December 2006 Blog Posts
I recently was experiencing this error on our uat server. The problem was magnified by the fact it wasn't consistent. The testers would report back to me the problem but couldn't get any rhyme or reason of why it occurred. What I found was that I had published this web site with the “allow this precompiled site to be updatable” checkbox checked to the development platform. When it was copied from the Development to User-Acceptance-Testing environment it produced these inconsistent errors. Unchecking this box seemed to alleviate this problem.
Have you ever wanted your website to be mult-lingual? English, French, Chinese or some other language?
I caught this tutorial video over on Microsoft's site regarding localization for ASP.NET 2.0 and VS 2005. Building in multi-cultural capabilities has gotten a lot easier. You can make web sites that are truly global now without much effort.
A Tour Of Localization
Rob Conery spoke at Microsoft Mix06 on Powering E-Commerce with PayPal ...
There's a good webcast related to best practices on using the PayPal Sandbox and Live WSDL Reference. You can find it at the following website:
Here's another reference to help you get a leg up on an ecommerce starter kit ...
Find out how to pay cash for your new cars (in the future) and retire wealthy. In Dave Ramsey's new video Drive Free, Retire Rich it's all laid out in easy-to-understand terms. It's all about delayed gratification and using your resources in a smart way.
This is a boon for InfoPath developers out there! I caught this over at Jan Tielens' blog. It's concerning the use of newly introduced Universal Data Connection (UDC) files. In previous postings I ranted about the lack of (or pain of) accomodations for distributed solutions in InfoPath. I found myself creating data sources in development that were difficult to change when migrating to Testing or Production environments. Jan does a swell job of explaining this new approach. He also throws in some upgrade and migration tips.
External Data & InfoPath: Server Upgrade and Migration Tool
In order to pass parameters to a snapshot report in Reporting Services 2005 via WSDL you must create a linked report first. You can control the history a linked report keeps as well. Here's a code snippet I used recently to accomplish this...
''' Handles Creation Of Linked Reports in Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services 2005
''' required parameters:
''' rs - reporting services web reference
''' reportname - name of linked report
''' rp - report path
''' rplr - report link path
Private Sub CreateLinkedReport(ByRef rs As ReportingService2005, ByVal reportname As String, ByVal rp As String, ByVal rplr As String)
Dim prop As New [Property]()
prop.Name = "Description"
Tonight on NPR All Songs Considered, Ray LaMontagne will be Live. If you didn't catch my postings last year (here and here) on this artist - he's an incredible listen. Listen tonight or catch the archive.
Live - http://www.npr.org/programs/asc/index.html
NPR blurb - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6599923
“Singer, songwriter and guitarist Ray LaMontagne makes mellow, sometimes dark, poetry songs that are part folk, part soul, with warmly textured atmospherics. His latest CD, Til the Sun Turns Black is a collection of melancholy tales LaMontagne says "ate away" at him until they were recorded.“
“Unlike a lot of artists, LaMontagne did not grow up in a musical family. He...
Scott Mitchell put together an excellent article on Creating Data Access Layers in ASP.Net 2.0. It is a very solid, easy to follow and in-depth walk-through of how to make it all happen.
Check it out over at Create a Data Access Layer in ASP.Net 2.0
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