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Server-Side Code used in DataList Item Template
I don't know why I didn't think of it a year ago, but when I got my blog space at, I jumped right on adding links to the left-border of the page. The "why didn't I think" part is I could have done that to my site. I only had two sets of links, one that became a mirror of what is displayed in my BlogRoll and the other was a stale list of web sites.I decided I wanted to either move or copy (haven't decided which yet) the entire list of links from geekswithblogs over to my site sidebar. ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 3:31 PM

Tag Cloud(s) added to my site using The Code Project's VRK Cloud control
After I finished my Blog Roll and started using it, I realized I wanted a way to capture links for some of these pages. I can print to PDF using my favorite PDF-producer, but I might not want to do that for everything, and it doesn't make the content globally available.I realized I'd like to have a Tag Cloud on the Blog Roll and be able to tag other people's articles in the same manner folks at some of the major blog sites tag theirs, and then be able to retrieve the articles by tag from the cloud.Read ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 26, 2006 2:56 PM

Another small WPF/E demo and some web links
I've posted the 3rd sample/tutorial in my on-going WPF/E excursion, this one is on animating straight lines left-to-right and top-to-bottom. I posted it because the first time I tried it, I had some interesting results, and it's much easier to grab code that works than to flounder: This page also allows animation restarts to watch it as you read the xaml code that I also display. Good web links found today: A new Google group ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 8:18 AM

Added a Simple Left/Right Animation example to the WPF/E pages

Very basic example, but in the course of putting this up, I had to work through getting an agHost object squirted into my content page from the database.

Now that I've worked that out, I can have better examples with running code in addition to exposed xaml.

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 10:00 PM

WPF/E Tutor Page Added to my site

Only one entry so far, but I hope to fill this out as I go:

I thought it might be worthwhile since the transparent canvas code was obscure.

Posted On Sunday, December 17, 2006 5:30 PM

Added WPF/E script transparently to my Master Page

I'll put up some notes about this on my site later, and leave a message here about it, but I've added a WPF/E script to the header of my MasterPage. It didn't go quite as I thought it should according to the SDK, but good is good, and I like it:

Need to hang Outside lights now though... break tradition and do it in daylight!

Posted On Sunday, December 17, 2006 11:16 AM

WPF/E Category added to my site

I've put the 3 pages I listed yesterday on my site with xaml blocks to display how it works. If you've looked at the pages before, do a refresh to get the new content.

Now to go finish the QuickStart.

Posted On Saturday, December 16, 2006 2:23 PM

Fixed the Blog, added to the WPF/E files
I was right, a try/catch around the whole LoadChannel and associated code resolved the BlogRoll problem. If it fails, I display a blank, and you can see that there's now two of them.As for the WPF/E files, I've played with them some more, and I will still put them up in a better display mode, but it's coming together a bit: Page 01 - If you left-click on any object, an alert box will pop up showing the xaml that produced it. Remember objects are layered, so you'll see the xaml for the top one. Page ......

Posted On Friday, December 15, 2006 6:28 PM

My BlogRoll appears to be brittle, but I've been playing with WPF/E
In an incredibly lame moment, once I got the BlogRoll code running, I did the happy dance, formatted it the way I liked it, smacked it on the hind quarters and called it done.I suppose my thought process at the time was "hey... it's for me, and if it doesn't work exactly right, I can fix it later". I have made some "later" fixes, but one that I totally missed was what if one of the sites I'm rolling up pukes... And yes, that's what's happened today. At least for a time, Nikhil Kothari's web site ......

Posted On Friday, December 15, 2006 8:30 AM

Geek Joke? ... nah... user database weirdness
Honestly, if I hadn't had to chase this one down, I'd have figured it was a very nerdy joke.Customer sent email saying a report was not displaying correctly. Emails and tests back and forth eventually resulting in figuring out a field was set that should have led to another table being populated, but it was not.But then wait... the data is there, but in a totally different field! .. one that on the entry form is just above the correct one.More conversation with the operator reveals that the form ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 1:06 PM

URL Rewriting added to my site using UrlRewritingNet.UrlRewrite
I implemented URL Rewriting on my site last weekend using UrlRewritingNet.UrlRewrite. URL Rewriting allows me to have human-readable URLs instead of the database ones I've been using. Interestingly, it also provides you a way to produce a 'virtual' folder structure on your site. My site has only 3 pages, Default.aspx, ContentPage.aspx, and the BlogRoll.aspx I added recently. All the other 'articles' are displayed from database entries that have date/time-stamp IDs. This works great for pulling out ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:51 AM

Problem with Registered DLLs between Main and sub apps
This is a continuation of the problem I'd had a couple weeks ago with a null reference exception on a master page, and a duplicate of a post on my site.I'm not sure what the technical term is for it, but I have one domain on a shared server and then I have other 'web sites' running in folders on the domain. As long as I configured those sub-folders as web sites using the IIS tool in my host's control panel, things worked just fine. These sub-sites are nothing overly important to anyone, so accessing ......

Posted On Sunday, December 10, 2006 10:17 AM

Anagram of technologies CTP'd, bring on the fire hose
I refer to it as 'drinking from a fire hose', which from this picture, you can imagine would get messy: the big red houseMy standard comment is that you get more 'on you' than 'in you'.I referenced a great blog post titled Back-Logged Life in my old blog.That definitely came to mind this morning when I read the first few lines of the latest post by Nikhil Kothari titled WPF/E and Script#, about the first WPF/E CTP release Microsoft announced Monday morning. I'll paste snippets of Nikhil's post here:A ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 6, 2006 8:50 AM

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