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A free alternative to XMLSpy

June 5, 2019 jlion 0

I really like Altova’s XMLSpy utility for browsing XML, creating XSDs and testing XPath queries. However Altova’s licensing model has made it difficult for me to use the tool.

The Altova licensing model is based on purchase plus annual support. …

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Microsoft Dynamics

August 4, 2017 jlion 0

One of the things that I really like about Microsoft products (and one of the reasons for their success) is the very well documented and very capable APIs that Microsoft provides. Dynamics is no exception.

Here are some helpful links …

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Reflection Notes

July 29, 2017 jlion 0

I’ve been doing quite a lot of work with C# reflection recently. Reflection is nifty stuff. It’s cool to have code that can inspect itself, execute itself dynamically.

I’ve been using reflection to create applications that use “plug-ins”. For example, …

The Fab Lab

June 29, 2017 jlion 0

My oldest son and I just completed a three day course in “mold making and resin casting” at the Northhampton Community College Fab Lab. It was a great experience. I signed us up because my son had been 3D …

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Uber and Ayn Rand

June 25, 2017 jlion 0

I’ve been following the trials and tribulations of Uber for quite a while. Uber was initially celebrated as disruptive and a game changer, a company that would radically transform American transportation. However, even in the beginning there were complications. Heavily …

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The new JLION.COM!

December 28, 2015 jlion 0

I’ve been reworking JLION.COM recently with two goals in mind: One, to make the design responsive and phone/tablet friendly, and two, to make the site easier to update and maintain.…