Chris Pietschmann

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


ASP.NET 2.0: RewritePath breaks HyperLink's ImageUrl in App_Theme file when path with slash is rewritten

Rewriting a path with a slash ("/") in it will cause a HyperLink's image specified in the ImageUrl property within an App_Theme file to not be displayed. This can also lead to a "Cannot use a leading ..." error when running the website within IIS. Here's a screenshot of the issue occuring:   This is kind of a strange bug, since doing the same thing with an Image works just fine. It's only the HyperLink that breaks. I experienced this issue the other day, and it took me a little bit ... [More]

Virtual Earth 6 Bug: GetDirections breaks when Start and End Address are the same

When using the new GetDirections method to get multi-point driving directions everything works fine if the Start and End address are different. But it shows unexpected results on the map when plotting a multi-point route that has an End address the same as its Start. Here's some sample code to reproduce this issue: <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html>  ... [More]

Real Estate - The Search That Should Be.

There are so many real estate sites out there, and each one has certain features or aspects about them that attract certain users more than others. However, even though there are so many, it just seems that no one can really get it right. Property Search Property Search is the main reason everyone visits a real estate website; because we're looking to buy or sell a home. You enter in the criteria you're looking for and the website shows you a list of properties matching your criteria. Cle... [More]

Virtual Earth 6 Bug: ShowSwitch parameter of LoadMap method no longer works

Update 12/29/2007: This is no longer a bug. It has been fixed since I originally posted this. This is the second bug in Virtual Earth 6 that I've found today. It appears that the showSwitch parameter of the LoadMap method is broken and no longer works. As the documentation states: "A Boolean value that specifies whether to show the map mode switch on the dashboard control. Optional. Default is true (the switch is displayed)." Below is a screenshot showing what is... [More]

Virtual Earth 6 Bug: Zoom buttons in wrong place with multiple maps on the same page

I'm currently working on adding Virtual Earth v6 support to Web.Maps.VE, and I have found a bug in VE6. When there are multiple maps on the same page the images for the zoom in/out buttons of the dashboard are not getting displayed on the correct map. I circled them in red in the screenshot below... This is kinda strange behavor.

Official Release of Simplovation and Web.Maps.VE!

I am proud to announce that I have just officially launched Simplovation and released our first product, Web.Maps.VE! What is Simplovation? Simplovation is my new startup, and is a Micro-ISV. Our focus is on developing first class, resuable components and developer tools that target the .NET Framework. What is Web.Maps.VE? Web.Maps.VE is the latest, much evolved version of my open source control. This is the only ASP.NET 2.0 server control that brings Full AS... [More]

WI-INETA: Oct. '07 - Code Generation, Software Factories and Visual Studio Extensibility

The October 2007 meeting of the Wisconsin .NET Users Group is falling on the third Tuesday this month. There has been some scheduling issues; mainly in regards to finding a meeting location. If you would like to host a meeting, please contact the group. This months meeting (on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM) we will be having Brennan Stehling presenting on Code Generation, Software Factories and Visual Studio Extensibility. See the description of what will be covered below: Productivit... [More]

Microsoft to release .NET Framework 3.5 as Shared Source!

Scott Guthrie announced on his blog today, that Microsoft will be releasing the source code for .NET 3.5 as shared source under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL). You will also be able to enable debugging support within Visual Studio 2008 for the .NET Framework. This is really cool. I have always used .NET Reflector to peek into the source of the framework, but now I'll actually be able to look at the code itself. More Info:Releasing the Source Code for the .NET Framework Libraries ... [More]

US Cellular is dicontinuing the Motorola v323i, but you can still buy it from Motorola!

I just renewed my cell phone contract and was lucky enough to get a couple of the last Motorola v323i phones that the local stores had left. Apparently they are discontiuing this model, and US Cellular has them on sale (if you can find them) for $30 with a new contract. This is the best phone for the price from what I've heard when researching what new phone to get. I've heard it compared to the MotoRAZR a few times; except of course it does have less features than the RAZR. For example the v3... [More]