Sunday, December 26, 2010

Top 5 popular posts of 2010

Today I have spent a few hours evaluating this year's analytics of my blog. In total I posted 59 entries this year, but in this post you will only find the 5 most popular, plus the ones that I liked writing a lot but failed to make it to the top 5.

The most popular posts of 2010

1. Cannot start Service from the command line or debugger.: The most popular post of 2010, almost all traffic was completely driven by search engines. In this post I share a trick that makes it easier for our team to debug Windows services. Next to the trick our team uses, I also share some alternative (Microsoft) approaches to this issue.

2. Customizing Telerik RadGrid tooltips: Looks like a lot of people are not fond of the default RadGrid tooltips, or they are searching for a way to localize the tooltips (which is not supported). In this post I show how you can customize the RadGrid tooltips and make the customization consistent through your webapplication using ASP.NET Themes.

3. Listening for UDP packets in a Windows service using an UdpClient: In this post you can find how to use an UdpClient in a Windows service to listen for UDP packets.

4. HTML5: The Geolocation API is scary (good): People definitely are curious for HTML5. Here I show an example of the HTML5 Geolocation API. I also search for documentation on the internals of the Geolocation API, but come home empty handed. I am still looking for good resources! You can also find a demo where you can test how accurate the Geolocation API is for your machine. Please let me know.

5. Switching with non-constant cases in C#: In this post I try to resolve Compiler Error CS0150 (A constant value is expected). The first option uses else-if statements and the second option uses a dictionary. The second option turns out to be the most safe and elegant.

My favorite posts of 2010

1. Webforms lessons learned the hard way Part 1 and Part 2: In these two posts I look back on what I have learned about Webforms in the past two years.

2. Webforms refactoring: Eliminating redundant eventhandlers using a dictionary to map controls: Something I have seen way too often, redundant eventhandlers in Webforms. In this post I use a few iterations to come up with a good solution. You should also check out the follow-up.

3. Building a tagcloud with jQuery and ASMX Webservices: This post demonstrates how you can create your own tagcloud using jQuery and good old ASMX Webservices.

Thank you so much for reading my posts this year! I will come to a more in-depth personal review of 2010 in a future post.

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