Archives / 2004 / September
  • Complex DataBinding with Date Formats in .NET 1.1

    Did you know that you can do some pretty complex things with .NET's late binding in ASP.NET 1.X? I had a problem where I needed to be able to kick out dates in a specific format. I didn't want to use a helper method, which involves compiled code, so I found a solution.

  • Help The Hurricane Victims

    All I can say is, I'm really glad that I don't live in Florida. But the people that do live there need your help. I can't even imagine what it would be like to live through four hurricanes within the same six weeks. The shelters are packed, and people need food and supplies. So please be as generous as you can, the holidays are coming soon. Click the links below to donate.

  • Tell MS To Put a Standard Icon Package in VS2005

    Microsoft hasn't updated their icon redistributables since VB4. There is a suggestion in the MSDN Product Feedback Center for Microsoft to add the Office 2003 / VS2005 icons to the installer, so that people can build standardized GUIs. Since Microsoft bases their priorities on votes, you can help us put it on Microsoft's radar by voting for it. It would be really nice of that made it into the RTM version.

  • Phoenix Geek Dinner

    Hey all you victims of the "dry heat". I've started a "Nerd Dinner" blog for Phoenixites over at Jim Blizzard's I want to set up dinners for once a month, starting sometime in mid-October. I'm open to suggestions on day of the week and venue... right now I'm thinking Thursday nights at Arizona Mills Mall.

  • OT: Want To Win $100,000?

    I know you do. Jim and James, those enterprising guys that brought you, are running It's a twist on the old fashioned "get-out-the-vote" drive. It's pretty much a bribe to get voters registered, but hey, whatever works. You gotta love democracy. At any rate, it's for US Citizens only, and you have to be a registered voter of any party. If you're not registered, they provide links to do it electronically. There are only 47 days until the election, and you have to be registered soon. So what are you waiting for? Get started here, and we both could win $100,000.

  • Programmatically Loading TemplatedControl Templates

    One of the tricks I learned a while back was that, when using any kind of templated server control, you can put the template definition in a user control, and load it programmatically using Page.LoadControl(controlLocation). This is particularly useful in large web applications, where you may use the same template over and over again. This way, if you make a change to one, it gets propagated to all instances.

  • ComponentArt Releases Web.UI 2.0

    In all the hubub of late, I forgot to give mention to the fact that ComponentArt has released Web.UI 2.0, their new component suite. I've been working with this version for almost 6 weeks now, and I have to say that these guys really know how to do things right. Their stuff just keeps getting better all the time. They've completely re-written ASPnetMenu, which is now Menu 2.0 for ASP.NET, and it's really a pleasure to program against. The really awesome thing about it is, now you can nest User Controls as menu elements. It's wild some of the things you can accomplish now.

  • Changes On This Site

    Scott pushed new changes to sometime earlier this week. I hate very strongly dislike them. I don't hate them because the posts are shorter. I don't hate them because they make you click through to the posts. I hate very strongly dislike them for 3 reasons: