Thursday, October 03, 2013

Move along, nothing to see here...

Move along to @austegard on Twitter.

Who has time for more than 140 characters these days?

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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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Monday, August 15, 2011

Stop Word and Live Writer from Replacing "Straight Quotes" with “Smart Quotes”

Whenever I write any coding documentation, Word and Live Writer like to “help out” by auto correcting some stuff that I’d rather it left alone, since it tends to break code samples. Quotes are on top of that list – so here goes:

From the ICan’tBelieveIHaventDoneThisBefore department, here is how to stop Word from replacing "straight quotes" with “smart quotes”.

In Word, hit the Office Button, then Word Options, then the Proofing tab, then the AutoCorrect Options, then the AutoFormat As You Type tab, then uncheck "Straight quotes" with “smart quotes”.


(thanks to Herb Tyson who posted this here:

In Live Writer, it's a bit more straight-forward, simply select the (tiny) Live Writer button, then Options, then Editing, then uncheck Replace "straight quotes" with “smart quotes”


There – "that's better".

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