Snow, snow, everywhere

December 21, 2006 at 11:35 PMJoshua Harley

In case you haven't been following the news, Colorado was hit by a big, nasty blizzard these last few days. Even up where my brother lives. Just for fun though, I took two pictures of our deck tonight, after some snow has melted to show how much we really did get. I'm not too sure of the official ammounts but I do know that we have had at least 4 feet of snow in drifts. What I find hilarious about this whole situation is that most of our family is attempting to get together... in fact, most were supposed to arrive today. Ah well, on with the pictures!

Snow 1

Snow 2

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Woohoo! Valid XHTML + Controls!

December 4, 2006 at 1:05 AMJoshua Harley

I finally learned how to create my own user controls, which allows me to create a custom control in which I specify everything that happens... which properties it exposes, how it renders to the screen, and even the types of sub controls! If you take a look at the source of the main page (and view.aspx - haven't gotten to the category view yet) you will notice it is full of divs instead of one huge span! You might also notice that the viewstate is MUCH SMALLER because the data isn't stored inside an <asp:Label> control. This will help loading times, and allow finer control over the final output. Stay tuned!

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View.aspx now up!

December 1, 2006 at 1:18 AMJoshua Harley

Well, I now have my view.aspx page up, so you can now click on the title of a post and be able to view the entry plus any comments (if there are any present)! It seems to be working so far, I haven't covered for a missing entry yet, so you will get a post with no information (posted on January 1, 1900 I might add). One neat thing about the XML Serialization is that it now returns my entries as a CommentEntry[] or BlogEntry[] etc. This makes casting easier as I know that the types in the array are the type I expect. So I no longer need to do type checking on an ArrayList which can contain anything inside it. On a side note, I took a peek into writing managed code for my stored procedures, but couldn't find any benift since I don't do anything cpu intensive. I did see the power it has, however, if you needed to do a ton of parsing of data before returning it to the client. Keep an eye out for more progress!

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