Here’s a cool little validation control (PasswordEntropyValidator), compliments of Dominick Baier, to ensure that users of your ASP.NET sites use strong passwords.

One of my collegues was asking me which tools I use for .NET Development, preferrably of the free or virtually free variety. So for everyone’s enjoyment (and my future reference):


Source Control

Vault (Free for single users)

Subversion (Open-source SCM similar to CVS, but much better.)


TortoiseSVN (Windows Explorer extension)

RapidSVN (VSS-like GUI)

AnhkSVN (VS.NET add-in)

vss2svn (Perl script to import VSS into SVN)

FireDaemon (Runs svnserve – or other console app – as a Windows Service. v1.6 Personal can still be found on various download sites and is free for personal use.)




Eric Sink and the gang over at SourceGear just released a beta of Vault 3.0 as well as a beta of a new bugtracking product called Dragnet 1.0. Definitely on my list of things to check out…

Thoughtworks has released a new version of CruiseControl.NET (CC.NET 0.7 RC-1), a continuous integration build system. Each release has dramatically improved the functionality offered. So I’m looking forward to checking out the new goodies that this release offers. (I’ve been running a nightly build rather than 0.6.1 to get some enhanced email reporting features.) I’m intrigued by the multiple schedule support and the new triggers system. I’m hoping that this release can better handle multiple, independent projects. (In previous releases, multiple projects running on the same CC.NET install would have their build results mixed in the ASP.NET app.) Well worth checking out!

After installing the ASP.NET ValidatePath Module, Reporting Services will give you the following error:

Server Error in ‘/ReportServer’ Application.


Security Exception


Description: The application attempted to perform an operation not allowed by the security policy. To grant this application the required permission please contact your system administrator or change the application’s trust level in the configuration file.


Exception Details: System.Security.SecurityException: Request for the permission of type System.Web.AspNetHostingPermission, System, Version=1.0.5000.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089 failed.

Microsoft has posted KB article #887787 with revised Reporting Services .config files that fixes the issue.

Well, I’m finally blogging – compliments of my friend, John Bristowe, who is kindly hosting my site. A bit of introduction is in order, I suppose. I am an architect, developer, trainer, and jack-of-all-trades working for Quadrus Development Inc. helping clients build software solutions using a variety of technologies, predominantly .NET. My experiences range from smart clients to web applications to full-fledged servers using a variety of connecting technologies including web services, .NET Remoting, MSMQ, sockets, and others. (I tend to get around in the .NET space.) In my wanderings, I’ve solved a variety of development problems and my hope is that by documenting them, it will help others find answers to those same problems. (OK, I’ll admit it. Sometimes it will help me re-find my own solutions months down the road.) So welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy the stay.