Emitting XML via LINQ

Just posted about reading XML via LINQ. Now, this post is about the opposite direction – emitting XML from a collection. The simplicity of LINQ provides a straightforward interaction with XML makes LINQ to XML for me one of the easiest and most natural ways to interact with XML. The following emits a collection of…

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LINQ to XML – retrieving Element values with varying namespaces…

Recently I had to deal with some XML supplied to a development group that wasn’t the greatest in structure.  For one, there was inconsistent use of namespaces and each repeating element had the namespace duplicated. The goal was to retrieve from the XML various element values for a business object. So, using LINQ to XML,…

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PowerCommands 1.1 and disappearing Visual Studio 2008

If you’re running Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and you’re also a PowerCommands fan you might run into the issue that VS just crashes with no exception box and only the following error in the Application event log: .NET Runtime version 2.0.50727.3053 – Fatal Execution Engine Error (000007FEF63D203F) (0) To correct, you need to have an…

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All this technology – where do I start!

One this is for sure, there’s plenty of materials on getting ramped on the Microsoft stack. We now have up on the MSDN Ramp Up center tracks for SharePoint… Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/rampup/default.aspx www.MyRampUp.com

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Installing WCF CTP Extensions with VS 2005 after .NET 3.0 service packs….

If you’re installing Visual Studio 2005 and need the WCF CTP Extensions, BUT you’ve already installed .NET 3.0 with service packs, the installer fails. To override the check use the following: msiexec /i vsextwfx.msi WRC_INSTALLED_OVERRIDE=1

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Daily PDC Newsletter…

Biff Gaut is continuing his tradition of mixing humor with some good technical content as he attends the PDC.  Over the past several PDC’s, Biff has always been able to sprinkle his dry sense of humor into the mix of his daily reports on what he sees. Check it out here: http://www.biffspdcnewsletter.com/

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Creating a WSS / MOSS Command Prompt on the Desktop

UPDATED: 8/6/2008 – Minor issue on Path I’ve built quite a few WSS / MOSS machines and one task that I always seem to do is create a simple CMD shell prompt on the desktop (quick launch, etc.) that gives me easy access to STSADM and has the path set correctly.  So in the interest…

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Using Virtual.Server COM interfaces on an x64 Machine and Visual Studio

Recently, I messed up a set of VHD files that were based upon differencing disks.  Basically, I killed the parent drive – so, any child drives are useless. So, how do you know which drives are differencing disks and what is their parent? One way is through the COM interfaces (that call into an out-of-process…

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Well, already messed up National Shutdown Day…

I had heard on the radio a short blurb about "National Shutdown Day" being Saturday May 3rd (today).  Only problem is I didn’t hear about what we were shutting down.  I had initially thought it was something like "National Lights Out day" (which I also missed). So, today, I light up my computer and do…

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Learning LINQ – No excuses

There are really a whole bunch of great resources out there that help the community get up & running with LINQ. Personally, with all the additional providers that I’ve seen (Qak Leaf List) – several of which I see great use for – LINQ to SharePoint and LINQ to LDAP / LINQ for AD. In…

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