Archives / 2004 / March
  • Mappoint Web Service Fee Offer for MSDN Universal

    Microsoft is apparently starting to get more agressive with their MapPoint web service - they have a special running for MSDN users...

    About time the offers start to get better - this is an area that MS could open up the pricing and allow more users to use it on a smaller scale to promote the adoption of true web service based services.

    Are others having luck getting their customers to use mappoint ? Do you find your customers balk at the need to purchase so many transactions up front prior to seeing how much it is used? 


  • Whidbey & ClientScriptManager

    Looks like Whidbey will do away with the RegisterClientScript and RegisterStartupScript to send out client side javascript in favor of using the new property ClientScript. 

    It would be nice if in the new functions we could add the Render Priority of the Script so we can control that one emits before another.



  • Mission Enum Possible


    I’m sure you have all been there – thinking “This must be possible” and then the search begins for the answer – you check Google, and all other known sources.    Then just seconds before you give up your quest – you find the answer!


    Last week I was determined to find a better way to look up the value of an Enum from a string value.  For example I have the following Enum


    public enum MyEnum


                MyValue1 = 1,

                MyValue2 = 2,




    MyEnum eMyEnum;


    What I wanted to do is take a string containing “MyValue2” and assign it to eMyEnum.


    After searching Google, my inside c# book and a few other places I was convinced that reflection must have something to do with answer.  While you can retrieve info about the Enum setting the value from a string still was elusive.


    Finally just before I was about to give up I came across the Enum.Parse method.


    Using one line of code you can use Enum.Parse method to set the value of your Enum variable.




    eMyEnum = (MyEnum ) Enum.Parse(TypeOf(MyEnum),”Value2”);


    Ok let’s have a confession of how many case statements you could replace now that you know about Enum.Parse