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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 »

PackageExplorer, not only great for OpenXML…

The last few days, I've been working with <A class="" href="" target=_blank mce_href="">Wouter</A> to discuss some new features and ideas for his <A class="" href="" target=_blank mce_href="h... Read more »

Microsoft Tafiti just released

I'm sure you have already heared of SilverLight before, right? If not: it's Microsoft's answer to Adobe Flash, providing the same features + XAML-like markup + easier databinding + ... Now you're up to date: the Redmond people have just released a new site, Microsoft Tafiti, which is basically Live Search combined w... Read more »

TFS Team Build and ASP.NET websites

Here's one I'd really like to share with everyone trying to build ASP.NET websites using TFS Build. First of all, a little story about the project setup... A VS2005 solution was created a few weeks ago. This solution included some projects, namely ASP.NET website, Domain Layer class library, Business Layer class lib... Read more »

Open XML Developer workshop content

Over the last few months, Doug, Wouter, Brian and lots of other people delivered a series of OpenXML workshops around the globe. Those who were there, and those who weren't, can now download all content of these workshops from There are some interesting slideshows available for those of you who... Read more »