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Hey there! I am back from my short trip and now its time to roll the wheels again. Okay, first thing, I will be stopping any further work on "Crash Marbles" for the time being. Something interesting has come my way and poor crash marbles has to bear the brunt. More details coming along as the picture becomes clear. Few things that I have to finish before I do anything else: 1) Go through Joel's code project article. Some tips from there surely will help. 2) Watch those win mob videos on "How to write ...
In this Issue: Timmy Kokke, Expression Blend and Design, and Peter Gerritsen. Shoutouts: Before I forget again, again... check out SilverlightXP.net, a collaboration between Loek van den Ouweland and Fons Sonnemans. It's not been up long and there's lots of good stuff out there already... check it out! Colin Blair has a response to Jeff Handleys' query about DomainDataSource: The Problem with the DomainDataSource Tim Heuer asks the question How you chose and learned Silverlight ... take a few minutes ...
Issue: I have a grid which I have what I can only describe as containing “Core” data and “Minor” data. What I'd like to be able to do is to show the Core data in the main grid view but to allow the user to add/edit/view the Core and Minor data when they open the relevant dialog. In essence this would be like having hidden columns that were viewable/editable when the dialogs were opened with form editing/viewing. The Minor data is only of interest to some users, so I don't want to show it in the main ...
Was doing some research this morning, as usual, and came across a post from Giulio Bai on jQuery performance tips. A lot of his tips are things I’ve heard elsewhere (no offense!), but one that I haven’t seen anywhere and for some reason surprised me is that using a the JavaScript provided for() loop is considerably faster than using jQuery’s each() function. In fact, it can be several orders of magnitude faster depending on what you’re doing. Interesting. Link to his post Technorati Tags: jQuery,performance ...
Some time ago, Craig Shoemaker asked me if I wanted to talk about design time data in MVVM on his Polymorphic podcast, and of course I said yes. Following in the steps on my buddies Josh Smith and Tim Heuer was a bit scary, but hey, this is what we do, right, following the steps of giants and trying not to look too silly while we do it :) Read the rest of this entry » ...
Visual WebGui, the Web & Cloud Application Development Platform, announces the creation of a Wiki page designed to provide a new interaction zone for Visual WebGui users to read, post, and share development knowledge. The Wiki page will feature detailed information on Visual WebGui, tips and tricks on how to best use the platform, code samples, control pages, SDK version highlights, case studies, and much more. The site will also feature user-generated content posted by Visual WebGui community ...
Host: Jody Gilbert, Senior Editor 10 things Career Collaboration IT management Network administration Programming and development Project management Security Shortcuts Support Tips Web design Contact 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 With the release of the Office 2010 Technical Preview, details are finally starting to roll in. Deb Shinder highlights some of the features she thinks might make the new version worth the upgrade 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 Technorati ...
Last night I finished my first SketchFlow project last night. I was using the (free) first chapter of an upcoming book “Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression Blend”. This copy doesn’t look like first draft stuff, it’s stuff that you can use right now. The free chapter gets you grounded with how you can put SketchFlow to work for you. The first thing I did was set aside what little I knew about prototyping. I’ve used many napkins to layout an app and that makes total sense. The examples ...
In this Issue: Pete Blois, Lee, Andrej Tozon(2), Jeff Blankenburg(2), Expression Blend and Design Blog, Terence Tsang, SmartyP, Colin Eberhardt, Timmy Kokke, and Tim Greenfield. Shoutout: I believe I hit all these, but just in case, Tess Fernandez has Design tips for Developers Walt Ritscher has a good post and links up about Hatching Effect Shader - WPF or Silverlight From SilverlightCream.com: house of mirrors: Explode! Pete BloisPete Blois ... I don't think I'll be using that her in this factory ...

We use Citrix and would like to use WPF. Here's some tips for better performance.

http://blogs.msdn.com/jaimer/archive/2009/06/29/wpf-discussions-090626.aspx

 

[UPDATED: July 1st. Show 5 is also now available in which Gary Short discusses technical det and the role of refactoring] [UPDATED: July 1st. Hoster is having some issues.Alternative download is available] This podcast accompanies the June 17th edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes a twenty minute interview with Sara Ford, the Program Manager of codeplex.com, Microsoft's open source project hosting web site. We discuss her famous Visual Studio Tips (for VS 2008 and VS 2005) , how people ...
I had quite the eye-opening series of discussions at a recent conference about how women are treated in our industry. Discussions ranged from how geek guys overstep boundaries to what levels of modesty women in tech should exude. The discussion of women in technology has been ongoing for many years. Major conferences host WIT (Women in Technology) shindigs where people get together to build Lego together and burn bras (oddly enough, I’m only kidding about the bra burning…still don’t get the Lego ...
I was trying to implement a simple autocomplete behavior on a textbox using JQuery and the JQuery Autocomplete plugin but it wasn’t as simple as I expected. The basic idea was to get the options from a WCF web service as the user typed. The first obstacle was preparing the Service to accept the calls from the plugin. The plugin accepts a url as the data source and invokes it with two parameters (and a timestamp), q is the query and limit the maximum number of results to return, so I created the following ...
Recently I am working little bit more on SSRS. Last week, we migrated from SSRS 2005 to SSRS 2008. The migration was smooth except few gotchas in Line charts. The way we handle empty points (null values) is improved. for more information, look at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ------- Coming to some tips regarding formatting date time, text etc. 1) How do you persist the date format when you export the report to Excel? ...
Ten post jest tlumaczeniem oryginalu napisanego przez Scott’a Guthrie’go, który znajduje sie na stronie http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... This is translation of original post by Scott Guthrie - http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... SEO (search engine optimization) to jeden z najwazniejszych elementów, które nalezy uwzglednic podczas projektowania portalu. Znaczny procent odwiedzin ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Patrick Cauldwell(2), Kirupa Chinnathambi, and Nigel Sampson. Shoutouts: Tim Heuer has some great advice up for anyone trying to get ready for the SL2/SL3 switch: Check your Silverlight 2 apps for compatibility with Silverlight 3. I know we all have seen pages that want us to install SL 1 or 1.1 still, so follow Tim's instructions to not be one of those! Despite 3 years of French in High School, I do NOT speak or read French (it's been too long ago!), but I can look at ...
Among an users of Windows there are such people to whom smooth animations are not necessary at switching of windows etc. It is important for these users is speed of work and convenience. In a word, that is necessary for them - the responsible user interface. More recently we communicated with such user by e-mail. Its problem consisted that it is necessary to wait few time before he will see a preview window for the application at hovering on an application icon in the task panel. For this reason ...
June 9, 2009 – Twin Cities Developers Guild Meeting, featuring Mike Benkovich When: 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) MAP Mike Benkovich Topic: Advanced Debugging with Visual Studio 2008 The system’s down, things are broken, what do you do? Before they panic you whip out your trusty Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 instance and attach to the troubled process. Use the tool the way it was meant to be used, quickly to identify the issue and save the day. ...
A friend of mine, Troy, showed me this a while ago, and I thought this is probably one of the best office tips EVAR. Have you ever been designing at the white board and accidentally wrote on it with a permanent marker? We use sharpies all the time for User Stories and it happened to me and I thought I was forced to live with the blue blemish on my whiteboard forever. Not true. Take a regular white board marker (preferably the same color as the permanent marker) and write right over the top of the ...
Got this email yesterday. wow this sucks… thanks for buying them and then putting them out of business… WTF? Dear Caligari customer, You may have heard that Microsoft Corporation, reacting to difficult business conditions, has been evaluating many of the products it produces and making the difficult decision to reduce investment in certain areas. It is with regret that I have to tell you that trueSpace is one of the products affected. As a consequence, you will see reduction or elimination of services ...
In this Issue: Nigel Sampson, Jonathan van de Veen, Rod Paddock, Alex Knight, Arturo Toledo, Tim Heuer, Justin Angel, Lee, and David Anson. Shoutouts: There are probably more by now, but at last look, both Jesse Liberty and Alex Golesh had not only dowloaded and installed VS2010, but they're also building Silverlight apps out there... sweet! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3 Navigation and Google Analytics Nigel Sampson pinged me on this post. I blew right past it two days in a row! Nigel ...
I don’t know Joel personally, but some recent posts of his caused a stir within the community, and he seems like a pretty interesting dude… so that makes him a perfect candidate for a NINE Questions interview. Unfortunately, I never got a pic from him with this interview, so this placeholder pic will have to do for now. I know you’re all chomping at the bit to read my latest interview, so without further ado, I give you these NINE Questions with Joel Oleson, aka SharepointJoel. 1. Where are you from? ...
Here are some useful articles that talks about how to improve the performance of ASP.NET Application. I also included here some links that talks about the best practices for speeding up your website. Improving ASP.NET Performance http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site http://developer.yahoo.com/... 10 ASP.NET Performance and Scalability Secrets http://www.codeproject.com/... 10 Tips for Writing ...
I just found a great post at SQL Tips by Namwar Rizvi - TSQL Function to convert decimal to Hex, Octal or any other base (http://sqltips.wordpress.c... with a great, simple function to convert any integer into a string of characters in any base from 2 through 36. Here it is, the comments include his post text, giving original credit for this algorithm to Itzik Ben-Gan in his book Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2005:TSQL Querying: IF EXISTS ( SELECT * FROM sysobjects WHERE id = OBJECT_ID(N'[dbo].[fn_decTo... ...
Last weeks’ Richmond Code Camp was excellent! After giving my presentation I hung out in the Open Spaces area where the topics ranged from a custom framework that separates concerns in ASP.Net to whether or not Behavior-Driven Development is distinct from Test-Driven Development. The after-party featured Alan Stevens performing on his guitar; we left before he did “Code Monkey”. I ended up speaking to small audience in a large auditorium. The tips I got from the other speakers afterwards (get down ...
Julie Lerman is one of the hippest, smartest people I know. If you haven’t already heard of her, this is your chance to crawl out from under that rock and get a glimpse of an industry legend. Don’t worry about that giant ball of fire in the sky, that’s just the sun. Those of you that HAVE heard of Julie probably already know how awesome she is, but keep reading anyway. My first introduction to Julie was hearing Bill Ryan refer to someone as “Julie Lerman smart.” I figured that was enough of a recommendation ...

The next issue of BizTalk Hotrod magazine (April 2009) is ready.

This issue has articles about EDI, AS2, Mapping Tips and Tricks, Business Rules, Naming conventions, Tools like BizTalk Terminator and BizTalkCop for Static Code Analysis for BizTalk. As BizTalk 2009 hits the streets 'Hotrod' offers some great help.

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A week ago Brian Loesgen was in town presenting at the Developer Summit here in Stockholm. Brian was kind enough to present at the BizTalk User Group in Sweden, and we pulled our resources to deliver a joint session on BizTalk Server Development best practices and BizTalk Server Administration best practices. The presentation was recorded and should be available on Channel 9 shortly. The next evening we had a second BizTalk User Group meeting with Paolo Salvatory who is a BizTalk Ranger (I know they ...
Hello blog readers. This is my first official blog so let me introduce myself and let you know what types of things to expect from this blog. My name is Brian Jackett and I’m a Senior IT Consultant for Sogeti USA in the Columbus, OH area. My primary focus is on the Microsoft stack, but I started out in the Java realm when I first became a consultant. Throughout life I’ve been called a “utility player”, “jack of all trades”, and general dabbler in many different areas. Much of that led to why I enjoy ...
First things, first… You’ll notice the new blog name “The SharePoint Hillbilly”. This is one of the interesting things that came out of SharePint. What do you think? You like it? hate it? At least it’s a little more memorable. Hey, I AM from Arkansas (no, I’m not married to my sister). ANYWAY! The St. Louis SharePoint User Group was kind enough to put together an amazing SharePoint event this past weekend and even more gracious by allowing me to speak. I met a lot of amazing people, had a lot of ...
How to Enable IIS 6.0 Compression for SharePoint: Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS) has long support HTTP Compression. However, supporting and implementing compression are two different things. Many settings within IIS are easily configured from the IIS Admin GUI. Unfortunately, enabling and configuring compression is not supported through the GUI and requires editing the IIS Metabase. The metabase can be edited manually or updated from a command prompt. The commands can be combine into ...
This month's System Center User Group meeting will feature John Nelson and Brian Mason from Wells Fargo. They are speaking on the first day of MMS about SQL Performance Tips, but if you can't make it to MMS, you can see that very same presentation on Thursday 4/16 at the Microsoft Bloomington office. This event does not cost anything, but we're going to try something different for food and beverages. This month a few of us will bring some pizza and drinks and we'll have a spot for everyone to chip ...
Laptops are the client machine of choice in the Enterprise. They are an essential component of modern business allowing the workforce to turn almost anywhere into an office and place of business. In the Enterprise the laptop will steadily taken over the place of many desktops in business, there will be a place for them in static workforces but for everyone else it will be the default device. Because laptops play such an important role in the Enterprise, no Enterprise Technology blog would be any ...
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 ...
Webinars are a great way learn vital skills in a convenient way. Our new webinar series will bring you the tips and tricks you need to increase productivity right to your office or home. Learn More >> Microsoft Word...Use it Right! April 20 2:00pm - 3:30pm Have you ever wondered why Microsoft Word does what it does? Attend this 90-minute webinar to learn the basic functionality that all users should know to efficiently work with Microsoft Word. You'll discover how easy it really is to create ...
Saturday March 28th 2009 was our second annual School of Dev and first ever SharePoint Saturday. We had over 80 people in attendance despite a snow storm. Only one speaker ended up canceling which was truly amazing considering the weather. For me the day began by dropping off two boxes of books that would later be given away as prizes. I then joined Steve Walker for a Panel QA Discussion Session. We were joined by Cory Roth and Chris Barba. We had some great questions around designing a SharePoint ...
Minnesota SharePoint User Group SharePoint and Business Intelligence You're invited. Please join us on Wednesday, April 8, as we explore Business Intelligence leveraging the SharePoint platform. In this session we will cover the various Business Intelligence integration points with SharePoint 2007 including: Excel Services PerformancePoint Server 2007 SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) SharePoint filters Dashboards KPI lists and more! This session will include a number of demonstrations and tips on how ...

I just got myself a brand new MacBook Pro. The whole point is getting out of my comfort zone and start learning to use a new OS.

For those of you who are .net devs on a Mac, could you give me a few tips & pointers to make this experience as painless as possible. What do I use to run windows? Bootcamp, parallels, fusion? Do I need quicksilver? Do I run office on the Mac or in the VM?

Any help would be appreciated.

Don’t forget, you can attend these events remotely! SharePoint Server 2007: Connecting People, Process and Information This free joint seminar from New Horizons of Minnesota and Inetium will explore how Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 can boost organizational effectiveness by providing a comprehensive business solution for managing content, accessing information efficiently, improving business processes, and facilitating team collaboration and communication. April 2 9:00am – 12:00pm SharePoint ...
Thursday, March 26, 2009 1:00 PM - Thursday, March 26, 2009 5:00 PM Central Time Welcome Time: 12:30 PM Theater - Regal Brooklyn Center 20 6420 Camden Avenue North Minneapolis Minnesota 55430 United States Event Overview: Enhance your coding capabilities with new tools, tips, and inside secrets from MSDN Events. We’ll start with an overview of the Azure Services Platform, which can help you build cloud-based applications and solutions that offer the best of online and on-premises functionality. Next, ...

I’ve decided to write a series of blog posts about how I use technology around the house.  Things like how I’ve set up my home network, how I’ve set up computers for my seven and four year olds, how I’ve set up my media players, etc.  Basically, how I’ve organized my digital life.

I’ve read posts over the years with helpful tips and this is my way of paying back.

14 marca 2009 odbyla sie darmowa (a jakze!) konferencja Community 2 Community, jednak z racji faktu, ze na poprzedniej mnie nie bylo, moge opisac jedynie tegoroczna edycje. Najwiekszym problemem byla rejestracja internetowa – konkurencja byla niesamowita, w turze zamknietej dla grup miejsca na sciezke .Net skonczyly sie w kilkadziesiat minut, a w turze otwartej dla wszystkich w okolo 10 minut. Lokalizacja konferencji Sama konferencja zaczela sie od rejestracji – juz podczas niej dal sie we znaki ...
Eight Evil Things Microsoft Never Showed You in the ClickOnce Demos (and What You Can Do About Some of Them) ClickOnce is a powerful and easy-to-use deployment technology that offers a relatively hassle-free experience for the end user when properly configured. The developer story for ClickOnce varies from super simple to maddeningly complicated, depending on what you are trying to accomplish. I recently wrapped up a project where ClickOnce was a large part of the release strategy, and also responsible ...
So I have been slacking...and haven't posted a blog in quite some time. Apologies! Alot has happened in the past few months including me moving to a different company and switching roles. I am now working with MOSS 2007 so most of my posts will now probably be related to that instead of SQL related items. I'll keep my posts still related to tips and tricks but may dabble a bit in the politics and business decisions of MOSS 2007. In my experience, SharePoint has proven to me that it's not always necessarily ...
Here's what's happening: Attendees: 428 Sessions: 73 Speakers: 49 Tracks: 15 Sessions: ASP.NET Make your Data Dance with ASP.NET Dynamic Databy Shawn Weisfeld + Show Description ASP.NET Dynamic Data is a framework that lets you create data-driven ASP.NET Web applications easily. It does this by automatically discovering data-model metadata at run time and deriving UI behavior from it. A scaffolding framework provides a functional Web site for viewing and editing data. You can easily customize the ...
This isn't a post on personal hygiene, but of skills. My responsibilities at work keep me so busy that I barely have time to read an article let alone learn a new language or technology. I have a sizable library of books and I read through them whenever I get a chance, but often don't have the time to really go indepth and practice on the technology. I suppose it's better than nothing. Now if I were a bachelor and didn't have my daughter (wouldn't trade her for anything even programming) it wouldn't ...
This weekend (Feb 21st, 2009) I will be attending and presenting at SharePoint Saturday New York the event has been organized by Michael Lotter. My Session: Session Name: From Frustrating Problems to Proactive Solutions | A Dozen Tips for Improved SharePoint Performance Session Description: Over one dozen easy to implement performance tips. Tips will discuss a wide range of topics from adjusting out-of-the-box settings to identifying memory leaks in custom code. This discussion will benefit anyone ...
At the AgileKC meeting this last month Martin Olson gave a great overview of Scrum. There were some people who came to learn about Scrum and Agile Development in general. They came to hear the good, the bad and the tips and tricks. One of the things I mentioned, having made my first attempt at XP this last year at my new job, was that they might find some real ugliness in their current development environment and will be forced to deal with it. My Analogy: Agile development is a lot like turning ...

I'll be presenting on Azure here in Fort Collins tonight, and again in Boulder on March 24th.

The talks will focus on providing an introduction to Azure, including working through some of the common pain points (such as debugging). I will, of course, be posting tips and tricks here as I get them in a coherent format.

Attributes are a great way to communicate some extra information about a class, method or property and the debugger looks for a few different attributes to determine the way it behaves while you are debugging code. Let’s take a look at the attributes that are used to control how the data tips display an object’s value. Imagine you had a simple customer class. Here is a screenshot of it at runtime: As you can see, the debugger is showing the public properties and the private fields that are used to ...