November 12, 2012

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What’s Bothering Me About This Birthday

Skip to post-birthday update As the eve of this major birthday approaches, I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching lately I’ve been having a hard time pinpointing what is bothering me so much about it. Yes, everyone knows how disturbing it is in our society for a woman to turn 40. Fortunately I was never […]

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September 25, 2012

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Entity Framework 5.0 & Upgrading Project to FW 4.5

I was listening to a recent .NET Rocks with Julie Lerman on Entity Framework 5, and she was asked if EF5 worked with both .NET 4.5 and .NET 4.0. Around minute 26, she briefly mentioned it’s tricky because the dll that gets installed via NuGet is determined by the Target Framework the project is set […]

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September 18, 2012

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System.Web.Helpers.Chart Custom Themes

I am in the process of moving some reporting I built in 2004 using the WebChart Control for ASP.NET from CarlosAg.net in a WebForms  site that used .NET FW 2.0 to a .NET FW 4.5 MVC4 site. As you can see from this Tweet, I was pretty excited to see Razor Chart Helpers built into […]

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September 10, 2012

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Entity Framework Circular References

One of the first issues I encountered returning serialized, nested (“deep”) entities using EF5 with the (MVC4) ASP.NET Web Api was the “Self Referencing loop” exception* For any property you don’t want exposed, make the Getter: Internal & Setter: Public. Doing this on the navigation properties that reference the parent that reference it will prevent […]

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September 5, 2012

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ASP.NET Web API: Always Set Content-Type

I lost a few hours on my project one night last week because of this. Backstory I have been really enjoying my latest project using Asp.NET Web API & EF5. Although I’ve had a bit of a (mostly EF) learning curve, it’s gone swimmingly, and I’ve been blown away at the parsing magic performed by […]

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August 24, 2012

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Git as an Environment Discovery Tool

I love discovering existing tools that can be used in new ways. This way to use git in a way I had not heard of is so badass (and by badass, I mean it’s going to save me an insane amount of time) that I have to shout it from the rooftops. Background I work for a marketing firm with many clients. […]

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August 17, 2012

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ThatConference 2012

Developer Parent As a working parent of two young children, it is not easy for me to attend conferences. Thankfully, I have an unbelievably supportive spouse, without which (as you know if you have kids & have voluntarily attended an OOT dev conf), the thought of attending a conference would not even be on the […]

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August 10, 2012

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Sitecore: How to Enable Media Library Item Preview

As a medical company who has to get version numbers from MLR (Medical Legal Review), managing pdf versions and going through workflow approval process for these files just like other site content is very important to one of our SiteCore clients. They were not happy that their Medical/Legal Sitecore reviewers/approvers would get the “no layout” […]

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August 2, 2012

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Programming to an Interface

Although I’ve talked to people about this “aha! moment” of mine before, I’ve never blogged about it. Big thanks to Iris Classon for inspiring me with “365 questions” to be more open to microblogging, and to Julie Lerman for telling me about her on Twitter. Grasping programming concepts is hard, but I think the examples […]

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July 16, 2012

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Thanking a Personal Hero

I took the opportunity to thank a personal hero for my career last week. As many who know me know how much I love being a programmer, I always promised myself that if I ever met Scott Guthrie, that I would take the opportunity to just say thank you. The night before Scott Guthrie keynoted […]

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