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1. Log4net: Log to a JavaScript Console
While lurking and skulking in the shadows of various technical .Net sites, I've noticed many developers discussing log4net in their blogs and posts; log4net is an extremely popular tool for logging .Net Applications. So, I decided to try it out. After the initial complexities of getting it up and ru
Platforms, Frameworks & Libraries » .NET Framework » General
Steve Wellens Updated: 3 Sep 2014
Rating: 5.00/5 (8 votes)
2. Calling WCF Services with jQuery…Stripped Down
Years ago, when I created my first ASMX Web Service and called it from an application, it was easy and it was fun. I was able to call functions on a server, from a client, with little effort. What a great and powerful tool!Then WCF came out and was deemed the 'best practice' and the 'preferred' me
Web Development » Web Services » ATL Web Services
Steve Wellens Updated: 3 Sep 2014
Rating: 4.73/5 (6 votes)
3. SignalR is Magic
Recently, I attended a Twin Cities .NET User Group presentation on SignalR.  I had heard about SignalR several times and was curious.   Plus there was free pizza….SignalR has revamped the way I think about web sites.   Normally, a browser requests some data and the server sends it.  Ajax allo
Third Party Products » Reviews on Third Party Products and Tools » Community Reviews
Steve Wellens Updated: 3 Sep 2014
Rating: 4.60/5 (3 votes)
4. Visual Data Binding – Hot Dang!
Often, there are many ways to do the same thing in .NET. You can do things the hard way or the easy way. By hard, I mean you can type a lot of code by hand. By easy, I mean you can click and drag and drop. Guess which method I am going to demonstrate…go on guess…it's OK, I'm grading on a curve… Befo
Web Development » ASP.NET Controls » General
Steve Wellens Updated: 3 Sep 2014
Rating: 4.85/5 (11 votes)
5. Web.Config is Cached
There was a question from a student over on the Asp.Net forums about improving site performance. The concern was that every time an app setting was read from the Web.Config file, the disk would be accessed. With many app settings and many users, it was believed performance would suffer. Their intent
Web Development » Web Security » General
Steve Wellens Updated: 12 Jun 2014
Rating: 5.00/5 (11 votes)
6. jQuery Selector Tester and Cheat Sheet
I've always appreciated these tools: Expresso and XPath Builder. They make designing regular expressions and XPath selectors almost fun! Did I say fun? I meant less painful. Being able to paste/load text and then interactively play with the search criteria is infinitely better than the code/compile/
General Reading » Uncategorised Technical Blogs » General
Steve Wellens Updated: 10 Jun 2014
Rating: 5.00/5 (1 vote)
7. Create Image Maps with GIMP
Having a clickable image in a web page is not a big deal. Having an image in a web page with clickable hotspots is a big deal. The powerful GIMP editor has a tool to make creating clickable hotspots much easier. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Its home page and download links are her
General Reading » Uncategorised Technical Blogs » General
Steve Wellens Updated: 9 Jun 2014
Rating: 5.00/5 (1 vote)
8. Five Phases of Developer Maturity
I generally don't post stuff like this but…what the hell…Are you a good developer? A great developer? A World Class developer? Perhaps you only think you are a good developer. Maybe you are a terrible developer and don't even know it. The only way to know for sure is to get feedback from other
General Reading » Uncategorised Technical Blogs » General
Steve Wellens Updated: 8 Jun 2014
Rating: 4.63/5 (8 votes)
9. Secret Covert Hush-Hush White Space in the DOM…EXPOSED!