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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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How to Override Cassini's Virtual Path in Visual Studio

On one of the email lists that I’m on, someone had posted a question about running a website using the root path “/” or a different virtual path than the project name that is populated by default. James Crowley pointed out a blog entry from Scott Guthrie where Scott walks through this process in 4 easy steps. To check it out, visit http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2006/12/19/tip-trick-how-to-run-a-root-site-with-the-local-web-server-using-vs-2005-sp1.aspx.

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Windows 7 at the PDC?

Sounds like Windows 7 might be previewed at the PDC. If not, significant details will surely be shared. No, I didn’t escape one of the Microsoft buildings with their business plan but rather came across the team’s new blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/. The first posts were yesterday (August 14th) and I’m sure more posts will be coming soon. Be sure to check it out!

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Known Issues with Service Pack 1 in ASP.NET 3.5

Scott Galloway from the Microsoft DevDiv team has posted a couple of known issues with Service Pack 1 in ASP.NET 3.5 on the ASP.NET forums at http://forums.asp.net/t/1305800.aspx. The issues he currently has on the post are:

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Use LINQ to XML to Generate Excel Documents

I was looking for a quick and easy solution to export data from SQL into an Excel format from within my ASP.NET application. I came across a great video posted by Beth Massi on the asp.net website (Video #7 at the bottom at http://www.asp.net/learn/linq-videos/). Beth steps through creating the LINQ to XML and how you can populate your Excel document. When I used this in an ASP.NET application, I added the XML declaration to the Response.Write so that Excel could understand the document. In ASP.NET, the XMLDocument type has a tendency to drop the XML declaration when writing out the document using .ToString.

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ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 (Formerly \"ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions\") Released

ASP.NET 3.5 Service Pack 1, which was formerly called the ASP.NET 3.5 extensions, has been released. The NetFX update was available as part of the SQL Server 2008 download available on Friday. Now it is available as a separate download. There are quite a few enhancements in 3.5 including Dynamic Data, the Entity Framework, the AJAX History control, better Silverlight support and more! Be sure to download it today at http://www.asp.net/downloads/3.5-sp1/.

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Known Postback Issue with AJAX Controls

I came across a postback issue while using the CascadingDropDown AJAX control. I had a web page with 3 DropDownList controls. The data for these controls was populated from the CascadingDropDown which would bind the data at runtime. The issue with this…

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Tip: Set the SelectedValue on a DropDownList that is populated by a CascadingDropDown

When using a DropDownList, you can set the selected item by using the SelectedIndex property. However, if your DropDownList is being populated by the CascadingDropDown control (from the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit), that doesn’t work. Instead, you must use the SelectedValue property on the CascadingDropDown control.

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Using the LINQ Keyword \"First\"

All day I was stumped on why there wasn’t a simple way to grab the first object in a sequence other than using:

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CodeStock coming August 9th to Knoxville

CodeStock is coming August 9th to Knoxville, Tennessee and you should see the speaker line-up! Jeff Prosise will present the opening keynote and Alan Stevens will mediate the open spaces. There’s a ton of great presenters that will be at CodeStock including…

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Getting Started with the AjaxDataControls in Visual Studio 2005

Sonu Kapoor just posted about getting started with the AjaxDataControls in Visual Studio 2005. The AjaxDataControls can be found on CodePlex at http://www.codeplex.com/AjaxDataControls/. Included in the controls are a JavaScript version of the Repeater, DataList, and DataGrid. If you’d like to have AJAX functionality over your data with minimal coding, I’d definitely check this out.

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