Tip: In ASP.NET a MasterPage is not a Page but a Control

Tip: In ASP.NET a MasterPage is not a Page but a Control

MasterPages are not Pages, but Controls. If you didn’t know so already, read on, because it’s imperative to understand this difference between master pages and normal pages. Ever wondered why certain Page events are not available in a MasterPage? Here’s why. read article

Visual Studio 2010 roadmap: final release dates now known

Visual Studio 2010 roadmap: final release dates now known

Visual Studio 2010 is yet to become full beta 2, but employees already saw the preview and the final release date is announced. In a few days, it’ll finally hit the market. Be ready to download this cool new version packed with new features. A little article on an estimated roadmap until the final release date — read article

Beginners guide: install and configure Pinax on Windows

Beginners guide: install and configure Pinax on Windows

Let’s try something new, let’s try Pinax! That’s one of the very few rather mature CMS’s around that have been developed completely in Python, with the Django framework as its basis. This article talks the non-Pythoneer through the installation process step by step. It only takes a few minutes! — read article

All Syntax Highlighter 2.0 brushes collected, described and downloadable

All Syntax Highlighter 2.0 brushes collected, described and downloadable

Complete overview of all known available brushes for Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter (aka Google’s Code Highlighter), including syntaxes / brushes found anywhere on the internet, added here for ease of use and direct downloading of each and every brush. Includes brushes-wishlist and is regularly updated — read article

Understanding CDATA in XML

Understanding CDATA in XML

CDATA sections in XML are often misunderstood. Programmers get the wrong advice, or they hear that strings should go in CDATA sections because they contain Unicode or non-ASCII characters. All nonsense, CDATA is only a convenience in writing and everything written in CDATA can be written without CDATA — read article

Comparison Chart of Online Regular Expression Testers, overviews and reviews

Comparison Chart of Online Regular Expression Testers, overviews and reviews

Online regular expression testers, information, programs and tools can help a great deal in finding the right regex for a given task. Unfortunately it can be daunting to find the right one. How do you know whether a free online regexp tool is javascript, or what server side language or flavor was used? Perl-style regexes, or old-school sed/awk? This article summarizes all known online regex tools and their abilities and is updated regularly — read article

Overview of type suffixes in C# and VB.Net

Overview of type suffixes in C# and VB.Net

Remembering type suffixes if your daily job is working with VB.NET or C#.NET is not easy. D can stand for Decimal in VB and for Double in C#. A C is not for Currency but for Char and M is not Million but Decimal in C#. Still with me? An overview of all these unintuitive type suffixes along with prefixes and plain text modifiers is provided here for convenience. In addition, an explanation of the secrets, lies and bugs these suffixes can introduce — read article

Tip: Force UTF8 or other encoding for XmlWriter with StringBuilder

Tip: Force UTF8 or other encoding for XmlWriter with StringBuilder

When you use an XmlWriter or XmlTextWriter and the output target is StringBuilder or StringWriter then it is not possible to set the encoding to anything else then UTF-16. This tip explains why this is designed this way by Microsoft and offers you a way around this all-too restrictive behavior of the XmlWriter, to allow — read article

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