Easily Save and Retrieve Application and User Settings in VB.NET or C# Apps

  We used to save our application or user settings in an INI file (dark ages) or more recently in XML files using our own code or classes borrowed from other developers. But applications built with the .NET framework using Visual Studio can take advantage of built-in tools to simplify or speed up access and saving of runtime values. Once common example is saving database connection string information in a configuration file so that it may be changed without need to recompile the application. Here are some simple examples in VB.NET. C# code uses a slightly different syntax the concepts … [Read more...]

500 – Internal server error from IIS 7.5 on Windows 2008 R2

You are running an ASP or ASP.NET web application on IIS on Windows 2008 R2 from a remote web browser and you constantly see following error message. While this is the proper results for a production server (you never want to show remote users the details of an error), it is not helpful while testing a new installationā€¦as a developer you need to see the error messages on the remote browser. There is an obscure setting that controls this for both ASP and ASP.NET. I hope the following will help anyone needing to see error details on a remote connected browser. For Classic ASP Errors In … [Read more...]

Snow Day 2011–Johns Creek, GA

Those of us in the deep South may not know how to drive in snowy, icy conditions but we do know how to enjoy a really good Snow Day!. Our street probably looked like many other streets across the North Georgia as the winter storm brought a nice, white blanket of snow. Our area received  somewhere between 5 and 7 inches. Since we live on a cul-de-sac at the bottom of a short but steep hill, the conditions are ripe for a day of winter sports. Our neighbors across the street began the winter Olympic competition by setting up a snow ramp at the end of their steep driveway. Can you say … [Read more...]