XML/XSD Validator

A very useful tool for validating XML against a XSD schema.


Could not write lines to file xxx.FileListAttribute.txt Access Denied

Using Visual Studio Team System Edition, you may come across this error when trying to build a solution

“Could not write lines to file xxx.FileListAttribute.txt.  Access is denied.”

Simple solution..delete the files from the obj directory, reload your solution and attempt to build.

Rember: Dont add obj/bin folders to your source safe, and these change so frequently!



The custom tool ‘MSLinqToSQLGenerator’ failed. Unspecified error

I kept getting this error “The custom tool ‘MSLinqToSQLGenerator’ failed.  Unspecified error.   For me, this was caused when I was using partial classes and had several using statements at the top of the file:

using System.Data.Linq;
using System.Data.Linq.Mapping;
using System.Data;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Linq;
using System.Linq.Expressions;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System;



To get around this, I removed the using namespaces and ran the custom build tool, then readded the using statements which resolved my issue.   This issue apparently is in SP1 VS2008!



Match Whole Words Regular Expressions


Dim regExp As New Regex(String.Format(“\b{0}\b”, keyword), RegexOptions.IgnoreCase)

This is the same as doing the following:

note.note_content.StartsWith(InputKeyword & " ") OR _
note.note_content.EndsWith(" " & InputKeyword) OR _
note.note_content.Contains(" " & InputKeyword & " ")




Bluehost wont allow gmail SMTP connections

According to bluehost, you cannot send emails through SMTP connections from web applications hosted on bluehost.   They only allow sending through their own SMTP servers.

The problem I had was trying to send emails in Magento using GMAIL (Google Apps) using the code from this forum:


The work around is that I setup a email account in Bluehost the same as the email I use in Google Apps.  I then modified the code in Magento to send out using bluehost’s SMTP servers:

For example:

Outgoing Mail Server: (SSL) boxnumber.bluehost.com (server requires authentication)
Supported Incoming Mail Protocols:

  • POP3: port 110
  • POP3S (SSL/TLS): port 995
  • IMAP: port 143
  • IMAPS (SSL/TLS): port 993

Supported Outgoing Mail Protocols:

  • SMTP: port 26
  • SMTPS (SSL/TLS): port 465

And it works, it sends the email out to the customers with the right email address sent from bluehost’s local SMTP servers, so when customers reply to the email address it will arrive in my google apps mail box.



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var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);
document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));
<script type=”text/javascript”>
try {
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4995672-4″);
} catch(err) {}</script>