Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ILMerge to combine multiple DLLs

I have a solution with several projects and some third party DLLs referenced on the side. One of the projects is a sample windows forms application and will be provided to the client as is (including source). For the other projects the client will only be given files to reference from their projects.

ILMerge is a command line tool that can be called as a post-build step to combine the bin output of all the Class Library projects into a single DLL (and PDB).

I added a post-build step to the last class library that gets built before the forms application. This combines all the library DLLs into a single file that is then referenced by the forms application. Note that I put the ILMerge.exe in a path within the solution.

..\..\..\References\ILMerge\ILMerge.exe /out:..\..\..\References\SingleFileToBeReferencedBySampleFormsApp.dll
 ClassLibrary1Output.dll ClassLibrary2Output.dll ClassLibrary3Output.dll ThirdPartyDotNetLibrary.dll

Friday, January 21, 2011

Creating ico (icon) files with Paint.NET

Natively Paint.NET doesn't support icon files (.ico). Adding a third party plugin ICO Plugin by Evan Olds adds support.

The IcoCur.dll application extension should be stored in the Paint.NET/FileTypes directory. See Icon, Cursor, and Animated Cursor Format v3.7 (May 2010)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Chrome "Resource interpreted as stylesheet but transferred with MIME type text/plain."

Chrome (8.0.522.237) isn't rendering a linked CSS file from an ASP.NET WebResource.axd (an embedded resource).

The following warning appears in Developer Tools - Resources:

Resource interpreted as stylesheet but transferred with MIME type text/plain.

In this case the issue was with the WebResource reference in the AssemblyInfo.cs

[assembly: WebResource("SampleNamespace.SampleCss.css", "text-css", PerformSubstitution = true)]

Should have been:

[assembly: WebResource("SampleNamespace.SampleCss.css", "text/css", PerformSubstitution = true)]

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Removing superstition with brute force - 5 fridays, saturdays and sundays in a month

Came across the following Facebook status update and thought it would be a simple thing to prove wrong.

I'm not superstitious, but this year July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.
This happens once every 823 years.

Or the alternative version:

Money bags

This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens
once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So, forward this to
your friends and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese
Feng Shui. The one who does not forward.....will be without money. 
  static void Main(string[] args)
   int occuranceCount = 0;

   // Change to suit month of interest (1 to 12)
   int monthToTest = 10;

   for (int year = 1; year <= 2011; year++)
    int fridayCount = 0;
    int saturdayCount = 0;
    int sundayCount = 0;

    for (int dayOfMonth = 1; dayOfMonth <= DateTime.DaysInMonth(year, monthToTest); dayOfMonth++)
     DateTime dateToTest = new DateTime(year, monthToTest, dayOfMonth);
     if (dateToTest.DayOfWeek == DayOfWeek.Friday) { fridayCount++; }
     if (dateToTest.DayOfWeek == DayOfWeek.Saturday) { saturdayCount++; }
     if (dateToTest.DayOfWeek == DayOfWeek.Sunday) { sundayCount++; }

    if (fridayCount == 5 && saturdayCount == 5 && sundayCount == 5)
     Console.WriteLine(occuranceCount + " " + year);


Recent July's that meet the criteria: 2011, 2005, 1994, 1988, 1983, 1977, 1966, 1960, 1955, 1949, 1938, 1932, 1927, ...

This is the only time you see this phenomenon in your life.

Calendar August 2014  
August, next year, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays.  This happens only once every 823 years.  The Chinese call it 'Silver pockets full.  " So: send this message to your friends and in four days money will surprise you.  Based on Chinese Feng Shui.  Whoever does not transmit the message ... may find themselves poor
I obeyed (you never know).     

Recent August's that meet the criteria: 2008, 2003, 1997, 1986, 1980, 1975, 1969, 1958, 1952, 1947, 1941, 1930, 1924, ...