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Enlisting an ADO.NET command in an NHibernate transaction

For everyone who has read my article on NHibernate, here's a story for you... When building an application, everyone comes to a point where one needs to batch-update records in a database table, based on one or more criteria. Let's say, for example, there's a table "User" containing an activ... Read more »

Commandline FTP folder download

A quick annoyed post... I just spent two hours searching the Internet for a means on how to recursively download a complete FTP folder, command-line, and in a simple way. Oh yeah, and preferably freeware. The solutions I found were not what I expected: a $50 software product providing a GUI (I said command-l... Read more »

My blog has just moved…

Just finished painting, unpacked some boxes, and here we are: a new home! The people from (shameless commercial plug in my blog) provided me my own ASP.NET server, which is now serving this page/RSS feed to you! A new home also means new URL's... I did my best forwarding all old URL's to this ne... Read more »


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OpenXML news overview

A lot of news around OpenXML these days, so I decided to bundle some things into one big blog post. 1. Microsoft released a Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats In .NET 3.0, there's the System.IO.Packaging API, which allows programmatic access to OpenXML packages (amongst them Office2007 files).Since this API is quit... Read more »

A small TFS linkdump…

Some new TFS links I found: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide Work Item Creator This is an imported post. It was imported from my old blog using an automated tool and may contain formatting errors and/or broken ... Read more »

New PHPExcel release: 1.3.0

The new version of PHPExcel has just been released, bringing 1.3.0 to the public. New features include formula calculation, inserting and removing columns/rows, auto-sizing columns, freezing panes, ... One of the new features in PHPExcel is formula calculation. Just like Excel or any other spreadsheet application... Read more »

Excel Formula Parsing using PHP?

One of the new (planned) features of PHPExcel is to implement parsing and calculating Excel formulas. One thing every developer should do is not to try to reinvent the wheel. Therefore, a Google search learned me someone wrote a Excel expression parser in JavaScript, which parses an expression into a tree. Parsing ... Read more »

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 »