Author Archives: -tomas

Lucene, SOLR, Hadoop and Pig

The next few weeks and months will have me working with new technology from Apache: SOLR, HADOOP, and Pig. Read how I got myself in this mess, and how I hope to get out of it. Continue reading

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CSS @import : Pseudo Inheritance

It turns out that there is “pseudo inheritance” (my term) possible in CSS. Here’s a quick-n-dirty. Continue reading

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Getting hierarchical (nested) data from DataSets

The other day I was struggling with generating XML data from a database I was working with. After talking with a co-worker, he mentioned using Transact-SQL and the “For XML Explicit” options related to a query. So I looked at how to accomplish this task using the .NET Framework. Continue reading

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A JavascriptSerializer twist

I had some trouble parsing some JSON text using JavascriptSerializer class. Here is some code that I used to parse the troublesome text. Continue reading

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Compiling C# Code from the Command Line (Updated)

Compiling C# Code from the command line is a useful skill. CSC.EXE and MSBUILD.EXE are two tools which professional developers should know how to use. Here’s how/why I recently had to dust off my skills in these areas. Continue reading

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Olympics For Sale !!

NBC Olympics requires a cable subscription in order to view online content. I don’t have a cable subscription and neither do millions of people. So NBC has decided that those of us in this situation do not need to view the Olympics. This isn’t right, but (for now) there’s not a lot we can do. Continue reading

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Yet Another Change (or how Microsoft CRM got the better of me)

For the last three months, I’d been doing some Microsoft Dynamics CRM administrating. If you read my previous post, you’ll see that I was not enjoying things. Well, Microsoft Dynamics CRM has won the battle of wills. I have decided … Continue reading

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Why I hate Microsoft CRM

As you may have read in my other post Too Many Changes I recently got a new job. In this new job, I will be the Administrator of an installation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Manager). The Microsoft CRM … Continue reading

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Too many changes

For the last three years, I’d been working in Roseville, California. Nothing too unusual there, except for the fact that I’d been living in Fresno; about three hours away by car. In fact, although I’d been living in Fresno for … Continue reading

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New Year, New Problems

Happy New Year! I finished the year with some big changes. After living for over twenty years at our last location, we’ve moved to a new part of our home state. There are several reasons, but mostly, we’re moving to … Continue reading

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