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While on contract…

18-Feb-07 11:28 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Some of you who may be visiting my blog may be prospective employers.  The contract I’m currently working on is a very short-term engagement with the Government of Canada Finance Department.  And it calls for a large amount of overtime before completion of the contract on March 30th.

To to those interested in my candidacy for other positions & friends/family getting updates here – please be understanding when I say "I’m busy".  Although my current assignment is proceeding probably a little ahead of schedule (at the moment) I’ve gotta fill those O/T hours with other work too.

The current assignment is a directory services application.  Have written a couple of these in my day – so I’m in familiar territory.  The most interesting thing about this assignment so far is that I’m using VB.NET-based ASP.NET with version 2.0 of the .NET framework for the first time on a project.  Perhaps a little ignorant of the details, I’d selected the new TreeNavigation control some of the UI work, because a similar control was used in the VB 3.0 application this project is based upon.  Unexpectedly, the datasource for the control is a special data access object called a StaticSiteMapProvider.  The object is ordinarily used with an XML file which represents the website navigation, but in this case the data for the tree is resident in the application’s database.  And this data isn’t specifically used for website navigation so much as selecting data to view – really on the same page.

Fortunately, each node can be assigned a URL and, in combination with an HTTP query string, one can generate a URL that passes data back to the page to display the associated data desired.  However, it is interesting to note that the control is this specific about what data source it accepts.  Was this an attempt by Microsoft to avoid competition with companies like Telerik which already produce Tree-like controls for the web?  Distributing a free tree control with Visual Studio would have undermined some of those 3rd party companies.

Anyway, will try to find time to update this site a little in the days/weeks ahead.  But expect reduced forequency of blogging for now.

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