH... The problem still exist.. I mean, "SPAMMING" is all around!“

This problem maybe occur in my country only, as I can still see technical discussion in other countries, but will you spend time to (re)visit the MSDN Newsgroup if you're living here and see this screen:

Nothing (technical / .NET-related) but spam only?

I don't want to discuss the need and importance of "Moderation" mechanism in discussion groups, but PLEASE drop me a line if you know who monitor or maintain the Microsoft newsgroup, especially in the Microsoft Asia Pacific region! 

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Monodoc 0.9 released

Regarding the blog by Jesse about the Mono 1.0 release yesterday, I just received an email announcing the release of Monodoc 0.9 from Miguel today.

When talking about Mono, I met Duncan, one of the Mono developer, in my local .NET User Group monthly gathering 2 weeks ago. It's a great moment to meet him in Hong Kong, but he have to fly to Boston immediately so he can't deliver a presentation to my user group members...

Well, the meetup is cool and we didn't do any marketing job. That is, he didn't promote Mono and I didn't (little?) mention .NET throughout the session. Anyway, we have fun and a common topic to chat: our experience and deficient when coding in Java :)

Here are some references of the Mono project:

Home, Forum, MailingList#1 and MailingList#2

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Office System 2003 On the Web

Come across the web site of “SmartLibrary“ today...

It's nifty! It just like porting the Office 2003 to the Web, and it also modularized into several “web parts” (I believe the functionality is different from the Web Part framework in ASP.NET 2.0 though).

You can toggle a menu “onMouseOver” per blog entry. :)

The current and upcoming SmartLibrary controls can be downloaded at here and here.

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Is Messenger that dangerous... for employer/employee?

Johan blogged about the “security” and “danger” of using Messenger in his working place, well, which recalling me that a blogger friend of mine wrote about the “privacy” of using Messenger - No Privacy!

MSN sniffer is a handy network utility to capture MSN chat on network. It records MSN conversations automatically. All intercepted messages can be saved as HTML files for later processing and analyzing.

It is very easy to make it to work. Just run the MSN sniffer on any computer on your network, and start to capture. It will record any conversation from any PC on the network. No additional program installation is needed on the monitoring target computers. Everything will be recorded without being detected. It is especially useful for administrators or parents, who need to monitor what their employees or kids are talking about with others.

That mean, even you can install Messenger and no port restriction in your working place, another potential danger migh be.. your boss and the conversation archive... :S

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