A Great New Book on Business Intelligence Solutions and Sql Server 2008 by Lynn Langit

I’m sure many of you know Lynn Langit.  Her role at Microsoft has been a Developer Evangelist of many of the business software offerings from Microsoft including Sharepoint and SqlServer and it’s many offerings.  She’s always been a wealth of great information about those products and it’s great to see she’s got a book out about one of her favorite topics, Business Intelligence.

So far, I’ve read the first four chapters and have skimmed the rest.  I am so far very impressed with both how well it’s written and the depth of topics the book covers.  As I read more, I’ll come back and update this post.  I have no doubts I will get a lot out of this book, as I’m sure practically anyone else who buys it will also.

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How to find your temporary asp.net executing assemblies location

Seems, I keep forgetting where the temporary files asp.net uses. The reason it’s nice to know is sometimes you may want to open them with Reflector to see the generated code.  Also, sometimes, you want to delete those files because asp.net is confused and is reusing old ones.  So, here is the magic lines of code you need.

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Using MapPath with WCF Service, Setting aspNetCompatibilityEnabled to true

I’m just starting out using WCF in an application for the first time.  I’m using Visual Studio 2008 sp1 and created an asp.net web site from the standard create project wizard.  I then created a simple AJAX–enabled WCF Service as follows:


I then added some code to the service that looks like the following (using MapPath):

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Convert Garmin 705 Navigator TCX Format using LINQ to XML and Data Objects – Article 1

Solution File For VisualStudio 2008 GarminWebConversionOnly.zip

Several months ago, I bought a Garmin 705 Navigator for my bike.  As a gadget junkie, I always want to have the latest stuff.  For years, I’ve used Polar Heartrate monitors, but the idea of having maps on my handle bars was just to much to pass up.  Since the Garmin’s output is an XML file I figure I have an obligation to unravel it, and what better tool to do this than Microsoft’s LINQ to XML.  Many months ago I posted a similar article using LINQ to XML for showing the amount of space that was used on my TIVO by category.  This article is not quite an end to end solution like that one.  It’s just a first step.  What we will show is the steps necessary to convert the TCS file in data objects which we can use in future posts for display with technologies such as windows live maps.

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