Friday, November 06, 2009

Google releases Closure Tools

Google just released it's own developer tools as open source,
with which eg. Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs are build.

Go to

Download the code with a Subversion client like RapidSVN.

Start RapidSVN and follow the next steps.

1. Go to menu 'Bookmarks',
choose 'Add Existing Repository...'
in the 'Repository URL'-window enter as 'URL'
These steps result in the following picture

2. Select the newly created bookmark,
choose menu 'Repository',
and click 'Checkout'.
Specify a 'Destination Directory' in the 'Checkout'-window,
eg. C:\_\closure-library-read-only

In the end you'll find all the files in the given folder.

Now start with the Getting Started with the Closure Library.

What are u waiting for?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Trying Windows Live Writer

Playing with all kinds of free and/or open source platforms like eg. AtomSite
for a social webproject we have in mind.

Conclusion: Windows Live Writer goes together with my .blogspot-website.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Conditionally set an xsl:variable

How to select content out of the current XML-payload
into an <xsl:variable />, based on some condition(s).

The input-XML looks like this:

  <item value="Foo" type="10" />
  <item value="Bar" type="10" />
  <item value="ALFKI" type="20" />
  <item value="Baz" type="10" />

Depending on the parameter 'condition' of the following template,
a different query is executed and it's results are stored in variable 'selection'.

<xsl:template name="makeASelection">
  <xsl:param name="condition" />

  <xsl:variable name="selection">
    <xsl:when test="$condition = 0">
    <xsl:copy-of select="/data/item[@type = 10][position() = 1]" />
    <xsl:copy-of select="/data/item[@type = 20]" />

  <xsl:variable name="selectionSet" select="msxsl:node-set($selection)" />

  <xsl:foreach select="$selectionSet/*">


The take-away is to
1. put content in the variable ('selection') using <xsl:copy-of ... />
2. use msxsl:node-set to address the content in this variable
3. use /* when iterating over the nodeset-variable

Monday, July 13, 2009

Visual Studio 6 and the TFS MSSCCI Provider

Don't install the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server MSSCCI Provider if your still need access to Source Safe.
After installation all Source Safe integration within Visual Studio 6.0 is gone.

The only remedy is to uninstall the MSSCCI Provider and reinstall Source Safe VS6 integration.

I learned it the hard way...

Friday, July 03, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Microsoft has released 3 Bing-branded ringtones.
Download them here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Good at IT and it'

The Sun has published an anonymous study of 2,000 British men and women's sex lives. They have concluded that out of all jobs, we computer geeks make the best lovers!
(read more)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hidden XSLT-editor features in Visual Studio 2008

Debug <xsl:include>-d and <xsl:import>-ed stylesheets

Create a new registry-key 'XsltImportTree' under 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\XmlEditor' with value 'True'.
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Intellisense of template names, parameter/variable names, attribute set names, etc.

Create a registry-key 'XsltIntellisense' under 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\XmlEditor' with value 'True'.
(read more)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


After 11 years of duty,
at the age of 19 years ...


Tuesday, February 10, 2009


A Fiddler Performance Analysis plugin. Get it here.