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Firefox / IE blogging woes
I have discovered after a few blog posts on this excellent site that writing a post in Word and pasting it into Subtext in Firefox is not a good recipe. I noticed today that my lists and images have somehow been mangled. Also, I was wondering why I could navigate away from my work without being warned. I got burned by that one on my first post, which is why I started using Word in the first place. I accidentally left the editor and when I got back my lovingly crafted prose had done a runner. I composed ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 9:48 PM

Oren Eini is coming to Bristol

If you're in the Bristol area and want to hear a real software development pro speak about writing software fit to publish, then get along to the DotNetDevNet .NET user group on Monday the 13th of October.

Oren Eini (a.k.a. Ayende Rahien) is coming to town!

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 9:42 PM

So much to learn...
I’ve been doing development professionally now for maybe 18 months and my experiences over the last 8 months in an agile shop have made me realise just how much there is to know in the development arena and, more importantly, how much I would like to know in order to be really creative in my job and produce truly excellent software. In my previous job, I used a text editor to write Perl. There was no such thing as unit testing and copying and pasting was viewed as an aid to productivity rather than ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 9:33 PM

UserControl in WPF considered harmful?
I am currently working on a large app that is using WPF as its UI technology. I’m on a small team of talented developers (i.e. I think my colleagues are talented!) and we came at WPF six months ago from scratch, although everyone apart from me had WinForms experience. As we built our app, we made frequent use of the WPF UserControl. I think the main reasons for this were: Visual Studio lists UserControl as an item and this encourages its use. It’s a convenient container for XAML that can be reused ......

Posted On Sunday, September 28, 2008 3:14 PM

Aligning text baseline in WPF
I had a very frustrating experience last week trying to align the baselines of adjacent pieces of text in a WPF app. The problem seems to be that this is supported behaviour in a flow document, but not in general UI (e.g. the visual tree of a Window). After a lot of fiddling, head scratching and googling we discovered that the easiest way to do this is to have two TextBlock elements inside an outer TextBlock. The following markup: produces this end result: The TextBlock has magically communicated ......

Posted On Saturday, September 27, 2008 12:19 PM

Let the blogging commence
What this new blog is about Tech - I'm going to blog about technical stuff that interests / excites / confuses / frustrates me. Meta-tech - I'm going to blog about over-arching concepts and issues related to software development. Philosophical, architectural, social... I hope this blog will have an interesting slant because I started a new career as a software developer at the age of 33. It’s been a roller coaster ride over the last 2 years (so now you know my age) and I’ve had a chance to reflect ......

Posted On Saturday, September 27, 2008 11:33 AM

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