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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 SpreadsheetML in PHP, that I completely forgot to write something on OpenXML and C# on my blog. Luckily, Joris did now: Generating Office 2007 documents in C#. Now learn some PHP too, Joris, I can use a hand on PHPExcel [:P] Here are some additional links to get you started: OpenXML... Read more »

PackageExplorer, not only great for OpenXML…

The last few days, I've been working with Wouter to discuss some new features and ideas for his PackageExplorer. PE is an editor for OpenXML packages, enabling you to view the contents and relations of different parts in a package, to validate XML against OpenXML schemes, ... One of the cool things we discussed was ... 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 »

PHP zip:// and parse_url…

After having a few months of problems using PHP and fopen('zip://something.xlsx#xl/worksheets/sheet1.xml', 'r'), I finally found the reason of that exact line of code giving errors on some PC's... Assuming this uses a call to parse_url under the hood, I tried parsing this, resulting in the follo... Read more »

My job?

Seems that, according to this Wikipedia entry, I work at Microsoft: To clarify this: I do not work at Microsoft, but at Dolmen, one of the top Belgian IT firms. I do work with Microsoft technology and tend to promote their technology too, but no job at Microsoft.(Thank you Wouter for showing me this) This... Read more »

NHibernate 1.2.0 - Unexpected row count: 0; expected: 1

Great... I've been working with NHibernate and MySQL for a while now, without having any strange problems. For a project I'm working on, I'm using SqlClient instead of MySQL now, and strangeness occurs. When I try to Flush() a NHibernate session, here's what is thrown: Unexpected row count: 0; exp... Read more »