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Introduction to Radial and Linear Gauge Radial Gauge Linear Gauge Deployment Let’s start by creating an AJAX Enabled Website, and dropping an “UltraGauge” control into the Web Page, initially you would see a blank Gauge, this gives the opportunity to select the type of gauge we need for the web page, for your convenience there are tones of Gauges available in the presets, there are Radial Gauges, Linear Gauges, Digital Gauges and other combination Gauges like Radial and Digital together, or Linear ...
I had an opportunity to catch up with UK Software Startup IPrinciples. IPrinciples specialises in building Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on the Microsoft Platform, predominantly using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) but also using Silverlight. I have known Richard and Paul who run IPrinciples for many years and I have been impressed with what they have been building over the last year using XAML. When I last popped in I had my trusty Flip Mino with me and I took the opportunity to interview ...
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Summary: In this post we will discuss the tooling that is at our disposal and also some of the benefits or not so beneficial features it brings to the table. Content Introduction Tooling Benefits of using it Introduction ASP.NET MVC is Microsoft's way of getting on the MVC wagon. It offers a lot more control over the application you're building, no more WebControls ( personally I never and hope to never have to use it ), pure XHTML as W3C would have you doing anyways. At this moment, and I suspect ...
The ASP.NET MVC framework was just released as a preview when I started to write my first book (ASP.NET 3.5 Social Networking). In the early days of design decisions for my book I was faced with the problem of building with the MVP pattern or the new MVC pattern/framework. At that time there was next to nothing regarding the use of the ASP.NET MVC framework (proper or improper). Shortly after I got started with my project (which I chose to do in MVP) I was asked to do a review for the ASP.NET MVC ...
The Enterprise Library team is trying to improve the performance of the Logging Application Block (LAB) even further. Since version one we did come a long way. It is interesting that even the guidance projects of Microsoft do have change their mind. Lets recap how the LAB has evolved since it initial release in January 2005. Released Version Logging Application Block (LAB) Characteristics ca. Logs/s January 2005 v1.0 Log File is opened/closed after every write. Performance was awful but accepted. ...
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A new video tutorial of the innovative Visual WebGui Web Design Tool was published. The Customizing a Visual WebGui theme using the Control & Theme Designer tutorial demonstrates the new web development/design patterns introduced by this Control & Theme Designer featured in Visual WebGui. The new tool allows to create and edit image resources in Visual WebGui projects and their behaviors by using a visual point and click designer that is integrated into VS and works with most external image ...
In this Issue: Nigel Sampson, Kevin Dockx, Al Pascual, John Papa, Timmy Kokke, Arturo Toledo, Alexey Zakharov, and David Anson. Shoutouts: James Bacon and SilverlightGirl have announced the end of their "Mashooo S Prize Silverlight Game Contest". Now it's your turn to go rate the entries (until the 21st), and then the top 10 rated go to the judges. Read their posts: Mashooo S Prize Silverlight Game Contest Rating Period and Time to rate the Silverlight games on the Mashooo S Prize . I posted yesterday ...
I mentioned somewhere that I am a freelancer and I got this email:

I am looking at getting into freelance web design and development myself. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to share some information with me about your experience? ...

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After a short break Visual WebGui is back to present a live Webcast on MSDN this Tuesday, June 16th at 9:30 AM PST. The upcoming webcast: Designing Creative DHTML, Silverlight UIs: Simple, Visualized & Intuitive will show off the new point and click Visual WebGui Control & Theme Web Design Tool and demonstrate its fastest, most intuitive way of developing and designing without Javascript, HTML, CSS, or XAML. Join us tomorrow for a short hour that can potentially save you a lot of time! Click ...

To make development of WPF and Silverlight applications according to the Model-View-ViewModel pattern easier, I have put together a small toolkit which should speed up the creation of such applications by automating certain tasks.

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So blog posts from me are currently few and far between at the moment – but that is not from lack of want. I have been trying to keep my head down and catch up with the breadth of new tools gradually making themselves known in the web-dev community. Over the past few weeks I have been playing with Windows 7, and it multi-touch functionality (I realise it's not web, but I am not an IPhone owner yet so it's always nice to play) I have also been catching up on the ADO.NET entities framework, and migrating ...
Awhile back, after the release of Pong I started work on a new engine to fix all the issues I didn't like with Pong. Every sprite in Pong was hard coded and was unbearably large because of that (some sprites had 20+ lines dedicated to them just to place and check for user input). I started work on an engine I called 'Turf' because I had no idea what kind of game I wanted to make at the time so I developed simple parts of it such as rendering and saved it until I had some time to fully develop it. ...
The next Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) meeting will be Wednesday, June 24th at the Urbana Regional Library. At the June meeting, I’ll present an introduction to the Mesh and Live Framework as the introductory topic. Following a break for pizza and social networking, Edwin Ames will be presenting advanced techniques for everyday development. The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Intro Topic: Introduction to Mesh and Windows Live Framework with John Blumenauer Intro. Topic Description: ...
This example is a continuation of my previous post about “Adding Rows in GridView”. In this example I will going to demonstrate on how we are going to do Edit, Update and Delete operations in GridView using TemplateField Columns. If you wan’t to implement those operations using BoundField Columns then you can refer to my previous example about “GridView: Insert, Edit, Update and Delete – the ADO.NET way”. Since this example is a continuation, then I would recommend you to start reading this example ...
Last week, i.e. in a single week, Microsoft was on real tear: the company announced a release date for Windows 7, disclosed details of Zune HD and Zune’s integration into Xbox Live, discussed Project Natal and other coming improvements to Xbox, and launched its Bing “decision” engine. And all this week, at a special software design review (SDR) event, Microsoft is introducing major new business intelligence features coming in SQL Server 2008 R2, including its project Gemini product that helps rogue ...
MVC seems all the rage these days. And while there are many good things it brings to the table, it seams it takes us a step back in terms of I18N. For instance, if you want to use the special aspx attribute meta:resourceKey="foo", you won't always be able to do so. The following would work fine: 1: <asp:Label runat="server" ID="_QueryPrompt" Text="Enter Query" meta:resourcekey="_QueryPro... />&nbsp; But we're out of luck with buttons: 1: <asp:Button runat="server" ID="btn" Text="Run" ...
We have been working hard on version 2.0.0 of Ra-Ajax and it is now publicly available for download. This release marks very exciting events and changes. Probably not the least of which is the switch of license from LGPL to GPL. We have completely revamped the website design, to make it easy for visitors to find just what they need. We have a new infrastructure that will allow our existing users to get the most out of Ra-Ajax and new users to get up to speed quickly. Many changes and bug fixes were ...
I decided to post this because this has been asked many times before at the forums. So for those who doesn't know how to generate a control event that are residing within the TempleFields of GridView then you can follow these few steps below: * Switch to Design View in Visual Studio Designer * Right Click on the GridView * Select Edit Template and then Select the Column where the Control that you wan't to generate the event resides (e.g Button, TextBox, etc..) * The GridView will then changed to ...
The topic this time around is “How interested are you in User Interface design?”. This poll came about after a visit to a local (Bath, UK) software startup which has at least as many user interface designers as developers which made me realise just how much things have moved on over the last couple of years. Certainly 3 years back a “similar” software startup would have been developer heavy and most likely have had no user interface designers. Expectations today are that applications (web and rich) ...
I decided to post this because I wan't to share this information that I have gathered during my investation about ASPNET WebParts last 2007. Maybe this will be useful for those who are using ASPNET WebParts in ASPNET 2.0. Basically this information shows the difference between the Standard WebParts that shipped in ASP.NET 2.0, ASPNET Futures and My Custom WebPart with Custom Verbs. Main OBJECTIVES: * Allows cross browser drag and drop capability (can be moved between WebZones) * Ajax enabled Findings ...
Introduction The WinPHP challenge is running towards it’s closing time. Only a few days before entering I came with the idea to enter the contest. I had to put a lot of my spare time into it, but it was worth it. I learned a lot from exploring the realm of php. It’s fun to work in a language I normally do not work in. And to find ways to implement some thoughts that have been on my mind for a while. Here’s the story about the what, the where and the how of BlogSnor, my entry for the WinPHP challenge. ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... In a recent project we had a requirement for a configurable cache, residing on a BizTalk host and storing responses from WCF services which the BizTalk app had brokered. Producing this as a generic cache adapter was the preferred option, but project timescales didn't allow for it – instead I've written the adapter as an open source component which is available on CodePlex: BizTalkCacheAdapter, and which we're now making use of in the project. It's ...
Recently, i have started my own project to create a new web app. Due to the secrecy of the matter : ) i cannot get into details. But this post is not about my web app, it is about the design process. I am an avid fan of Theme Forest ( www.themeforest.net ) which offers some great website templates at very reasonable prices considering the work and hours put into them. They also offer a category of "Admin Templates", which as many of you know are the back-end products alot of our customers see when ...
After a short break, Gizmox is back to present a live webcast event on MSDN. The upcoming webcast will focus on the new web design tools and will show how to work with it in order to graphically design Web UIs with the same Visual WebGui development simplicity. Title: Designing Creative DHTML, Silverlight UIs: Simple, Visualized & Intuitive Abstract: In this webcast we'll show off the new point and click Visual WebGui Control & Theme Designer. This designer joins the well known drag and drop ...
For most developers going to the DBA for any sort of request was usually a mixture of concern, apprehension, strife, and anger…because while you just wanted to cold-cock the snarky bugger, you knew that you’d have to play nice if you had any chance of seeing your stored proc change getting put in place before the next release. Now it appears that developers need to look both ways before crossing the street, and the threat comes from the one group you’d think would be shy and timid: the designers! ...
The people behind the NDepend software recently provided me with their latest version of NDepend to see what I thought. I initially ran the package over one of my recent projects and found that the reporting offered in the latest version of NDepend was infinitely better than the previous version (1.0) that I worked with. I found the reports that NDepend was offering would be most valuable while building my latest project. For this reason I started my latest project in a manner that would leave much ...
Visual WebGui 6.4 Preview 1 is available to download! The 6.4 Preview allows to experience the revolutionary web design tool providing ease of designing DHTML or Silverlight UI with no HTML, CSS or XAML coding, while using your design software of choice such as Photoshop and Expression Blend. This cutting-edge Point & Click Web Design Tool provides, for the first time, a complete coding-free cycle for the creation of complex, enterprise-grade web applications. 6.4 also allows to fully customize ...
This post is about Finite State Machines, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is for next time. For one of the EAI projects I'm working on I needed a specific StreamReader that adds field-wrappers (around the fields, obviously) of a char-based stream. For example: field1-1,field1-2;field2-1,... => "field1-1","field1-2";"fiel... My first approach was the currently popular test-driven one: a default passthru read method and a bunch of tests, that of-course all initially failed. I trusted ...
Events are a critical component in Object Oriented programming. Whether they originate from user interaction or code logic, events are at the heart of what makes your application dynamic. Thanks to the advancement in both Java and .Net over the years, the event-driven paradigm has become possible on the web with the advent of JSF (Java Server Faces) and ASP.NET. Both of these technologies support the event-driven model allowing developers to take adantage of the "publisher/subscriber" pattern. There ...
I’ve just posted the first in a series of webcasts on BloggersGuides.net looking at WCF and WF in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta one. Watch this space for more... This webcast will look at the new Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) designer in Visual Studio 2010. It is the first in a series of webcasts looking at the WCF/WF functionality available in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0. The webcast will take an introductory tour of the new design experience, focussing on the Sequential ...
Most awaiting Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Beta 1 is available for download now, which include ASP.NET 4.0 enhancements, support for SharePoint development , more support for parallel programming , Cloud computing etc., Here is the quick list of features for developers in Visual Studio 2010 1) Inline Call Hierarchy for better code understanding : This one of the most interesting features of the Visual studio 2010 for developers. This features enables developers to understand the code easily. This ...
I’m speaking again at DevTeach this year in June in Vancouver. Here is a comprensive list of things going on. Party with Vancouver IT community Monday June 8th URL: http://party.cuga.ca/Home.aspx Vancouver IT community is hosting Monday june 8th in Vancouver a DevTeach kick off party. This is the official social event for DevTeach Vancouver. The event is not just for the attendees of DevTeach Vancouver it’s a free event for everyone. It’s a unique chance for the attendees, speakers and locals to ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio 2010 Supports UMLJust in case you have been living in a shed at the bottom of the garden, Visual Studio 2010 is to support UML. As you can see from my diagram, my UML skills are a little, erm, crude. But I think you will get the picture and if you want to do better then just download Visual Studio 2010 on Wednesday if you are not an MSDN subscribe, and if you are… well you can get it today :) Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio Team System 2010 Beta 1 ShipsVisual Studio 2010 Team Suit Beta 1 and Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Beta 1 will be available to download from MSDN today at 5pm (GMT) and to the general public on Wednesday. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
The new Point & Click web design tool - the Control & Theme Designer - presents a ground breaking simple, intuitive developer/designer interface to creating advanced, customized, and creative customer-facing Web user interfaces (UIs) without any need to code in HTML and CSS. The new tool will allow to easily create custom themes for Visual WebGui applications or download complete themes. New themes created by Gizmox that would give your Visual WebGui application familiar, cool looks are going ...
Desert Code Camp – the Arizona conference by and for software developers – is right around the corner! This year’s code camp is on June 13 at DeVry University in Phoenix. It’s not too late to request a session, or to sign up to present one, and it’s certainly not too late just to show up! This year I will be presenting Back to Basics: Object-Oriented Design Patterns in C#, as well as Optimization Patterns: Reducing Memory Footprint in .NET. The latter is based on parts 2 and 4 of my “Speedy C#” blog ...
Good attendees learn from the speaker; this week I was reminded that good speakers learn from their audience. The NJDOTNet (http://www.njdotnet.net/) group was fun (My thanks to Jess Chadwick for the invite!), a lot of sharp, involved people (and one wise-aleck to keep things interesting). NJDOTNet’s feedback shows I need to clarify a number of points. They are the relationship between the iterative development process and test case selection, the recommended number of asserts per test, and the relationship ...
I don’t know Joel personally, but some recent posts of his caused a stir within the community, and he seems like a pretty interesting dude… so that makes him a perfect candidate for a NINE Questions interview. Unfortunately, I never got a pic from him with this interview, so this placeholder pic will have to do for now. I know you’re all chomping at the bit to read my latest interview, so without further ado, I give you these NINE Questions with Joel Oleson, aka SharepointJoel. 1. Where are you from? ...
The Klinikum Ingolstadt is a hospital in Bavaria, Germany with 1,200 beds and over 3,000 employees. The staff used an EDP based on a MS Access 2003 database which was no longer able to meet the ever-growing demands of the hospital's intensive care units and it was needed to be replaced with an updated solution. Since an off the shelf alternative doesn’t exist and a specific solution by an external software house would overrun the budget it was decided to enhance the software in-house. After evaluating ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... This was the title I settled on for the interactive session at Microsoft's Architect Insight Conference yesterday. We had a good turnout and some interesting discussions – thanks again to everyone who came along. The purpose of the session was to think about ESBs in terms of the value they provide to IT and to the business. The slide decks will be published on the AIC site, and this post adds some of the discussion points. Broadly we covered three ...
In this Issue: Chris Cavanagh, Alex Knight, Steve Strong, Jory Schossau, and David Anson. Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has a hysterical post up about using Newton or Jott. I tried Jott during the beta maybe that's why I liked Jesse's post so much :) This is a note that I’m Cindy To Buy Chocolate Rob Zelt demo'd Silverlight 3 at TRINUG Web Apps Sig and posted his material... good for us :) Did you hear NBC Olympics Wins an Emmy with Silverlight?? Check it out... Silverlight was the "behind-the-scenes ...
So I just spent an hour attending the DotNetNuke Corporation Webinar entitled DotNetNuke Demonstration. Needless to say, I'm a fan of DotNetNuke and I can't get enough knowledge of the product. Nik began the session by defining what the product DotNetNuke is and how easy it was to design a site. He then gave a brief explanation of the community and professional version of DotNetNuke. Next, he spoke briefly of the technology used which consisted of DotNetNuke, ASP.NET, .NET. IIS, a Windows Server ...
Developing and designing AJAX Web applications have always been a complex process that required many different skills and knowledge of various coding languages. Visual WebGui RIA Platform is targeting simplification of AJAX development process by offering a visual development environment that flattened the traditional multi-layered development into a single layer requiring basic .Net development skill set. As a result, building line of business AJAX Web applications became simpler, faster and most ...
As you know if you've been reading my blog for long, I've been writing software for a while. It seems I always gravitated to the user interface side although it took me a while to realize that. I visited my family in October of 2008 and my Mother's boyfriend asked what the 'payoff' was for writing software. He is a long-time woodworker and the payoff for him is holding something in his hands or seeing it put to use. My response to him was to ask about running an application an pushing 'buttons'. ...
The visual Control & Theme Designer introduced in version Visual WebGui 6.4 version allows to create cool new designs and themes and also custom controls. The new 'how to' tutorial shows how simple it is to create a Visual WebGui custom control with the new designer tool. This 'How to' is divided into two parts whereas the first part demonstrates the creation of the programmatic part of the water mark text box control and the second part shows how to add the design time of the control. View the ...
1) OK, so Coders4Charities went well. The .NET User Group Meeting went well. Now it’s time to take a (small) break. 2) Most who know me probably already know, but I’ve been assigned as regional mentor for INETA membership for Missouri and Kansas. That will be consuming some of my time to get my head around who my UG leaders are and what they need from me, as well as helping fledgling UGs get started. 3) I won Fourth Place in Community Credit for the month of April! I get a sweet pin clock. 4) I will ...
In this Issue: Alex Knight, Radenko Zec, Peter Bromberg, Page Brooks, Pete Blois, and Frank La Vigne(2). From SilverlightCream.com: Getting the most out of the Vector tools in Expression Design. Alex Knight posted this on Twitter just as I was getting ready to fire off this 'Cream post ... another great Design post from him... this one out in Expression Design and working with Vectors... great :) Integrating silverlight 3 polling duplex with unity container Radenko Zec has a sample chat application ...