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Archive for May, 2011

Delphi Win32 talking to .net – Different WSDL ASMX,WCF web-services – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/31

An interesting question on .net – Different WSDL ASMX,WCF web-services – Stack Overflow.

The answer is simple when you know it: flatten the WSDL that comes from WCF.

Note that Delphi Win32 is not the only client having these issues, as Elton Stoneman shows on his blog and the WCFExtras toolkit for WCF that allows for single WSDL export.


Posted in .NET, Delphi, Development, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Exporting Google Chrome cookies for wget usage: cookie.txt export – Google Chrome extension gallery

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/30

When using wget for downloading from the command-line, sometimes you need cookies in netscape file format.

There is a Chrome cookie.txt export extension that makes exporting your cookies in that format easy.

It opens a window that contains the cookies relevant to the domain of the currently opened web-page. You copy/paste your cookies in format like this:

# Cookies for domains related to
# This content may be pasted into a cookies.txt file and used by wget
# Example: wget -x --load-cookies cookies.txt
# FALSE / FALSE 1304919940 TESTCOOKIE home FALSE / FALSE 1304920249 TESTCOOKIE home FALSE / FALSE 1304920561 TESTCOOKIE home FALSE / FALSE 1304920572 TESTCOOKIE home

It even includes the wget command-line example for loading the cookies using the –load-cookies option :)


via: cookie.txt export – Google Chrome extension gallery.

Posted in *nix, Chrome, Power User, Web Browsers, wget | 3 Comments »

How to tell the Windows version and Service Pack number

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/27

Sometimes you want to know the Windows Version and Service Pack number.

A GUI version is very simple: run winver.exe, it will give you dialogs like these ad the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 310104 explains.

A console version can be done in several different ways:


via: [WayBackwindows command line: can I tell Service pack number? – Super User.

Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 1 Comment »

Visual Studio 2010/2008/2005 – how can i check who has a specific file checked out in tfs? (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/26

When you are using Team Foundation System (TFS) for version control, the project manager sometimes shows a file as being checked out by someone else, but it doesn’t show who that someone else is.

The reason is that the Project Manager only has generic knowledge about version control systems. However, the Source Control Explorer has specific knowledge about TFS.

So when you look in the Properties Window for the path of the file you are interested in, then you can use the Source Control Explorer to locate the file, and find out who has checked out that file.

There are other tools that can even give your more information than the Source Control Explorer:

  • the TF command-line application (on your PATH when you start the Visual Studio Command Prompt shortcut) to obtain extra information.
  • the Team Foundation Sidekicks (free; version 3.0 is for Team Foundation Server 2010; 2.4 is for Team Foundation Server 2008/2005) even produce most of that info from a GUI.
These two Stack Overflow questions were relevant in answering the above:

Posted in .NET, Development, Software Development, Source Code Management, TFS (Team Foundation System), Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio and tools | Leave a Comment »

Entity Framework: finding out what SQL is executed behind the scene

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/25

I love the Entity Framework, but as with every layer of abstraction, sometimes you need to get underneath in order to solve problems.

For EF questions, I usually browse the presentationsblogarticles or Entity Framework book from Julie Lerman.
I met her first at an SDC conference years ago: she has a great way of explaining new concepts in an easy to grasp way, not being afraid to do a deep dive into technology when needed.

Her article MSDN Magazine: Data Points – Profiling Database Activity in the Entity Framework is a great way to start digging for the actual SQL being executed by EF on your behalf.

It has a balanced list of ways to get that SQL, and describes the pros and cons for each means.

The comments point you to some more ways.

Recommended reading!


Posted in .NET, Development, EF Entity Framework, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

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