ASP RSS Parser, Feed Reader

This weekend I’ve been glued to my laptop searching the net for web-based RSS feed readers. The reason is that I wanted to write an asp RSS feed reader that would display the feed so that the content could be automatically scraped into an HTML email. So for folks who want to reserve a portion of their email newsletter for their Blog or Publication articles, it could be easily incorporated. Since JavaScript doesn’t actually display

Arrrgh Microsoft Office VBA & XML!

I was doing some playing around with Microsoft Office today and actually created a form that would post to an API and then bring back the response XML. Since Office 2003 is XML integrated, I then looked to see how I could easily parse the returned XML to save it to a table or temporary recordset…. Aarrrrgh! This is when I find out that Microsof Office 2003 is fully integrated with XML (or MSXML) through

Why the Movie Industry is Failing

Me and my kids went and saw King Kong yesterday. The special effects and computer-generated graphics were absolutely fantastic. I think the true test of a movie (that depends on special effects) is whether you find yourself empathizing with the computer generated character. Kong, indeed, had his own character. I thought the end was a little hokey and didn’t match the sadness and intensity of the heartbeat fade in the last version… but the ride

What’s Your Bailiwick?

Great word. A friend of mine used it when speaking of a firm’s forte. From Dictionary.com: bailiwick noun, pronounced [bey-luh-wik] A person’s specific area of interest, skill, or authority. The office or district of a bailiff.

Javascript back in the game

I remember when folks were talking about the demise of Javascript. Many browsers will allow you to block it’s settings due to malicious scripts. However, Javascript is now back on the rise. For non-techies… There are two means of website programming working: Server-side and Client-side. An example of server-side scripting is when you submit your order, your information is posted to the server, and then a new page comes up that is produced by the

Blogs Heating Up

This week was a difficult week. My job is fantastic and I am appreciated by my peers and my clients. For the first time, though, I believe my blog interfered in my professional relationships. Having spoken with them at length, I don’t believe there is a concern with my employer. My leaders absolutely believe in blogging as healthy expression. Of course, they can not take responsibility for my comments since they are mine and no