Scott Hanselman

My Collection of .NET Regular Expression Tools

February 17, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | ASP.NET | Tools
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I'm starting to use .NET's RegEx class all over...in ways I never expected.  Here's the tools and sites I'm using lately:

And Library Resources:

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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I wallpapered the office today...

February 17, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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I woke up with a need to find new wallpaper, and with 2 monitors at home and 2 at work, my work was cut out for me.  Here's some links to rockin' sweet new wallpapers from my friend at Panic, Steven Frank.

http://www.prevision.dk/photo.html
http://mandolux.com/
http://www.veer.com/ideas/wallpaper/
http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/desktops.html

The new wallpaper (seen at right) I'm using is here.

(Cultural note: If she's meant to represent a woman of Islamic faith, it's possibly not accurate since: 1. Her green eyes are probably contacts.  2. Most devout Mulsim women who wear burkas avoid eye makeup. 3. The text is in an english font that harkens to the Devanagari scripts, which are Northern Indian and Indo-Aryan, not Hamito-Semitic like Arabic.)

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New Developer Blog built on Outlook2RSS and ASP

February 17, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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Outlook2RSS UPDATE: Looks like my Outlook2RSS actually is useful!  Jorge Curioso has built a blog using Outlook2RSS (Which he updated with some Regular Expressions to strip out unwanted tags like HTML and BODY) and ASP.  This is kind of the poor man's inverse of Ingo's Outblog as it's a command-line application that runs as a scheduler task and extracts MailItems or PostItems from Outlook Folders or Public Folders.

Jorge's new blog built on ASP and Outlook2RSS supports these kinds of URLs:

Main Site: http://ocw.abf.tulane.edu/blog/
By Post: http://ocw.abf.tulane.edu/blog/?item=63181048826620
By Date: http://ocw.abf.tulane.edu/blog/?date=2/16/2003

He also points out that this blog is "fully proof-of-concept and prototype in nature." 

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What really happened in New York on Feb 15th, 2003

February 16, '03 Comments [5] Posted in Web Services
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My good friend Andy McQuery (a professional Opera singer living in New York City) had some interesting comments via email to our circle of friends about the current situation with Iraq and the huge protest in NYC on last Friday.  There was a HUGE protest (they are saying as many as half a million people) and it seems to have been downplayed by the media.  I'm not particularly a warblogger or even a big protester, but it's become clear to me that we all have to step out of our comfort zones. 

With Andy's permission, I've reprinted his story about what really happened in New York on Feb 15th, 2003.  I recommend you read it, and if you appreciate it, spread the link.  You can use the link above or this email-convenient url: http://tinyurl.com/5y06

Thanks.

Added Note To those interested: This blog is my life, my diary, my journal, whether it's read by the public or not.  As with my recent post on Multi-Lingual Children and other non-computer-related posts, I will post what I find interesting.  90% of the time it will be "Computer Zen" related topics.   Hopefully you'll appreciate the signal-to-noise ratio at that level.  For what it's worth, I'm not planning on using this blog as a political soap box. 

On this note, check out Keith's recent war-related post: Floor speech by Senator Robert Byrd. A brilliant articulation of how I feel. [KeithBa's Blog]

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Where did God put his readonly variables?

February 14, '03 Comments [3] Posted in Web Services
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I've got one more physics class and two math classes to finish my 11 year quest for a 4 year degree.  As I was sitting in Physics yesterday we were talking about the Ideal Gas Constant and Avogadro's number and the thousand other constants that make It All Work.  And I was thinking...in my programming I'm always trying to avoid superfluous constants when possible, and use enums to group related consts when possible. 

But in the Universe, for It All To Work we seem to need a lot of very precise and specific Constants and learning physics for me has been as much learning another person's code and algorithms as it has been understanding the constants they needed to get the job done.

My real question is, did God put these constants as a readonly field in a static constructor or a singleton pattern, or assuming parallel universes, a factory pattern? Either way, it makes me think when I write C# code, how would God write this loop? :)

(and please note God's use of a modified Hungarian naming convention)

public Reality
{
      public readonly double dblAvogadrosNumber = 6.022137*10^23....etc;
      /* additional Reality Code removed for clarity... */
      private static Reality singletonInstance;
      private static int cReference;
      public static Reality GetInstance()
      {
          if(singletonInstance== null)
          {
              singletonInstance= new Reality("Let there be light, etc");
          }
          cReference++;
          return singletonInstance;
      }          

}

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