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This is so fun (and true) that I had to share it with you!

(makes me think how often I buy on such nonsence myself)

After working with WPF for a while I must say that it is wonderful platform for building complex user interfaces but sometimes it falls short in very simple scenarios. Or in other words, it's easy to do complex things with it's powerful tools but often it lacks simple tools to do simple things. At least from a perspective of Windows Forms developer who expects some familiar tools and quickly finds out that they are gone. There are several examples of this, but one that I run across recently and find ......

In my previous post I wrote how you can access the contents of discussion boards using web services. For reading existing discussions threads the Lists web service was all that we needed. However there were problems when creating discussions using the same service. After whole day of trial and error I finally gave up this approach and decided to first try using SharePoint's object model instead.

You might think I'm little behind with this news, believe it or not but until now I was still runing on Windows XP. But no more excuses! This week I want ahead and finally bought Vista for my home computer. To be precise it's Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit version. The fun begins! Why I choose Ultimate edition? The politically correct answer of course is that I use the computer for both work and fun… but hey, the truth, as you all know, is that I'm a geek so I just want the best system I can get! ......

Usually I don't write about my current employer or work, but I think this time it deserves to make an exception. You read already it in the title: I work now on The Collective Molecular Environment (C-ME) for The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). If you are following the news on Windows Vista or WPF you have probably seen this application already (the screen on the right might remind it to you). The Scripps Research Institute is a biomedical research organization that is trying to find a cure for ......

The project I currently work on involves accessing SharePoint's Discussion Board from a desktop applications. This includes not only reading discussions but also creating new ones as well as replying to existing posts. Unfortunately as I quickly found out, there is no dedicated web service for dealing with this type of lists similar to Imaging or Meetings. So the only option was to use the the generic Lists web service. However this poses several problems that I want to share. Reading discussion ......