Getting Started with NDepend

For quite some time now I’ve been planning on writing a few blog posts about my experiences with NDepend.  NDepend is often described as a “Swiss Amy Knife for .NET developers” and I must admit there are plenty features to investigate and get to grips with. NDepend analyses your code base against a number of code rules to check against best practice to help to ensure that the code you produce is of a high quality and doesn’t degrade over time, for more details on the wide range of features checkout the list at http://www.ndepend.com/Features.aspx. I’ve recently been revisiting the … Continue reading Getting Started with NDepend

Great Resources for Budding User Group and Conference Speakers

I’ve been sitting writing and submitting session proposals for Developer Day Scotland this evening.  I really enjoy speaking at User Groups and Conferences and am always looking for ways to improve and share knowledge.  In our User Groups i.e. North East Bytes and the Developer Community we actively encourage new speakers, indeed that was the original mandate of the DDD events.  We’re always looking to discover new speakers and to encourage new speakers, be they starting out with a short 10 minute Grok Talk or standing up and delivering a full one hour conference session. Guy Smith-Ferrier, well respected speaker … Continue reading Great Resources for Budding User Group and Conference Speakers

Two Great Resources from Other IIS MVPs

I don’t often post links to posts from others, however I really wanted to highlight two great resources which two other IIS MVPs have started recently. IIS Community Newsletter Steve Schofield has recently published the first IIS Community Newsletter.  The newsletter comprises all of the latest information and happenings in the IIS Community.  If you would like to find out more or register to receive the newsletter go to http://www.iisnewsletter.com and if you have anything you’d like to contribute you can also contribute to the Wiki.  Big thanks to Steve for the mention is the inaugural newsletter for both my … Continue reading Two Great Resources from Other IIS MVPs

Tutorial for Using ASP.Net MVC Framework on Different Versions of IIS

Last night Alan Dean came up to VBUG in Newcastle to speak on ASP.Net MVC Framework.  One of the discussion points we had was any potential issues for hosting sites on IIS due to the routing and url rewrite elements of the MVC Framework.  I wasn’t clear on the implications, and I hadn’t seen much traffic personally on the issue.  So with a task of downloading ASP.Net MVC Framework Preview 5 so I could have a good look at it and understand it all as an alternative to Webforms, and looking into the implications and workarounds for hosting within versions … Continue reading Tutorial for Using ASP.Net MVC Framework on Different Versions of IIS

Can’t Save your XSL/T File? Have You Closed Your XMLReader?

This week I have been working on a server control for a site I’m working on which reads in an XML file containing some product information and then using an XSL/T file transforms the output into correctly formatted XHTML.  One problem which occurred with the development of the server control was that a colleague of mine who was making modifications to the XSL/T File was unable to save the changes whilst viewing the resultant XHTML in their browser.  At first hand it would appear that it would be a permissions issue, and after much checking of the permissions to confirm … Continue reading Can’t Save your XSL/T File? Have You Closed Your XMLReader?

Creating Http Redirects in IIS7 on Virtual Directories like IIS6

In IIS6 when creating a virtual directory it was possible to set the virtual directory to actually add as a redirect to another page or site.  In IIS7 this is still possible however it needs to be achieved slightly differently.  Lets take an example.  Say you have a website and you are running a number of offers and would like to offer users the option of navigating to them through a short path such as domain/offer1, domain/offer2 etc then you would have in IIS6 set these Virtual Directories up with dummy Physical Paths, e.g. the root of the parent site, … Continue reading Creating Http Redirects in IIS7 on Virtual Directories like IIS6

Twitter Power – Fix Outlook.exe Process Never Ending with Skype

This morning I was installing the Conferencing Add-in for Microsoft Outlook so I can set up VBUG Online Meetings and send out invitations direct from Outlook when I mentioned on Twitter that I’d been having problems with the Outlook process constantly running despite my having closed/shutdown Outlook.  This has been a really big annoyance for me for a while and I hadn’t found the solution.  Thanks to the power of Twitter I’ve been able to sort this problem now and identify what was causing it. Usually behaviour like this is attributed to a bad add-in running in Outlook.  Well I … Continue reading Twitter Power – Fix Outlook.exe Process Never Ending with Skype