Amazing flash movie! Great flash movie explaining dimensions 4 (time), 5, 6 all the way uptil 10. And why they stop after 10! I’ve never come across a clearer explanation ever and the great visualization does the trick.

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http://[GAIM…​] I hate running 3 different chat clients (yahoo, msn, gtalk) on my machine - and that’s just 3x memory, startup programs and useless adversting too many. And I hate msn and yahoo’s advertising that’s built into their clients…​esp on MSN which insists on opening a mini page on login…​ Use GAIM - and do yourself a favour. Of course that’s if you don’t need the very specialized features :)).

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I’m on a high. I’ve been stuck with this problem of trying to understand a HUGE xslt that operates on an even bigger XML. I sorely needed something that will let me trace through the xslt execution to understand the flow. Tried a couple of IDEs - Stylus Studio (free edition) and Marrowsoft XSelerator. Stylus studio did a graceful exit, Xselerator went purple in the face and died a gruesome death :-(

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I’m on a high. I’ve been stuck with this problem of trying to understand a HUGE xslt that operates on an even bigger XML. I sorely needed something that will let me trace through the xslt execution to understand the flow. Tried a couple of IDEs - Stylus Studio (free edition) and Marrowsoft XSelerator. Stylus studio did a graceful exit, Xselerator went purple in the face and died a gruesome death :-(

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I love the premise of Test Driven Development - I’ve even used it a few times in the line of duty ;-) (I do have to admit, I’ve been naughty and left out the step of ├é┬áseeing the test case fail a few times )…​Anyway, I end up working on web applications more often than not and while you can use TDD for your class libraries, a web app is a totally different animal.

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For the most part, I find ASP.NET far more easier to use than Java. But the ONE BIG THING where I’ve found ASP.NET sorely lacking is in the support for page templates. Page templates, if you need to brush up, allow you to define common layout and contents for a web site. Furthermore, once defined, its easy to change the layout and or move your default items around the place.

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The ASP.NET validation summary is great for displaying all the errors in the page. It would be nice though to be able to use a validation summary to display errors that occur on the server side. A typical scenario is when you have a page that does a search and then displays the results of the search. For the case where no results are found, it would be nice to be able to display the results in our custom validation summary control.

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Been tinkering with getting a nice paging algorithm out. To get a basic hang of the problem, do take a look at * Many ASP developers create their own search engines that return back the results to the web browser one page at a time * Do take a look at the second query given. I’ve modified it a little bit so that you can sort by a given field and removed a bit of the cruft (the au_lname like '%A%' bit).

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Have been pulling my hair out trying to make commandbar buttons go in VB Addins for Office 2000. There are a couple of gotchas here Any references to buttons that you’ve added are not valid by the time you get to the disconnection method. There’s a MSDN KB article on this and the workaround is to use FindControl to get a new reference to the button. The above technique works for Powerpoint and Excel.

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I finally got a broadband connection from BSNL last week. T’was heady stuff for the first few days - was getting 40 Kbytes/sec downloads - which translates to around 320 Kbps - more than the advertised 256Kbps. And then it all had to come down eventually!!! For the past two days, the downloads are going at 3 Kbytes/sec…​ So today I called their help desk and as expected, got no real help other than getting a complaint registered.

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