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This post is from a very good friend of mine, Billy Hollis. He’s got some interesting food for thought and I think you’ll enjoy his perspective! For over 15 years now, our industry has been struggling with a crucial tradeoff. We can get broad reach via standards, or we can get the best possible user experience with applications that take advantage of particular devices or platforms. It's a stereotype that people in software development tend to be code and technology centric and not user centric. ...
What a crazy week! Big game releases from the XNA Community, podcasts, reviews, interviews, new educational content being posted and all sorts of upcoming titles that I’m excited about. If there was ever a week that I missed stuff, this was the week. Seemed like every time I glanced at twitter or checked my RSS feeds there was some interesting and new XNA thing going on. No need for me to try and convince you, just like at the size of this weeks XNA Notes! Time Critical XNA News: Making Windows Phone ...
We are glad to release the BizTalk RFID Data Services as part of our open source contribution here at Tellago. Let me get into some details on what’s BizTalk RFID data service and who can take advantage of it. BizTalk RFID data service is all about exposing BizTalk RFID artifacts as Restful service interface which can be easily accessed by different application within the enterprise and outside such as mobile applications. So anyone who wants to monitor the BizTalk RFID can take advantage of it. ...
In this Issue: Ollie Riches, Damon Payne(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth, John Papa, Beth Massi, Michael Crump, Mike Taulty(-2-), Jorge Peraza, and Peter Kuhn(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Delay Binding Updates within a certain Context" Damon Payne Blend: "Phone Tools reaches Beta!" Shawn Wildermuth Blend: "Blend Bits 26–Use Libraries for Assemblies" Mike Taulty Shoutouts: If you're in the UK, Mike Ormond announced a new set of WP7 Workshops: New Windows Phone 7 Workshops I met Gregor ...
My blog has been quiet recently, mainly because I've been spending a bunch of time putting together an iPhone app which talks to a set of RESTful WCF services hosted in Azure, backing onto SQL Azure for storage. This post is a technical walkthrough of that architecture and some of the learning experiences, but after this it will be back to normal. I have a couple of nice open-source projects which are coming soon, including a log4net appender which writes to Event Tracing for Windows (ETW), and a ...
Employee Info Starter Kit is an open source ASP.NET project template that is intended to address different types of real world challenges faced by web application developers when performing common CRUD operations. Using a single database table ‘Employee’, it illustrates how to utilize Microsoft ASP.NET 4.0, Entity Framework 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 effectively in that context. Employee Info Starter Kit is highly influenced by the concept ‘Pareto Principle’ or 80-20 rule. where it is targeted to ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for March 7-13, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: SilverlightShow EcoContest Grand Prize Winner and First Runner-up Selected WCF RIA Services V1.0 SP1 Visual Studio 2010 enhancements Upcoming Silverlight Show Webinar: Switching on the Cloud for Silverlight 30+ Projects Will be at Open Source Fest at MIX11 Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Emil Stoychev, Viktor Larsson(-2-), Kevin Hoffman, Rudi Grobler, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Image comparison using a GridSplitter" Martin Krüger WP7: "Using WP7 accent color effectively" Viktor Larsson XNA: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 7 - Collision detection" Peter Kuhn From SilverlightCream.com: XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 7 - Collision detection Peter Kuhn has part 7 of his XNA for Silverlight ...
Employee Info Starter Kit is an open source project that is highly influenced by the concept ‘Pareto Principle’ or 80-20 rule, where it is targeted to enable a web developer to gain 80% productivity with 20% of effort with respect to learning curve and production. It is intended to address different types of real world challenges faced by web application developers when performing common CRUD operations. Using a single database table ‘Employee’, the current release illustrates how to utilize Microsoft ...
Ever wanted to have a simple jQuery menu bound with ASP.NET web site map file? Ever wanted to have cool css design stuffs implemented on your ASP.NET data bound controls? Ever wanted to let Visual Studio generate logical layers for you, which can be easily tested, customized and bound with ASP.NET data controls? If your answers with respect to above questions are ‘yes’, then you will probably happy to try out latest release (v5.0) of Employee Starter Kit, which is intended to address different types ...
As a post VS2010 SP1 installation activity, I am recompiling all my open source projects. The first is XHTMLFIX at http://xhtmlfix.codeplex.com/ This LGPL project has simple fixes to ASP.NET 2.0/4.0 to achieve XHTML compliance as measured by the W3C tests at http://validator.w3.org/ The XHTML project shows as untrue the commonly held belief that MVP or MVC are necessary for producing XHTML compliant web pages. Incidentally the other supposed advantage of MVP and MVC over web forms of easier testing ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for Feb 28 - Mar 06, 2011. While you're at it, check out the ECO Contest site, and vote for your favorites before midnight PST on March 10. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: SilverlightShow Bookshelf now released as Open Source CRUD Operation on Relational Data (Multiple table) using RIA and Silverlight 4 A Sample Silverlight 4 Application Using MEF, MVVM, and WCF RIA Services - Part 3 Daily News Digest 03/02/2011 ...
Here are the latest update from the Windows Phone 7 Developer Worlds that went live this month. Here are some of the latest numbers: Windows Phone Marketplace currently offers more than 9,000 quality apps and games and enjoys a base of over 32,000 registered developers, delivering an average of 100 new apps every day. There have been over 1 million downloads of the developers tools for Windows Phone 7. Trial version help you sell more Trials result in higher sales by the numbers: Users like trials ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Chris Rouw, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, Simon Guindon, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Faster Databinding in WPF and Silverlight using OptimizedObservableCollection" Simon Guindon WP7: "Phoney Tools Updated (WP7 Open Source Library)" Shawn Wildermuth From SilverlightCream.com: Problems With Sharing Windows Phone 7 Applications Within A Large Group Of Beta Testers Max Paulousky has a post up discussing the issues surrounding beta testing ...
Today's Apress $10 deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/info/... has been on before. I have a copy and it is useful read on open source applications for Windows. Crafting Digital Media: Audacity, Blender, Drupal, GIMP, Scribus, and other Open Source Tools Open source software, also known as free software, now offers a creative platform with world-class programs. Crafting Digital Media is your foundation course in photographic manipulation, illustration, animation, making music, video editing, ...
There are a million plugins for jQuery and when a web forms developer like myself works in MVC making use of them is par-for-the-course! MVC is the way now, web forms are but a memory!! Grids / tables are my focus at the moment. I don’t want to get in to righting reems of css and html, but it’s not acceptable to simply dump a table on the screen, functionality like sorting, paging, fixed header and perhaps filtering are expected behaviour. What isn’t always required though is the massive functionality ...
I am scheduled to share on NuGet (http://nuget.codeplex.com/) at the Deerfield Beach Coder’s Café on March 1st, 2011. My goal for this talk is to present demos and content covering how to leverage this new neat utility to easily “package” .Net-based binaries or tools and share them with others, who in-turn, can just as easy reference and readily use that same package in their Visual Studio 2010 .Net projects. Scott Hanselman has recently blogged in great detail on creating NuGet packages. For hosting ...
When I found out yesterday that one of my top 5 development tools .NET Reflector will no longer be free at the end of February, I thought I'd see if work had started on a good open source alternative...and guess what...work on ILSpy is already well underway!! There seems to be a difference of opinion on what Red Gate said when they purchased .NET Reflector from Lutz Roeder in 2008. They say that they would try to keep it free, where as others think they promised to keep it free. Either way at the ...
When applying to join Geeks with Blogs I had to specify the development tools I use every day. That got me thinking, it's taken a long time to whittle my tools of choice down to the selection I use, so it might be worth sharing. Before I begin, I appreciate we all have our preferred development tools, but these are the ones that work for me. Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Visual Studio has been my development tool of choice for more years than I care to remember. I first used this when it was ...

One of the lonfg-standing Free Utilities will soon no longer be free (http://www.red-gate.com/products/dotnet-development/reflector/announcement), but there is now a new open source alternative called ILSpy see http://wiki.sharpdevelop.net/ilspy.ashx

ILSpy is still in development but it shows promise as a replacement for reflector.

WordPress is easily one, if not the most, popular blogging platforms on the web. With the release of WordPress 3.x, the potential for what you can do with this open source software is limitless. This technique intends to show you how to get your WordPress wielding the power of the future web, that being HTML 5. --- Ingredients WordPress 3.x Your favourite HTML 5 compliant browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 9) Directions Setup WordPress on your server or host. Note: You can setup a WordPress.com account, ...
Since discovering the XML commenting features built into .NET years ago I have been using it to help make my code more readable and simpler for other developers to understand exactly what the code is doing. Entering /// preceding a line of code causes Visual Studio to insert "summary" tags. It also results in additional tags being generated if you are commenting a method with parameters and a return type. I already knew that Intellisense would pick up these comments and display them when coding and ...
Jesus Rodriguez has blogged recently on Tellago Devlabs' release of an open source RESTful API for BizTalk Server Business Rules. This is an excellent addition to the BizTalk ecosystem and I congratulate Tellago on their work. See http://weblogs.asp.net/gsus... The Microsoft BRE was originally designed to be used as an embedded library in .NET applications. This is reflected in the implementation of the Rules Engine ...

There is an excellent free player at http://www.videolan.org/  - version 1.1.7 has just been released.

"VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols"

I have used this utility to play MP3 files and recommend it to you.

 

An open source library and full product have been developed for transparently splitting large tables across several databases for performance, similar to database table partitioning. It is all handled along with the Linq to SQL framework, and looks pretty slick, I will be reviewing the product shortly. It looks mostly transparent to the developer! There are other capabilites worth a look. This looks like it works for azure as well. Here are some links: http://enzosqlshard.codeple... http://enzosqlbaseline.com ...
Much has been said recently about Red Gate's community involvement and commitment to the DotNet community. Much of this has been unduly negative. Before you start throwing stones and spewing obscenities, consider some additional facts: Red Gate's software is actually very good. I have worked on many projects where Red Gate's software was instrumental in finishing successfully. Red Gate is VERY good to the community. I have spoken at many user groups and code camps where Red Gate has been a sponsor. ...
We live in a strange world. Information should be free. Tools should be free. Software should be free (and I mean free as in free beer, not as in free speech). Of course, since I make my living (and pay my mortgage) by writing software I tend to disagree. Or rather: I want to get paid for the things I do in the daytime. Next to that I also spend time on projects I feel are valuable for the community, which I do for free. The reason I can do that is because I get paid enough in the daytime to afford ...
Lately, I've had a growing interest in Electronics & Microcontrollers. I'm a loyal reader of Make Magazine and thoroughly enjoy seeing all the various projects in each issue, even though I rarely try to make any of them. I've been reading and watching videos about the Arduino, which is an open source Microcontroller and software project that the people at Make (and a lot of other folks) are pretty hot about. Even the prebuilt hardware is remarkably inexpensive , although there are kits available ...
Last few weeks, I have been working on Application Packaging stuff using all the widely used tools like InstallShield, WISE, WiX and Visual Studio Installer. So, I thought it would be good to post about how to Build the Installers developed using these tools with Team Build 2010. This post will focus on how to build the InstallShield generated packages using Team Build 2010. For the release of VS2010, Microsoft has partnered with Flexera who are the makers of InstallShield to create InstallShield ...
I just released an open source project at codeplex, which includes a set of T-4 templates to enable you to build logical layers (i.e. DAL/BLL) with just few clicks! The logical layers implemented here are based on Entity Framework 4.0, ASP.NET Web Form Data Bound control friendly and fully unit testable. In this open source project you will get Entity Framework 4.0 based T-4 templates for following types of logical layers: Data Access Layer: Entity Framework 4.0 provides excellent ORM data access ...
NET Mathematical Libraries .NET Builder for Matlab The MathWorks Inc. - http://www.mathworks.com/pr... MATLAB Builder NE generates MATLAB based .NET and COM components royalty-free deployment creates the components by encrypting MATLAB functions and generating either a .NET or COM wrapper around them. .NET/Link for Mathematica www.wolfram.com a product that 2-way integrates Mathematica and Microsoft's .NET platform call .NET from Mathematica - use arbitrary .NET types directly from ...
Cloud computing is about scaling out all your application tiers, from web application to the database layer. In fact, the whole promise of Azure is to pay for just what you need. You need more IIS servers? No problemo... just spin another web server. You expect to double your storage needs for Azure Tables? No problemo; you are covered there too... just pay for your storage needs. But what about the database tier, SQL Azure? How do you add new databases easily, and transparently, so that your application ...
In this Issue: Rénald Nollet, Benjamin Gavin, Dennis Doomen, Tim Greenfield, Mike Taulty, Jeff Blankenburg, Michael Crump, Laurent Duveau, Dragos Manolescu, KeyboardP, Yochay Kiriaty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight RIA Services and Basic, Anonymous Authentication" Benjamin Gavin WP7: "lving Circular Navigation in Windows Phone Silverlight Applications" Yochay Kiriaty SQL Azure: "SQL Azure Database Manager – Part 1 : How to connect to your SQL Azure DB" Rénald Nollet Shoutouts: Yochay Kiriaty ...
If you are interested in software development including a heap of great open source frameworks, then get over to the DDD9 web site and vote for some sessions for the next DDD conference. It will take place at Microsoft's UK headquarters in Reading on 29th January 2011. http://developerdeveloperde... I've proposed a session on the new Async CTP announced at PDC, but there's loads more interesting stuff such as Ruby, CQRS and jQuery Mobile, so get your votes in now ...
Each year for the last seven Wagga Wagga hosts the annual Code Camp Oz. It is the largest community .NET conference in Australia. For reasons I don’t understand the organisers choose to hold ccoz in Wagga; a location that is inconvenient to everyone. My preferred technique to get there is to fly to Canberra and drive a hire car to Wagga. This year I took advantage of some time in Canberra to catch up with a friend and then work on my presentation, before heading to Wagga Friday night. Aaron Powell ...
I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Tampa .Net Code Camp 2010. I covered MVC3 and NuGet. I also leveraged the lunch break to show most of Scott Hanselman’s highly rated open source PDC10 session. To watch Scott’s video please visit: http://www.hanselman.com/bl... Mr and Mrs. Keith Kabza and the VisualGov team’s hard work was quiet visible at the nicely organized event where all went smooth from early morning registration to ...
You are reading an old version of my weblog. Please update your bookmarks to http://www.timmykokke.com If you often use open source libraries you probably have a large library with various tools, like I do. NuGet is an extension for visual studio that enables you to install, uninstall and upgrade open source packages into your application very easily. Say for example you want to use MvvmLight or Ninject in your project, with NuGet it’s nothing more that tell it to add the package to your project. ...
In my previous post I used a lot of transistors (not very successfully, I might add) to drive 4 LEDs with 2 digital GPIO pins from a Netduino. I mentioned that there are Integrated Circuits (ICs) that may be used for that. In this post I’m going to use one of those ICs (specifically, a 74HCT138) to do the exact same thing. First, here is how it looks: Very simple prototype of the use of a 74HCT138 The code I’m using is exactly the same as before. I have the Encoder class, which will receive a single ...
I love Silverlight and have written / talked about it a lot. I can’t help but notice that a lot of people are new to Silverlight or may have played with it a few times. Well this post is for you. It is a list of 15 things that I’ve discovered since I started developing for Silverlight. If you are a full-time Silverlight developer than I would hope you know most of these. I promise not to scare off anyone with talks of MVVM, Prism or MEF. 1) The line highlighted below represents the MIME type and ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Andy Beaulieu, Joost van Schaik, and DevComponents. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Physics Helper 4 Released" Andy Beaulieu WP7: "Showing Open Source maps on Windows Phone 7 with the Bing Maps Control" Joost van Schaik Tools: "DotNetBar for Silverlight controls with Ribbon, Scheduling, and more..." DevComponents Short list today because it's been a long one... finally finished about 8:30, took a break and came in here to do an SC post. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight ...
WebMatrix is a free “one stop shop” supporting all developers’ needs when creating web sites based on standard markup technologies (HTML, CSS, Javascript and jQuery). WebMatrix features an intuitive user interface to help minimize the learning curve and ease navigation and access to all application features. For instance, on startup WebMatrix enables the user to select of the following: 1-Existing sites created in WebMatrix 2-Obtain a site from one of the open source packages through Web Platform ...
As I continue to explore ASP.Net MVC 3, I decided to share a little on NuPack Tools, a recently released Visual Studio 2010 extension. There are a few nice blog entries on NuPack already which you can access here. Figure 1 - NuPack Tools shown as a Visual Studio 2010 Extension What is NuPack Tools? NuPack Tools is a Visual Studio 2010 Extension installed along with ASP.Net MVC 3 and also available as a stand-alone install. It provides a friendly interface that automates the retrieval and installation ...
The thing to realize is that the destination is never the most important part of the journey. It’s the journey itself. When you start a journey, you are never fully sure where it is going to end up. We started the journey down package management for .NET three times with Nu[bular] (we in this context means the nu team, not me in particular, I was only involved in the last reboot) before we decided to try an existing infrastructure with Ruby Gems. I have always said that I would use the best tool ...
I love Silverlight and have written / talked about it a lot. I can’t help but notice that a lot of people are new to Silverlight or may have played with it a few times. Well this post is for you. It is a list of 15 things that I’ve discovered since I started developing for Silverlight. If you are a full-time Silverlight developer than I would hope you know most of these. I promise not to scare off anyone with talks of MVVM, Prism or MEF. 1) The line highlighted below represents the MIME type and ...
While building our mobile app I came across a few valuable resources for some of the specific issues I was facing, I thought I'd share those in case others were looking for similar info. Customized Color Progress Bar iPhone This one probably violates all UI rules defined by Apple, but we were looking to change the color of the progress bar for our app based on certain values. As the bar filled up, we wanted it to change to red so the user could quickly see while driving that is represented a different ...
The West Palm Beach .Net User Group would like to thank our August speaker, Christopher Rushing, Owner and Senior Developer at Webangelo, LLC for coming to our meting and sharing his knowledge about Umbraco, an open source ASP.Net CMS. Umbraco presents an out-of-the-box solution for implementing systems that can be as simple as user blogs to as involved as ecommerce high traffic websites. It can also be easily extended and supplemented with standard ASP.Net User Controls. Umbraco is already a very ...
I have been up to mucho in the past few weeks and nothing at the same time. I'm currently in the process of re-designing InsideGamer.org to be my personal portfolio with a whole new color scheme and layout (including a new web host!). I'm continuing work on Project Ambush which is the first full game to use the open source library I'm developing, RhinoXNA. Not to mention several books I've read and games I've completed. All this on top of a 40-hour/week salary job. All work and no play makes Matt ...
For my next project I decided to try to upgrade my SERB robot that I showed here last year to use Netduino. This robot was designed by great inventors from oomlout and you can buy it as a nicely packaged kit from them. However because the design is open source you can also download the project files and if you have access to a laser cutter order all the acrylic pieces there. It is also very easy to build following the instructable (you can find few more photos from my build here). The original SERB ...
Some time ago I wrote about FEZ Mini and FEZ Domino – first affordable development boards for .NET Micro Framework. Today I’m excited to tell you about another device called Netduino. Similar to FEZ Domino this board is pin compatible with Arduino, and therefore most of Arduino shields should work fine on Netduino. This makes transitioning your project quite easy. Only care should be taken to ensure that shield can run at 3.3V logic levels (because Arduino runs at 5V). Of course Netduino is much ...
In a recent podcast Scott Hanselman accurately, and delicately, exposed some of the weaknesses of NHibernate. Scott focused on the difficulty of getting started with NHibernate, referring to the number of assemblies required, and on the oversupply of choice that plagues the NHibernate user, such as with mapping and query options. The best products require a strong leader, with a singular vision and clear purpose. In contrast, NHibernate appears to have been assembled by a committee divided by space, ...