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ICaramba Miguel Castro's blog about .NET and its effect on National Security, the Eco-system, and his daughter's sleeping patterns. February 2005 Entries
Transfer to a new site!!!
To all who have used my corporate site,, in the past to obtain information and download controls and code: I've reorganized everything into a new site. I've decided to gear the InfoTek site more toward services provided to my customers and the new site,, to my peers. I wanted something a bit more personal and little less corporate. Check it out and tell me what you think. I've kept it real simple and no-frills. You can download all the WebControls and other code ......

Posted On Monday, February 28, 2005 12:25 AM

Doing another User Group talk
April 12, for the Northern New Jersey .NET Users Group at SetFocus, my talk will be: WebControls in ASP.NET 2.0 The coverage will include: The new WebControls ASP.NET 2.0 brings How they encourage Declarative Programming New features for developing Custom WebControls (control state, script callbacks, etc.) If anyone wants to sponsor this event, all you have to do is buy the pizza and you get a 15 minute window for a presentation. Contact Stacey Uhrig. By the way - anyone within eye/ear shot of this ......

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2005 3:55 PM

Reminder for All !!!!!!
Don't forget to pick up CoDe Magazine this month - I know, I know, shameless plug.  Too bad - read it!!!

Posted On Wednesday, February 23, 2005 12:19 AM

Cabana night tasks assigned
Looks like I'll be doing WebUI, Scott Watermasysk will be doing Web Architecture, Don Demsak will be doing Data Layer/XML, and Doug Seven will be doing Enterprise Library/Patterns & Practices. I believe there's someone doing Web Services/Connectivity as well. I'll post it as soon as I find out. Cabana Night will be held in the Microsoft offices in Iselin, NJ on March 8. The 'whiteboard' sessions will be about 2 hours long and you can rotate freely among all of them. See everyone there ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 23, 2005 12:17 AM

First round of WebControl rewrites in ASP.NET 2.0
I've been self-training in ASP.NET 2.0 for several weeks now and I'm ready to rewrite my GalleryBuilder WebControl. The control will work pretty much the same way with addition of script callbacks. This should avoid any screen flicker during control postbacks. I'm also going to be taking advantage of the control state. Next on the slate is my Scheduling Suite which is almost done in the 1.1 version, but 2.0 will allow the injection of script callbacks as well. This feature is one of the coolest things ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 23, 2005 12:14 AM

Better way of doing properties in WebControls
In the past, I've always written my non-mapped ViewState-driven properties for my custom WebControls using a technique I learned from the books a few years ago. public string MyProperty{ get { if((object)ViewState[“... == null) ViewState[“MyProperty... = “Default Value...“; return (string)ViewState[“My... } set { ViewState[“MyProperty... = value; }} I've since figured out a better way (which in fact the newer books use) which ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 22, 2005 9:36 AM

A must read!!!

This is very well written.

And make sure you read the feedbacks too - there's a couple of great ones there as well.

Great Job Michael!

Posted On Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:48 AM

Who can remember where this is from
For today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thought is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people. With one will. One resolve. One cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death. And we will bury them with their own confusion. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 15, 2005 6:42 AM

Cabana Night at SetFocus
I'm going to be participating in a Cabana Night on March 8th at SetFocus. What's Cabana Night you ask? Cabana Night is a number of discussion rooms, each with a different .NET topic area, discussion leader, and several experts with a whiteboard. Totally free form sessions. Discussion is open to anything and everything related to the specific .NET topic area. Cabana Night allows the user group attendees to have their questions answered by the experts and fellow developers. The following is a list ......

Posted On Saturday, February 12, 2005 3:17 PM

More articles in CoDe Magazine!!!
The Feb/Mar issue of CoDe Magazine hits the shelves on the 20th of this month. This month I have two articles in it - one on ASP.NET Application Skinning using MVC and the other Declarative Programming: A Custom WebControl Approach to ASP.NET Development. If you read them, please leave me feedback at and/or as feedback for this posting. I don't think I blogged about it in the past, but I started writing for CoDe Magazine last year when they published two other articles, one ......

Posted On Saturday, February 12, 2005 3:03 PM

A new term !!!
Hear-ye, hear-ye: I am officially coining a new term. In Scott Bellware's posting, he refers to a breed of VB.NET developers who still code like they did in VB6. He and I both agree that this group contributes to the continous war that brews between VB.NET and C#; a war that I do not feel should exist. I'm going to let Scott's posting continue that conversation as opossed to branching one out here. However, I am officially coining the term CLR6Coders (pronounced Clear-six-coders). You heard it here ......

Posted On Friday, February 11, 2005 11:43 AM

Great Tablet PC talk
Thank you for Frank LaVigne for possible costing me about $2500 very, very soon. Last nights NJ User Group presentation was about the Tablet PC and I have to say, it was great. Not only did it spark a lot of discussion but the presenter semed to have a good grasp of Tablet development and gave us some cool demonstrations. I've been looking for an excuse to buy one (I like the HP TC100 Slate), and I'm awfully close to finding one. I've always thought they were worth it just for Microsoft OneNote. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 9, 2005 1:33 PM

The things Scott thinks about at 1am
This is actually very well put. http://www.geekswithblogs.n... I myself have worked for a Big 6 consulting firm, or Big 5, or 4, or whatever damn merger-resulting number it is today. So I can vouch for his last statement in his posting, about companies throwing non-qualified people onto customers just to keep them billable. The problem in some of these firms is that the practices are set up as partnerships, so if your salary cannot be billed back to a client ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 2, 2005 9:21 AM

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