Microsoft Build Sidekick

The folks at Trivium Technologies have released the first version of their MSBuild Sidekick, a GUI front end to MSBuild. Even though this tool probably cannot replace the productivity that I can currently attain by taking advantage of the Intellisense support in Visual Studio, I think it would have been a great asset when I…

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Custom Windows Forms Controls: ColorPicker.NET, Part 2

It took them a long time, but the folks at MSDN finally got around to publishing the second part of my ColorPicker.NET article. In this one, I cover the implementation details for the scrolling magnifying glass control and the zoom panel that is used to magnify the captured portion of your desktop. You can get…

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Changing the default sort order of your sortable columns on the ASP.NET GridView

One of the great things about the new ASP.NET GridView control is that it allows you to implement column field sorting with relative ease, at least in comparison to what you would have had to do to attain similar functionality in earlier versions. There are a plethora of articles and tutorials out there that lead…

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Incorrect syntax near ‘[Insert Arbitrary Column Name]’

I ran into a rather mysterious error when working with some SQL code today. Incorrect syntax near ‘[Insert Arbitrary Column Name]’ Before I get to the nuts and bolts of the problem, we’ll start with some background details. The stored procedure that I was working on was broken down into two disparate parts. The first part…

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