Bookmarks for August 23rd through September 1st

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Bookmarks for April 21st through April 23rd

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Super Secret Project Pt 1

mono-logo-300x261I’ve been working on a super secret project (Christmas present for my wife), the coding for the project has been done in C# using Mono on my Windows Vista laptop, although the plan is to run the code on Linux.

Don’t worry my wife hardly ever reads this site so I doubt she’ll read all this and anyway she’s unlikely to puzzle out what I’m up too, but because I don’t want her to know what I’m building I’m going to stick to describing the technology and tools I’m using and show snippets of code but try not give it all away.

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Anyone have any experience with

Anyone have any experience using CSLA.Net ? I’ve seen it being used in the past but more as a Data Access Layer, which is not exactly what it was designed for.

I’m working on a project that would basically envolve creating a bunch of “Business Objects” that do all the heavy lifting that can easily be bound to an user interface. These business objects are not going to be using SQL based data though but rather be talking to an ERP system via a COM/Webservice interface in an xml format.

I want something that allows me to creat an object that I can then define how it should be loaded, saved etc. I would also ideally like to be able to put in validation rules on the properties of the object.

If you have any ideas of frameworks other than CSLA let me know too. Ideally it must support WPF and if at all possible Silverlight.

Wordwrapping Crystal Text Fields

can-growPuting this up so that I don’t have to do as much head scratching next time around. To make a text field in a Crystal report wrap, Right Click the field, Select Format Object then tick the “Can Grow” field and you can then enter the number of lines you want to allow the field to grow too, in my case I set it to 0 then it’ll keep growing.

Visual Studio 2008 – Custom Tool Error with a Dataset in a Web Project

I’m busy tearing my hair out, I’ve got this problem in Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (Not sure if it’s SP1 or not.).

I’ve got a web project that I’ve created a dataset in and now want to add a table adapter too, I do this through the web interface and it appears to all work but I get the following error in the “Error List” window and it doesn’t generate any of the code behind the dataset.

Custom tool error: Failed to generate code. Unable to convert input xml file content to a DataSet. Requested value ‘Properties’ was not found. Requested value ‘Properties’ was not found.

The only hints to the fix that I’ve been able to find so far is this forum posting, unfortunately the fixes in the forum doesn’t fix my problem.

Anyone have any suggestions how to fix this problem?

More demand for PHP Developers?

It’s interesting that it appears there are more jobs for Freelance PHP developers in Cape Town than there are for Freelance C# developers.

I’m surprised by this because I assumed (incorrectly it appears) that there would be more PHP developers out there as its been around a long time and its “free” and most coders have used it at one time or another. Obviously though finding a “good” PHP developer is probably as hard as finding a good C# developer, perhaps even harder given there are so many out there, there may be more “bad” ones.

Maybe I should spend more time sharpening my PHP skills than my C# skills?