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PDF stands for Portable Document Format. As the name implies, it is a data format that can be used to describe documents. Adobe, the developers of PDF, market software to create, edit and visualize PDF files. Because the specifications of the file format are publicly available and meanwhile even became an official ISO-standard, a lot of other companies develop PDF-related software as well. In prepress, PDF is commonly used as a format to exchange data, either complete pages that need to be printed ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Roy Dallal, Jim Wightman, Kevin Hoffman, Levente Mihály, Peter Kuhn(-2-, -3-), René Schulte, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), John Papa. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reactive Extensions–FromAsync" Jesse Liberty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Mango - Sockets" Peter Kuhn Shoutouts: Kunal Chowdhury has a list up of all the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Features From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone 7 Jump Start with Mango - 1 - Creating a Hello World Application Kunal Chowdhury ...
At IdentityMine, we had the chance to develop a few applications featuring the new Windows Phone 7 features coming up in the update codenamed “Mango”. This series will showcase a few of the new features included in Mango that we used in those apps. Part 1: Adding a secondary live tile to the start page. Part 2: Starting a Bing Maps navigation Read the rest of this entry » ...
The requirement is to show a Find dialog to the user along with a Find button so that the user must perform a search for a record before they are allowed to enter a new one. Once the user clicks the Find button, an "Add New" button is made visible. Upon clicking the "Add New" button, the Find dialog is hidden altogether and an Add dialog is displayed. In ExtraView, this is all done within an Add layout. Setup The Add screen on which this is occurring should only contain the 2 layouts: one for the ...
Two posts in two days, this posting rate will never last! Anyway. On my current project I needed to implement a web service in C#. Because of its uniform interface, stateless nature and generally being seen as the way web services are now done I decided to implement the web service as a RESTful one. This would be my first ever web service. Once that decision was made the next one was how best to go about implementing a RESTful web service. Having done some research and after looking into WCF I decided ...
I do a ton of work in both C# and VB. Both are great but sometimes I find stuff in C# that I need to convert to VB. I recently found this tool that helps greatly. http://www.bing.com/search?... I used this today to convert a bit of C# I found for MVC. The results are shown below: Nice tool so far ...
Dears, I've faced an interesting problem which I think must be resolved in the new version of Sharepoint. It's about filtering a data form webpart with a querystring parameter.Actually, when you provide a querystring it filters correctly, but if not then it'll not return any rows. Which that was not the behaviour that I actually wanted, I needed it to display all rows when no querystring is applied. So, here's what I've done to work it around: 1. Drop a data form webpart on a page in Sharepoint Designer. ...
Hello, I've not been blogging for the past 2 months maybe because of being extremely busy. Anyways, one of the topics that I've faced is that the government in my country decided to not use daylight saving anymore. So, in order to make sharepoint understand this you'll probably have to do it manually like this: Go to edit the timezone.xml file found in \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\CONFIG Take a backup in case something went wrong and then search for your city ...
Looks like bloggers figured out I'd post the submittals first, because today I got hammered with posts. In this 2nd in a row Submittal-only Issue: Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-, -5-), René Schulte, Alex van Beek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Multiple Window Support" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Augmented Mango - SLARToolkit for Windows Phone" René Schulte WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“New Sensors & Tooling Enhancements” - Part 3 of 8)" Alex Golesh ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 3 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-2 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Creational Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Let’s look at a list of the Creational Patterns as defined by the GoF. Abstract Factory Pattern – creates an instance of several families of classes Factory Method Pattern – creates an instance of several derived classes Builder ...
At IdentityMine, we had the chance to develop a few applications featuring the new Windows Phone 7 features coming up in the update codenamed “Mango”. This series will showcase a few of the new features included in Mango that we used in those apps. Part 1: Adding a new live tile to the start page. Part 2: Starting a Bing Maps navigation. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Here are the updated links for quick reference: Windows Phone SDK Beta Download Center: http://go.microsoft.com/?li... Go live license– http://go.microsoft.com/?li... WPDT 7.1 Documentation Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Release Notes: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... What’s New in Windows Phone Developer Tools: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... Code Samples for Windows Phone: http://go.microsoft.com/fwl... App Hub Links Announcement: http://create.msdn.com/en-U... ...
Last night I gave a talk at the St. Louis .NET User Group regarding .NET Reactive Extensions (Rx) and their basic use. While Rx has been around for a number of years and I’ve seen a number of presentations at various conferences and industry events I still feel it isn’t as widely understood or adopted to the level I feel it’s capable of. My recent interest in Rx has been due to my heavy involvement with some very complex Silverlight and RIA Services applications. In these environments (especially ...
Much has been talked about the new release of ASP.NET MVC, i.e. MVC 3 and the new Razor syntax and the ability to simplify the development. Razor uses the @ prefix for switching between code and HTML and that kind of simplifies it when compared to using <%: symbol as with the case in MVC and ASPX engines. Here is a nice article from David Ebbo on how all of these fit together Not just that, Razor comes with a lot of goodies. The Helper classes simplify in doing some of the common tasks, doing ...
In this all submittal Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Rudi Grobler, Michael Washington(-2-, -3-, -4-), Victor Gaudioso. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "New Silverlight Video Tutorial: How to create a Rotating Banner" Victor Gaudioso WP7: "A Simple Windows Phone 7 MVVM Tombstoning Example" Colin Eberhardt Training: "Two Ways To Call LightSwitch From a Custom Silverlight Control" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: A Simple Windows Phone 7 MVVM Tombstoning Example This is probably the best way to learn ...
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I wanted to run a simple sanity check to make sure I didn't have any duplicate twitter posts in my database. I didn't think I had any, but you never can be too sure, so I whipped up a simple MapReduce query to check. Right now I'm storing twitter posts in MongoDb using the document schema shown below: { category post { post_id created_date from_user from_user_id geo iso_lang post_text } } Each document has two fields, a category field that holds what search was used to find the post, and a post field ...
Color can only exist when three components are present: a viewer, an object, and light. Although pure white light is perceived as colorless, it actually contains all colors in the visible spectrum. When white light hits an object, it selectively blocks some colors and reflects others; only the reflected colors contribute to the viewer's perception of color. HUMAN COLOR PERCEPTION: OUR EYES & VISION The human eye senses this spectrum using a combination of rod and cone cells for vision. Rod cells ...
There have been some great announcements at the Tech-ed North America 2011. The announcements have been around, Enhanced User Experience Agile Planning Tools Lightweight Requirements Stakeholder Feedback Code Review Features Continuous Integration Agile Quality Assurance Aligning Quality Assurance Some buzz words you will be hearing overtime with vNext will be code review, search code blocks, my Work Hub, context switching, intellitrace in production, scom integration with TFS…. Agile Planning No ...
Mondays had been good to me recently. Mondays at work are usually quiet, and occasionally I may even be able to sneak in a nap if you want to. Yeah, I have it good. But this Monday would prove to be a bit trickier than normal. It started out normal enough, I was rushing to work, and hoping for one more day full of naps. As I settled in and logged on to my system, I saw an email from one of the clients. It said he was not able to connect to his SQL Server 2008 instance. Also, he had tried using the ...
Ok you have been playing around with SSRS 2008 R2 as did I and while I can’t wait to get my hands on CTP 2 of Denali here is some tips to get your reports a bit more standardized. The concept is called Report Parts. Report Parts are a SSRS 2008 R2 only feature. Basically it allows you to publish elements of a report as a separate objects to the report server. These elements can be any element of a report, as long as there is no custom code in them. So how do you make a report part? Well, that’s simple. ...
One of the several hats I wear at work is one of configuration manager for the internal data management application my employer uses. This app currently has 11 solutions of active code which need to be built whenever we release to the QA environment. The QA releases typically occur a minimum of 3 times per month and take approximately 30 minutes from source control "Get Latest" to the final step of the deployment onto the QA servers. A few years ago, my team automated the post-build deployment steps ...
Its been a while since I blogged. Its been hard balancing blogging time, work and many other activities. Most my days and even evenings have been cluttered with a number of tasks ranging from mundial to critical. There is some which have been most interesting include very nice lessons I took from from some of the people I respect in the industry. I will try and highlight some of the things I did in below. 1) The DataObjects.NET contribution programme. From February this year I quickly responded to ...
Next years TechEd will be in Orlando, with registration starting around 24th. Planning on going, but do wonder how it will go. This year have not gone to as many 400 level events, nor has there been as many 'famous' speakers. Perhaps they are holding off till PDC - got to make this years one, missed last year due to being too busy. The content has been good, with some talk of VS vNext - which I want now. One of the main focuses seems to be on simplifying the developer experience. They will have a ...
Luego de varios días de intenso trabajo, hoy he tomado un pequeño espacio de tiempo para dedicar un post al trabajo con datos en forma de tablas en asp.net Todos los que hemos trabajado desde hace bastante con asp.net, hemos aprendido a querer al GridView, un excelente control que nos permite mostrar los datos directamente desde una base de datos y trabajar con ellos, llamase trabajar a las operaciones de: editar, buscar, agregar y eliminar. Por supuesto que existen muchas otras opciones que no son ...
At TechEd this year, there's only a few sessions and expo booths aimed squarely at devs rather than sysadmins and DBAs, but one of the things I picked up on was what's going into Visual Studio vNext. There's no shiny new UI features (that they've announced so far...) but they are doing a whole lot of work improving the performance and memory usage of VS - parallel builds (already supported in core MSBuild, just not used in VS up to now), and spinning off a separate process to do each build. This ...
The worst part about web application development is the phase in the unit testing where we developers swear we've fixed something, but still when we test the change, the fix isn't there. After awhile, we remember to clear the browser cache and we discover the fix worked! In some cases, we really haven't fixed what we thought we fixed--and in other cases, we haven't really cleared the cache. I was working in FireFox recently and realized I hadn't really cleared the cache when I added a new button ...
I'm still getting used to this whole schema-less, document oriented database thing. I've been trying to determine out what document structure to store my Twitter data in, and I keep flipping back and forth. I've been writing software in the land of relational databases for 15 years, and consider myself pretty good at designing database schemas for enterprise class solutions. But when it comes to this whole schema-less document store thing, I'm not sure what the best approach is. With this Twitter ...
When using the Twitter Search API, the returned posts contain a "created_at" date time stamp with the time set to GMT time. This becomes an issue when using pymongo to store the datetime object in MongoDB. When a datetime object gets stored in MongoDb, mongo (or the pymongo library) updates the datetime object to reflect the current timezone. So in my case, since I live in Seattle, the datetime values get offset by 8 hours. For example, a Twitter post with a timestamp of "12/21/2010 06:07:56" gets ...
It's already the 15th of May, and it's now time to recognize devs that have a large number of posts in Silverlight Cream. Ground Rules I pick what posts are on the blog Only posts that go in the database are included The author has to appear in SC at least 4 of the 6 months considered I averaged the monthly posts and am only showing Authors with an average greater than 1. Here are the Top Posted Authors at Silverlight Cream for November 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011: It is my intention to post a ...
This has been a fantastic week of XNA activity and news. Standing ovation the the XNA Team for the interaction they’ve been having with the community as well as the new features they’ve been rolling out for Xbox LIVE Indie Game developers. Simply outstanding and I can’t wait to see what might be coming next. It’s also been a fun week to watch people’s Dream Build Play projects inch ever closer to completion. With the submission deadline coming up in June this is the crunch time for many developers. ...
I've put together a few links regarding search systems on desktop/enterprise level Best Desktop Search Software – Reviews and Comparison Enterprise Desktop Search Tools Matrix Desktop Search Tools Matrix Search Appliance Comparison Matrix http://desktop.google.com/f... ...
/// <summary> /// Returns true, if string contains any of substring from the list (case insensitive) /// See similar (with SqlLikeMatch support) in ResponseMessagePatternsCache /// </summary> /// <returns></returns... public static bool IsStringContainsAnyFromList( string stringToSearch,List<Stri... stringsToFind) { //TODO: create overloads with exact match or case sencitive if (stringsToFind.IsNullOrEmpt... { return false; } else { stringToSearch = stringToSearch.ToUpper(); ...
One of my colleagues pinged me to check, how to use the MailDefinition class for creating formatted mails from a .NET Console Application. She was referring to this article http://www.search-this.com/... which seems to be building a nice template email that can be sent. But this article was related to ASP.NET and hence didn’t have issues in referencing the MailDefinition Class which is part of System.Web.UI.WebControls namespace. The application ...
Hey guys, I'm new here and nice to meet my fellow GeeksWithBlogs bloggers here. This is the first time I really spent my time looking for a blog community for the developers and IT professionals. I usually blog at my own site but I have not have that much of tine to maintain it. so I have chosen to look around and to lighten my burden a little bit. I've been looking around for quit a while before I decided to try my luck with GeeksWithBlogs (GWB). I know it doesn't give out account just for any applicant ...
I recently read an informative and succint book - A mathematician Plays the Market, by John Allen Paulos. Heres my summary of key points: Behavioral finance · Anticipating other's anticipations · A trading strategy can yield the illusion of effectiveness, when only chance is at work. · Keynes - short-term investors anticipate what average opinion expects the average opinion to be. · Distinction between being smart & rich, and distinction between being right & being right about the market. ...
Recently, I felt the need to utilize online source code repository and version control system (SVN) for my personal project. As I started searching, I found plenty, and many of them are free of cost; however, I wanted my code to reside in a private repository. With this criteria in place, I was able to very quickly narrow my search down to a handful of providers. After going through many user reviews and personal assessment, I decided to use unfuddle, and their version control system. Unfuddle allows ...
Introduction I don’t do web programming… I have been programming client applications for years and consider myself a WPF/Silverlight developer. The web thing always seemed a bit scary in its stateless environment with limited functionality and cross browser headaches. That was until recently when apparently HTML5 was going to kill Silverlight and I eventually decided that I would need to get educated and up to date. Since that decision I have re-accustomed myself with HTML, CSS & JavaScript. ...
There was already a version of MVVM Light on Nuget before. However the old version did not support Windows Phone 7. This is now corrected. Also the new version now adds a ViewModelLocator to your project and includes it in App.xaml. What is NuGet? NuGet is a mechanism allowing to add packages (assemblies, source code…) to an existing project. All versions of MVVM Light are supported (WPF3.5, WPF4, Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4, Windows Phone 7). In order to install NuGet and learn more about this ...
For the last couple of weeks I have been required to import a data log file (CSV) from a legacy SCADA system into my centralized data management system. It occured to me today that I might be able to use PowerShell to automate some of the importing steps which include import to a DEV, QA and Production system. I'm still working on this script, but in the process of developing it, I had a need to learn more about an exception that was occuring in the script. I had my try/catch block already specified, ...
One of my recent projects involved creating an authentication module compatible with both .Net 3.5 and 4.0 and supporting platforms as early as Windows 2000. In the next few lines, I will highlight our progressive thinking and the various implementations we experimented with along with a summary of shortfalls we found with each. For those reading this post, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section as I am looking forward to reading and learning from your ideas and input. Principal ...
Windows Azure Boot Camp Note: http://wabcdemos.cloudapp.net/ Queue name must be lower case Unlimited number, but limited to 8kb in size must be serializable as XML GC runs once a week Producer to Consumer Example: WebRole PutMessage() to Queue, WorkerRole GetMessage(optional Timeout), (or/then, this part is unclear as to why I have to do this) RemoveMessage() (Q: Does this mean GetMessage, after successful, puts the message back on queue? That should not be right. From the notes I get, there is no ...
Notes from Windows Azure Boot Camp: http://wabcdemos.cloudapp.net/ Blob: Metadata, not searchable, must loop through to check Block Blob, 200GB limit Page Block, 1TB limit Upload block blob PutBlock (bloblName, blockId1, block1Bits) PutBlock (blobName, blockId2, block2Bits) ... PutBlock (n...) PutBlockList(blobName, blockId1, blockId2, ..., blockIdN) Currently no data validation Page Block Random Read/Write Work with random chunks (so can work with smaller chunks, but can over-write data) Container ...
In my quest to dig into how people use social media to communicate about wine I ran into a snag. One of the things I really wanted to do was collect geographic data about each post. When you do a twitter search, a post can contain latitude and longitude data if the source supports GPS, but so far almost none of the posts about wine actually have this data. So the next best thing is to figure out where the user lives. A twitter user profile has a location field. Its free text unfortunately, but its ...
Hi there, After the successful launch of the new website for Tellago, today we announce the new series of webinar’s called the Tellago Technology Updates. Today in the fast growing IT Industry it is very difficult to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest Technologies out there in the market. Doesn’t matter if you are a Developer or an Architect or CTO for a company but you are every now and then challenged to evaluate new technologies and implement them. Understanding that challenge, we at ...
With the ability to extend Visual Studio 2010, lots of great extensions have popped up. These not only increase productivity, but make the whole coding experience much nicer. To find and install extensions, in Visual Studio just go to Tools -> Extension Manager. Here's a list of my favorites: Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...
In this Issue: René Schulte(-2-), John Papa(-2-), Jeremy Likness(-2-), Andy Beaulieu, Arik Poznanski, Page Brooks, Deborah Kurata(-2-), Microsoft, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "WriteableBitmapEx goes NuGet" René Schulte WP7: "Windows Phone Developer Resources" Microsoft Shoutouts: SilverlightShow posted their top 5 from last week: SilverlightShow for April 25-May 01, 2011 Koen Zwikstra has announced an update of Silverlight Spy... read his note about Silverlight 5 Beta... Silverlight ...
I've been playing with a new side project; wine data analytics mined from Twitter, and stored in MongoDb. I took a first stab at writing a Python celery service to search for wine related twitter posts and dump them in MongoDb. First lesson learned is that a ton of people post about the word 'Wine' on Sunday afternoons. I wrote the service to pull 100 posts, then search again using the lowest post id as the max id to return. After storing 11K posts in MongoDb I looked at the earliest date and realized ...
In this Issue: David Catuhe, Paul Sheriff, Bill Steele, Den Delimarsky, Bill Burrows, Doug Rathbone, Matthias Shapiro, Jason Alderman, Jessica Fosler, John Garland, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, and Jeff Prosise. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5’s New and Improved Threading Architecture" Jeff Prosise WP7: "Silverlight Game Development webcasts" Bill Steele Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has a short post up describing some of the features we can expect with the Tooling in Mango From SilverlightCream.com: ...
The button to jump directly to a work item by specifying its ID looks to be on the Work Item Tracking toolbar by default in VS / TFS 2010. This button is not on the toolbar by default in VS / TFS 2008 though. To add it yourself just go to… Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com... ...