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MCTS for .NET framework 2.0 Web applications

Just like my colleague Kristof did last friday, I passed the Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 - Web-based Client Development (Exam 070-528) exam yesterday, resulting in a new certification title: I’m now offically a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for .NET framework 2.0 Web applications. This is an importe... Read more »

SendMailControl for ASP.NET

Have you ever used the ASP.NET PasswordRecovery control, or the CreateUserWizard? Probably, you used the mail capabilities of these controls too, and set up a MailDefinition to send an e-mail when the control did his job. Personally, I missed this functionality when wanting to send mails to users. Luckily, ASP.N... Read more »

Excel, OpenXML and PHP

Yay! My new article on Excel, OpenXML and PHP has just been released in php|architect! A copy-paste action from http://www.phparch.com/issue.php?mid=102: "A few months ago, Microsoft released Office 2007, a version of their office suite that generates open source documents. Here, Maarten Balliauw gives an overvi... Read more »

ASP.NET 2.0 Event Validation

Event Validation is a new feature in ASP.NET 2.0 which provides an additional level of checks on postback actions. It verifies whether a postback from a control on client-side is really from that control and not from a malicious person trying to break your application. Even if you forget to add security checks o... Read more »

Team Foundation Server tools linkdump

Currently, I'm playing around with TFS (Team Foundation Server), and here's just a quick linkdump of some TFS tools, mainly on CodePlex.  http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718351.aspx#cipphttp://www.codeplex.com/TFSAdminhttp://www.codeplex.com/automationhttp://www.codeplex.com/TFSCodeReviewFlowh... Read more »

Workaround for PHP file_exists on ZIP file contents

Recently, I was writing some PHP code, to check if a specific file existed in a ZIP file. PHP has this special feature called "stream wrappers", which basically is a system which enables PHP to do I/O operations on streams. A stream can be a file, a socket, a SSH connection, ... Each of these streams has its own wra... Read more »

Scalable Apps with Asynchronous Programming in ASP.NET

A while ago, I posted about the DevDays, and some interesting sessions I took. One of these sessions was "Scalable Apps with Asynchronous Programming in ASP.NET", by Jeff Prosise. Searching the Internet, I found that Jeff also published an article on this subject on MSDN, which can be found on the following URL: htt... Read more »

Developer & IT Pro days - Ghent - Day 2

Just got back from the second and last day at the DevDays. It's all more exhausting than I thought it would be. First of all: driving from Antwerp to Ghent and arrive there in time means to get up early. Second, a lot of information and understanding needs to be processed and absorbed. Today, I've attended a sessio... Read more »

Developer & IT Pro Days - Ghent - Day 1

Day one of the Belgium Developer & IT Pro days is finished. I've been attending some inspiring sessions. First of all, Jelle Druyts showed us a quick overview of the Guidance Automation Toolkit. Interesting, and usable in many situations as standard Visual Studio templates do not always fulfill all your needs. ... Read more »

Apache and IIS on same host, port 80, Windows XP

Yesterday, I decided to install an Apache web server on my development machine, next to IIS. Unfortunately, both use port 80, and I did not want to set one of the 2 servers to another port. Luckily, I remembered that IIS can be configured to only listen on one IP, and Apache on another. Easy: 2 IP addresses for my P... Read more »