Help, my application crashes! No, it hangs… Uhm… we get a strange error… What…?!? (the importance of a proper problem description)

Dealing on a daily basis with customers and the problems they encounter using Microsoft technologies and products, and having to help them troubleshoot and resolve those problems, specially at the beginning of a new support call (after I pick the case up from the incoming queue and put it in my wipbin, as it’s called my…

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Don’t slide your expiration without cookies!

This week I’ve been working on a problem which at the beginning seemed to be just a matter of configuration but that then took some more time that I expected to resolve… so, here it is. In my ASP.NET 2.0 application I edit my web.config to set slidingExpiration=”true” and cookieless=”true” in Forms authentication. Basically what happens…

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Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes made public for download

After reading this post a while ago regarding the availability Policy for some hotfixes (e.g., not all hotfixes are public for download, and you have to call Microsoft Support to obtain the one you need), I had an internal discussion with my team on this topic. Basically those are some of the reasons (at least the…

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Code Access Security hosting control in IE

  PROBLEMYou have a Windows Forms component hosted in Internet Explorer, and you want to catch events raised by this control from client side scripting; to avoid security errors at runtime, the control must have “Allow calls to unmanaged assemblies” permission. if you do this, you’ll notice that this works only if you  give this…

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