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In this Issue: James Bacon, SmartyP, Peter Gerritsen(2), Vasanthakumar D, Peter Bromberg, and John Papa(2). Shoutout: Pete Brown elaborates on the Pixel Shader Effects available for Silverlight in the WPF effects library on Codeplex that I discussed yesterday, and shows some screenshots too: More Pixel Shader Effects for Silverlight From SilverlightCream.com: How to add Silverlight version detection to Google Analytics James Bacon shows how to add Silverlight version info to your Google Analytics ...
One of my last big project revolved around keyword based searching using a Google Search Appliance and an open-source API code the Google Search Appliance written in .NET [link]. Ever since then I’ve been intrigued by keyword search technologies, specifically as it relates to their backend logic. That all said, Google searching simply matches for strings with a few exceptions. The guys who developed Mathmetica, though, have developed a processing engine that actually finds answers. By that, I mean ...
This is so unacceptable. I generally don’t share my rant for the application that I use often but what Facebook showed me today, is totally unacceptable. Very recently, last month?, I happen to have used the “Friend Finder” utility from them, I guess its called “Contact Importer” now; So anyways, its like this, I use the utility and find many many of my contacts on Facebook, and using the brilliant list selection web control, I choose whom I like to add on Facebook! Now, it’s today, I log to my work ...
I was integrating a JQuery plugin for file uploads, uploadify, in my app when I saw a very strange behavior. The plugin reported an error transmitting the file to the server and debugging the controller code I noticed the target action wasn’t being called at all. Debugging the client code I found out that the server was redirecting the upload to the login page. The Controller was marked with the AuthorizeAttribute but the user was already authenticated. After a google search I found this article ...
In this Issue: Simon Guest(2), Al Pascual, Jeff Prosise, Andrew Duthie, Nikhil Kothari, Alex Golesh, Ning Zhang, Jesse Liberty, and SilverLemma. Shoutouts: Jeff Wilcox is asking Is it worthwhile to keep AutoCompleteBox’s DropDownOpening and Closing events? Cameron Albert has a blog post up about his Perenthia World Builder in Silverlight Pete Brown posted his Silverlight 3 Links from the Reston DevDinner From SilverlightCream.com: Using SketchFlow to Create Better Prototypes Simon Guest sent me a ...
I was on my way home this evening when I was thinking of a test generation framework that could help me write some of the tests I always write to test construction setters, properties and null inputs to methods. Basically the tag line was going to be "AutoSpec - For those of us that are Test Driven but want to automate some of the mundane tests." Once I got home, I started to look if anything like this is out there and came across something different. I came across a Ruby product called AutoSpec. ...
Here’s a screenshot of my document in Word 2007: That’s exactly what I wanted: three columns in different shades. Hurray for Word 2007! Then I saved as PDF. Here’s a screenshot from Acrobat: I don’t know why the colors “leaked” like that, but it’s bad. And while I could imagine this being Acrobat, not word, this is clearly Word’s fault. I added a line to Column C, but made no other changes. Here’s the screenshot from Word: More of the same strange color leaking. Not acceptable, not in my marketing ...
I just read a ZDNet Article by Jason Hiner, and I strongly believe he is missing the point. Before I delve into the details, I would just like to state my opinion. The browser has become frankenstein - these word processors (if you can call them that) and so forth are using the browser for things that it was never designed for. Sure you have V8 in Chrome now - but JS will never match real OOP languages like C# and Java in terms of maintainability. These are 'cool' things that should have remained ...
Every once in a while when I have nothing better to do, I’ll do a Google search for “.net developer tools” or "must have tools for .net” to see if there are any tools out there to enhance my development experience, Scott Hanselman has THE MASTER LIST which he religiously maintains and that for the most part is my one stop shop since I know that I’ll almost always find something useful in his listing. But I did also want to try to have an online list to which I can add my own findings. Following is ...
Cloud computing holds great promise to the next evolution of business and consumer computing. Amazon has been in the cloud computing game for a while now. In addition to their Azure platform for hosting cloud applications, Microsoft also has online services for pictures, blogs, videos, and files. Google has similar software-as-a-service offerings as well. As other companies bring their offerings to the market, we’ll see more and more options to store our data and files “in the cloud”. But in our ...
If you have a Silverlight 3 Beta 1 DataGrid that, for some reason, is not refreshing when its bound ItemsSource changes, like so... <data:DataGrid ItemsSource="{Binding Path=Parameters}" AutoGenerateColumns="false" IsReadOnly="True" > ...you might want to know that it's a bug in the beta. I actually spent about 2 days on and off on this issue, researching a workaround and googling for it with no results. Only today, more on a guess than anything else, I did this: <data:DataGrid ItemsSource="{Binding ...
So I have got most of the drivers for XP working fine and things are running great. Only once did XP crash while I was installing the drivers but that was maybe because I installed the wrong one. I was having trouble finding the right driver for my video card, ATI Radeon 4570. Anyways, to find the drivers I searched google and again came about many posts related to the topic. Tried the drivers one by one, some failed and some didn't. But in the end I came about a post saying that Dell has released ...
Hi there, I have been struggling with my laptop for about a day now, trying to get it to dual boot with vista and xp. And I am happy to say that it is working now! My laptop came pre-installed with Vista home edition and I wanted to install xp on it because I knew that some of the programs I use will not work on Vista. The Mistake I inserted my xp cd and restarted my machine to boot from the cd and the first speed bump came along real quick. As soon as the first screen came up I got the infamous ...
Hey everyone,I am writing this so that anyone can point me to some good articles,tutorials on creating a plugin support for an application in .Net 3.5 or higher(SP1).

I tried a lot of google searches but nothing that can let me create plugin support for my application in a standard way...
Thanx in advance.


Well, finally after fiddling and trying everything to partition my single gigantic drive on my laptop for close to 4 hours, I have done it! The drive is finally broken. I tried using Vista's disk manager utility to partition but with partial success. I got my C drive from 280GB down to 180GB. And when I further try to shrink C, it says total available shrink space is zero! What the heck! Time to use google and a quick search shows that I am not the only one facing this problem almost half of the ...
I saw this question on a certification exam for WSS 3.0. I narrowed down the answer and it appears that I was right. I wasn't sure if I was correct, so I consulted someone and they looked up the answer. I also went around google to see what is the actual answer. It turns out if you don't run Item.Update(), but instead Item.SystemUpdate() it doesn't end up modifying the Modified and Modified By fields. This basically means that no alert will get sent when you choose this option over the regular update ...
I think the tools that we use and the way we use them define us in some ways. Some people prefer to work with command prompts even though a GUI is available, some people always stick with their editors that they use and switching to a new editor is very unsettling. As you progress as a developer you become greatly attached to these tools and the first thing that we do on a new PC is setup the tools the way we want. So here goes the list of tools that I use. TextPad TextPad has always been the editor ...
As you can guess from the title I have written this post completely on my iPhone.A part from the obvious restrictions, such as the small keyboard, it wasn't a wholly unpleasant experience making the whole notion of using a device like this to construct posts a viable option.What put me off attempting to do this before was indeed screen-size but the iPhone does just about cross the boundary in a useable experience.So I'm a little late to the iPhone party with all the fuss happening last year but it ...
When I was over at PDC the guys from GWB convinced me to move my blog to them (well, it didn’t take much convincing…), so I have, but I kept cross-posting on my old blog as well until I make up my mind. Took me way too long, but I have now decided to stick with my old place. Cross posting is naturally not a good idea, and I shouldn’t have done that for that long – apart from me having to post twice each time, other people comments are not visible for all which is the worst aspect of it, and also ...
Wow! If you have any sense of humor you have to see what Google has come up with now! As many of you know, you can set your Microsoft Outlook to have an automatic out of office reply. I will detail some tips on how to do that in a second. However, how great would it be to have an automatic, politician like, non-committal spin generator for when you are out of the office, instead? Leave it to the Geniuses at Google to add this feature to Gmail! Talk about an office productivity booster, instead of ...
Really enjoying the new Google Autopilot. Pretty interesting feature set.

If you haven't taken a look at this yet, be sure to check it out here.

So, after my server died, I needed a quick way to re-establish my email as I had previously been running Exchange server. My family all have email accounts on this server, so I’d thought I’d explore a few options for hosted email, that would work with our mobile phones (Windows Mobile and iPhone). Reading all the press coverage about Gmail supporting The Microsoft Air-Sync protocol, I thought I’d give this a go. I set up a couple of Gmail accounts. Then on the iPhone went through the process of setting ...

Gladinet allows access to cloud storage from Microsoft, Amazon and Google to be accessed from the desktop! 

GLADINET - Access Without Boundaries

A very long time ago, I was contacted by Marlon Grech who asked me to join a new Google group he had just created called the WPF Disciples. I was quite new in WPF back then and didn't know many members of the community yet, and I must admit that it slipped my mind and I didn't register (when you blog, and your blog gets a certain visibility, you get all kind of requests. I do my best to satisfy most of them, but sometimes I am just too busy and I cannot follow up). Read the rest of this entry » ...
In August of 2006 I was listening to the radio and stumbled across a guy named Dave Ramsey. The simplest way to distill Dave Ramsey down is: Get out of debt, stay out of debt, live beneath your means. Before long my wife and I were both on board with it and we were budgeting and cutting our expenses. This created a really big problem for me because my wife had been waiting for a long time to intervene on my addiction. The budget gave her the perfect excuse. My drug of choice...Technology books. I ...
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 2500 students and 2500 mentors & co-mentors from nearly 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of ...
As I mentioned before, I've been using Win7 full time on my laptop. Win7 ships with IE8 beta which has some nice improvements, but overall isn't ready for prime time just yet (such are the perils of beta software.) My recent experiences with FireFox 3 (prior to installing Win7) have left me somewhat cold, so my browser of choice has been Google Chrome. Overall, I really like Chrome a lot and there have only been a few instances where it wouldn't work well with something. One of those things is a ...
If you have Outlook 2007 installed, you already have a built in RSS feed aggregator. I used to rely entirely on Google Reader for my feed, but I’ve grown to love the convenience of having my email and RSS feeds in one interface. Setting it up is stupid simple. First, there’s the blatent RSS folder that’s part of the treeview in Outlook 2007: Right click and select ‘Add new RSS feed’ Put in the URL of your favourite blog… And voila! Instant information goodness delivered straight to your Outlook! ...
Dear clueless fools who stumble upon my blog as a result of Google searches, I do NOT work for Microsoft. You may occasionally see the Microsoft logo on my site. If you look closely, you'll see it's always part of a larger design. It does NOT mean I work for Microsoft. I can not fix your xbox 360, no matter if it's the RROD or otherwise. (I realize this is because my blog is the FIRST hit for "xbox 360 return process" but come on people... look around.) I can not help you if you bricked your Zune. ...
FileStream data type is a very important feature of SQL Server 2008 and gradually getting popular amongst developer for it’s feasibility. And in the past few days specially after “Configure SQL Server 2008 for File Stream” post. I received several feedbacks regarding the usage of FileStream with Ado.net and Frankly there is not much stuff available on Google for this topic. In this post, I will guide you to use FileStream Data type in Ado.net. But before we start make sure you have configure your ...
Hi everyone, If you haven’t heard Google will increase their ad targeting powers on April 8th (they did buy DoubleClick after all). I am not here to bash Google’s decision, I use their site all the time. However here is link for a plug-in to block their surfing watching cookie (the process is cookie based). The plug-in works for either Firefox or IE and Opera I think. There are instructions for Safari and Chrome to manually make the changes (I didn’t check these out, I don’t use either). It is from ...
Today i had an error by building my sandcastle documentation project. After compiling during opening the output instead my chm-file in the help viewer the internet explorer pops up with an error message that the destination could not be found. So i took a look in the log of the compile process and there was some warnings of the following type listed: HHC3004: Warning: Resources.HandlingCursors.0... : The HTML tag <CRYPTICAL SIGNS> is not a valid HTML tag (it does not begin with an alphanumeric ...
You can take screen shots of the phones screen by holding the HOME button and tapping the HOLD/STANDBY button. These will be saved under PICTURES and then CAMERA ROLL. Holding the HOME button for roughly 6-10 secs will terminate a program from running iif not responding. Dialling *#06# then calling will bring up our phones IMEI number. If the '.com' button is present whilst typing, then by pressing and holding down that button, 3 more domain name extensions appear – .edu, .org & .net. Instead ...

 

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Many get confused over the two way databinding concept. This is usually done by implementing INotiyPropertyChanged interface.You can find many examples with INotiyPropertyChanged if you google for it. Here I am presenting a very basic example of WPF databinding to show its advantages. Create a WPF Application called "TwoWayDataBinding". You have app.xaml and Window1.xaml. Add one class called Customer to the project. The code for the class is bellow. using System; using System.Collections.Generic; ...
In this issue: Yasser Makram, Mark Monster, Jesse Liberty, Peter McGrattan, Nigel Sampson, and Radenko Zec. Shoutouts: Crocusgirl has posted A list of my Silverlight Video Player Notes to share. If you've got an issue with the Silverlight Toolkit, Jeff Wilcox reports The Silverlight Toolkit team is on top of your feedback The Expression Blend and Design Team asks What Would you Like to See in Future Releases of Deep Zoom Composer? Koen Zwikstra reports that Silverlight Spy updated (2.0.0.41) From ...
In This issue: Jim Lynn, Pencho Popadiyn, Tim Heuer, Scott Guthrie, Mike Snow, Maurice de Beijer, and Dean Chalk. Shoutouts: Tim Sneath responds to Adobe's latest salvo: Silverlight is FIZZING, Not Fizzling Walt Ritscher has Reflecting on Design #9 up, and the 'light graffiti' stuff is pretty cool :) Azret Botash reports an update on the free Silverlght datagrid from Devexpress: Free Silverlight DataGrid is Fast! If you think you're up to it, Laurence Moroney says Solve the riddle, and get a free ...
Last Thursday evening (Feb 5th), SSE sponsored a local developer bootcamp covering VS.NET 2008. We had a great turnout and a lot of great discussion and questions. If you are in the St. Louis area and interested in being invited to these bootcamps please drop me a line at kvgros@sseinc.com. First, I wanted to thank everyone on my various teams who contributed ideas for the talk. While I did do a lot of research for the event, many developers contributed some good ideas that found there way into the ...
The RSSBus SharePoint Web Part might just be the most exciting thing I’ve had the pleasure to work with in quite a while. RSSBus is an amazingly powerful product, but the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part…its just a thing of beauty. What the web part does: it lets you expose data from just about anywhere inside SharePoint. The simplest example is to show an RSS feed like Google News or Yahoo News. I tweeted about that last week. I put together two more simple examples. One is using my Twitter Search RSS ...
If you happen to be using Google search engine on Saturday am from 9:30 to 10:30 am, you probably got a warning which stated "this site may be harmful to your compute". My wife was doing a search and alerted me to this problem. What was weird was that I checked at 10:30 what was causing this problem for her and all went away at that time. Apparently there was a glitch that apparently occurred in Google's "Stop Badware" program. You can read more here. Technorati Tags: google ...
The following is a simple checklist you can use when building web applications. Much of this still applies to other technologies and can easily be extended. I try not to get too specific on technology or methodology, but it is definitely leaning toward ASP.NET. If you can think of something I am missing or disagree, please leave a comment. Detailed information follows the checklist. How much of the checklist you follow will depend on the project. If its just a hobby site, you may skip items like ...
Google's 40 minute outage, which I reported, was caused by 'human error' according to a report by the BBC. Reading the account it seemed that several basic tasks weren't done. 1) The Live site is not checked after updates are performed on it 2) The risk that incorrectly updating the Stopbadware.org list file was something that could stop the site from working properly was not identified. 3) The site is not very regularly checked to see if it still working properly Any Web-Master will tell you that ...
I just got back from a business trip and sitting there on the counter was a copy of my latest book from Wrox! This book (my 20th) is titled Professional ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX. This was a fun book and I wrote this with some great co-authors including Matt Gibbs, Dan Wahlin, and Dave Reed. Amazon says that the book will be available on February 3rd (not too far away). Here is some of the introduction I wrote for the book: ----------------------------- ASP.NET revolutionized Web application development. ...
I’ve been playing around a bit with Google Chrome lately. I switched back to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 as it answered a lot of the frustrations that I was having with Google Chrome (some key pages I like not rendering correctly). Though, when I switched one of my computer’s operating system to Windows 7 Beta 1, I was even more frustrated. The IE that came installed on Windows 7 was a less than superior IE than what I could download off of the Microsoft site. I tried to install the latest IE ...
I notices that all my searches on google where coming up with ... "This site may harm your computer" message. So, I got Google to do a search on itself and this is the result ... The BBC has now picked up the issues ... http://tinyurl.com/acbvaq. Hmmm, this does make you think about Cloud Computing and the importance of getting a decent SLA ...
I realized after a discussion at work today that I don't view news and information sites in a browser that often. I find that I use an RSS reader more than actually going to the sites. I did not think about this too much until a co-worker was discussing Twitter as a service does not get that much direct traffic (people going to their site) most twitter users use a 3rd party software or tool to tweet or follow people. I realized how true this was when I realized that I had not gone to www.twitter.com ...
So, yesterday I was asked to create a cookie to store some information that could be used latter on. I have never worked with cookies before and it was a nice surprise when google told me it was quite simple :) To create a Cookie: HttpCookie bolacha = new HttpCookie("CookieName"); bolacha.Values.Add("Key1",V... bolacha.Values.Add("Key2",V... bolacha.Expires = DateTime.Now + new TimeSpan(0, 1, 0, 0); // Set to expire in 1 day Response.Cookies.Add(bolacha); To Read a Cookie: HttpCookie bolacha ...
Tonight I have to stay late at work to finish up some migrations and to handle a customer request that's a few days old. This post is regarding the aging customer request. I need to create a reproduction of a report that was generated on Saturday. To do this, I've got to copy down some prod data to my local database and delete any data newer than Saturday. Next, I'll set my system time to 1/24/09, fire up Visual Studio, open my Reporting Services project and finally load the report in question. With ...
I have encountered a number of errors with visual studio 2008, which i'm now getting convinced are bugs. The first i will talk about is the Exception from HRESULT: 0x8001010A (RPC_E_SERVERCALL_RETRYLATER) The reason i think it is a bug in VS2008 is the inconsistencies around it. The code below is supposed to create Toolbox items based on some assemblies that i add into the Assembly cache. public void RunCreator(DTE dte) { if (DllFileList.Count < 1) { Console.WriteLine("Could not find DLLs!"); ...
Hi, I’m Mark and I’m a moron. Every time I think I have a handle on how to do even the most simple things in SharePoint I find out I have to jump through hoops to get things to work just right. I’m hoping someone out there reading this blog will leave a comment saying “Hey! You’re a moron, here’s how you SHOULD have done it!”. I won’t be offended, feel free to belittle me. I have no problems looking like an idiot if I’m learning something. Again, this is a very basic, step-by-step blog. All you pro’s ...