April 2007 Entries

April Linkorama

Here's a quick roundup of some links that I found interesting or worth reading over the course of April, but didn't merit an individual posting. Version 3.0 of the Microsoft Enterprise Library has been released, and it's is a significant update (the first for over a year) to the library with 2 entirely new application blocks - the Validation Application Block and the Policy Injection Application Block. Fully compiled, strong named binaries are included if you don't want to change the provided functionality but source code is also there if you do. Explore The Web Server For Windows Vista And Beyond...

ReSharper 2.52 released

ReSharper 2.52 has been released. Although it's only a minor build, there's a nice long list of fixes as well as a change in their evaluation license model: Another maintenance release of ReSharper is here. The release includes a number of bug fixes and a new evaluation model which needs some explanation (but don’t worry, it will only make things easier for you as an evaluator!). Link: ReSharper 2.5.2 Released Link: Download ReSharper 2.52 Link: ReSharper 2.52 Release Notes Tags: ReSharper

Gmail, Super Clean style

Gmail Super Clean is a Greasemonkey script that applies a slick looking skin to Gmail. Out of the box it's pretty slick looking, but it also allows you to use a custom logo, as well as change the font and show/hide ads. While I've always liked Gmail's functionality, it's never looked too hot in the graphics department so this is a nice addition. Worth checking out if you're a user of Gmail & Firefox and aesthetics of your mail is important to you. Or if you're just looking to add more BETA logos in your day to day life...

Parser Error: "Ambiguous match found"

This is another one of those things which is useful to read about before it happens to you. Fortunately, if it does happen to you, people out there have already done the hard debugging miles in order to place the solution in Google's index. When this error appears there is very little supporting information to help with troubleshooting. The solution compiles, but generates the parser error when you try to run it. The likely solution is very simple. What you're looking for is a control in your aspx/ascx (and therefore in your .designer.cs file) which has the same name as a...

New Article posted

So far, the ideas for most of my articles have usually come after searching for something on google, and finding a lack of good or relevant material out there. This one is no different. Adding tooltips to GridView headers contains a couple of quick and easy methods (with downloadable code) to add tooltip text or help images to the header columns of a GridView.

Adding tooltips to GridView headers

Recently I had a need to add some simple tooltip text to a header of a Gridview. Nothing fancy, just a quick sentence explaining the column headers as they all contained abbreviated text. My searches all turned up overly complex dhtml samples, involving large chunks of JavaScript. These were all fine, but I was really after something a lot more simple than that. It's easy to achieve using some basic HTML with the GridView, so here it is for anyone who wants to do something similar. After the simple example, I'll show you how you can make things...

RegEx Performance Options

It's obviously not new, but the January 2006 edition of MSDN Magazine has some useful performance tips, particularly in the area of Regular Expressions. File this under the category of 'things I talk about here so I can refer to them myself later'. A few quick quote snippets: In the Regular Expression (Regex) space, there is the option to specify that a regular expression is compiled through use of the RegexOptions.Compiled setting. This switch hints at an underlying aspect of regular expressions in .NET: they have three modes. Interpreted Regexes have the...

Bitbox and Lightbox

I think of myself mostly as a Web Developer compared to a Web Designer. Basically what this means is that when I churn out a bad looking site I get to throw my arms up in the air and exclaim "I never claimed to be a designer, look on my desktop, do you see a Mac anywhere?" or words to that effect. However I do like to keep an eye on my designer cousins. I believe every developer needs to have a certain level of competency with their design skills in order to be competitive and versatile. I still work with...

Ultramon 3.0.0 now in beta 1

I've used Ultramon for a few years now and recently someone asked me what made it so special. At the time I really wasn't able to articulate my reasons for loving this software very well at all. The simple fact is that the Smart Taskbar kicks ass for a developer, especially for those among us who end up with a large number of open applications. Whatever you're doing, you're bound to be able to do it better with greater control over your monitors, which is exactly what Ultramon delivers. For me the smart taskbar was enough to convince me to...