Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting the schema of a dataset from a webservice

I found the following in my Blogger Drafts folder from two-thousand-and-freaking-five.  Since I had completely forgotten about this and never published it, I figured I'd do so now...

In a comment to : Evil = WebService DataSet; //Fix this, Gary McDonald mentions:
You are familiar with the auto-generated WSDL obtained by calling your ASMX with the ?wsdl request, so try ?schema=xxx where xxx is the name of the returned XSD.

For example, if I have an ASMX at and It has a Method named Foo that returns a typed dataset named Bar, I can get the schema from
I wasn't aware of that. Cool.

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Trying Google Scribe...

This morning I was doing some cleaning of my Bookmarks bar in Chrome, when I came across a forgotten Bookmarklet - Google Scribe.  It looks like the Scribe Lab program has since graduated and been rolled into Blogger's 'Draft' program, which is where I'm trying it as I type this. 

On my phone, I use Swiftkey, which works in a similar manner; I start typing a word, and the program suggests not only the completion of the word, but as soon as I type space, it suggests the statistically most probable next word.

Kind of freaky, but highly effective on my phone at least.  It's also interesting to see what it thinks I should be writing.  Example: I will type a word and let Scribe choose next ones:  Suggested words and word completions are highlighted:

The first day of the week andhave to take a break from the past to the future of my children.   

Pure poetry

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