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A Journal about the experiences I have developing little applications in C#, Perl, Html and Javascript and talking about things new things that I use. Always Geeky; Always Nerdy; Always poor Grammer!

I am a Software Analyst Developer working in Southport, England but living in Liverpool. I develop mainly in C# and ASP.Net. I have been developing comercial software for several years now. I maintain this site (hosted at SwitchMedia UK) as a way of exploring new technologies (such as AJAX) and just generally talking about techie geek issues. This site is developed through a host of Perl scripts and a liberal use of Javascript. I enjoy experimenting with new technologies and anything that I make I host here.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

CSS C# Token Reader

I was just reading the CSS 2.1 with the aim to create a CSS token reader in C#. It is a pretty tough document to get through. It defines the sytnax of a CSS file and provides regex's that could be used to read the CSS correctly.

It will however take me a little while to get anywhere with it though :)

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Google Search: c# css parser

Another visitor came to my site from google with the query: "c# css parser"

I have no idea why my site was found with this search, but I might as well try and answer the question.

I did a little search on Google to see what I could find relating to a C# based CSS parser. I couldn't find anything. I am tempted to try and make one now :)

I can envisage it now.

A class for each of the CSS types, each type has a list of rules as to how they are applied, each type also has a list of attributes that are parsed from the text.

There would also be a "Finder Class" which would find all instances of a particular CSS class and then instantiate the appropriate C# class.

I might have this as a little side project now :)

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Google Search: create a dsl connection in c#

A visitor to my site came from google with the following query: "create a dsl connection in c#".

My short answer to this would be that you can't create a specific dsl connection in c#. You just create TCP connections like you would in any programming and Windows will manage what network interface it will go over.

look in to System.Net.Sockets and System.Net to see what you can do. Its not a great answer but I hope that it helps.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Books Blog

I have been experimenting with WordPress and rather than break this blog I have created a new Blog at http://books.kinlan.co.uk. Basically the blog is there to test Word Press and also put my book reviews on their with the hope of providing a service and also maybe giving me a small small referal revenue.

WordPress is very very very smart. I really like it. Much more so than Blogger! For one you get alot more control over the blog if needed. And the amount of pluggins for it are amazing!

Anyway, keep checking out http://books.kinlan.co.uk and let me know what you think when you see it. I still have some more things to sort out on it such as determining the country the user comes from so that I can provide the correct Amazon URL.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Amazons Associate Scheme

You may have noticed that my blog has related Amazon books for a particular post. Each of these books are hooked up to my Amazon Associates account. The intention is to provide my readers with books that might interest them and also then to make a little bit of money from the referal to Amazon.

I have had one referal [Thank you to who ever that was, I appreciate it].

My Question is:
  1. Do you [the readers] like this information that is attached to each post?
  2. Would you consider a book that I have recommended?
  3. What would make you more likely to buy the book?
  4. Is it clear that there is a seperation between the UK Amazon site and the US Amazon site?
I am asking this, because one of the Stats that I have seen recently that has been published is that 4% of visitors to a site would 6% of the time buy a product.

During the beta, visitors to Associate sites who viewed a product preview
clicked through to Amazon.com over 4% of the time; those clicks resulted in a
purchase nearly 6% of the time

Through deduction then, this means that 0.24% of visitors will buy a product.

Is this really worth it, for the amount of Advertising Amazon will receive from me.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Business Blogging

One of the web logs that I religously read is Robert Scobles, he has just released a book. It looks interesting, below is a synopsis. I can't wait to have a read, only problem is that is is that it is not released in the UK yet. If the XBox 360 can have a near simulataneouse world wide release why can't books [saying that I suppose harry potter did have one]

According to these experts, blogs offer businesses something that has long been lacking in their communication with customers meaningful dialogue. Devoid of corporate-speak and empty promises, business blogs can humanize communication, bringing companies and their constituencies together in a way that improves both image and bottom line. With a foreword by Tom Peters, author of such business bibles as "In Search of Excellence", this book uses more than fifty case histories to explain why blogging is an efficient and infinitely more credible method of business communication. Blogs are easily linked, allowing information to spread rapidly, and blog readers are active, not passive, participants in the communication. Business and marketing decision-makers will find themselves excited about the possibilities after just a few pages. Interviews with Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks, Bob Lutz from General Motors, Johanthan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems, and other prominent business leaders showcase how businesses are beginning to use blogs to connect with customers in new ways. It explores how blogging has changed the rules of communication and competition. It gives business owners the tools to launch an effective blogging strategy and the reasons

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Ajax Tagger Update

I have just updated the Ajax Tagger Version 2.0.

Basically all that I have done is fixed a bug in it :) It has been this way since christmas so no one will have used the tagger. Sorry about that, but it is now up and running.

I have also added a Google Advert to see if that helps me out a little.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Just about to get the Internet Connection Installed

It has been a while since I last updated my site, mainly due to the fact that we have just moved into a new house and we haven't got an Internet Connection yet.

Well that is about to change, I am getting the Telewest Broadband 4Mbs service today. Well it is installed I just need to connect my PC up.

Cool! :)

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