E3 Retail Web Site

May 22, 2009

What they needed


E3 Retail had some good looking products including Point of Sale, Enterprise promotions, Returns, and 4690 hardware migration. Which used Microsoft’s Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), to provide a visually rich user experience.  However, E3 Retail didn’t  have a comparable website to show them off. More...

Pretty URLs And IIS6

May 12, 2009

IIS7 can support pages without extensions without administrator configuration settings. IIS6 can also support  URLs without extensions, but it requires an administrator setting. Here's a tip on how to configure IIS6 to support URLs without extensions.More...

Pretty URLs And IIS7 Authentication

May 11, 2009

One side effect of using Pretty URLs in IIS7 is that IIS7 doesn’t authenticate these URLs because they don’t have the .aspx file extension.  Here is a quick tip on how to fix it. More...

Growth of Target

Apr 14, 2009

Target has grown since 1962 to over 1600 stores.  Flowing Data illustrates the growth of new Target stores over time.


Network Names For Systems

Apr 14, 2009

When you have five machines to keep track of, the naming format for those machines may not be important. When you have 500,000 in twelve countries, identifying and locating a machine or groups of machines becomes impossible if you haven’t planned ahead. Even if you have a simple home network, it doesn’t take long for iPods, routers, file servers, workstations, laptops to add up.

Here are some tips for naming physical device machine names so that they can easily be identified down the road. It may seem a bit obsessive compulsive at first, but there is logic behind the naming guidelines.


Pretty Good URLs

Mar 13, 2009

With a little forethought and planning, it’s possible to create URLs that can be around the web for a long time and as Tim Berners-Lee pointed out cool URIs don't change.  Choose wisely though, you may have to live with the URLs for much longer than you think, or if your not careful, you may end up with too many URLs pointing to the same content. More...

Multi Post User Control

Mar 11, 2009

Trailing on the lead from Chris Blankenship and his singlepost user control, I created a multi-post user control.  I’ve never been quite satisfied with the results of the recent posts control and Chris’s control filled in enough gaps for me to pursue this further. More...