Tech Stuff

A project I’ve been working on recently required a search feature. After a quick look around I thought I’d give a hosted solution a try – using Google Site Search. After almost a full day of banging my head against the wall – here’s what I discovered… I) The only difference between Site Search and Google Custom Search – is that you pay for Site Search and you get on-demand indexing – so you’re guaranteed (in theory) to have all of the pages in your site indexed. II) Once you’ve paid for Site Search – the control panel is effectively the Custom Search Engine Search control panel – with the on-demand option present. III) There are three ‘levels’ of control you have over the results on your site. Here’s a quick tour of each – assuming you’ve read just enough of the docs

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04
Nov
2009

We Come to Bury IE6

When the desired death of a browser makes it into a full-page editorial of IEEE Spectrum – you know that the issue is finally starting to gain some traction.

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I posted my views earlier on Nikon software – and I’m now pretty sure that Nikon ViewNX is broken on Windows 7.

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I’ve been an IEEE and Computer Society member for a couple of years now. Trying to keep up with the IEEE publications along with my RSS Reader and tech news has been a challenge – so I’m sure I’ve missed some good stuff along the way.

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01
Sep
2009

Projects

I’m pretty sure that anyone who actually likes to ‘make stuff’ and has been a programmer at least once in their life – has got a short list of pet projects that he/she has started – and maybe even finished :-)

Here are a few of my ‘pets’.

CodeDom class generator for VS2005/2008

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Thanks to this post at .Net Dojo, here’s a utility method for getting a safe value from an XElement, returning a default value if the element was not found.

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Earlier I posted about a compression filter for ASP.NET MVC that was the product of two other posts on compression and QValues. I’ve also seen a couple of posts describing different approaches to creating syndication content via ASP.NET MVC – RSS or Atom feeds.

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17
Jul
2009

The Best Windows 7 Feature

I’m still freak’n over how solid, fast and all-round great Windows 7 is. The first time ever an OS upgrade (without repaving the machine) actually feels like I did a fresh install.

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UPDATE 12/07/2009 - As Shirley Boyle sang - "I dreamed a dream".

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08
Jul
2009

The Functional Renaissance

I recently watched Luca Bolognese’s presentation at last years PDC on F#. A really great presentation.

I’ve also been listening to Steve Vinoski’s podcasts on the The Functional Web.

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