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Adventures in System.Diagnostics – The Intermission
To be honest, while I was writing the original Adventures in System Diagnostics post, I had no intentions of turning it into a series. Since then, however, I have given consideration to implementing in a production environment (already written, the sequel) and also to developing custom listeners (not yet written, soon to be the threequel?). With these last two titles, I had thought that would be the end of this topic. It turns out, I was wrong. Just this past week, we started seeing issues with an ......

Posted On Thursday, September 24, 2009 9:53 AM

Adventures in System.Diagnostics
For those of us who waded through VB5/6, tracing the execution of our applications and apis was time consuming and somewhat frustrating. Writing to the event log was different than writing to a log file. Writing to the console had its own challenges and many of us developed a vast array of methods to accomplish this very important task. The introduction of the System.Diagnostics namespace, and, in particular, the Trace and Debug classes in .Net v1.0/1.1 was a vast improvement. Now, developers had ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 9, 2009 10:17 AM

Disabling the Open button in Internet Explorer
It is a known fact that IE attempts to sniff out the mime type of files as they are downloaded. That is, IE checks the extension of the file, the content type, etc to try to determine if there is an application on the client PC that has been configured as the default for that type of file. So, when downloading a file with a .txt extension, it would offer to open the file with Notepad, or Excel if the file had a .csv extension. This is fine most of the time. But, occasionally, developers may want ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 2, 2009 1:47 PM

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