Jason N. Gaylord
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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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API Libraries for Popular Web Applications

Scott Hanselman just posted a really good collection of the APIs for many popular web applications such as DIGG, Twitter, Live Services, etc. You can read Scott’s full posting by clicking here.

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Visual Studio's Birthday?

I just read a post from Steve Andrews about Visual Studio. Little did I know that Visual Studio 97 came out on March 19, 1997. So, technically, today is VS’s birthday. How cool is that? Steve even posted the original mission for VS 97. Funny how its very similar to today’s purpose.

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MIX 08 Sessions

I couldn’t make the MIX this year, but I can easily catch up on the content. You can too by visiting http://sessions.visitmix.com/.

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Websites that are Broken

IE8 Beta 1 now forces CSS 2.1 along with other web standards (includes some early HTML 5 stuff too!). I’m creating a list of websites that seem to be broken by the browser. Feel free to leave a comment if you come across other sites. Here’s what I found so far (notice that only part of the site may be broken and not necessarily all of the site):

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Books, Software for Sale

I’m in the process of doing some early spring cleaning and I’m really cleaning out my closets. I’ve got lots of books and software I’m going to begin listing on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/shops/index.html?ie=UTF8&sellerID=A3HIQ7PK69ITYM) and at eBay (http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZjasonngaylord). If you’re interested, feel free to ping me directly.

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Enumerating JavaScript Object Properties

I am building a few controls that use client-side script for reuse in the one web app I’m working on. I needed a way to enumerate the property names and values of an object in JavaScript so I knew which properties I had access to. Here’s a JavaScript method I put together to enumerate the properties of a CustomValidator object. I have the function name as the value of the ClientValidationFunction:

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Want an Enjoyable Programming Position?

United One Resources, a Wilkes-Barre based corporation, is looking for a Senior Application Developer or Application Architect to help fill a newly created position on the team. The position is reserved for a .NET developer looking to use the latest technologies. United One offers a competitive salary, benefits, and an enjoyable working environment.

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GoDaddy Denies My Using ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions

I have a domain that I was going to use for a little while as I attempt to sell my home. I registered it with GoDaddy knowing they have .NET support. However, I should have read a little further into the shared hosting specs. Apparently, GoDaddy only supports ASP.NET 1.1 and 2.0 and does not support any of the later frameworks. I sent them an email asking them if there was a box they could move me to that had 3.5 and they said no and that it’s “not something we are planning on implementing at this time.” Surely I’m confused. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to move it elsewhere. That turned me off of doing any business with GoDaddy in the future.

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Best Practice? - Google Redirects 404s

I just read a post a little while ago about the Google Toolbar (beta) redirecting web visitors away from your custom 404 and to a Google 404 page. Besides the issues mentioned on Seoker.com, I’d have a problem as a business owner. This would mean that my visitors and users would be redirected away from my site and could land on a competitors page if they use the Google search bar. So, as a small business owner, I may need to have a bottomless checkbook to ensure this doesn’t happen. As a developer, I’d be upset that Google would do this because I may purposely redirect the user to a correct page. For instance, I have an application right now that sends all 404s to a common HttpHandler. If the handler finds the page in a SQL table, it will redirect the user to the correct URL (ie: mysite.com/special might redirect to mysite.com/products/producta.aspx). I just feel that Google, who complains often that Microsoft forces users to use the Microsoft way, is contradicting itself.

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How To: Validate HTML Email Content For Outlook 2007

Quite often, we send out automated emails from our .NET applications. Usually they are for our own internal users, but from time to time, they are for external users. Outlook 2007 and Word 2007 revamped the HTML Email rendering. They now use the Word 2007 Schema, a subset of the 4.01 Transitional Schema. Apparently, Word 2007 doesn’t like certain CSS attributes especially if you use normal CSS to layout your email (fixed width divs, etc). More information about this topic can be found by visiting http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338200.aspx and http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338201.aspx. Microsoft offers a few options to validate your HTML, CSS, XML, etc with the Word 2007 Schema. Using the two links above, you can find all of the aforementioned information.

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