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Book Review: "Ajax in Action"
Let me first preface this review by saying this is the first technical book that I've read cover to cover TWICE prior to posting a review. I had to make sure the stuff stuck, because the material covered in Manning's very excellent "Ajax in Action" is...
Accessing Word documents programmatically with an ASP.NET web form
I'm trying to incorporate a new feature into my company's CMS that doesn't require population of form fields in a web page. Basically, the system will read a DOC/RTF file from a directory and programmatically extract data to be inserted into a database...
Posted: Oct 09 2005, 07:06 PM by guam-aspdev | with no comments
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The personal portal battle: Google's personalized homepage vs. Start.com
I've been objectively playing with and testing the personalizable portal concepts from Google and Microsoft a lot over the last week, and I'm not alone ( Ben Askins , Eric Hammersley , and Adrian Sutton have a few of the better blogged tests). I've been...
CommunityWalk: cool new integrated-mapping-mash-up-service-thingy
I discovered and have been heavily messing around with CommunityWalk , a very slick web-based mapping service, which allows for all sorts of app mashups, including adding Flickr image galleries to locales. It's got a pretty sizable amount of submissions...
Using .NET's Cache API defensively to guard against web service downtime
I ran into a problem recently with information I'm importing into a large site I run from a remote provider via XML. The source unfortunately ran into some downtime, causing a user control on which I display the data to timeout, and therefore breaking...
Posted: Sep 29 2005, 10:28 AM by guam-aspdev | with no comments
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Generating maps dynamically with Google Maps and ASP.NET 1.x
I spent part of the weekend tapping the Google Maps API , developing a custom ASP.NET 1.x app that pinpoints some of the more memorable locations during my brief residency in Seattle ( see my sample here ). Bill Pierce created a .NET custom server control...
Neat little CSV with US/territorial zip & area codes
Bill Bercik has a nice little Ajax programming tutorial in PHP for dynamically displaying city names and area codes after a user specifices a zip code. The key component of the downloadable source code is a CSV that contains nearly 42,800 zip codes and...
Manning publishes "what is Ajax?" screencast
I got an e-mail from Manning Publications about a "screencast" (I'm not sure exactly what that is, but I'm guessing a series of screenshots set against narrated audio) for a "What is Ajax?" presentation. It's 4 minutes long, so it'll be a nice break while...
Having multiple tabbed start pages in Firefox
One thing that I love about using Firefox is being able to set an array of pipe-separated URLs to be used as independent start pages upon startup, via that browser's multi-tabbed UI. I'm the type of guy that prefers using web-based apps, so I typically...
How bad would you be willing to change your development skill set to get a good job?
When considering a job in software development at a new company, one of the first things I look for is what platform the company uses. Oftentimes this is THE deciding factor in whether I'll pursue the job or not (and vice-versa). I don't do anything in...
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