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Renaming SVN control directories

While migrating to a new machine, I ran into an unfun snag.  My old machine (3+ years since a format) was using the old ‘_svn’ folder hack that ASP.NET 1.1 required instead of the standard ‘.svn’ folder.  I didn’t want to use that on my new machine.  Instead of just copying my project files over,…

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Testing SyntaxHighlighter

This is a test post to see how SyntaxHighlighter works with Windows Live Writer.  I’m using the PreCode plug-in. So, C#: public class Testing { public Id { get; private set; } public void Method(string parameter) { Console.WriteLine("Testing!"); } } And JavaScript: function(x,y) { alert(‘X is:’ + x + " and Y is: " +…

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Correctly referencing jqGrid in ASP.NET MVC

Show of hands, how many of you are using jqGrid?  Alright, now how many of you have tried to run your ASP.NET MVC application in a configuration where the root of the application isn’t “/”? Alright, now raise your hand if you are having to edit jquery.jqGrid.js when you move the application to the alternate…

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Hierarchical Faceting for Lucene.NET, Part 1

My schedule still sucks, so I am immediately jumping in to the deep end of the Lucene pool with this article. At some point Real Soon Now, I’ll do a proper introduction to Lucene and Lucene.NET.  Look for additional Lucene content this summer as I (hopefully) continue to work with this technology. Faceted search/navigation is…

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Introducing Knowledge Frontier Miner

I have mentioned my thesis work only vaguely on this blog up until now (mostly out of fear of some shady PhD-by-mail student trying to steal my ideas), but since things are winding down, I think it’s safe to start talking a bit more about what I’m doing.  So, my thesis is in the area…

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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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Managing Database Updates with Batch Scripts…

… or as I like to call it, "A lesson on the pitfalls of doing anything remotely complicated with batch scripting".  To preface all of this, we have a fairly primitive method of managing database schema and data updates for our main product here at Day Job.  The database has a UDF that returns a…

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Posting Hiatus

I’m taking a few weeks off of work to focus on thesis-related things, so there (probably) won’t be any blog posts here until the first full week of January when I return to a normal schedule.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Great Intro to Scrum

Hamid Shojaee has created a nice video on SCRUM.  I have yet to actually get SCRUM to work in practice due to lack of buy-in, but I agree 100% in the principles of the methodology. 

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Who thought this "New Xbox Experience" mess was a good idea?

If you own an Xbox 360, then you have no doubt experienced the horror that is the "New Xbox Experience" (NXE).  From major things like incompatibilities with some TV sets and Red-Ring-Of-Death reports to minor things like a completely botched handling of old themes, it’s been a rocky road for NXE thus far.  I have…

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