Sometimes they come back

Stephen King fans like me for sure know Night Shift, a collection of 19 short stories I first read almost (oh, my…) almost 20 years ago. In Italian the title of this collection has been translated as “A volte ritornano” which literally means Sometimes they come back. This is exactly what I thought yesterday when…

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HashTable insert failed. Load factor too high

I already encountered a few recurrences of this errors and every time it has been a torture to capture a correct set of data (especially memory dumps) to review because this usually happens sporadically and you could have to wait weeks if not months before getting it again. There are a couple of hotfix available…

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Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 available for download

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (exe) This download installs Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. SP1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. These service packs offer Visual Studio and .NET Framework users improvements in…

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Again on public hotfix download

I already touched the subject in a couple of previous posts and replying to direct comments and question I got, and to confirm that we’re doing something (hopefully in the right way ) on this matter I want to highlight this news from Jeff: Migrating hotfixes to MSDN Code Gallery. The essence is that Visual…

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Need to print from a x64 machine? Can you wait 60 seconds?

I guess some of you might have developed a web application which, among other functionalities, prints some kind of report; and sooner or later you might consider to move the application to a 64 bit machine. At this is what this customer did. They had this ASP.NET application which allows the user to run some…

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Visual Studio designer, CodeDom and InitializeComponent()

The code problem A few days ago I had the chance to work on a case not concerning ASP.NET or IIS, but rather an interaction with Visual Studio designer with classes from System.CodeDom namespace. The customer was developing a custom control meant for other developers to use it in their projects, and upon adding the…

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HTTP error 406 with .NET Framework 3.0

I got a couple of cases about this problem recently… Imagine this scenario: you install the .NET Framework 3.0 on your client, and then browse an ASP.NET based web site; you get a 406 HTTP return code from the web server, which means “Client browser does not accept the MIME type of the requested page”…

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Gacutil not supported on production?

The other day I got an interesting question from a customer: We are documenting how our production assemblies should be deployed on our production servers. At first we wanted to deploy shared assemblies through the gacutil.exe utility. By reading this article we realized that Microsoft’s recommendation is to use gacutil in a development environment but…

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