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Jason Follas
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Blogged - Product Evaluation: Aspose.Words

In 2004, I was approached by a client to help write a web application.  A multi-page wizard collected information from the user, and at the end, generated a Word document containing pages of best practices and engineering specifications for installing the company’s products.  Our solution worked, and hundreds (if not thousands) of documents have been generated for their customers.  But, we used Office Automation in ASP.NET in a way that was not supported by Microsoft, at least at that time (since it was executing on the server).

Fast forward to the present day, and I was invited to evaluate Aspose.Words for .NET.  While I personally don’t get many requests for Office Automation-type projects these days, as a consultant, it is good to have a go-to library to use should the need ever arise.  So, I agreed to take a look at the product.

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Introduction to the bi-polar nature of Metro-style applications written in HTML/JavaScript that enables existing web apps to be migrated to Metro without completely rewriting

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Northern Lights - Perrysburg, OH 2011/10/24
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I already do this. Very annoying to pull up to a light controlled by a sensor that is calibrated only for automobiles and larger.

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Nice article by Alastair Aitchison about the difference between EPSG 4326 and Google/Bing Maps (i.e., "900913" or 3857). TLDR: Google/Bing Maps uses 4326 data but a Spherical Mercator projection. This must be accounted for or else you're going to see a displacement of your data towards the poles.

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Oh teh noes! What's worse is that I rode the motorcycle today. :-(
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Here's the wireless presenter that I just ordered. Hope it arrives before we leave for St. Louis Day of .NET next week!

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Nice post by +Jeff Blankenburg about what he carries in his laptop bag. It was great timing, because I was in the market for a new wireless presenter device and decided to go with the one that he endorses (Logitech Professional Presenter R800 with Green Laser Pointer)

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I've updated the LEED example from one of my Spatial talks to utilize EF 4.1 spatial (instead of the SQL Server spatial types directly). This is a simplified sample based on the core functionality from an actual application that I created for a client. While concepts are the same, the company and product used in this post are completely fictitious.

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Half of a half Marathon this morning.
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