September 2009 - Posts

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DropDownList Lookups Failing Due to SQL Char DataType by Ken Cox [MVP]

Here’s today’s episode of “Losing Time on Something Dumb”… In my ASP.NET 3.5 project (using Telerik’s AJAX controls) I filled a RadComboBox with Items and needed to set the selected item to the current value of the object (I’m using Entity Framework)...
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WebsiteSpark – Free Software? Not Exactly by Ken Cox [MVP]

Microsoft has an interesting new initiative called WebsiteSpark that features a 7,122-word legal agreement . The attraction of the programme for small web development and design companies is obvious, starting with free licenses for development and hosting...
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Publishers Prepare for Year End .NET 4.0 Release by Ken Cox [MVP]

While Microsoft is coy about product release plans (“When it’s ready” is a common evasive answer to the question), book publishers frequently reveal their (and Microsoft’s) plans online. If you’re curious about when software like .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio...
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Fixing the System.Data.UpdateException – DefiningQuery and no <InsertFunction> Error by Ken Cox [MVP]

Here’s another in my never-ending series of fixes for dumb mistakes. In this episode we lose time with an Entity Framework error. Here’s the error message: System.Data.UpdateException was unhandled by user code Message="Unable to update the EntitySet...
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Generating PDFs in ASP.NET Pages – PDF Duo .Net by Ken Cox [MVP]

In my current contract, I need to generate database-driven PDFs on the fly. I’ve done the first prototypes with my copy of Aspose.Pdf for .NET *. It’s an enterprise-ready, robust, and extremely functional component with a rich API, XML content input,...
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