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ASP.NET Webforms has two ways of disabling text input fields: Method 1: Disabled

Method 2: ReadOnly

The first method greys out the field by default, the second one does not grey out. The other difference I have found is that the second method leaves the scroll bar in memo fields enabled, as opposed […]

My password policy for some time has been to have unique passwords for the important sites like Paypal, and internet banking sites, and not write any of this information down. However I can’t remember a unique strong password for every site I use, so some other sites have common passwords, these are written down in […]

ASP.NET Webforms has the UpdatePanel and UpdateProgress controls, intended originally to simplify AJAX development. However these are not as easy to use as the designers intended, MVC is far easier when writing CRUD pages using AJAX or otherwise. In a legacy app recently, I came across some code where a FormView was inside an UpdatePanel, […]

I wish sometimes that Microsoft would just concentrate on its own products. Watching the Microsoft Windows saga over recent years, it appears to be far too interested in what its competitors are doing, to its own (and its customers) detriment. Let me explain. Microsoft is successful because of the huge success and installed user base […]

Do you have an ASP.NET Webforms application with the GridView expanding outside of its container? Your markup might look like this:

Because the GridView uses a table, sometimes the width of it might expand to larger than your browser window. This might be fine (you could use the scroll bar at the bottom of […]

Have you got what it takes to be a software developer? Well we come in all shapes and sizes, but some useful attributes would include some or all of the following:- An enquiring mind An ability to handle change without getting too upset about the skills that you are losing because they are out of […]

I watched quite a few of the Connect() event videos on Channel 9 in November 2014 about ASP.NET vNext. Lots of new things coming including: ASP.NET 5 goes Open Source You can deploy the ASP.NET runtime with your web application Microsoft and Xamarin announced a closer partnership Lots more code analysis in Visual Studio (not […]

Its important for developers to have fast machines. I tend not to go for the absolutely latest tech. but my machines are always fairly up to date and new. I’ve used Intel based motherboards for a while which have Intel Rapid Start technology, the idea being that you have a SSD drive that is used […]

There are two main reasons why I created this blog. I wanted to pass on my experience, and also engage in conversation with other developers about: Software Architecture Software Design What is Software Architecture? By software architecture, I mean the format and layout of physical systems, e.g. Visual Studio Solutions consisting of individual projects, classes, […]

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