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  • Book review: “Beyond Java” by Bruce A. Tate

    I just finished reading (well, heavy skimming) “Beyond Java” by Bruce A. Tate. Definitely worth the read.  It’s short.  Here’s the short review. This is definitely not a programming book. It’s a lot more like reading a Gartner report or other market research/prediction report. Pro: Learning about the existence continuation servers was excellent and would […]

  • Weirdness referencing DLLs from VS2005

    This is really weird.  I’m playing with the production (RTM) version of VS2005.  I add a reference to a DLL (.net assembly) by browsing to the file and choosing it directly.  It adds it to the project just fine but it’s referencing a totally different file.  I choose this file “c:codecommondllslog4net.dll” and get this “d:projectssomeplacecompletelydifferentlog4net.dll”.  […]

  • NHibernate ASP.NET Sample for Visual Studio 2005

    I’ve updated my NHibernate sample application to use NHibernate 1.0, Visual Studio 2005, and SQL Server 2005. It’s available for download here.  I’m working on writing a custom membership provider using NHibernate but for now the login is hard-coded.  The user name is “admin” and the password is “password”.  -Ben Update (11/5/2005): In order to […]

  • I'll be speaking at VSLive! San Francisco on NHibernate and Security

    Exciting news!  (For me, anyway.)  I’m going to be giving two talks at the VSLive! conference in San Francisco.  On January 31, I’ll be discussing “Rights-based” security (rather than “Role-based” security) systems and how to implement one using a custom ASP.NET Membership Provider.  Then on February 1, I’ll be doing an overview session on developing ASP.NET […]

  • I’ll be speaking at VSLive! San Francisco on NHibernate and Security

    Exciting news!  (For me, anyway.)  I’m going to be giving two talks at the VSLive! conference in San Francisco.  On January 31, I’ll be discussing “Rights-based” security (rather than “Role-based” security) systems and how to implement one using a custom ASP.NET Membership Provider.  Then on February 1, I’ll be doing an overview session on developing ASP.NET […]

  • NHibernate 1.0

    NHibernate 1.0 has been released. More to come…. -Ben

  • New version of Oracle Developer Tools For Visual Studio .NET

    There’s a new version of the Oracle Developer Tools For Visual Studio .NET (ODT).  I haven’t tried it yet but the previous version was pretty decent.  Finally Oracle gives us some decent dev tools for the .NET environment.  It has always boggled the mind why Oracle has made accessing it’s database from Microsoft platforms so completely […]

  • Playing with NHibernate RC2

    I’ve ignored NHibernate for much of the summer.  Lately I’ve been talking to potential clients, trying to drum up some business for Q4 and I’ve been surprised by how many questions I’ve gotten about NHibernate.  I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by the number of hits and emails I’ve gotten from random people in the NHibernate community since being listed […]

  • Where is the (fabled) Combined Help Collection Manager?

    This is one of those things that you almost never go looking for but when you need it you NEED it.  The Visual Studio .NET Combined Help Collection Manager.  It allows you specify which help collections appear in Visual Studio.  I needed it because the help files for the Oracle Developer Tools were not showing […]

  • Bug downloading file from IIS through ASP.NET

    Ok.  So this wasn’t a bug in either IIS or ASP.NET…it was a bug in my code.  The ASP.NET page reads a PDF file from the disk into a byte array (byte[]) and then squirts it out through the HttpResponse using BinaryWrite().  Here’s the code… private void WriteRequestedDocumentToResponse(string filename) { Response.AddHeader( “Content-Disposition”, “attachment;filename=” + filename); […]