Alan Cooper Interview. Visual Studio Magazine has an interview with Alan Cooper. An excellent read, Alan talks about the differences between engineers vs. craftsmen, the role of software architects, XP vs. RUP, and his opinions of the .NET platform. Highly quotable: The role of architects: “Architects synthesize people, purpose, and technology. If you just take people…

HOW TO: Use the ASP.NET Utility to Encrypt Credentials and Session State Connection Strings This step-by-step article describes how to use the Aspnet_setreg.exe utility to encrypt credentials and session state connection strings.

Essential .NET Security. Keith Brown, fellow DM instructor and security geek, is writing Essential .NET Security online – a draft ASP.NET chapter kicks things off. [Peter Drayton’s Radio Weblog] A great overview of IHttpModule/IHttpHandler and ASP.NET authentication.

ADO.NET DataSet Helper Articles: a sequence of MSKB articles describing how to code a variety of DataSet operations using a helper class.

I’ve been moving my site to a different provider over the last couple of days. I’m using webhost4life.com because they include ASP.NET hosting and a SQL Server 2000 database, which I want for some current projects. Prices seem reasonable too. Anyhow, if this works then I’ve got it set-up and working with Radio.

DOTNET-WEB [Drew Marsh]: Server.Transfer in ASP.NET > Is there a way to pass an object reference through the request object, > or some other way, to an ASP.NET page you are transferring control to > through Server.Transfer? Yup, by using the Items collection on the current HttpContext like so: <codeSnippet language=”C#”> HttpContext.Current.Items[“myKey”] = “myValue”; </codeSnippet>

How To Make Google Your Browser Default Search Engine I spent some time looking for this – it isn’t the complete solution: I still don’t know how to make Internet Explorer search Google using autosearch – there is some mention on Usenet of selecting “Google Sites” in the customise box, but I don’t have that option.

Acronym Shortage Threatens Web Services Community Web services developers across the globe pounded keyboards in frustration today over the increasing scarcity of cool acronyms. Mirroring the domain name gold rush of the nineties, each passing week sees the number of funky and clever acronyms reduced. Several leading Web services companies have called in trauma counsellors…

To store “hidden” data between ASP.NET page invocations: public string SomeProperty { get { return (string) ViewState[“myprop”]; } set { ViewState[“myprop”] = value; } } [ Adam Sills – DOTNET-WEB]

Topical Reference. Douglas Adams. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” [Quotes of the Day] [Peter Drayton’s Radio Weblog]