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I needed to implement  a zoom level similar to Google Maps style for MonoTouch iOS and lucky me after doing little search on the web I found this article http://troybrant.net/blog/2010/01/set-the-zoom-level-of-an-mkmapview/ written byTroy. This is exactly what I was looking for except it was in Objective-C.

So with my little knowledge of Objective-C I copied his code and converted this to C# for using MonoTouch library. I hope this code snippet will help other monoTouch coders as well. Also a big thanks to Troy for such a nice article.

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Just came across a easy and nice to read article explaining how to get started with noSQL database system. These no relational databases are getting increasingly popular to tackle the distribution and large data set problems.

Cassandra's ColumnFamily data model offers the convenience of column indexes with the performance of log-structured updates, strong support for materialized views, and powerful built-in caching.

The article is nicely written by Kellabyte  and shows step by step process how to get going with the programming in a .net platform.

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Sometimes, when working with JavaScript, we need to write a confirm dialog or message box to display some informative data. We can either use JavaScript alert function or confirm function for such operations. But in order to make a nice UI, we can resort to JQuery UI dialog, which gives a nice chrome window. But settings that up is not a one liner task. In this article, I will present a small plugin which will help us display some basic dialog just to get the job done without too much code.Read More...


Very interesting article if you want to understand how the routing and the whole architecture works in MVC framework. There are a lot more post to come from Simon.

An Introduction to ASP.NET MVC Extensibility



Today I came across a situation where I had a display a list of combo boxes inside a part of a complicated tab based form. The model of the view was a different object then this particular section I was trying to render. I had a different controller action to do the updates. read more..