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VS2008 – How to save a file using a different codepage

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In Visual Studio 2008, you’ve multiple ways of setting or saving a file using a specific codepage.  I’ll just explain the easiest one…The way of the save options

Just follow these steps…

  1. In VS2008, open the source file for which you want the set the codepage
  2. Go to File > Advanced Save Options
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  4. Next, in the Advanced Save Options window that is prompted, select the codepage you want to use
  5. Press Ok and save the source file again
  6. You’re done!

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March 11, 2009 at 9:46 pm

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Windows Explorer pauses or stops working

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Hooking up the company laptop to my private network, always result in pausing (or crashing) Windows Explorer.  Apparently, the installed network drives are causing the problems.

Try the following to fix this (=delete the available network drivers from your system):

1. Start a command prompt

2. Type ‘net use * /d’.  Press ‘Y’ to confirm deletion

3. Fixed (in my case, the network drives are pushed)

Written by Michael

March 11, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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BIWUG Meeting on March 20th

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The BIWUG will organize a meeting around:

> Infonic SharePoint Geo-Replicator
> SharePoint as an application platform?
> Overview of Search in the Microsoft Platform and introduction to Search Server 2008

 More info @ http://www.biwug.be/

Be sure to register before March 1st…as you can win a free ticket entrance to TechDays2008 at Ghent 🙂

– Update – Apparently the TechDays are sold out! 

Written by Michael

February 26, 2008 at 12:25 am

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No more CTP for GAT

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Something I missed from reading Grigori’s blog post on the GAT/GAX release for VS2008

 “…Guidance Automation Toolkit has the following improvements to the earlier release, the July 2007 Community Technology Preview

 It’s gone to final release….so NO MORE excuses, i’m installing it on my system at work 🙂

– Great work –

Written by Michael

February 25, 2008 at 10:08 pm


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Well, it’s alive…Intofactories.NET

We’ve been playing with both DDD and software factories quite some time now and this is the result 🙂

More to follow…soon!

Written by Michael

February 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Posted in Blogging, DSL Tooling, Fun, GAT, Link

How to: Adding coordination to your GAT action execution

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At some point during GAT action execution, one might need some sort of conditional processing. 

For instance, depending on some choices made during the gathering wizard, some actions won’t be executed.

In the example I’ll be using, the user is prompted to fill in two messages.  Next to these, two checkboxes will indicate if the corresponding message will be displayed (not much of a show-stopper there…;-)).

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Written by Michael

November 21, 2007 at 1:26 am

Registering your GAT package in the Experimental hive

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During the Web Service Factory Workshop last week we saw a new feature in the GAT / GAX July 2007 release…registering your GAT package in the Experimental hive.

To accomplish this you simply need to add the <RegistrationSettings> element to your guidance configuration file:

<GuidancePackage xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/pag/gax-core”
    Description=”Package to demonstrate the experimental hive installation”

That’s it.  Next time your perform a ‘Register Guidance Package’ action, the package will be registered into the hive.


  1. It think this even works with the Clarius SFT, which overrides the ‘Regular’ or ‘Regular & Hive’ options.
  2. For those of us debugging the GAT packages using the ‘Debug | Start external program’ feature (as explained by Tom Hollander here), simply add the ‘/rootSuffix Exp’ value in the ‘Start Options | Command line arguments’ box.

Written by Michael

November 20, 2007 at 9:14 pm