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ASP.NET load balancing and ASP.NET state server (aspnet_state)

At one of our clients, we used to have only one server for ASP.NET applications (including web services). Since this machine is actually business-critical and load is constantly growing, the need for a second machine is higher than ever. This morning I was asked to set up a simple demo of a load-balanced ASP.NET... Read more »

PHP and OpenXML - New API project

It's been a while since I posted something related to PHP and OpenXML, but I fixed that glitch in this blog post. Browsing CodePlex, I found a new PHP OpenXML project named OpenXML API. From what I can see, this project is just in the "Hello world" stage of creating Word documents in PHP, but not s... Read more »

Advanced ASP.NET caching events

Currently, I'm giving an ASP.NET classroom training at our company, which actually is quite good for me: I needed to refresh all ASP.NET concepts, as those all fade away slowly when you don't use them for a while... Now, one of those refreshed concepts is ASP.NET's caching. ASP.NET offers a flexible ... Read more »

OpenXML in Healthcare in PHP

Here's a cool present just before the weekend... 2 days ago, Wouter posted on his blog about an article he co-operated on for MSDN: OpenXML in Healthcare. Being both a Microsoft and PHP fan (yes, you can curse me, I don't care), I thought of porting (part of) the sample code from his article into PHP. Except for the... Read more »

Generic arrays in PHP

Assuming everyone knows what generics are, let's get down to business right away. PHP does not support generics or something similar, though it could be very useful in PHP development.  Luckily, using some standard OO-practises, a semi-generic array can easily be created, even in multiple ways! Here's the ... Read more »

Inheritance is evil!

Read this on Bernie's blog: "All of the pain caused by inheritance can be traced back to the fact that inheritance forces 'is-a' rather than 'has-a' relationships. If class R2Unit extends Droid, then a R2Unit is-a Droid. If class Jedi contains an instance variable of type Lightsabre, ... Read more »

Enabling HTTP proxy for .NET webservice client

Have you ever written code that makes external (Soap) webservice calls? Tried that same code on your company network? Most of the time, this does not work very well due to a proxy server sitting in between, requiring authentication etc. You can start tweaking your Web.config file to set this proxy the right way,... Read more »

Remove unnecessary HTTP modules from the ASP.NET pipeline

Trying to speed up some things in a demo ASP.NET application for a customer, I found a really simple and effective way to remove some HTTP modules from the ASP.NET pipeline. When you are not using WindowsAuthentication or PassportAuthentication or ..., you can easily disable those modules. This decreases ASP.NET bo... Read more »

Creating Office2007 documents in C#

I've been too busy implementing <A class="" href="" target=_blank mce_href="">SpreadsheetML</A> in PHP, that I completely forgot to write something on OpenXML and C# on my blog. Luckily, Joris did now: <A class="" href=" Read more »