This is a dumping ground of software development topics that I've run across and found interesting (mainly .NET development). Many topics are covered more thoroughly in other places, and much of the information is gleaned from other places, and I'll try to credit those sources when possible.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

C# vs. Java

Here is an interesting comparison of C# and Java. I like the way the sections are organized by:
- Same functionality.
- Similar functionality.
- Same concept, but totally different implementation.
- Unique C# functionality
- Unique Java functionality

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Installing IIS after Visual Studio

This is pretty lame, but it's bit me twice causing a few wasted hours. If you install IIS after Visual Studio, some ASP.NET settings aren't applied properly. After messing with permissions and other settings to no avail, I did a Repair of the .NET Framework installation and I was in business. The Microsoft article below doesn't mention the Repair, but says to use the aspnet_regiis utility. Maybe I'll try that next time...;en-us;306005

Ping memory leak?

The details give me a headache, but there appears to be a leak in the 2.0 Ping class, particularily when sending asynchronously.

A longer diatribe that reaches the same conclusion:,guid,fc83197b-ce2d-47ab-b70a-db352085b370.aspx

And just in case the links above die, here's the gist of it:
" must explicitly call IDisposable.Dispose(), or you’ll end up with the inherited Dispose() method which doesn’t do anything useful at all in this case. You can do this by casting the Ping object to IDisposable."

private void Refresh(Object sender, EventArgs args)
Ping ping = null;
ping = new Ping();
ping.PingCompleted += PingComplete;
ping.SendAsync(defaultHost, null);

private void PingComplete(Object sender, PingCompletedEventArgs args)

Friday, October 20, 2006

What the...

Your mother might not find it interesting, but if you're reading this, then I bet you'll find quite enjoyable. It's good to hear of situations worse than your own. And if yours is worse, then submit it and we can all laugh with you.

C# .NET Click vs. DoubleClick

This is kind of silly, but slightly interesting nonetheless. I needed to create a backdoor into a WinForm app, so I chose a lucky Label to be the gatekeeper. Ten clicks on the Label control and then enter the secret password to get in. Sounds simple enough, but adding a handler for the Label's Click event didn't quite work. I'm a notorious fast clicker, and it turns out many of my clicks were actually interpretted as double clicks. So if I clicked slowly ten times, it would work. That's the long story, the short story is, I used the MouseDown event instead.

Friday, October 06, 2006

P/Invoke site

Platform invoke (a.k.a. P/Invoke or pinvoke) is the means of calling unmanaged code (typically in a DLL) from a .NET assembly. This allows you to leverage existing modules with new development. It's also useful for accessing the Win32 API when .NET doesn't quite provide the functionality you need (an all-too-common occurrence). A great site to help decipher the DllImport signature for Win32 function is It's a Wiki too, so you can add your experience to the site as you wish.