Chris Pietschmann

husband, father, hacker, entrepreneur, futurist, innovator, autodidact


WI-INETA Event: Deeper in .NET 2005!

Its just 5 days until the awesome Deeper in .NET 2005 event! I know this years event wont be anything less than last years. Go to the site for more information on this event. AGENDA for the Event (please visit us online at for newest details) 7:00am  - Registration and Check-In for Attendees 7:45am  - Brian Tinkler, Announcements and Introductions 8:00am  - Rocky Lhotka, Creation of Distributed Objec... [More]

VB.NET: Make a Form semi-transparent when moving and resizing it

Here's a little VB.NET code snippet that I wrote to make a Form semi-transparent when moving and resizing it. I think this is a neat little effect to add to an application.   Public Class frmTransparentMoveResize Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form Private _OpacityResize As Double = 0.5 Private _OpacityMove As Double = 0.5 Private _OpacityOriginal As Double Private Const WM_NCLBUTTONDOWN As Long = &HA1 Private Const WM_NCLBUTTONUP As Long = &... [More]

IE7: Another version of Internet Explorer will be released for Windows XP!

“Microsoft today is committing to deliver a new version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP customers.  This version, called IE 7, will add new levels of security to Windows XP SP2 while maintaining the level of extensibility and compatibility customers have come to expect from IE.“ Source:

Why can't IIS implicitly share ASP Session state with ASP.NET??

Why can't IIS implicitly share ASP Session state with ASP.NET?? This is really a drag on starting to convert an ASP application to ASP.NET. Of course, you could use SQL Server to store your Sessions state, but then you'd have to rewrite that portion of your ASP application first. I don't want to, Why can't I just use Session(”myData”) in ASP and ASP.NET and have it point to the same Session value? C'mon guys!!

WI-INETA Meeting on Service Oriented Architecture

I went to the WI-INETA meeting last night. Matt Terski presented on Service Oriented Architectures. Matt is an accomplished software architect who has had significant real-world experience working with Fortune 500 customers on developing services oriented architectures with .NET technologies. Matt is also the President of Serlio Software which is located in Wauwatosa, WI. You can view Matt's blog at He provided an awesome presentation explaining the theory an... [More]

AnyMail 2.0 Released

AnyMail 2.0 was released today. AnyMail is an application that allows you to send “anonymous” email messages. New in Version 2 - Added ability to:1. Send Attachments2. CC/BCC email3. Set message priority4. Set message body format type (HTML/Plain Text) In order for messages to be send you need to have the address (URL) of an SMTP Email server that allows the relaying of messages. Download AnyMail 2.0

WindowsXP Alt-Tab Taskswitch Powertoy...

Now this is a feature that should have been added to Windows XP. It matches and reflects the Windows XP visual style. Its really neat because instead of just showing the title and icon of an application, it also shows a screenshot of the applications window. For instance, this is expecially usefull when switching between instances of Internet Explorer, since you can easily have 5 or more instances running at a time. Well, at least I do pretty frequently. This isn't something I just discovered, I... [More]

Regular Expressions are pretty neato...

I never worked with regular expressions before. I heard how great they can be, but never really knew. Regular expressions are really cool. RegEx Sample: Number with 0 to 3 decimal places  (|\-)\d+(.\d{3}|.\d{2}|.\d{1}|) Regular expressions look pretty complex and sort of cryptic at first glance, but if you have a good tutorial to go through it one part at time they aren't really difficult to learn how to write. This site has some good tutorials on Regular Expressions: http://www.regular-... [More]

I found a bug in SQL Server 2000...

Well, I didn't find a new bug, but it is the first time I discovered a bug in SQL Server by just doing my everyday job. I'd post the code for the SQL Server user defined function that I wrote if I could, but I can't (confidential). Its nice to have a reminder once in awhile that even Microsoft's software has bugs. Server: Msg 8624, Level 16, State 8, Line 1 Internal SQL Server error.