Updating App.Config on-the-fly

Like most .NET developers, I use an application configuration file to store information that will be needed by my application at run-time. But what happens if you want to change the values that your application is using while the application is running? Fear not: there is a solution!

Google Mapping API – Markers, Polygons, Points, Oh My!

If you’ve gone through my site, you probably know that I work as a contractor a good part of the time. Because of that I’m exposed to a lot of different technology / libraries. The most recent library has been Google Mapping API. I’ve learned about Markers, Polygons, Points and had the chance to play with some Javascript again. Good times.

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.

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.

Javascriptserializer and .NET – Why the sudden interest?

A while back, I put up a page on my first introduction to the Javascriptserializer class in the .NET library. Specifically, it dealt with how I used to to write a “hello world” application for Facebook. But in the last two weeks, that page has become the most popular page on my site. What happened?

Complete MySQL and iTextSharp Example

I present a small sample web application that illustrates how to use iTextSharp to create a PDF document using data derived from a MySQL datasource. Specific workarounds for GoDaddy hosting are implemented.

Compiling iTextSharp for use on GoDaddy

On this site, I have a page that discusses some of the problems that I encountered while getting a website up and running on GoDaddy servers. Specifically, I had to re-compile some open-source projects to allow them to work in an environment with Partially Trusted Callers. I have added some step-by-step instructions on how to Read More…

Microsoft Certifications

As you may know, I’ve been doing .NET programming since 2002. In all that time, I’ve never bothered to get one of those fancy Microsoft Certifications, such as a MCSD…. Until now