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I have not had a second to update this blog!  Shame on me...

What's new with me you ask?  Most recently I've moved into an apartment!  I'm still getting used to it and since I don't have internet access I'm quite limited with what I do in my spare time.  Lately I've taken to modding Left 4 Dead by creating my own levels.  It's pretty easy and I'm hoping to put a few tutorials up once I understand the Hammer development tool a bit more.

That's all for now, catch ya later.

I’ve read a few tutorials online about paging with LINQ and an ObjectDataSource but there were always quirks that ended up slowing me down unnecessarily so I thought I’d put together my own easy to follow tutorial that should get someone up and running with paging in almost no time! Step 0: Things I will Assume about your Project I’ll assume that you have already created a DataContext and dropped in some tables from your database onto it. For my tutorial, I’ll again re-use the “Person” object that ...
The one thing that has remained constant for a writer is the role of providing information content. However, providing a context for information is changing, again and again. Technological advances and consumer demands have created an explosion of contexts in which content can be consumed; and they want it all. The high-level contexts for information content can be described as follows: Content - Consumable (raw) data Delivery - Presentation of data Availability - Completeness of data Accessibility ...
OK so the title may confuse you – two completely different technologies that are hardly related. However I have been a little busy at nights trying to prepare my Music-Works tutorials for Commerce Server/SharePoint (MOSS) so I thought I would provide an update into something interesting I was playing with yesterday. For those of you who may not know Microsoft Tag is Microsoft's implementation of the QR-Code. Tags are used in marketing for providing online content in off-line medium. The tags themselves ...
In this Issue: Corey Schuman(2, 3), Andy Beaulieu(2), Jafar Husain, Jonathan van de Veen, Ashish Shetty, Walt Ritscher, and Celso Gomes. Shoutout: Andy Beaulieu has some new SL3 posts below, but also has updated some old ones: Silverlight 3 Released! Jeff Handley and his crew are looking for feedback on the DomainDataSource in the new .NET RIA Services release: DomainDataSource – Defining Its Limits From SilverlightCream.com: Editing a ToolTip Style in Blend 3 Corey Schuman has up a great tutorial ...
When working on some projects and articles in Expression Blend 3 I noticed a few differences with Blend 2 right away. Here are 9 improvements and new features I really like or enjoy having now. 1. Expression Blend now shows the size of your controls even when the width and height are set to Auto: 2. The assets are placed in a panel now. Although the “old” way of working with asses is still available, this new panel can be left open. Beside that, the assets are grouped in different ways in a tree, ...
In this Issue: Milind Soman, Jordan Knight, Jeff Blankenburg(2), Qixing Zheng, Faisal, and Expression Blend and Design Blog. From SilverlightCream.com: Right aligned stack panel in Silverlight Milind Soman sent me this and it's a great Blend Tutorial on the StackPanel. Hope to see more from him... keep sending them in, Milind! Eventr – Your Flexible DeepZoom Reference App The Jordan Knight half of the Knight brothers has initiated a great Deep Zoom project ... for all of you (like me) that want to ...
Last Friday I’ve received new Futaba S3001 servos. Turns out they are more easier to modify to Hitec’s, and at the same seem more reliable. I’ve simply followed this Instructable, and you can also find some additional photos in my gallery. What most important the servos are also easier to calibrate, so now my SERB will actually stop in place when I want it. Below is a short video of the completed SERB robot where it just runs in random directions: This weekend I’ve also started looking at Microsoft ...
Introduction Today I would like to show you how to style a TreeView control in Silverlight 3 using Expression Blend 3. The TreeView is a control to visualize hierarchical data structures. If you haven’t got Silverlight 3 and Blend 3, you can find all downloads for Silverlight 3 and Blend 3 here. The TreeView control is available in WPF natively and styling is only a small bit different than in Silverlight. I try to explain one way of doing this and there are others. If you have any questions what ...
In this Issue: Erik Mork, Fons Sonnemans, Ian Blackburn, Lee, and Timmy Kokke. From SilverlightCream.com: Commanding and Adding Commands in Prism Erik Mork has his latest Prism Hypervideo up ... this one is on Commands and commanding ... great job on all these, Erik! ImageSlider in Silverlight 2.0 Fons Sonnemans came across a blog of cool JQuery tutorials and decided to give one of them a shot in Silverlight ... looks like he stuck the dismount to me ... keep them coming, Fons! Pushing Data From ...
I always wanted to do stuff with DirectDraw. And when I saw the iPhone UI the urge intensified. But somehow the topic seemed esoteric to me and eluded me for quite some time, or, to put it in other words, laziness won over me (: Anyways, I was going through the Donuts sample game provided by Microsoft which comes with Win Mob 6 Professional SDK installation. Here is the path: <InstallDir>\Samples\... It seemed a bit too complicated for a first timer and ...
In this Issue: Erik Mork, Nigel Sampson, Jonathan van de Veen, Steve Strong, and Kevin Dockx. From SilverlightCream.com: Which comes first the View or the ViewModel?Erik Mork and Shawn Wildermuth attempt to unravel the chicken/egg debate as it relates to MVVM... what, you didn't think Shawn had an opinion on that one ?? :)Attaching Silverlight 3 Behaviors in C#If you're not familiar with Microsoft.Expression.Intera... or dealing with Attached Behaviors in your C#, then Nigel Sampson ...
This is my first blog post on GeeksWithBlogs, and although I intend the majority of my posts to be about the .net world, I’m actually going to start with something else! My current job is as a Learning Technologist at The University of Manchester. Although the majority of my work is in web development, I have recently been involved in a study looking at the suitability of e-readers in an educational context. This arose due to the academics reports on the uncomfortable nature of reading student assignments ...
Okay, this is lame - no posts since December... Hopefully this will make up for it. I've been spending a lot of time lately researching 3D animation for a project I'm working on, and I'm drawing a line in the sand for ease of reference, later. Hopefully, someone out there will find it useful. Blender has been my tool of choice, because it's easy to find documentation and samples out on the web (plus, it's FREE). Of course, 3D Studio Max is a professional (expensive) program which provides the same ...
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 ...
Research and development is one of my interesting topics. I always like to do R&D. It has adventures, mining and digging in to the secrets. In my development saga I faced a lot of R&D .I mean even achieving a little thing in the learning is an R&D. For example .Net Ria Services was released last month. I was very interested in learning this and as a initiative downloaded all the necessary software's and installed. I went through some tutorials & blogs on how to achieve the functionality ...
In this Issue: Nigel Sampson, Jonathan van de Veen, Rod Paddock, Alex Knight, Arturo Toledo, Tim Heuer, Justin Angel, Lee, and David Anson. Shoutouts: There are probably more by now, but at last look, both Jesse Liberty and Alex Golesh had not only dowloaded and installed VS2010, but they're also building Silverlight apps out there... sweet! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3 Navigation and Google Analytics Nigel Sampson pinged me on this post. I blew right past it two days in a row! Nigel ...
Two three days back I was searching for some information on the net, and I came across Tim Huffman's blog on GWB. I have been planning to start my technology blog for quite some time now, and after seeing Tim's blog I did not have any doubt as to where to host my blog! And yes.. after creating this post, I don't have any doubt as to why this site is called GeeksWithBlogs; I am directly keying in HTML, instead of the regular write and format-by-clicks routine. And being a foolish n00b13, I thought ...
Here are some of the links I mentioned the other day during my TCCC 6 presentation: Creators Club - XNA's main creator website where you can find tutorials, examples, starter kits, and great forums! Dreamspark - Free software for registered students (free Creators Club trial account!) Ziggyware - Great collection of tutorials and links! Twin Cities XNA User Group - A great local group dedicated to presenting information on XNA. Torque X - An 'editor' that can be used with XNA (I think it's free if ...
Recently I was working on a project where the need for rotating ad functionality was needed. The site used Ektron and one of the content blocks was required to rotate between three different pieces of content. The first go at this resulted in an implementation that used the MooTools javascript framework. This implementation achieved the desired functionality, with the different pieces of content rotating between each other. However, this implementation also resulted in a feature (as we developers ...
ASP.NET MVC is released today. The RC1 and RC2 released were out over last month and today, at MIX, we will be unveiling ASP.NET MVC 1.0 RTW version that can be downloaded from www.asp.net/mvc There are over 40 videos resource tutorials available already and these provide close to 200 hours of learning on ASP.NET MVC that help you kick start with ASP.NET MVC based web development. MVC would be supported out of the box, in addition to the Web Form model of development in Visual Studio 2010 and that ...
I've been resisting doing this post. Really I have. With how poorly the world is doing (Economic Crisis 2009!) and all the sad sob stories I'm reading everyday, I really didn't want to be adding to the "woe is me!" noise out there already. But yeah, this has been a pretty crappy year so far. And honestly, I haven't had worse. All is not lost however, so just so it's not *ALL* bad, I will say, it's really not as bad as it could be either. (I at least still have some perspective!). I mean really, overall ...
The Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides the foundation for building applications. Here is a list of sites where WPF tutorials are free to learn. WPF Tutorials Christian Moser's WPF Tutorial(wpftutorial.net): A nice tutorial about the Windows Presentation Foundation with hundreds of samples WPF Training Guide WPF Video Tutorials Windowsclient.net Here video training sessions provide some great launch points to creating your own WPF applications. ContentPresenter.com: It is a free ...
I've posted a new tutorial up at XNADevelopment.com. I'll warn you now it's a doozy! If you're up to it, head on over and check out "The State of Things". I think this one has been sitting heavy on my heart for quite a while and when I finally sat down to write it up, everything just started pouring out. This tutorial doesn't just introduce one little way of managing screen state in your game, nope, this tutorial walks you THREE DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS! (and one of them uses event handlers and polymorphism..yikes!) ...
In this issue: Mark Monster, Jesse Liberty, Eric Mork, Mike Snow, Jeff Weber, Bob Brumfield and Erwin van der Valk, and Dave Campbell. Shoutout: Looks like I'm in good company with regard to thoughts on Silverlight and Games, Adam Kinney posted Silverlight-based Gaming is about to explode From SilverlightCream.com: Integration of browser’s unloading with Silverlight Mark Monster shows how to keep a user from inadvertently closing a Silverlight page ... not sure I've seen this approached before... ...
In this issue: Kirupa Chinnathambi, Sheo Narayan, Alex Knight, Katrien De Graeve, Maurice de Beijer, Page Brooks, Mike Snow, and Jeff Paries. Shoutouts: Pete Brown reports on My Favorite MIX09 10k Challenge Entries Jesse Liberty's Carousel videos are now up -- remember the carousel? ... cool stuff.. now you can see the videos: Carousel Video Posted – Parts 1 and 2 From SilverlightCream.com: CLR Properties vs. Dependency Properties Kirupa Chinnathambi has a good article up and I'm going to start keeping ...
There are many tutorials explaining the syntax's of XPathQuery. What gets me confused sometimes is the understanding of the match and select statements of the templates. Here is a simple example. The XML file that we are going to query is: School.xml <?xml version="1.0"?> <?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="Apply.xslt"?> <School> <title>The Xpath Exercise</title> <people> <teacher> <FirstName>Henry</... <age>45</age> <description>Henry ...
Just follow these tutorials below regarding how to implement WebParts in ASP.NET based on different Authentication mode. WEBPART with Windows Authentication WEBPART with Anonymous Users WEBPART with FORM Authentication Good Luck! Technorati Tags: ASP.NET,WebParts ...
In this issue: Maurice de Beijer, Terence Tsang, Christopher Bennage, Lee, and Dave Campbell Shoutouts: The MIX09 blog reports $200 Hosting Credit for MIX09 Attendees in case you can sweet-talk your manager with that :) David Anson has a bug fix up on his Hashing code: Ambiguous contract is ambiguous [Minor bug fix for CRC32 and MD5Managed HashAlgorithm implementations] Walt Ritscher has Reflecting on Design #12 up, and this one makes my head hurt just to think about trying to do it ... definitely ...
You had me from WPF/E If you've spent much time at WynApse.com, it doesn't take long to realize that I'm not only a Silverlight Fanatic, but I've been at it since WPF/E. I've been out of blogging my own material for a while and have a strong desire to get back at it. I like helping folks learn how much fun and how simple it is to get started with Silverlight, and once they get comfortable with the concepts they can go start reading some of the many advanced blog posts out there. I kicked this idea ...
In this issue: Bob Thomson, Michael Washington, Ken Cox, Shawn Wildermuth(2), Matthias Shapiro, Page Brooks, and Jeff Wilcox. Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty reports As promised, here is the .NET Rocks recorded panel on RIA at Code Mash. It was a blast and got a great reception. Jeff Weber has a followup on his Silverlight Install Enticement video: Enticing People To Install Silverlight (Follow Up) Brad Abrams has his shoutout to MIX09: Getting Ready for Mix09 From SilverlightCream.com: colaab - Silverlight ...
So I've been doing a lot of drawing lately. I've been doing a little bit just about every day. Sometimes with the boys and sometimes just by myself. I'm planning on scanning some of my drawings in and sharing the progress I've been making improving my art, but I haven't gotten around to it yet (hopefully soon!). But with all that time spent drawing with pencil and paper, I haven't been doing a lot to work on improving my digital art. Well today wifey linked me to a great tutorial for creating some ...
In this issue: Fons Sonnemans, Eric Oszakiewski, Tim Heuer, and Bill Reiss. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 2.0 Sudoku Fons Sonnemans posted a real-live working Sudoku board... very cool, considering I'm a Sudoku junkie. Works great Fons... keep me updated with enhancements! 10K CONTEST SUBMISSION Eric Oszakiewski brings the tally up to 3 Phoenix Silverlight User's Group members that have entered the 10K challenge... wow... wonder what the metrics on that from other User Groups are :) ... ...
Well, wifey called me (and the world) to task, so I figured I should step up. I'll admit, I was being one of the debbie downers reflecting on everything that I didn't get done this past year. So, well here it is, some reflections on things that I did well and accomplished in 2008. It' all about the family and I made sure I focused on that. My wife and I had a great year. I mean, a REALLY REALLY REALLY good year. Our relationship has never felt stronger (and well, I feel we've been pretty strong from ...
In the post below I am going to run down a short-list of some of the less-popular performance tips and the reasoning behind them. There are loads of blog postings and articles on asp.net performance enhancements, and I urge you to check those out as well. Onto the good stuff... Session.ReadWrite versus Session.ReadOnly It goes without saying that using the Session object will incur some performance overhead so if possible it should be turned off in the web.config. That said, If you’re using the Session ...
In this issue: Pete Brown, Tim Greenfield, Boyan Nikolov, Jesse Liberty, Mike Ormond, David Justice, Tim Heuer, Chris Szurgot, Matthias Shapiro, Budi Kurniawan, Mike Snow, Martin Grayson, and Azret Botash Busy folks... I've still got a backlog and I was only slow a couple days :) From SilverlightCream.com: Pie Chart Styling in the Silverlight Toolkit - Cross-Slice Gradients Pete Brown gives us the benefit of his excursions in the chart control plus his conversation with team members, and he ends ...
Previous posts: Part 0 of 4: Introduction Part 1 of 4: Testing the Service Testing the Client So far, I outlined how to test your WCF service. I simply took advantage or the WCF architecture and tested the service directly outside of the actual service harness. Now I need to set my sights on the client. This becomes a bit more difficult, but I wouldn't say that it is necessarily hard. I will start by giving a typical textbook example of hooking up to our service, and then I will tell you what is ...
Hi!, In first post I wrote, that I'll write posts from beggining, so that newbies could start writing MVC apps as my new posts would be coming. But I change my mind :D. We'll start from knowledge that is here. MVC pattern and ASP.NET MVC approach is something that you have to know, but you don't have to read other tutorials on asp.net/mvc, because we'll egzamine them in different way - understanding it from the total basics - looking at the MVC source code. So watch that video and next post I'll ...
Do you have some idea for an XNA related tutorial or article that's been bouncing around in that brain of yours? Have you just been putting off making that great step by step guide on how to do some awesome XNA-ey thing? Do you just feel like you'll write something and no one will read it so it's not worth your time? Are you currently breathing? If you've answered yes to any of those questions, well Ziggy is here for you. Ziggyware is currently holding an XNA Article contest. Simply write a tutorial ...
Recently I've begun programming a new game I'm trying to keep under wraps a bit, although most close friends know what it's about already. Although the game is quite new I'm already excited about the code. In PongRPG, every sprite you see is positioned in code, there are lines that load each sprite personally and set them based on values in the code. So, if I wanted to change the position of some item on the pause menu, I'd have to go into the code, track down that line, and change the value. Not ...
I haven’t had the chance to update lately (by lately I mean this week really) because my grandfather has passed away. He was a great guy and I loved him. I just hope that he’s happier now than he was for his last few days on earth. That was the bad news, but he was a great guy and I am better for knowing him. The good news is that I’m really motivated to get some new series under way. The underlying idea when I made WTFNext was that I’ve seen so many tutorials that I’ve felt were incomplete or could ...
In this issue: David Miles, Shawn Oster, Jeff Weber, Justin Angel, and Nikola Mihaylov. I stand corrected in that the Kongregate tutorials referenced in the Jeff Weber link below are being ported to Silverlight ... the tutorials, NOT Kongregate... sorry for any confusion! The subject was correct, my commentary wrong :( David Anson has made some changes to his ChartBuilder... check out his post: Improving ChartBuilder's cultural sensitivity [ChartBuilder app/source updated!] I've read a bunch here ...
A blog that provides details but not a solution which compiles and installs is not very helpful as there is just too much going on and assumptions about the knowledge of the reader are impossible to make! I have tried to follow many step by step tutorials and had the final product fail because of missing steps or my understanding of the steps! If you add this solution, you must activate the feature stapler at the site collection level prior to creating a new site. If you create a new site collection ...
There are many tutorials in Silverlight over the Internet that mostly cover the basics of Silverlight but when you start getting a bit ahead you get into trouble and the real lack of tutorials or examples when you get to Intermediate level and beyond there is much to be desired especially when it comes in examples on MSDN (specifically VB.NET), so I am starting a new series which I hope will cover from basic to advanced level, and I might try to go in as much detail as possible, basically I am finding ...
I will be speaking at the St. Louis .Net User Group About Silverlight on Monday, October 27th at 6 pm. Like the Kansas City .Net User Group they start at 5:30, but it looks like they go until 7:30. It looks like the group holds office at Three city Place Suite 1100 in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Here is my bio and abstract: The Dazzling World of Silverlight using XAML and Expression Blend Silverlight is the shiny new tool that both Developers and Designers can use in harmony. In Expression Studio Designers ...
Wow, that took a long time but it is finally ready. This morning I released the Geekswithblogs.net 3.0 will all the new features we could finish before PDC 2008. This is definitely not the end of 3.0 features, but it needed to get out the door. The first change you will notice is the GREEN MONSTER has been replaced. This theme has been in the works since the springtime as most of you with shirts know. Keep an eye on this blog and the tutorials section of the site throughout this week so you can learn ...
Book Review: MicrosoftOffice SharePoint Designer 2007 Step by Step - Penelope Coventry This book is full of tutorials and hints in building customised SharePoint sites. It helps you build pages complete with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), Libraries, lists and also webparts which are very customisable. I bought the book for the main purpose to learn creating workflows with SharePoint Designer 2007, and it really help me. The book as the title says, is really step by step and it is designed and laid ...
Recently I posted to ask what’s a good beginner programmer’s book, and I haven’t gotten any immediate response. Now I know that the post hasn’t had time to gestate, but usually from prior posts I do get responses first day. Ultimately, I think that the reason I’m not getting feedback is because some people are self-taught, and dug through the code and uncovered answers for themselves, some people are class taught, having great instructors that made the information make sense, and not many people ...
Here we are at part two of the Custom Code Snippet Series. In the previous part we covered how to make your own snippet by creating an XML .snippet file and adding to it the necessary content to get a custom snippet up and running. This time around, we’re going to cover the “Easy” method of creating custom code snippets: through a GUI. Thankfully, the MSDN itself has a Code Snippet Editor for both Visual Basic 2005 and 2008 available at the following links. This tutorial will make use of the Visual ...
I can just say that I'm happy to say good bye to Blend 2.5, it was really a pain to use to different Blend versions (2.0 and 2.5 as I mostly work on WPF) and since already bought the Expression Studio I was wondering if I had to buy Blend 2.5 just for Silverlight but now I am happy. I might bring new tutorials and now that we have a stable version it will be better I was just waiting for the final and stable release so as to kick start developing commercial Silverlight applications. I must add that ...