D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

December 2008 Entries

Silverlight Binding and Events – Stop Thinking Like a Web Developer

In my last post we started looking at a carousel control for Silverlight, and the changes that were required to bring it up from Silverlight 2 Beta 1 to Beta 2 and finally to the RTM. I wanted to dive into the code further today to do some cleanup, get a better understanding of what’s actually going on, and do some playing around. The first think you’ll notice about the code is that I’ve moved things around in the actual carousel panel control class. I put in regions (some people don’t like regions, ......

The Evolution of a Silverlight Carousel Control

At DevTeach Montreal earlier this December, Rob Zelt did a fantastic Silverlight presentation where he wowed us by magically switching a boring old list box of planet names into a display of rotating planet images. Rob has a blog post specifically around how he created that demo, and in it he mentions using a carousel control written by Jamie Rodriguez. Jamie’s example was excellent, but it was written with Silverlight 2 Beta 1. That means that when you open it up, there’s some breaking issues due ......

Victoria Code Camp Now On Feb 7

Just saw on Twitter that Nolan announced the Victoria Code Camp has switched days to February 7. More info to come on the code camp site I'm sure, but wanted to start spreading the word out.

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Boxing Day 2008 – The Tailgate Party

The alarm went off at 12:45 AM this morning. I had approx 1.5 hours of utility-grade sleep, but I awoke with a fire in my belly the likes of which Boxing Day had never seen! After stirring the hot chocolate and arranging my portion of the mornings supplies… …it was off to pick up the first of my three amigos that would be joining me this fine morning: Dylan, Juan, and Keith… We arrived at Best Buy approx 2:45, but realized that we forgot a piece to Dylan’s Coleman stove. So back we went while Keith ......

Manning Publishing 50% Off Discount Today Only

Manning Publishing (y’know, the one that uses people from past time periods on their covers) is offering 50% off all online orders today on their website, part of their Countdown to 2009 promotion. The kewl thing is that this applies to e-books as well, so you can get some great titles at really great prices. Check out Manning’s website here and click on the banner saying Countdown to 2009 for more info. D ......

Boxing Day is Here Again!

While many children across Canada were waking up this morning relieved that Christmas had finally come, older children were forced to wait another sleep before their big day arrived! That’s right, tomorrow is Boxing Day! In a nutshell, Boxing Day in Canada is what Black Friday is to the states: It’s all about lining up at stores at what many consider insane hours to try and get some deal. It’s also an official holiday, unlike Black Friday. Having been a veteran of Boxing Days past, I wanted to share ......

For the Love of God, Don't Change the SSO Account Password!

I'm on a bit of a fun project here at work: while most of the team is away me and a co-worker have been tasked with setting up an internal BizTalk environment that we can set up with a sample application and use as demo/reference material. We hit a snag though, and I'm putting this post out as a warning to others that may tempt fate and walk in our path: DON'T CHANGE THE SSO PASSWORD OR ACCOUNT! But I digress...how did we get here? Well, we noticed that there were a bunch of BizTalk services that ......

Winnipeg Code Camp – March 14, 2009

We’ve settled on a date and booked the venue: The 2009 Winnipeg Code Camp will be held on March 14 (Saturday) at Red River College – Princess St. Campus. Our web-site has been updated and in addition to allowing people to register for the event we are also accepting speaker submissions along with a synopsis of the proposed talk. Companies interested in sponsoring the code camp can contact us through the web-site as well (just scroll down to the Sponsorship section). www.winnipegcodecamp.com If you ......

Embedding Fonts in a Silverlight App Using Blend

In a previous post I talked about how when you install the Silverlight runtime on the client it only installs with a subset of fonts, and if you want to use a font that isn’t part of the default package you have to add it to your project. Now you can easily do this by adding the font file by going Add>Existing Item, but I stumbled on a built in Font Manager feature of Blend that makes this much easier. Go to Tools and click Font Manager… This brings up the font manager dialog, which gives you ......

Dev Tech Wrap-Up

I got back from DevTeach Montreal on Friday, and it was once again a fantastic conference experience. A whole week of meeting and talking with fantastic professionals specializing in all sorts of development areas. Make no mistake, the sessions themselves are great…but they’re great because of the level of interaction speakers have with the audience, as well as the conversations that occur after the fact. I did two solo talks on Silverlight and one tag-team talk with Donald Belcham on ORM Fundamentals. ......

Who Says Bars Aren’t Educational?

Day one of my Dev Teach week found us at Ye Old Orchard pub in Montreal. In addition to fine beverages, really good food, and Monday Night Football, it was also trivia night. So what insight did I gleam? Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly upside down. Marie Curie was the first woman to win two Nobel peace prizes. Molson is the oldest Canadian brewery. Pan is the Greek god of shepherds (we thought maybe it was David Woods…). …and a bunch of other stuff. We also learned… If you’re going to ......