Emoticons within .Text

.Text Comments

Some days back I've started to implement support for emoticons in .Text. It was expected to replace any textual emoticons such as ūüėÉ into the¬†graphical representation such as Smiley.

However, today I notived that ScottW is already adding this into .Text. At least I found it when synchronizing my home installation with the published sources. Unfortunately, the file containing the replacement table is missing up to now. But since Scott uses the same algorithm as ASP.NET Forums do, I took their file (emoticons.txt, that is).

Anyway, the graphics Scott envisioned to use are not my favourites. Therefore, I'm using the same as CodeProject does. Finally, here's my substitution table:

Input Renders as
[:)] Smiley
[:-D] Big Smile
[=:O] Scared
[P] Tongue out
[;)] Smiley
[:(] Sad
[:~] Perplexed
[:|] Expressionless
[:'(] Crying
[:}] Blushing
[8)] Cool
[>:<] Mad
[0:)] Rolleyes
[X(] Dead
[doh] Doh
[eek] Eek
[omg] OMG
[sigh] sigh
[zzz] Zzz
[wtf] WTF
[unsure] Unsure

Update: Of course I asked Chris (heart and soul of CodeProject) for permission to use the depicted graphics. Therefore as promised: Credits for the emoticons go to Chris and CodeProject.

Windows Server 2003 Password Manager and XP

Software Comments

Are you working with Windows Server 2003? Maybe you have noticed that Stored User Names and Passwords control panel applet:

Stored User Names and Passwords

No more net use /user:. I wish Microsoft would have included it in XP already.

But wait... Maybe we can use that applet on Windows XP as well. In fact, the control panel applet's executable is %SystemRoot%\System32\keymgr.cpl. So if you have access to a Windows Server 2003 installation, just copy that file to your Windows XP box and open your control panel. Viola.

FeedValidator does not like me

Site news, Internet Comments

It seemed as Feed Validator didn't like me. When I checked it said it can't validate my RSS feed. However, loading my feed within a web browser looked ok. Therefore, I wrote an email to Mark and Sam this morning. I've got following reply:

Yeah, that's a known bug.  It's not your fault at all.  It's a server configuration issue on the new server, and Sam and I are actively working on a fix.  (It affects his feed too.)

Thanks for the report.  We'll announce at http://feedvalidator.org/news/ when we have a fix.


Thanks in advance, Mark.

PS: BTW, I cannot find a RSS feed for the Feed Validator News WTF

First (Legit) Office 2003 Users to Get Code Monday

Software Comments

Forget that Office 2003 already leaked onto the Web this week. Microsoft says it plans to make its next-gen desktop suite officially available to its volume licensing customers (those with Select, Enterprise Agreement and MSDN subscriptions) on Monday, September 15. Microsoft also plans to make OneNote 2003, its note-taking app, available to these users on Monday. Retail customers will still have to wait until October 21, the day Microsoft launches Office 2003, to buy their copies.

[via Mary Jo Foley]

I'm using Outlook 2003 for several month by now, and I love it. I'm glad I do not have to wait till October.

Snippet Compiler 1.7

Development Comments

While two days ago I told you about Snippet Compiler 1.6, today 1.7 has been released. Gosh, I'm glad we don't release our software at this speed.

Judge yourself, if following changes justify a new release:

  • Added projects so the user can save/open snippets en masse
  • Added "Build" menu so user can build Console exe/WinForms exe/DLL to a user-specified file
  • Added "Start as WinForm" and "Start All as WinForm". These will compile the snippets as a WinExe (so the console doesn't pop up first).¬†
  • Added "Start Minimized" option.
  • Added "Close All"
  • Added samples showing how to break into the debugger (and info in the help file)¬†
  • Noticed [Shift+]Ctrl+Tab now works.
  • Noticed the icon on non 32-bit displays looked really bad, so I added more color depths
  • Realized CompilerResults has an Errors property. Smacked head and removed RegExed error parsing.