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Today's newsletter presents articles on C# programming, Web Business tips and landscaping, plus highlights articles from the website that were presented in the last 2 months. We hope you find the articles interesting and useable. Feel free to let us know what else you would like to see in the newsletter or articles that might interest you.

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C# Programming and ASP.Net Tips


Using the ASP.Net Radio Button List Control and Javascript


I recently spent a day trying to access an ASP.Net radioButtonList control in Javascript. It was easy in Internet Explorer, but became more difficult when I tried to do the same thing in the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Here is my final solution. It still isn't perfect, but it worked and solved my current problem.

Let's say you drag and drop a RadioButtonList control onto an ASP.Net Webform. Name the control rblComputers. Add 3 items to the list collection of rblComputers.

In the PageLoad event of the page add the following.
rblComputers.Attributes.Add("onClick","funcIndexChanged()");
This will cause the onClick event of the RadioButtonList control, rblComputers, to go to the Javascript, "funcIndexChanged". Now add a New Item, JScript File. Add the following script to the Javascript file.
function funcIndexChanged()
{		
	// set var radio_choice to false	
	var computerID = 3;
	
	if (document.getElementById('rblComputers_2').checked)
	{		
		computerID = 1;	
	}
	else if (document.getElementById('rblComputers_1').checked)
	{			
		computerID = 0;		
	}
	else
	{
		computerID = 2;		
	}	
	Alert("computerID =" + computerID);
}									
								

Be sure and add your Javascript file to the web form page. You should be ready to test your script and see if it works. Compile and run your page and click on the RadioButtonList control. Depending on which one you click on, a pop up window should show you which radio button you pushed. Give it a try right now.

Web Business Tips


"Help my search engine results have dropped dramatically. What am I doing wrong?" This was a question presented to me recently. A panicked webmaster needed help.

We just had a Google update recently. Did that cause the problem? No actually the real problem is too much advertising.

For SERP (search engine result pages) your goal is to be the first search result returned or at least on the first page of any search query. A lot of items can get in the way of making that happen. Maybe you don't have your pages properly search engine optimized. Or, you don't have enough keywords. This user was accepting advertising on all their content pages. The links weren't bad, but there was text with all the links. The text added words to the page that weren't relevant to the topic. The keyword of seated curls was getting washed away by words about web hosting, supplements, custom programming and search engine optimization.

The page originally had a keyword density of nearly 8 percent. But after adding 4 advertisements with approximately 40 words each, totally unrelated to the topic on the page, the keyword density dropped to 2 percent.

The page was ranked in the first 3 search engine results and now had dropped to the second page. It wasn't even in the top 10 results. The number of visitors to the site dropped to 25 percent of the original number of visitors.

You can learn more about SEO and the right steps to take to make your website number one in the search engine results page by going to Secrets of Search Engine Optimization. These are the steps I take to keep the sites I create near the top for keywords.

Mistakes like that kill good websites. They think they have everything under control. So, be conscious of the information you place on each page. If the info is not adding to the content on the page, it is detracting.

Landscape Tips

It is time to plant your tulips. If you haven't gotten them into the ground yet, it is important to get it done quickly. Ideally before the first frost. Here in Chicago we have already had frost 3 times.

For more information on planting tulips, check out the article on Time To Plant Tulips.

Other recent articles.

The Bearded Iris is a spring bloomer, that grows up to four feet tall with a spread of as much as two feet. Though the Iris blooms in early spring like bulb plants, most grow from rhizome systems. There are some that grow from bulbs. You can get a wide variety of colors: blue, violet, yellow, purple, red, white and pink.

The Yarrow comes in a variety of colors, pink, yellow and lavendar. The wispy leaves require little care. The yarrow will grow best in the sun, though it can be grown in the shade. If you grow it in the shade you may need to stake the plants as they can become floppy.

The Threadleaf Coreopsis produce blooms in early to late summer. It is also known as tickweed or tickseed. The flowers of the threadleaf coreopsis are normally yellow with a light brown center. You should plant in full sun in well drained areas. They are hardy in hot dry areas and withstand poor soil conditions. They are native American wild-flowers.

Weightlifting Tips

The Preacher Curl with Barbell Workout for the Biceps helps you target the biceps. This high intensity big bicep workout will help you to develop massive biceps. This exercise will help you focus your bicep workout. It forces you to limit your range of motion to just the limit you need to work the bicep muscle. Begin and End photos of the preacher curl bicep exercise.

The Toe Touch Back Workout strengthens the lower back. Muscles that this back exercise works include the erector spinae muscles. This exercise can be dangerous if too much weight is used. So use light weight, high reps, and discretion. Article shows begin and end photos of the workout.


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We Arrive in Santiago de Compestela Spain

We walked for Thirty Three days straight

We have arrived in Santiago. We walked for 33 straight days. Some days were 12 milers and as many as 18 miles or more in one day. We reached our destination. We decided not to rush to reach the city. Mary had accidentally banged her knee on the table at the restaurant the night before and it was a little tender.


Day 31 Palas de Rei to Ribadiso

We have walked 31 days to Santiago de Compostela

Today we started early because we had reserved a room at an albergue and we had to get there by 2pm or we lost the reservation. Mary set a blistering pace in the dark morning mist. Sunrise is at 8 am but this morning we had clouds and fog so it was darker than yesterday. The path through the city was okay but then leaving the city it became more difficult.


Three days of walking left in our Camino

We only have 66 kilometers to Santiago

We have walked for 30 days with only 3 days till we reach our destination of Santiago de Compostela. It has been an amazing journey. We are in the Galicia region of Spain known for the rain it receives. Well we are extremely lucky because the weather has been beautiful for walking. It starts out cool in the high 40s but then warms up to the low to mid 70s. With plenty of sunshine.


We arrived in Sarria

Five walking days to Santiago

Today we started late at 8 am. We were almost the last people out of Triacastela walking the Camino.


Ocebreiro to Triacastela

Only 6 days remaining on the Camino de Santiago

We are sitting in a restaurant in the little village of Triacastela on day 27 having tapas. It was a short 12 miles that were mostly down. Tomorrow we hope to go to Sarria.


Views from Astorga Spain

From Leon to Astorga on the Camino de Santiago

We visited Leon, Spain yesterday and then we walked 35Km today. Leon was wonderful. Today we walked in rain for the first time. We went 35 KM yesterday for no other reason than we could.


Walked 17 Miles Today

Today we walked 17 miles on the Camino

Today we are sitting at the albergue in Terradillos de las Templarios. We are at the halfway point in our journey. We have walked over 250 miles or 400 kilometers. I truly didn't think we would be able to do this. Mary has been a real trouper walking through bad knees and the pain of shin splints.


Finished a Third of our Camino Experience

We have walked a Third of the way to Santiago

Today finds us in Ages, Spain only 14 miles from Burgos. We are quite excited that we have managed this distance. We hoped we could but we had doubts especially those first few days where we hurt so much.


The Path to Najera Spain

Eight Days of Walking

We have been walking for 8 days now. It has been interesting, tiring, painful, fun and a real learning experience.


Walking Through the Pyrenees

Walking Through the Pyrenees

Mary and I started our journey to Santiago Spain. The first day we started in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. The goal was to arrive in Roncevalle, Spain before nightfall.




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