Random Number Generation using XSLT

Just whipped this up real quick since I needed for something and thought I’d share. If you’re using a Microsoft based XSLT processor and have a need to generate random numbers for some purpose, here’s a quick xsl snippet to help you out. <?xml version=”1.0″?> <xsl:stylesheet version=”1.0″ xmlns:xsl=”http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform” xmlns:msxml=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt” xmlns:random=”http://www.microsoft.com/msxsl” exclude-result-prefixes=”msxml random”> <xsl:output method=”text”/> <msxml:script…


The Watchmen

Note: It doesn’t have to look, smell, feel, taste like Spiderman to be a great superhero movie. If you watch it, don’t expect the traditional. I give it 5 out of 4 stars!


Interested in XSLT?

So I’m back to doing some XSLT work now. I did quite a bit during my work at HP and absolutely love it (don’t ask me why). Since I’ve spent so much time working with it, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks not covered in a lot of books. So, is there any interest…


Skydrive, I Can Haz More Space?

Skydrive yesterday… Skydrive today… Find out more about the new Skydrive release (note, no beta tag anymore) here.


Visual Studio Tip : AutoFormat Your Code

Has this ever happened to you? You find some code on the Net so you copy and paste it into a source file within Visual Studio and notice that all the formatting is somehow messed up. For example. some lines might be indented while others are not. To have Visual Studio fix it all up…


Embedding Screensaver’s in a Windows Form

Awhile ago I created the screensaver Vista Sidebar gadget and promised I would put some code up. As promised, here it is. It’s actually quite easy to create something like this, and truth be told I actually had the code lying around for a few years since I wrote it for my 2nd book. Rather…


Next "For Fun" Project

For those that follow my crazy forays into stuff that I think is just plain cool, I have begun yet another project. No crazy hacking in the sidebar. No more new webcam stuff (yet). No screen scraping with Outlook calendar appointment setting. I’m off into web land starting an Ajax based RPG similar to a…


A Christmas Card for my Readers

Most people have seen it at least once in their life. In my family, the picture below is referenced every year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. -Mark Schmidt Oh and a extra special shout out to all the Schmidt’s at Microsoft including the 3 other Mark Schmidt’s (yes, there are 4 Mark Schmidt’s here)!


Check Out Community Credit

I also run a personal blog which I use to post about things that I don’t think fall under the realm of “work” although there is still a fair amount of code there too since coding is not only a job, but a hobby as well. More often than not, I’ll post a link to…


Good Luck at State Skyline Spartans!

My son’s high school (and eventually other 3 kids’ high school) is playing in the AAA state football championship game at the Tacoma Dome tonight. I wish them the best of luck. Unfortunately, I can’t make it due to other commitments. When I moved up to this area, the Spartans won the AAAA state championship…