Month: <span>March 2009</span>

First Impressions of Resharper 4.5

Well, I broke down and installed the new beta of Resharper a few minutes ago.  This was motivated by the fact that I was working with our gigantic DAL, and 4.1 was really slowing me down (like it always does on large files).  Resharper 4.5 didn’t boast improvements for large files, just large solutions, but…

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Monitoring the number of active connections in SQL Server

There are a lot of different ways that you can check on the number of active connections in SQL Server.  You can use sp_who or sp_who2.  You can also read the performance counters.  However, none of these options worked for my specific scenario: I wanted to log the number of active connections to the database…

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Daily Link (MEGA MEGA) Roundup for Mar. 16, 2009

I’m back!  My “vacation” is over, and despite having written four chapters for my thesis and prepared a ton of experiments to run, I actually feel pretty energized today.  I blame my return to Ultima Online (and Red Bull) for this annoying lack of apathy.  Anyway, a lot has been going on across the blogosphere,…

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Why I’ve gone dark

I thought I had made a post to explain why things were going to be quiet around here, but obviously I was mistaken.  So, the reason there has been no activity on this blog for almost a week is that I’ve locked myself in my home office until I finish my thesis.  I’ve spent most…

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Google Docs are the best thing since sliced bread

I am working on a business proposal using Google Docs right now.  As I’m editing that proposal, someone else in the company is editing around me, making changes to other sections, reordering the document, doing all sorts of crazy things, and it isn’t interrupting my workflow.  Occasionally I’ll notice some text move around, but aside…

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What’s wrong with this code?

I just learned something new about C#.  You can cast an array of any type to an array of objects, like so: 1: object[] oa = new string[] {"abc", "def", "ghi"}; 2:  3: //Will write ‘abc’ 4: Console.WriteLine(oa[0]); No compiler warnings, no runtime errors, everything is happy.  You can then modify the array, like so:…

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Daily Link Roundup for Mar. 3, 2009

Auditing is hard, but… Rob has a couple of good posts on auditing.  Plus the posts have pictures of talking horses, so you know the posts are going to be useful! New ASP.NET MVC Sample App Stephen knows his MVC, so I’m pretty confident that his new sample application (a contact manager) will be filled…

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