Saturday, March 08, 2008

Google and Outlook Calendar Sync

Google moves its users one step closer to total integration with the release of Google Calendar Sync. Synchronize to-from and back to Outlook and Google Calendar. Access it anywhere. Just make sure you are running the Calendar Sync program.

Google-Oulook-Google Calendar sync

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Friday, March 07, 2008

WCF client says 'No Corresponding Start Element Open'

Once again I'll just make a comment about this error. When using Dataset across a WCF service the service call may fail with the error "No Corresponding Start Element Open". The error makes perfect sense once you know the answer, but to the uninitiated it might be perplexing.

The problem is that the return value of the service call is a Dataset. If you return null from the service call then the client will see this error. The answer, well it depends on what you want to achieve. But probably just return an empty dataset and then test the contents on the client (which should be done anyway for good coding practice).

Instant Development: Frustrating Error: No Corresponding Start Element Open

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 introduces Web Activities

Microsoft has released a beta version of its popular web browser Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 8 touts its offering of more CSS compatibility, better developer debugging integration, Web Activities, WebSlice. It will be interesting to see how these new IE extensions, such as Activities and Slices will be accepted by a community that is seeing increasing browser share for Mozilla Firefox.

A decade on from previous browser compatibility wars between Netscape and Internet Explorer, web developers might be a little more weary of developing web pages that are for exclusive, or optimised use in Internet Explorer. At least I hope so. Standards are standards for a reason and I personally don't want to develop for the four main browsers (IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox) instead of three. Hopefully the much talked about standard compliance mode won't be watered down too much in subsequent releases.

Article: IE 8 Beta 1 Released
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