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You probably have already visited Channel 9, and if you have not I would recommend to definitely check it out. There are literally thousands of videos about development using Microsoft technologies (and more). You can watch the videos on the site using Silverlight player or you can use links on each video page for downloading. This usually works fine if you are interested in just one or a small number of videos, but it might become somewhat tedious if you want to download a bunch of them. I recently ...
Ever since I began programming in c++ I have gotten confused with how pointers work. I understand why they are there and why they can be useful, but in my managed world I really don’t like touching them… That being said, tomorrow I am going to be tested on pointers and so I thought I would brush up.. here is a bit of sample code on some basic uses… #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { int x = 5; int *y = &x; int *z = y; cout << "x value : " << ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

 

Tuesday, Jeff Julian (@StaffofGeeks) and James Hare were featured in the TOP 5 of Tech-Ed videos!  Tomorrow watch for Chris Williams!

I have been doing a rushed brush up on my contemporary concepts programming course – only to encounter more design patterns… so as revision I have listed some details below… Today I am going to briefly cover 5 design patterns… namely: Composite Pattern Observer Pattern Serializer Pattern Monostate Pattern Command Pattern What are Design Patterns? (see wiki) In programming we come across problems that are very similar, and certain approaches to solving these problems could be applied time and time ...
Below is a summary of notes for the exam. Before these will make sense you will have to go through the study material, so this is more just a quick revision summary. Format for Declaring a Recursive Statement You will be asked to compile a recursive definition for some language. In the textbook examples the language was a number based language, but in all the past exams the language has been a text based language so be careful… You will be asked to state 4 things, Universal Set Generators of Language ...
John is in this video James Hare and Jeff Julian are in the Tuesday video, we will publish it when it is on YouTube. Go Geekswithblogs! Technorati Tags: Tech-Ed,Top 5,Geekswithblogs ...
The second programming book I read on holiday was Growing Object Oriented Software Guided By Tests by Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce. To sum up early: its a very, very good book on TDD. When I first came across TDD, I immediately saw it as a good idea. Don't write any code without first having a test to cover it and you get automated tests to run any time which prove your system works and document how. Awesome! Getting stuck in with TDD threw up a few questions I couldn't find easy answers to, though: ...
Geeks With Blogs has been given the opportunity to host a blogger’s lounge at MS TechEd 2011 this year. I highly encourage anyone who loves to blog about technology, Developer or IT Pro, to head on over and introduce yourself. I have been blogging off and on (as life and time permit) with this group for a long time now and you couldn’t find a better bunch of guys that are passionate about both community and technology and their site really supports this. Be sure to say hi to Jeff and John. They are ...
In this blog, by external library I really mean any jar (yours or someone else's) that has some functionality you want to include in an Android app. The Android SDK makes this seem very easy to do. You can add other jars to your android project, and they get DEXed and included in your .apk file for upload to Android emulator or other device. If you are using the Eclipse ADT, this isn't any harder than putting the jars on the build path for your project, using the Java Build Path properties dialog. ...
It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted about TechDays. Today I completed the final review of all the decks for the Windows Azure developer tracks for Monday and Tuesday. All except for the keynote (always troublesome) and the roadmap session (equally troublesome) are now final – which gives me a warm and likely misplaced feeling that we are in good shape. Yesterday we had the T-1 week meeting in which everyone was smiling. Good stuff. In my case, it was also my first experience of using ...
Abby is a fellow evangelist at Microsoft with a specific focus on working with startups in the USA. Abby has some great insights into how to be a successful startup. Now my team in the UK are focused primarily on ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) but it turns out that a pretty high percentage of startups are … you guessed it… ISVs. If you happen to be an ISV and a startup in the UK, then I would definitely recommend you spend 13 minutes with the following: Lean Startup 101 for Developers Lean Startup ...
If you’re at Tech Ed, be sure to stop by the GeeksWithBlogs Tech Ed Blogger Hub and say hi. Jeff & John have done a phenomenal job of setting up a great place to chill and do some blogging. I’ll be here most of the week when I’m not hitting Windows Phone dev sessions. If you don’t know how to find the Blogger Hub, it’s really quite easy. Enter the Expo Hall from any point, turn left and keep walking until you can’t go any farther. We’re right next to the big stage ...
I’ve created an extension method to Find Sibling Activity by name Based on example from http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... public static TActivity FindSiblingActivity<TAct... Activity sender,string activityName) where TActivity:Activity { //CodeActivity thisActivityInstance = sender as CodeActivity;sender. Activity parent = sender.Parent; var retActivity=parent.GetActiv... as TActivity; Debug.Assert(sender.IsDynam... ...
Recently I was working in the Staging environment at my current client. A Debugging Opportunity occurred and I needed to trace into a Called Orchestration. “No symbolic information was found for this orchestration. In the Visual Studio project containing the orchestration, set the Embed Tracking Information option to True. Rebuild and redeploy to enable tracking and debugging.” I have NO idea how this came about, but after inspecting the properties of the Project and comparing it to a working Orchestration ...
Wow, where does the time go? Here I am, sitting in the Memphis airport on Sunday evening, waiting for my flight to Atlanta for Tech Ed 2011 – North America. I love going to Tech Ed, as it is the conference that really re-energizes me for the year. And this year especially, as I’m speaking again on one of the biggest stages in the world. This year I am speaking on IntelliTrace, formerly known as “Historical Debugging”. The main idea behind IntelliTrace is that you no longer run into the “un-reproducable ...
John Alexander and I made it to Atlanta just in time today to get to the Georgia World Congress Center and see the Blogger Hub. Wow, this is a huge area we have to spread the news about Geekswithblogs.net and blogging about IT related topics. Here is a little of what we have in store for you if you are here at #MSTechEd. Reserved Seating for Influential Bloggers (If you don’t have a seat, talk to us about how you might be able to next year). Two Conference Room Tables dedicated to blogging by Attendees ...
Part 2 of my "Reloaded-Series"! In the orginal post here TCPBinding seemed to be the solution. But it is not the best and in some cases just not usable. This only applies to large requests! Sabrina and Philippe, both colleagues in the current project, discovered something far better and much more interesting... What happnes here is DOS-attack-prevention by IIS! Fortunately this did not apply to us that much, sitting behind the DMZ and a far way from the outside world... Solution: Change the allowed ...
Introduction In the first part of the “Game-changing Features in the Silverlight 5 Beta,” I investigated how to debug XAML in Silverlight 5. Now, it is time to explore another feature called Multiple Window Support, where I will review its abilities within a Silverlight 5 application. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. The full source code for the project is available as a separate download with this article. The full article is hosted on SSWUG and you ...
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. ...
Visual Studio 2010 is not support built-in syntax highlight for HLSL, and I found great soultion – NShader – HLSL\ GLSL \ CG - Shader Syntax Highlighter add-in for Visual Studio. And now editor window with loaded *.fx file looks like following: NShader support VS 2008 and 2010, and it’s free. Another way to get syntax highlight is to set VS for opening *.fx in Notepad++ (with one of HLSL language definitions, it hasn’t built-in support). I like to stay inside Visual Studio, so I prefer NShader :) ...
The 1.0.1 version of the Build Folder Extension is now out and can be downloaded from the Visual Studio Code Gallery at http://visualstudiogallery.... Source code, discussions and issue tracking can be found at the codeplex site at http://tfsbuildfolders.code... Context menu The context menu has been extended with the following commands, shown below: Queue New Build… : This pops up the traditional queue build dialog Queue Default Build(s): ...
I've recently added to my UriHelper class the function RemoveQueryStringFromUrl public static string RemoveQueryStringFromUrl(st... url) { //similar to string qs = QueryStringHelper.QueryStri... string urlPath = url.LeftBefore("?"); return urlPath; } It refers to methods from My QueryStringHelper class and My StringHelper class ...
1. Set EnableScriptGlobalization=true on the script manager <asp:ScriptManager runat="server" EnableScriptGlobalization="... /> 2. Use the Sys.CultureInfo.CurrentCulture command either inside the alert or through Firebug console to check the CultureInfo at the client side 3. use Number.parseLocale instead of pareFloat so that it get correct value according to the current culture. 4. to update the value back with current culture use localeFormat <script type="text/javascript"> function ...
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 ...
Telstra finally got their act together and got an update out. Unfortunately it hasn’t done much to alleviate the woeful lack of responsiveness for my HTC Mozart so it will now have to go back to HTC for a makeover… Performance of the update is shown below using WP Bench: ...
Michael’s “Mega Collection of Silverlight 5 Beta” Demos I’ve decided that today I would release a set of Demos for the Silverlight 5 Beta to help the community get up to speed quickly with the new features. In order to make the Silverlight 5 developer-base grow I will be creating demos of every feature as it is available. Here is my first set of contributions to make this happen. To download all the demos in one file then click here. For separate downloads then click below. Please note: All of these ...
If you’ve recently upgraded to SP1 and tried to build a solution checked out from TFS you might have come across the following dialog. Not only does it not allow you to cancel the build process, but it also REPEATEDLY THROWS THE DIALOG PREVENTING YOU FROM STOPPING THE PROCESS. Very annoying. There is a hotfix available via connect and code gallery that will stop this problem. Connect Bug Entry: http://connect.microsoft.co... ...
Every now and then I find that it is necessary to apply self signed SSL certificates when implementing Exchange servers. Self Signed Subject Alternative Name (SAN) Certificates that is, because Exchange uses that kind of certificates since Exchange 2007.BackgroundThe need for self signed SSL certificates can have different reasons. One of these reasons can be that a company has an internal Windows Active Directory™ DNS domain name, that this company does not own on the internet. As a result, no public ...
A while ago, (and by that I mean over a year ago now) I was catching up on the blogs I read and came across this post: http://blog.iso50.com/14644... I thought – Awesomeness! I’ll give that a go… downloaded the app, and ran it, all good – but only on one monitor… :( I work with two monitors, and found that a lot of the time I’d end up with a no lines as I was on the other monitor… So, I thought I’d give it a go and write one myself… I actually had a working version pretty ...
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 ...
When we started our Exchange 2010 deployment, we ran into an issue with not being able to modify distribution lists. I documented how to fix this issue in a previous post. Not too long ago, we started getting a few reports from users with Exchange 2010 mailboxes that they could not modify their distribution lists and the error message they were getting was the same error message we saw when we started deploying Exchange 2010. When an user attempted to modify a distribution list they owned, they would ...
Next week is a huge week for us at @StaffOfGeeks. We will be at what we think is the best tech conference of the year, Microsoft TechEd. John and I have been going to this event for years and now we have the honor of running the Blogger Hub (formerly the Blogger Lounge) to help generate some buzz around the event, sessions, and experience. So if you are attending, how do you find us? To the cloud….just kidding. We will be in Atlanta! Then we will be at the Georgia World Congress Center: Then we will ...
Let’s focus on Exam 70-583 this time. This exam is PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications. This guide itself will be a different approach to preparing for the exam itself. Instead of just taking the individual topics, let’s review the topic in as much information as we can. Here is a set of resources to get started. This is the topic I will be presenting at TechEd North America 2011, so expect more information after 5/18/2011. Here is the link to the session: http://northamerica.msteche... ...
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. ...
Lately, I have been taking some time to learn some new technologies. For me, the best way to learn a new technology is to jump head first into a project: Daily deal websites such as GroupOn, LivingSocial, DealFind, etc. have really taken off over the last 6 months. With so many sites out there, my inbox was being flooded with emails from all these daily deal websites. This seemed like it might be a fun project, so I set out to build a daily deal aggregator. First, I built a Windows Phone 7 app. I ...
I ran into an interesting scenario when a colleague of mine was setting up a list in SharePoint 2010. He was creating a list, with a phone number column, a phone extension column, and a calculated column for phone display. Things were working fine, until he entered some data and the display column didn’t look right. When he opened the settings for the phone display, he saw this in the formula: #NAME?-#NAME?After some tinkering, we got it to work by changing the name of the phone extension column. ...
This past week the company I work for re-launched our external facing internet site, all powered by SharePoint 2010. I already blogged about it, but have you ever wondered, what does it take to build a great looking site? There are 3 basic levels of Branding in SharePoint 2010: Low Effort Remember the themes in SharePoint 2007? well its incredibly easy to build them in SharePoint 2010.The best examples out there are the ones that use Power Point 2010 to produce color schemes and styles and apply ...
It’s not often I let my personal life creep into affecting the things I’m involved in and doing. I usually let my hobbies kind of get me through the tough parts. And while I’ve been having fun distracting myself with playing games and coding this week, I’ll admit my eye wasn’t on the community like it normally is. I apologize for the late posting of the notes and for how light and sparse they are. I’m sure there was more going on in the XNA community (and if you were missed in this weeks notes, shoot ...
One of the little known facts about MSE is that it can be used as an antivirus solution on Windows 2008 R2 Server. I use Windows 2008 R2 Datacenter as my workstation OS and I have been looking around for a good antivirus solution to be used with my OS and tried out many of the free antivirus softwares and none of them would even get installed on the Server machine, but as it turns out MSE works just fine on WIN2008 R2. it is free and doesn’t hog too much resources also. You can get it from here http://www.microsoft.com/se... ...
Introduction Now that the MIX 11 conference is over and we have heard the news of the Silverlight 5 Beta being released, it’s time to explore some of the new features. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. In this piece, I am going to provide information about one of the most important and game-changing features in the Silverlight 5 Beta. - XAML Debugging. In my opinion, this is one of the most important features in the Silverlight 5 beta. In a future article, ...
Últimamente he visto muchas consultas sobre como colorear las celdas o filas de un gridview basados en un determinado valor o condición. Así que el objetivo de este post es mostrar como realizar este procedimiento, pero además añadiremos un elemento mas, que es como mostrar una imagen dependiendo de una condición. Empezaremos trabajando en como cambiar el color de una fila del Gridview: Supongamos que tenemos un Gridview que tiene un campo de tipo Literal en un TemplateField que muestra un total ...
I had a blog reader ask me this question: I see the INotifyPropertyChanged in demos all of the time, most of the time it is in a huge MVVM project and I cannot wrap my head around why it is important and why should I use it. Can you create a simple demo that shows off the feature? I looked around on the net but couldn’t find something simple. I decided to write a quick demo and hopefully it helps clear things up. If you want to go ahead and grab the source code then it is provided here. (Please note: ...
Article Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/c... How do you send "Call Context" information in the header message to Dynamics AX 2012 WCF services from BizTalk? One difference between AX 2009 and AX 2012 services, is that you no longer always need to provide destination endpoint context information. This is described here: In previous releases, each AIF endpoint was associated with a specific company. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 does not require that you associate integration ports with a specific ...
Last weekend I went up to Iowa Code Camp in Cedar Rapids and had the opportunity to do two presentations, one on NuGet and one known as the Automation Tools Roundup. ICC is one of my favorite conferences every year. It is twice a year and I try to make it to at least one of them. The people that attend this conference really make it worth the money you spend in travel expenses. Definitely recommended. Automation Tools Roundup This is my favorite session to give because it requires crowd participation ...
It looks like the folks in Redmond are trying to bring Clippy back with Ribbon Hero 2, but due to limitation of the platform, I am unable to play. I understand because I am on a Mac, but I do find it pretty funny that the OSes that were around when Clippy was used (Windows 95/98/ME/2000) are not supported by this application. Come on Clippy, did you forget who your friends are? Sellout! Technorati Tags: Clippy,Microsoft,Redmond,Ri... Hero 2 ...
Looks like I'm going to TechEd 2011, thanks to GeeksWithBlogs.net and all of you that helped get me there by clinking the Tech Ed link in my previous posts. I'm really looking forward to going, and I wouldn't be if not for your help, so seriously... THANKS!! If you're going too, hit me up on Twitter (@ChrisGWilliams) or Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/2atcqbg) or maybe catch me at the INETA booth or the Blogger Hub (run by the fine folks at GWB.) ...
One of the recent perks we have added to the Geekswithblogs.net community is an influencer program made up of those bloggers who have the most influence on the site. Being apart of this program gets you access to some awesome products for review and special contests we run. The latest contest was a free attendee badge for one of our influencers to join @StaffofGeeks at TechEd and as you see from title Chris Williams is our winner. This means Chris will be having the time of his life (well hopefully) ...