Tweak the XP Search Option

September 1, 2006

I find using Visual Studio’s “Search in Files” option more reliable than using the XP Search option.  This may be why:
“…soon discovered that the standard XP search option will only search files that are registered as being text files. All other files are simply ignored when you try to search for text in a file.

Fortunately, I also found the solution to my problem. The registry contains a setting which you can use to override this standard behavior.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Changing the setting to the above value will search all files for the text you enter. You can of course use RegEdit to do this, or download this registry patch to change this setting.

More registry tweaks can be found here.”
[via Jan’s post]


Software Develoment Team Culture

September 1, 2006

Jan’s take on the art of software development

  1. Develop and maintain a library of common code.
  2. Agree to coding standards. Be flexible, but everthing being equal, try to make all code be as unified as possible.
    1. Avoid tricky code
    2. Keep methods small
    3. Always use descriptive names
    4. No constant values. Use enums or named constants
    5. If it’s not self-evident, comment it.
    6. Hold inspections. Makes developers accountable for their code (following standards), catches bugs, catches opportuntities for code-reuse, teaches other developers.
      1. Coding Standards
      2. Refactoring
      3. Code reuse (is a common function available, can code be added as new common function?
      4. Exception cases. Is code defensive?
      5. Is code self-explanatory or does it need comments?

Vector Graphics in Browsers

April 17, 2006

SVG supported by Firefox
VML supported by Microsoft in IE 

<Canvas> for IE via VML
VML SVG and <Canvas>
VML and SVG Compared

Gary Beene's VML Information Center 

Advice to Beginners: 

Your intended audience is the key, deciding factor in this decision. If you're a corporate programmer and your company standard browser is MSIE, then just use VML and don't look back.

Ed is moving up!

April 11, 2006

Changes instore for Lonestar

Working with IIS

January 24, 2006

If IIS is installed after .NET is installed, you need to register ASP.NET so that it is mapped to the ASPX and other file extensions.

You can do this by running %systemroot%\\Framework\(version)\asp_regiis.exe -i

RSS Security

December 22, 2005

Greg explains the issue, or non-issue, regarding RSS security.

Keep in mind an RSS feed is data (XML data, rather than HTML data) that is being requested from a website so an “RSS Feed” and the mechanisms to secure it are no different than the mechanisms to secure ANY webpage. That’s basically what Greg’s article explains.