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Azure
28 Apr 2013   Updated: 19 Jul 2013   Rating: 4.64/5    Votes: 9   Popularity: 4.43
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Umbrazure streamlines development and hosting ASP.NET websites atop Umbraco 6 on Azure.
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C#
17 Oct 2009   Updated: 17 Oct 2009   Rating: 4.32/5    Votes: 25   Popularity: 5.96
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SlimList is a C# implemention of IList that uses less memory than List.
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StringBuilderPlus facilitates prefixing and suffixing strings and StringBuilderPluses in an efficient manner.
Web Development
15 May 2011   Updated: 10 Nov 2011   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 99   Popularity: 9.70
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Learn how to embed JavaScript into a DLL, manage dependencies, and avoid page bloat.

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SQL Server
7 Mar 2011   Updated: 9 Mar 2011   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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I like the original solution, especially when compared to this (which I am posting just to show that there are other solutions):-- Initialize table.CREATE TABLE #BigStrings( StringID bigint IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, StringValue text NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT PK_BigStrings PRIMARY KEY...
IDE
29 Jan 2010   Updated: 22 May 2010   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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View multiple browser windows in the Visual Studio IDE to consolidate your workflow.
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Microsoft Office
19 Jul 2013   Updated: 20 Jul 2013   Rating: 4.71/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.84
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This query will show you all tables and columns in a database, and it can be pasted into Excel for easy manipulation.
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C#
19 Nov 2009   Updated: 19 Nov 2009   Rating: 4.50/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.15
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I agree that in the above example, the use of var is a bit excessive. However, for very long types (such as a dictionary with the key and value both being lists of some nested classes... see below code example), this might actually improve readability (seeing so many details may overwhelm you). Assu
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I prefer this technique (uses less memory and may be faster, but requires slightly more code):public bool IsPalindrome(string str, StringComparison comparisonType){ bool valid = true; int halfway = str.Length / 2; int lastIndex = str.Length - 1; for (int i = 0; i <...
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Here is a slightly shorter version of your first conversion:object someValue = 1;int result = someValue as int? ?? -1;
C# 4.0
23 Mar 2010   Updated: 23 Mar 2010   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 9   Popularity: 4.77
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This version works regardless of parameters:public void AnyMethod(int parameter){ MethodInvoker wrapper = new MethodInvoker(delegate() { // Do your thing here! }); if (this.InvokeRequired) this.Invoke(wrapper); else wrapper();}Note also...
SQL
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Rather than use multiple subqueries to extract TOP 1 data, this shows you how to use a single TOP 1 JOIN.
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If you are the type that likes to debug production code, you can use SQL Profiler to find queries generated by your LINQ statements. This is a technique I recently used because it was so simple and did not require me to recompile anything.Note that StefanHam already posted this alternate...
Visual Basic
2 Feb 2011   Updated: 3 Feb 2011   Rating: 4.69/5    Votes: 11   Popularity: 4.89
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Lambdas can be composed of multiple lines of code.
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VB.NET Version (C# Version)Thanks to cechode for inspiring this tip/trick. Suppose you have the following functions:Function Step1() As Boolean Return TrueEnd FunctionFunction Step2(ByVal val1 As Integer, ByVal val2 As Integer) As Boolean Return val1 = val2End...
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The Silverlight WebBrowser won't navigate to some URL's, but this can be worked around.
28 Mar 2011   Updated: 1 May 2012   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 16   Popularity: 6.02
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Call a series of functions until the return value meets a condition without a chained-if or short-circuiting.
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There are many ways to insert a newline in the output of an XSLT, but this is probably the easiest.
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Thanks to this page, I found an even shorter alternative. First, you can add an entity in your DOCTYPE section:"> ]>You can then use this where you like in the document:&newline;That will get rendered...
Web Development
ASP.NET
22 Jun 2011   Updated: 22 Jun 2011   Rating: 4.83/5    Votes: 10   Popularity: 4.83
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This can be automated and streamlined with generics. First, create a SessionVariable class:public class SessionVariable{ private string VariableName { get; set; } private System.Web.SessionState.HttpSessionState Session { get; set; } public T Value { get ...
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Call a uniquely named JavaScript function inside of an ASP.NET user control from the page it is hosted inside of.
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If you place your ASP.Net embedded code blocks after the controls they reference, you may not get the output you expected.
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Using TinyMCE is fairly simple, but attempting to access the value entered by the user in ASP.NET 4.0 presents with some problems.
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There is a fourth function.RegisterClientScriptResource(): Adds a reference to a JavaScript file that has been embedded into an assembly (DLL). Read more about that here: Managing Your JavaScript Library in ASP.NET.
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You can't use an if statement in a bound code block, but you can still use conditions in your markup based on bound data.
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C# version
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In this alternate version, we take into account the possibility that binding to a list of different types may cause compile errors.
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23 Nov 2010   Updated: 6 May 2011   Rating: 4.93/5    Votes: 22   Popularity: 6.30
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This demonstrates how you can call a C# method in a Windows Forms application from JavaScript that is hosted in a webpage inside a WebBrowser control on your form.
25 May 2011   Updated: 27 May 2011   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 15   Popularity: 5.88
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A JavaScript function to replace string placeholders with values

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  • Managing Your JavaScript Library in ASP.NET (if you work with ASP.net and you don't read that, you are dead to me).
  • Graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Computer Science.
  • Wrote some articles and some tips.
  • DDR ("New high score? What does that mean? Did I break it?"), ping pong, and volleyball enthusiast.
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