How to Format the Labels in a Pie Chart in SSRS 2008 R2

OK this REALLY made me do a facepalm. I was wresting again with SSRS (Microsoft’s SQL Server Reporting Services), and was just trying to format the numbers in a pie chart. It seemed clear enough: right click on the little numbers in the pie chart and edit the number format. It even displays all┬áthe numbers …

Open PDF Documents Full-Screen in Dropbox for iPad [#dropbox, #ux]

This was actually surprisingly difficult for me to figure out since there is basically no discoverability hints anywhere, and I literally found it by accident. In the Dropbox app for iPad, if you open a Word or other Office document, there is a little button in the lower right hand corner for viewing the document …

Make XP-Style Alt-Tab the Default in Windows 7

OK, so I’m not sure if this works in Vista but it definitely works in Windows 7. I have grown very tired of the Aero-style Alt-Tab behavior in Windows 7 (only took 4 weeks to get sick of it!), and I really wanted to revert back to the “classic Alt-Tab” behavior and make it my …

Solved a problem with an Visual Studio 2008 “Source control provider could not be found” error…

I had run into this problem before. Setup I have my Visual Studio 2008 options set to reload the previously loaded solution on startup. I use Subversion. I use AnkhSVN as my SVN provider in Visual Studio 2008. Problem If I launched Visual Studio 2008 with a particular solution loaded when I last closed VS, …

When JavaScript Conventions Aren’t Conventions

In experimenting with Dashcode last night using the introductory tutorial provided by Apple, I noticed that in their example, they build a URL dynamically: var dsource = dashcode.getDataSource(“list”); var name = dsource.selection().valueForKey(“name”); document.location = (“http://www.google.com/search?client=googlet&q=” + name); But your first thought when looking at this may be (as was mine), “what if there are spaces …

ASP.NET Logging to the Visual Studio Output Window with log4net

OK this one has been baffling me for a long time but I just ignored it. We have been using the open source logging library log4net for a long time, and for the most part it was working fine. But the one thing that I wanted to do but could never get working was logging …

Please don’t add debug messages to your customer-facing application

Debugging messages are for developers/engineers, not for humans (I can say that since I’m a developer). But I can’t believe that it’s 2009 and I still encounter things like the following example… Every time I log into one of my online banking systems, I get a message like the following: This is just intrusive and …

ASP.NET Forum Tags: Semicolons as Separators?

Ummm… OK I know Microsoft is trying to give the illusion of being user friendly and all, but when the delimiter for tags that categorize a post on the ASP.NET developer forums, they chose semicolons. Is it just me or is that a ludicrous choice? Why not a space (my preference – a la delicious) …