Archive for October, 2006


Endwarfment – tops of the pops!

October 18, 2006

My friends* over at the Endwarfment camp just got the first review of their “Paralympic Sessions” album published, and the bastard gave them 1 out of 10(!). Now, that was uncalled for, dude, I’d say that the album deserves at least 1.5/10.

Anyhow, I urge you to support your local Dwarfcore scene, get your act together, and buy “Handicapitation”, “The Paralympic Sessions” and “World Downsfall” now (or cry later).

*I’m really their støttekontakt – don’t tell anyone


Displaying XML in the .NET WebBrowser Control

October 17, 2006

Internet Explorer displays XML in a pretty decent manner. Today I figured I would use the same engine to display XML in a .NET 2.0 application. So I dropped a WebBrowser control on to a form, and assigned my XML string to the DocumentText property. Voila? Of course not.

After some digging, I found that IE uses a built-in XSLT-transform to present XML as HTML in the browser. The stylesheet in question is available from the following uri in IE: res://msxml.dll/defaultss.xsl. Ok then, so one can just save this string, and use it in .NET? Not quite. As it turns out, the XSL that IE uses is not compatible with .NET’s XslCompiledTransform class. D’oh!

After some more digging, it turns out that Steve Muench has done the conversion to the XSLT 1.0 REC that .NET requires. Thanks, man! The file can be downloaded here.

I added the following code to my WebBrowser base class, to allow developers to display XML by setting a property:

public XmlDocument DocumentXml
Stream s = <defaultss.xsl from embedded resource file>

xr = XmlReader.Create(s);
XslCompiledTransform xct = new XslCompiledTransform();


sb = new StringBuilder();
XmlWriter xw = XmlWriter.Create(sb);
xct.Transform(value, xw);

this.DocumentText = sb.ToString();

Turned out kind of neat in the end, huh?


Yarr! All hail Slowboat

October 5, 2006

This band’s fantastic rendition of classic tunes such as “Eg ser du har det vondt” og “Skitne lille pige” are too good to miss.

“The Slowboat Society (!!) exists of hobos, sailors and lowlife scum on trygd, mostly from Norway, most of them in gruesome bands when not sailing the Boatthrone of Slowboat. The exception is Sissy Fish -she’s just a mermaid of hope in a boat full of Sødme og Skam.”

Set sail!