SQL Server 2005 Full Text Search Timeout

Setup ASP.Net 3.5 application with a SQL Server 2005 backend Full Text Search index (to search a document library stored in the database) Web frontend to the document search Search is handled by a stored procedure Symptoms Running a query first thing in the morning results in a SQL timeout Subsequent queries are very fast…

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File Associations in ClickOnce Applications

One of the really cool features of ClickOnce applications is the ability to set file associations.  Note: File associations can only be set for Full Trust ClickOnce applications The MSDN article walks you through creating a file association using XML in the application manifest, but most developers will find it easier to use the Project…

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Learning Expression as a Developer

As a developer, working on Silverlight and WPF can be a bit confusing.  There’s a lot of overlap between Visual Studio and Expression, and it’s not always clear when to use each tool.  For me, Expression was just familiar enough to start using without any training, but new enough that I didn’t feel that I…

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.NET RIA Services Part 1: When to Use It

I’ve started using the July 2009 preview of .NET RIA Services (which really could use a better name, btw) in my engagement and have become quite a big fan. The first question my coworkers asked when I started telling them about it was “When should I use it instead of WCF?”  Hopefully by the end…

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Silverlight DataGrid: Custom Columns in Code

Scott Morrison has some excellent posts on specifying columns in a Silverlight DataGrid, but he defines all the columns in XAML.  But what if you wanted to define the columns at runtime in code? First, let’s follow Scott’s setup to get a basic DataGrid displaying. N.B. if you’re using the July 2009 version of the…

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