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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Dell is 24 Years Old

Have you visited dell.com yet today? Dell is 24 years old. Sometimes when you deal with a company for so long, you forget about some of the good (and bad) things that they have done in the past. It’s nice to use these lists when you reconsider that company or look for another one. Dell has provided a “24 reasons to use us” list at http://tinyurl.com/5uawpa. They’ve also provided a link to the top PC shippers in the world and the US. Those statistics can be found at http://tinyurl.com/4bx683.

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Bad SQL Mistake For One Forum Goer

This isn’t funny, but it is. It should be a daily WTF. Wally just sent me this forum post where someone deleted a little more than anticipated. It sounds like this guy can be in quite a lot of trouble… http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1263379&SiteID=1. I’d recommend setting up backups on your SQL server next time.

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Need To Set Bounds for onscroll to Work

Sonu Kapoor over at DotNetSlackers.com has, not only a great site, but also some great AJAX controls. He’s always looking to improve his controls and today he stumbled across something. He was working on a prototype where he had a div nested inside of an AJAX tabControl. The div had the property onscroll set. When the div was inside the tabControl, the onscroll function didn’t work. However, outside of the tabControl, it did. Turns out he missed adding the CssStyle to set the proper height/width of the div for the overflow css property and onscroll javascript function to work properly. It’s a really simple thing to overlook.

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Microsoft Expression Studio 2 Ships

This afternoon, Microsoft announced that it was releasing Expression Studio 2 and the containing products. The suite includes Web 2, Blend 2, Design 2, Media 2, and Encoder 2. Expression is Microsoft’s competition for the Adobe Creative Suite. The biggest highlights in the new version include Expression Web’s ability to design PHP pages and increased support and tools for designing WPF and Silverlight applications.

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Full Schedule Released for TECHbash 2008

The TECHbash 2008 session schedule has been released. Registration begins at 7:30am. During the registration period, a continental breakfast will be served in the dining room. The keynote presentation by Joe Stagner will begin at 8:30am with breakout sessions to follow. Lunch will take place at noon in the dining room and we may have some activities going on during that time. The final breakout sessions will take place after lunch with a presenter Q&A following that. To wrap up the event, we will be holding a raffle. Some raffle prizes will require that you are present to win. More details about the raffle prizes, our “Pick-A-Prize Auction”, and our SWAGbags will be announced next week.

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Count in LINQ using Lambda Expressions

I had a table that contained a couple of columns defined in SQL 2005 as tinyint. In SQL, I’d generally write something like:

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Aggregate Functions in LINQ

I found a great post which summarizes aggregate functions in LINQ. It includes examples for Average, Sum, and Count. Check it out at http://www.dev102.com/2008/04/16/how-to-use-aggregate-functions-with-linq-to-sql/. As always, you can test your functions by using LINQPad which is available at http://www.linqpad.net/.

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Updated RSS Feed

I’ve updated my RSS feed on this blog to use my FeedBurner account. Be sure to change the RSS feed to http://feeds.feedburner.com/JasonNGaylord. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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Copy Source As HTML in Visual Studio 2008

I needed Copy Source As HTML support in Visual Studio 2008. Luckily I came across this post today with a walk-through to set it up in VS 2008. I can’t wait for Microsoft to get this into Visual Studio. Too bad there wasn’t a Windows Live Writer add-on for it.

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Still Some Openings for TECHbash 2008

We still have some open registration for TECHbash 2008. Be sure to visit http://techbash.com/registration to register for the event. We’ve confirmed some great speakers from some great companies including, but not limited to, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, and Nortel. Joe Stagner will be presenting the keynote presentation.

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