July 2006 Entries

Mobile blogging now from Singapore

We left Penang this morning and are now in Singapore. I posted a lot more pictures in my PhotoAlbum, and practice showed a few fields for improvement: The file structure is too complex. I should be able to post all files in one folder, and if needed, the application should dispatch the files in the corresponding folder. When I FTP from my PDA, changing folders takes too long time. I forgot that the PDA uses linefeed only as line break, when the server uses carriage return-line feed (rookie mistake, ......

Mobile blogging with my RealSimpleBlog ASP.NET control

OK, it seems to work rather well! We're now in Penang, and I am able to post pictures and blog entries. One very small problem only: The hotel sure has wireless network in the lobby, but you can only use it if you connect from the (wired) connection in your room first... So for me it's totally useless, as I didn't take my laptop but only my PDA. There are solutions: going to the internet cafe downstairs, or using the wireless access at Starbucks, but it's all a little less convenient than planned. ......

All ready to go... RealSimpleBlog control, Integration in PhotoAlbum

We're flying to Malaysia tomorrow... no wait... today (12.07.2006) after noon. And I managed to reach my goal, which was to integrate the RealSimpleBlog control V0.1 in my PhotoAlbum. Here are the features: I can edit blog entries (XML files) on my LifeDrive (Palm OS PDA), and then FTP them to my server. The entries are rendered by the control on the PhotoAlbum's main page. I can FTP pictures to a folder on my server. Another control I wrote creates a tabular view of the pictures' thumbnails. Actually, ......

RealSimpleBlog custom control (V0.1): Style sets and Integration

I didn't write for some time about my RealSimpleBlog control because I was quite busy with other subjects (WPF mostly). However, I am making nice progresses, and I think I can say without too many risks that the integration in my PhotoAlbum will be ready before we fly to Malaysia on wednesday. Actually, I also integrated the control on my main page, and if you select this link, you will see it in action! I also set the page up to generate a static HTML file on demand, so the old address is still ......

WPF Demo: Transparent Windows and Update to June CTP

I updated my WPF demo so that it now runs with the June 2006 CTP of Windows Presentation Foundation. I also modified the main window according to Lauren Lavoie's transparent window example, and IMHO it looks damn cool ......

Updated my laptop to the June CTP of .NET 3.0

I took the time today to install the June CTP of .NET 3.0 (see the checklist hereunder). It went rather well, and I didn't have major problems, but it takes a long time... well, when you do it on the balcony with your kids playing in the pool, it's not that terrible, is it? ;-) Update: My WPF demo now works with the June CTP. Uninstall May CTP edition: Pre-released WinFX Runtime Components Uninstall Tool Download and run Uninstall tool Removed Debug tools for Windows Removed Atlas Removed FxCop Removed ......

RealSimpleBlog custom control (V0.1): Day 6

After a day-long hiking in the mountains of Appenzell with my 2 daughters and my sister, including a refreshing short swim in a cold mountain lake, it's very tired that I finished implementing the Priority 1 requirements of my RealSimpleBlog control. The last element missing was a thumbnails banner, i.e. a row of 1..n thumbnails and possibly some HTML formatted text following. Typically, I use this in my PhotoAlbum to illustrate some text with a few small pictures, and add a "More..." link leading ......