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Adding Paging to the Simple Photo Gallery
Over my last handful of posts, Building a Simple Photo Gallery in ASP.NET MVC Framework, Returning Thumbnails With the MVC Framework and Adding Lighbox.js to the Simple Photo Gallery I've built a simple photo gallery on the ASP.NET MVC framework. In this post, we're going to continue that project by adding paging rather than showing all of the pictures on the one page. In this post, we leverage LINQ to select the data in the model that we want to show and implement paging. Read the full post at Adding ......

Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:53 PM

Adding Lighbox.js to the Simple Photo Gallery
In my previous two posts, Building a Simple Photo Gallery in ASP.NET MVC Framework and Returning Thumbnails With the MVC Framework, I built a simple photo gallery on the ASP.NET MVC framework. In this post we are going to start making this a little prettier. To start with, we are going to leverage an JavaScript project called Lightbox.js To read more about this and the rest of the project, see my post at Adding Lighbox.js to the Simple Photo Gallery ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:50 PM

Returning Thumbnails With the MVC Framework
In my last post, we put together a quick and simple photo gallery. This post will be building on that. Depending on the size of your photo, however, it didn't have the worlds greatest user experience. I'll be playing with the CSS, JavaScript and a ton more over time. Today, however, I'm going to be just returning a thumbnail rather than the full picture to show in the view. I don't want to have to physically create each of the thumbnails so we'll generate those dynamically on the fly. Read the full ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 5:49 PM

Building a Simple Photo Gallery in ASP.NET MVC Framework
I decided to create a simple photo gallery in the ASP.NET MVC framework. The fun part is that this level of application is really the new "Hello World". It takes less time to build than the "Hello World" did back in the day. In this post, I'll walk you through the process of creating this simple photo gallery with the MVC framework. You can see the full walk-through at Building a Simple Photo Gallery in ASP.NET MVC Framework ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:31 AM

Playing with JSON
I was asked on Friday by a friend how one can consume JSON in Silverlight. At the time, I just said start with the System.Json namespace and I’ll get you a sample later. Well, here’s a sample and a peek into my head because I couldn’t just stop with creating the sample that he needed. In the end, I did a couple of different Silverlight examples including leveraging the JsonObject and LINQ. Then I ended up doing samples in raw JavaScript, MSAjax, Prototype and JQuery. Finally I ended it all up by ......

Posted On Monday, January 19, 2009 6:35 PM

Too much to see at the MDC Detroit
I'm not normally overly excited about the large Microsoft events, however, I'm really looking forward to the MDC Detroit next week. The idea behind the show is that it's taking the most critical sessions from PDC and repackaging them in a one day format. I've had a chance to go through a lot of the content and see what all is going to be show. The cool part about it is that the vast majority of the talks are doing a demo. This is a big departure from a lot of the multi-city roadshows that Microsoft ......

Posted On Friday, January 16, 2009 5:19 PM

Chuck Norris writes code under the name Josh Holmes
I love Chuck Norris jokes. One of my favorites is "Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas." There are a ton of them out there. There are even entire web sites dedicated to Chuck Norris jokes such as http://www.thechucknorrisfa... Most of those jokes are hysterical though some are slightly less than politically correct. So Bill Wagner accidentally started jokes about me. Bill was actually responding to me when I posted that it was -8 outside. The full context ......

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2009 5:51 PM

Jared Spool re-convinces me that UX Matters
Jared Spool is one of my heroes. I go hear him speak every time that I get a chance to and have often retold a number of his stories with various clients. One of the first times that I heard him speak was at the Software Development Conference in 2000. Jared is a usability expert. That does not mean graphic designer. That means that his expertise is understanding the user and building an experience that is relevant and meaningful in the user's context. So what is a "User's Context"? The answer to ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 3:01 PM

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