September 2008 Entries

Tweaking machine.config for production deployments

Tweaking .NET Machine.Config For Production Deployments is a useful summary post for anyone deploying ASP.NET applications to production who wants to do a bit of performance tweaking to IIS without spending too much time on it. Tags: IIS

Live Writer's latest release doesn't support 64bit XP, again..

I'm getting a little frustrated by Windows Live Writer's seemingly on again off again support for 64 bit operating systems (and I'm talking 64 bit XP here, not sure whether 64bit Vista support is still patchy or not). This latest beta release once again doesn't support XP 64, whereas this previous one does. I'd be happy enough running the older version, but it seems to have a weird error where posting to Subtext gives me "Illegal Characters Found" when I post, even though the post makes it up onto the site without problems. Live Writer is such a great tool,...

jQuery and Microsoft

A while ago I did a bit of exploring into jQuery. I really liked what I saw, and was trying to decide whether to invest a bit of time into knowing it better - but with so many JavaScript frameworks and libraries out there it's hard to know which ones are worthy of attention. It looks like Microsoft and jQuery have made that decision a lot easier, with this announcement from Scott Guthrie: I'm excited today to announce that Microsoft will be shipping jQuery with Visual Studio going forward.  We will distribute the jQuery JavaScript library as-is, and will not be...

…and while I'm here

At the computer on a Saturday night, waiting for the game to start, there's only one thing left to say – Go the Warriors. That is all.

The leaving of Xtra's interleaving

A friend pointed out to me last week that Xtra have finally turned off interleaving for customers. The result is a rather noticable drop in ping times to New Zealand sites, as one would expect. However I'm curious to know why they chose to do it, and why they didn't make a bit more noise about it – or am I the only one of their customers who was at all interested? Tags: NZ

Silverlight 2 Release Candidate Now Available

As the title says, the just announced RC version of Silverlight brings the final release of Silverlight 2.0 one step closer. The RC release looks packed full of fixes, and unfortunately also contains a few breaking changes. It's one of the hazards of writing code against a beta product, and something I knew would need fixing one day – and it looks like that day might have to be tomorrow! Link: Scott Guthrie - Silverlight 2 Release Candidate Now Available Tags: Silverlight

Rich Text Editor Recommendations

I've worked with a fair few web based rich text editor controls over the past few years, and I really haven't picked an absolute favorite yet. I need to pick one shortly for a current project and would welcome some recommendations or comments around past experiences. All I'm after is a basic WYSIWYG editor for small chunks of HTML which is simple enough for use by users who aren't overly technical. So far I've used: CuteEditor (commercial, and over the top for my requirements), FCKEditor (free, but over the top again), and the yui rich text editor (which...


I came across XmlUnit quite by accident the other night, when it was mentioned as a way to programmatically validate and correct HTML. It's actual intended use is to enable unit testing against XML, which is potentially useful too, but right now it's HTML sanity checking that I have a need for. Unfortunately it seems this is something that's only currently available in XmlUnit for Java, and not in it's .NET counterpart. I've actually seen a JavaScript attempt at something similar and it wasn't pretty, so to the good folks working on this project, please know that you've got...

DNN Inter-Module Communication

If you're working with DotNetNuke, then you're probably writing modules. If you're writing modules, then the chances are that at some point you're going to want them to communicate with each other in some way. Apparently this is one of those subjects which has a bit of confusing coverage out there, however the good news is that if you know where to look it's incredibly easy. DotNetNuke Inter-Module Communication or: How Your Modules Can Get Their Chat On contains all you'll need to know to implement inter module communication in C# or VB. Nice.

Farewell winter..

With winter gone, we can look forward to more spectacular mornings like this:   Tags: NZ

The tumbleweed post

It's been quite some time since I've written anything substantial here, over a month in fact. It's not a good look, and ironically it's been due to the things that I've wanted to write about that I've ended up posting nothing. Just because nothing has been posted, doesn't mean I don't have a load of draft posts in the works! Unfortunately some of them have ended up growing a little bit long, and so finishing them off has required more spare time than I've had available in one go. Such is life, but I'm hoping to pick up the...

The weekend's rugby

The weekend was a great one for New Zealand Rugby Union and Rugby League, however not so great for a certain rugby commentator who managed to have another shocker. Once again Sivivatu was confused for Rokocoko, which is almost becoming a regular feature of Nisbett's commentary. This match also saw Rodney So'oialo mixed up for Ma'a Nonu – which is only excusable if you're watching on a black and white TV, as well as getting Jerome Kaino mixed up with Mils Muliaina, and finally Cowan mixed up with Carter. Really, it can't be that hard, can it? ...