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Siren of Shame
4/14/2011, Automated Architecture is proud to announce the availability of our new build monitor called Siren of Shame. It's a USB siren that sits on your desk and goes off when someone breaks the build. If you use continuous integration (such as TFS, Team City, or Hudson) please check it out. View Details

Updated Blue Ink Templates
7/24/2007, Released a minor update to the template that resolves issues with Vista. View Details

First BLOG Post
1/27/2007, Today Blue Ink author Lee Richardson launched his personal BLOG which focuses on rapid application development, code generation, and implementing ASP.Net web application. Click below to check it out at: or click below to learn about "the importance of the logical data model". View Details

New PM Article: Seven Signs
11/6/2006, The Gantthead Project Management portal just published a second article by Blue Ink author Lee Richardson. The article touches on benefits of the JAG methodology. Click for the article. View Details

New Templates, Version 3.2
7/27/2006, With the 3.2 templates we now support ASP.Net 2.0's latest site navigation / sitemap technology, have enhanced page level security, and have integrated the two per our DevX article on 7/15. Click below for release notes and details. View Details

DevX Featured Article: Site Navigation
7/15/2006, Todays featured article on DevX is part one of a two part series developed by Blue Ink author Lee Richardson that demonstrates Site Navigation Problem and their Solutions in ASP.Net 2.0. Version 3.2 of the .Net templates due out this week will use many of the techniques described in the article. Click below for the article. View Details 1.2 Million Developers Learn of Blue Ink
5/5/2006, In May if every developer that passes by clicks on our new Nested DataGrids Simplify Hierarchical Data Display article, this could be the result. Click below to view the article. View Details

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belvinkr 2/3/2008 I keep getting An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL ...

Lear 2/4/2008 Hi belvinkr, Yes, Blue Ink does support SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. Is the SQL Server on a different box? If so you may need to run the SQL Server Surface Area Configuration tool. If ...

belvinkr 2/5/2008 I am testing this on my laptop, so everything is local and I have sysadmin permissions. I can connect fine to other apps, so not sure what is missing. The error is what was posted in my prior ...

Lear 2/5/2008 Belvinkr, Are you using the same connection string in Blue Ink as you are in other applications? Blue Ink automatically updates the connection string that it's going to use in the bottom text box ...

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When is the right time to load data for a class?

dakinney0807 12/4/2006 I'm creating a class that is going to hold some info of the logged in user for a tool that I'm creating. Usually when I create a class I create an empty constructor, a full constructor and a Load ...

Lear 12/4/2006 dakinney0807, I guess it’s all personal preference and how it will be used. If the DB retrieval logic is in the constructor then you have the advantage of knowing that if you have an instance ...

abinkuser 8/27/2007 Other article called "Exception Management Architecture Guide" maye be more useful, it can download form MS, An exception management system should be well encapsulated and should abstract the details ...

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The project file ' ' has been renamed or is no longer in the solution.

johnvb 7/24/2007 I've just tried the standard C# template for VS 2005 on a very simple application (VS2005 V3.2.0). When I run the CompileSolutionOnly.bat file it seems to be trying to find a VS2003 version of ...

Lear 7/24/2007 Johnvb, Thanks for the heads up. Are you running Vista? I'm guessing this is related to Vista, since it used to work fine XP. But I recently upgraded, and now I get the exact same problem for ...

Lear 7/24/2007 Ok, I've published an updated Template Solution called 3.2.1 that will fix both problems you mentioned. If the workarounds don't work for you, you should be able to remove the template solution and ...

johnvb 7/25/2007 Thanks for the prompt response. I'll test it tomorrow and let you know, since I'm away from the office today. Cheers John

johnvb 7/27/2007 Thanks Lee, I've checked the 3.2.1 template version and it works fine. John

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