More Fun With Regular Expressions : Word And Paragraph ParsingMore Fun With Regular Expressions : Word And Paragraph Parsing

Trolling the ASP.NET forums again this morning, I know I do it a lot, I found a question trying to parse the paragraphs out of a series of text. So I knew I had

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Asp.net 3.5 Problem ' Design - SolutionAsp.net 3.5 Problem ' Design - Solution

Last Summer, around August 2008, I started work on my latest book and spent the next 5 months working on updates to the Beer House application. WROX asked me to

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Selecting Asp.net Web Controls In JquerySelecting Asp.net Web Controls In Jquery

I have really gotten into using jQuery a lot this year, as I think just about anyone who is a web developer has in the past year or two. ASP.NET developers we i

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Parsing Capital LettersParsing Capital Letters

I found an intersting question on the ASP.NET forums this morning. How can you get a count of the capital letters in a string? My first thought was, 'This is a

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Communication With A Background Thread In Asp.netCommunication With A Background Thread In Asp.net

Over the past couple of years I have written and presented on custom HttpModules. One of my examples is how to spin up a background thread to perform work not r

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Dynamically Setting A Style At Run-time In Asp.netDynamically Setting A Style At Run-time In Asp.net

Trolling the ASP.NET forums this week I came across a good question, 'setting the background on a master page div at run-time?'. Even though the person posted h

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Designating Content TypeDesignating Content Type

Another common issue developers have using HttpHandlers is indicating what type of content is being sent to the browser. This is done by setting the MIME TYPE i

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How To Access Sessionstate In A Custom HttphandlerHow To Access Sessionstate In A Custom Httphandler

I create a lot of custom HttpHandlers to performa all sorts of tasks. I like them because you get complete control over the content produced by the server to sa

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I Can't Send E-mail From Localhost; Cannot Connect To Smtp ServerI Can't Send E-mail From Localhost; Cannot Connect To Smtp Server

I see this question asked over and over in the ASP.NET forums and many times the answer is you have to have an SMTP server on your local machine. The person ask

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Creating An Image FrameCreating An Image Frame

Yesterday I answered a question on the ASP.NET forums on how to create a 'frame' around an image. I answered it with some code from the new Beer House I wrote l

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Keyboard Enabling A Web FormKeyboard Enabling A Web Form

Making any application as user friendly as possible is the primary goal of any User Experience Engineer, that is the person who is responsible for creating the

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Hiding A Dropdownlist Behind A Jquery Ui DialogHiding A Dropdownlist Behind A Jquery Ui Dialog

The phrase 'teaching an old dog new tricks' comes to mind as I start this entry. Nearly two years ago I wrote about how to hide a DropDownList box behind anothe

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Automated Testing E-mail With NeptuneAutomated Testing E-mail With Neptune

Late last month I made a post about testing E-Mail functionality with Donovan Brown's Neptune. Several of you made comments about other utilities and methods th

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Making Blenders For The Blind Is Like Making Software For Normal PeopleMaking Blenders For The Blind Is Like Making Software For Normal People

Brad Abrams recently posted tips he has for someone interviewing for a Program Manager position at Microsoft. In his post he references different questions and

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Testing E-mail FunctionalityTesting E-mail Functionality

One of the most common questions I see on ASP.NET forums relates to sending E-Mail. I have addressed many of those issues already, so I wont get into how to sen

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Making A Sharp Dressed Web Form ' Thin Asp.net 8Making A Sharp Dressed Web Form ' Thin Asp.net 8

The past few months I have been trying to learn more about user experience and design patterns. This has led me to learn more about how to use the tools availab

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Blocking Unwanted Web Sites To Improve You LifeBlocking Unwanted Web Sites To Improve You Life

Back in March I posted a quick announcement about the release of Internet Explorer 8 and a common problem I was having at the time. I think I finally determined

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Displaying A Confirmation Dialog With The Jquery Ui DialogDisplaying A Confirmation Dialog With The Jquery Ui Dialog

Often users are required to 'read' or 'acknowledge' a terms of use, license agreement or some other form of legal disclaimer before they can either use the soft

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Control Textbox's Autocomplete ActionControl Textbox's Autocomplete Action

Today I was working on a Web Form and noticed a property in the TextBox control called AutoCompleteType. I had never noticed it before and my interest was pique

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Setting The Default Input Focus And Default Button With Jquery: Thin Asp.net 5Setting The Default Input Focus And Default Button With Jquery: Thin Asp.net 5

Today I want to keep extending my series on Thin ASP.NET by adding some more user experience features, Default Focus and Default Button. Early in my windows exp

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