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Google Calculator Knows Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

I've just found this in a movie comment (you should already know what movie). It's just another prove how influential this book is. I know it's old but it's fun... both are, book and google. Here is one more.

Posted On Tuesday, May 31, 2005 12:03 AM

Presenting "Subversion with .NET" for KGD
Next month I will be presenting on using Subversion version control system with .NET Projects for Krakow's .NET Developers Group (member of INETA) . The next meeting will take place on June 19th or 26th (not confirmed yet). Everyone's invited! But before that I would like to hear from anyone that has any experience with Subversion (good or bad) and would like to share your opinion, point out some issues or suggest topics that I should consider ......

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2005 11:21 PM

Creating Publisher Certificates For ClickOnce
Beta 1 allowed to sign your ClickOnce manifests simply by using a string name key file (.snk). Beta 2 no longer support this, and you are required to provide a publisher certificate. This was bit confusing for me because I had never before to deal with certificates and I had to ask Google for help. I quickly came across the article “Configuring ClickOnce Trusted Publishers“ by Brian Noyes published last month on MSDN . It explains in detail how ClickOnce uses the certificates and what ......

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2005 10:50 PM

Error loading images from a resources after calling RemotingConfiguration.Configure
Today I was working on migrating our project from Beta 1 to Beta 2. Sadly it didn't went as smooth as one could expect. We were getting strange NotSupportedException from mscorlib.dll with message: Cannot create uninitialized instances of types requiring managed activation. After spending half of day on debugging it turned out that the reason was some conflict between Remoting and ResourceManager (but probably it happens in serialization). It is thrown if you load any images from resources after ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 25, 2005 4:52 PM

Please help find an issue tracking system
The fine days of unrestricted development are over for me. We shipped the project to our internal stakeholder and immediately were overwhelmed with tons of issue reports and change request (actually not that much but thats how we feel ;-). So, as expected, we need to start using some bug/issue/defect tracking system. My problem is that the current standard in our company is Bugzilla. OK, I know it has been around for a while, it most widely adopted and undergoes heavy development. But for me it doesn't ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 17, 2005 10:14 PM

Drawing Custom Borders in Windows Forms
There are many ways to impress the user but one that works for most is to show them a truly stunning user interface. This can be done with some nice user interface controls, clever navigation or beautiful graphics. But there are also applications that try to distinguish themselves from the flock by dressing up in custom made framing. Just take a look at Microsoft Money 2005 to get some idea how it looks like. In general, there are two ways to achieve this: you can either set the the FormBorderStyle ......

Posted On Sunday, May 15, 2005 9:43 PM

XmlLogger for MSBuild
Updated: This project now has its own page. I use CruiseControl.NET with MSBuild for automated build of a .NET 2.0 project. You can find instructions how to setup this in Michael Swanson's Blog. Everything works fine but one thing that bothered me was that CC.NET logged raw console output from MSBuild, whereas I wanted the results as structured XML document so it can be nicely integrated into the build report and formatted with XSL. What I needed was an XML Logger for MSBuild. I first found one written ......

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2005 9:42 PM

Problem installing SQL 2005 Express April CTP on non English OS
Yesterday I've been installing SQL Express on a VirtualPC with Polish Windows XP. When setup reached the point when it tried to start the service I got following error: The SQL Server service failed to start. For more information, see the SQLServer Books Online topics, "How to: View SQL Server 2005 Setup Log Files"and "Starting SQL Server Manually." and with alert from NetLogon service in event log that the “This computer is part of a workgroup and not a domain and in such configuration the ......

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2005 9:38 AM

A Little About Me
It's my first post here so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Szymon Kobalczyk. I live and work in Kraków (a nice city in south of Poland) with my lovely wife Joanna and 1.5 year old son Jan. And I'm a .NET Geek! In my school years I've programmed in many languages (from assembler to Delphi), but in my professional work I done most with .NET (starting with early PDC'00 Beta). Most of my work concerns things related to User Interfaces (done some both in ASP.NET and Windows Forms), but I ......

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2005 9:01 AM

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