I Swear I Didn’t Commission This

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Or did I?

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How To Get The Calling Method And Type

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Here are a couple of useful methods for getting information about the caller of a method. The first returns the calling method of the current method. The second returns the type of the caller. Both of these methods require declaring the System.Diagnostics namespace.

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The Using Statement And Disposable Value Types

A while ago Ian Griffiths wrote about an improvement to his TimedLock class in which he changed it from a class to a struct. This change resulted in a value type that implements IDisposable. I had a nagging question in the back of my mind at the time that I quickly forgot about. The question is wouldn’t instances of that type get boxed when calling Dispose?

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Praise For a Good Company

Today I was thinking about how much I enjoy doing business with a particular company and realized my natural inclination was not to blog about it. Yet when a company really drops the ball, I have no problem airing my criticisms. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be around people who are only critical and never offer praise. It gets to be tiresome.

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ASP.NET Supervising Controller (Model View Presenter) From Schematic To Unit Tests to Code

UPDATE: For a more full featured implementation of this pattern for ASP.NET Web Forms, check out the WebForms MVP project! It’s available as a NuGet package! Install-Package WebFormsMVP

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Tying MVP To the ASP.NET Event Model

I knew this question would come up, so I figure I would address it in its own blog post. Mike asks a great question about my MVP implementation (actually he asks two).

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Threading - Never Lock This Redux

A while ago I wrote that you should never lock a value type and never lock this. I presented a code snippet to illustrate the point but I violated the cardinal rule for code examples: compile and test it in context. Mea Culpa! Today in my comments, someone named Jack rightly pointed out that my example doesn’t demonstrate a deadlock due to locking this. As he points out, if the code were in a Finalizer, then my example would be believable.

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Log4Net And External Configuration File In ASP.NET 2.0

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Recently I wrote that I could not seem to get Log4Net to work with an external configuration file while running ASP.NET 2.0 in Medium Trust. It turns out that I should have been more explicit. I could not get Subtext to work with Log4Net in Medium Trust, but it had nothing to do with Medium Trust. Mea culpa!

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Is The Null Coalescing Operator Thread Safe?

In response to my blog post on ViewState backed properties and the Null Coalescing operator, Scott Watermasysk expresses a worry that the null coalescing operator opens one up to a race condition in the comments of his blog post.

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Tiny Trick For ViewState Backed Properties

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This might be almost too obvious for many of you, but I thought I’d share it anyways. Back in the day, this was the typical code I would write for a value type property of an ASP.NET Control that was backed by the ViewState.

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Los Angeles User Group Meeting

Tonight I attended our local Los Angeles .NET Developers Group meeting for the first time in years. I pretty much never go to these meetings because I just haven’t found them worth dealing with the congestion of rush hour traffic in the UCLA area, which is really bad. Of course I should probably view user group meetings in the same way Jeff Atwood views conferences - I am not there for the talks, I am there to meet you.

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Log4Net Patch For ConnectionStrings

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I submitted my first patch to the Log4Net project today. The patch enables the AdoNetAppender to get its connection string from the ConnectionStrings section of a web.config file. Hopefully it gets accepted and applied.

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Log4Net Breaking Change in 1.2.9

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I am a little late in reporting this, but I hadn’t realized the problem until I had to maintain an older project that used Log4Net 1.2.8. I upgraded it to log4net 1.2.10 and noticed it stopped working. I then found this comment in the log4net mailing list archives.

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See! The Monkeys Are Trying To Take Over. But Luckily There Is Help.

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The Evil Monkey In Chris's Closet This story from Boing Boing just cracks me up. Apparently monkeys have been harassing passengers of India’s Delhi Metro. This has become such a problem that they have had to hire some langurs (a fierce looking primate) along with a langur wrangler to scare away the monkeys. Here is a description of one such incident.

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Blog Upgrade

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If you read this blog outside of an aggregator, you might notice a few minor new tweaks. I am dogfooding Subtext 1.9 which runs on ASP.NET 2.0. We are very close to preparing a release, so I figured I would beta test this one on my own blog and see if everything works well.

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Open Source Is Free Like A Flower

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Orchid Jeff “The CodingHorror” Atwood takes issue with the idea that software developers have any moral obligation to contribute to Open Source projects. And you know what? I agree. However I do take issue with his conclusion as well as some of the points that he makes in an attempt to bolster his argument.

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Soccer Statistics Can Be Painful

Soccer BallOne thing I love about my soccer league is that they have a kick butt website. The design isn’t much to look at, but the site is chock full of useful information both current and historical.

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HttpModule For Controlling Custom Headers

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In a triumphant return after about three months of not blogging, Barry “idunno.org” Dorrans has published an HttpModule for modifying custom HTTP headers in response to a throw away comment by Scott Hanselman in his post on P3P requests.

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CaptainHook Is On SourceForge

UPDATE: I long ago stopped supporting Captain Hook. This is a dead project.

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Open Source Recruiting Is Fundamental

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Update Corrected my pop-culture iconography mix up.

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