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Reading Credit Card Data from a MagTek Card Swipe Device
Sometimes as developers we’re spoiled by third parties that do a lot of the heavy lifting for us. However, sometimes we’re NOT spoiled and we have to get our hands dirty. Today, I spent much of the day getting my hands dirty. I’m working on a project that uses a MagTek credit card swiper and all MagTek provides you in terms of dlls is a c++ dll and an ActiveX dll. What fun is that? I wanted to avoid com interop (no, I don’t have a good reason) and write a C# class that handled talking with their ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2012 5:25 PM

Easy Scaling in XAML (WPF)
Ran into a problem that needed solving that was kind of fun. I’m not a XAML guru, and I’m sure there are better solutions, but I thought I’d share mine. The problem was this: Our designer had, appropriately, designed the system for a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. This is for a full screen, touch screen device (think Kiosk), which has that resolution, but we also wanted to demo the device on a tablet (currently using the AWESOME Samsung tablet given out at Microsoft Build). When you’d run it on that ......

Posted On Monday, July 2, 2012 4:29 PM

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