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Enumerated constants in C# can be represented 3 different ways: as a C# program constant as a number (typically int) as a string spelled identically to the C# constant Here a sample program demonstrating how to convert between any of these formats. using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Text; namespace ConsoleApplication2 { public enum Color { red, white, blue } class Program { static void Main(string[] args) { string toString, fromString = "red"; int toInt, fromInt = 1; Color ...
Just testing the use of Windows Live Writer for blogging. I have downloaded and installed some plugins for adding code snippets. The following examples use this plugin: /// <summary> /// Resets the counters. /// </summary> public void ResetCounts() { StudentsWithFiles = 0; StudentsWithoutFiles = 0; TotalSpaceUsed = 0; TotalFilesCount = 0; } You can also change the colours and fonts: /// <summary> /// Resets the counters. /// </summary> public void ResetCounts() { StudentsWithFiles ...
Part 2 This is the first in a many-part series in which I will be writing about using YAML in the .Net space – particularly within C#. I will cover the whys, the hows, and show some tricks using the dynamic capabilities of C# when using YAML. I might even explore IronRuby a bit. Why YAML? I got the chance to sit in on four days of Ruby on Rails (RoR) training from Joe Obrien a few weeks ago. I hadn’t played with RoR in a few months, and this training was amazingly useful. I always like to see what ...
Today’s briefing by Microsoft on their re-booted mobile platform and strategy was very impressive. The prototype hardware they showed looked great and the UI was attractive, productive and unique; it was not an iPhone knock off. Microsoft seemingly brought to bear what it should have long ago: all the cool technologies and properties it already has. Zune, Office with OneNote, Outlook and Exchange, SharePoint, Xbox, Bing Search and Bing Maps all look to be represented and integrated elegantly, rather ...
I’ve recently been looking at better ways to combine IoC functionality with MEF composition. I’ve created a workable solution using just MEF but there is some nasty boilerplate floating around when creating nested containers. As an example to this issue, the data model contains a set of nested objects in which the Root object holds the MEF CompositionContainer and uses that container to satisfy imports on objects it creates. At some point in the heirarchy, an object representing a context needs to ...
Whenever I am working on a project that requires client-side coding, I immediately starting thinking in JQuery. There are other javascript frameworks out there, but so far I haven’t found one that allowed me to structure my client-side applications quite as cleanly as JQuery does. The only thing JQuery doesn’t support out-of-the-box is a decent templating system for emitting DOM elements. Typically you’d wind up building up large strings and passing them to a method like append, html, etc in order ...
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers If you are an MSDN Subscriber then you have free hours/storage etc for Azure – once you activate your benefit. MSDN Subscribers can ...
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform introductory special offer: This allows anyone to try the Windows Azure Platform at “no charge”. The offer will end on July 31st 2010. Included each month at no ...
Wow, it only seems like just last week I was sitting at my PC trying to determine what I was going to concentrate on in software development for 2009. I had also just started the Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) in September 2008 and I was trying to figure out how to get speakers scheduled. Then, things started to quickly fall into place. My local INETA mentor, Frank La Vigne, provided me with a few names of well respected .NET MVPs who would most likely be interested in speaking at FredNUG. (Thanks ...
This week, TimeWarner, completed the spinoff of the online service that was at one point the initial part of its corporate name…AOL. TimeWarner believes that the online portal is not core to its business, and that its non market-leadership would be best cured by independent management. Should Microsoft do a similar spinoff of MSN? Is “the butterfly” doing well under Redmond’s PC software-oriented management? Despite an impending re-design, and a respectable market share in the US and global markets, ...
A week ago I got a new phone. This was planned, and yet not planned. Getting a new phone working is disruptive, and I didn’t want that disruption on Thanksgiving week. However, Verizon somehow de-provisioned my old phone from its data network and told me it would take 5 days to fix the problem. That meant being without mobile email access, liekly for a week, so I reasoned that getting a new phone would be actually less disruptive than fixing the old one. So I deactivated my Moto Q9m Windows Mobile ...
Javascript does not have classes in the traditional sense, but we can achieve something similar in a number of ways. C# and Ruby both have standard class syntax. This post is part of a series comparing the language features of the C#, Javascript and Ruby programming languages. Part 1: Installation and hello world Part 2: Variables Part 3: Classes C# public class Vehicle { protected string Make { get; private set; } protected string Model { get; private set; } public Vehicle(string make, string model) ...
This post is part of a series comparing the language features of the C#, Javascript and Ruby programming languages. Part 1: Installation and hello world Part 2: Variables Part 3: Classes Variables C# requires that variables be declared with a specific type. Javascript and Ruby determine the type of variables at runtime. Here is the syntax: C# public string publicMessage = "Hello World"; private string privateMessage = "Hello World"; static string PRIVATE_MESSAGE = "Hello World"; Javascript var message ...
I’m going to be looking at a few different languages and blogging my thoughts. I am not a language dork so it will probably be mostly wrong. The languages I care about are c# (which is what I mostly use), javascript (which I love) and ruby (which everyone else loves). This post is part of a series comparing the language features of the C#, Javascript and Ruby programming languages. Part 1: Installation and hello world Part 2: Variables Part 3: Classes Installation C# is installed by installing visual ...
The second day keynote at PDC 2009 in Lost Angeles was shared by Steven Sinofsky and Scott Guthrie. Steven is the President of Windows and Windows Live Division and it really must have been a great day for him as he came out for the first time in a major conference with the new Windows 7 launched and the old Vista problems just fading away into Microsoft’s past. There is a lot of excitement for Windows 7 and there is excitement for the new Windows 7 APIs that are available for developers to work ...
I've been very frustrated with the lack of flexibility with wordpress.com hosted blogs, so I am yet again moving. This time I wanted to host my own instance of Subtext but discovered that geekswithblogs.net uses Subtext and figured I would give one last attempt to a hosted community online :) I guess I just don't want to deal with running my own server just for a blog. The most important thing I wanted back was Syntaxhighlighter which was about impossible to use with wordpress.com without paying ...
While I was planning to write about the same topic and have the draft ready in my Windows Live Writer waiting to complete, I found an interesting question in StackOVerflow and couldn’t just resist to answer: ORM/Persistence layer Advice The question starts with: I'm starting a new project and I'm looking around for either a very good ORM or for a non-SQL-based persistence layer. Then follows up with a REALLY GOOD summary of what he believes about each known ORM he knew out of his own findings and ...
Like many developers I have chosen to upgrade to Windows 2008 to test enterprise scenarios. I have a virtual environment that I want to test in isolation from my local machine. I'm currently trying to test some email functionality that will notify users in a windows workflow. In Windows 2003 this is really easy to do because you have the ability to setup a POP3 server to setup one or more email accounts to test this type of functionality. Unfortunately, I discovered two key missing features in Windows ...
Postings for blogs i write with Windows Live Writer. To support syntax highlighting a plugin must be used. Actualle source code is formatted with the plugin Code Snippet plugin for Windows Live Writer. Tested formatters The following formatters are tested, but in my opinion thats not a good decision: Insert Code for Windows Live Writer i miss the capability to specify a box which includes the source code content. Live Writer Source Code Formatter Plugin not convincing. Untested formatters The following ...
A big THANKS to everyone who attended my session today at NoVA Code Camp. Hopefully, I provided attendees with at least an introductory knowledge of Unity Application Block, Dependency Injection and Inversion of Control that will allow them to start loosening dependencies in their applications. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The code samples and slides for both sessions can be found HERE. Also, lately I’ve been experimenting with posting my code via my Windows Live SkyDrive account. ...

I recently found that I can use Windows Live Writer to connect to my blog on GWB.

It has a nice editor, can add images and tables easily, save as draft and publish later etc.

Happy Blogging.!

What, Why and How Windows Azure 2009 Platform…… What is an internet-scale cloud service platform hosted in Microsoft data center a platform which provides operating system, a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. a platform for running Windows applications and storing their data in the cloud. a platform where all services (.NET Services, SQL Server, Live Services) installed which can be used by the applications a platform where the code and/or data live in the cloud ...
Wow, what a fast summer! It seems like just yesterday several of us were saying our goodbyes at the May NoVA Code Camp in Reston, VA. I remember how excited I was on the way home from NoVA code camp. It was a great way to finish up spring code camps. While the schedule seemed a bit crazy at times, it was well worth it. The variety of sessions offered and incidental knowledge obtained via hallway, open spaces and speaker lounge conversations with other professionals makes the trek to each event very ...
Here’s another email from the internal mailing list of Injazat .NET Ninjas (Ninjazat, AKA as we call ourselves), that I’m sharing with blog readers as well. Just a place holder, until I move one of my 18 (just discovered the number now – terrifying!) drafts in my Windows Live Writer into a published post, or delete them all! Subject: [Learning] Some very interesting videos Some videos from NDC 2009 event (Norwegian Developers Conference 2009) - about software design and related issues: · NDC Video ...
Before we had Azure and the various bits and pieces that became Azure at PDC 2008 Microsoft had a number of disparate groups working on various ‘cloudy’ projects. these included BizTalk Services, Red dog, Mesh and the Live framework to name a few. Then at PDC 2008 with the wave of a marketing teams wand they all be became Azure or Azure Services or Azure platform or …well anyway the over-arching message was that they were all part of Azure!! Furthermore we were presented with the vision below… Now ...
Host: Jody Gilbert, Senior Editor 10 things Career Collaboration IT management Network administration Programming and development Project management Security Shortcuts Support Tips Web design Contact 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 With the release of the Office 2010 Technical Preview, details are finally starting to roll in. Deb Shinder highlights some of the features she thinks might make the new version worth the upgrade 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 Technorati ...
SharePoint’s Branding Limitations, Part 2 (SharePoint Magazine) As a Front-end Developer with a background in designing I’ll show you how to make a graphical design that works for a default SharePoint-environment. If you want to take control over the front-end, don’t use any themes. Create your art by using style sheets! SharePoint Daily - Bamboo Nation Technorati Tags: SharePoint,Limitations,Part... Windows Live Tags: ...
Yet another internal .NET Team email in my current company, Injazat Data Systems, that I sent yesterday, and am sharing with you as well. jQuery: · Simplify calling ASP.NET AJAX services from jQuery · Use jQuery and ASP.NET AJAX to build a client side Repeater · Reordering invoice lines using jqGrid and TableDND extension · LA.NET jQuery Posts/Articles Agile · Implementing Scrum ASP.NET · Web Development With ASP.NET Learning Material (Course - Source: MSDN Ramp up Learning Program) · ASP.NET Articles ...
What is MockingBird? MockingBird is a tool-set for mocking web services. The core engine is essentially a configurable message interceptor that can act as a stand in for any web service. The two primary usage scenarios for MockingBird are Contract First development Isolation of build & dev servers from external dependencies MockingBird - Home Technorati Tags: MockingBird,tool,services,e... Windows Live Tags: MockingBird,tool,services,e... ...
This week I will be speaking on Windows Mobile Development at: Tuesday July 21st Lakeland.NET in Speaker Idol Do you have the chops to compete head to head against other speakers on topics relating to .NET? Now is your chance to prove it! All welcome! Wednesday July 22nd Tampa.NET at live taping of "It's All About the Tools" TV Show. Its all about the Tools - Expression 3, Windows Live Writer, Mobility and more - Russ Fustino, Bill Reiss, Nikita Polyakov and Stan Shultes Be part of the TV Live studio ...
In this Issue: Pete Brown(2, 3), SmartyP, Expression Blend and Design Blog, Corey Schuman, Andrej Tozon(2), and Jeff Blankenburg(2). Shoutout: Christian Schormann reports that there is a First Book on SketchFlow: A Chapter Available for Download. And the blog he points to looks good as well. Corey Schuman announced his First InsideRIA post!!... very cool Corey, congratulations! From SilverlightCream.com: Sharing Entities between WCF and Silverlight Pete Brown has a detailed post up on sharing entity ...
I wanted to write a blog post to document how I do some day-to-day things. It helps me to keep track of my work habits, refine them and perhaps help some others who are looking for some solutions. My current rig is a Apple MacBook Pro 13” unibody. It has the 250Gb drive with 4Gb memory. I am running the latest version of OS X Leopard. I am really enjoying the 13” form factor. It is a little smaller and lighter than the previous 15” unibody which, to me, just felt heavy. I also don't notice the lost ...
In this Issue: Erno de Weerd, Colin Eberhardt, Thanigainathan Siranjeevi, Stefan Olson(2), Dan Wahlin, Chris Klug, and Alex Golesh. Shoutouts: Tim Greenfield has entered the NewCloudApp Windows Azure contest with a Silverlight app and asks us to Look what Silverlight can do... for now he has his submittal, a cool jigsaw puzzle, but he promises to write all about it. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight, Windows Live Writer and WordPress Erno de Weerd blogged this and it's been picked up by others. ...
Microsoft Community in Bangladesh proudly presents Microsoft Day @ Dhaka. This is a special day dedicated to all Microsoft technology professionals and students in Bangladesh. We will be having the best Microsoft community technologists from Bangladesh - Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) delivering sessions at the event. This technology marathon is a great opportunity to learn from the best and network with each other. Both Microsoft developers and networking professionals would find the ...
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: ...
The last thing I wanted to do for my WinPHP contest entry BlogSnor is publishing some kind of manual. Instead of walk you thru in text and images, I would like to show you a few videos. The first video shows the registration process of a new user. He comes to the site and hits register. He logs in with his Live ID and is redirected back to BlogSnor where he has to fill out a form. After submitting this his account awaits activation by one of the administrators. The second video shows the next step ...
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. ...
Here we go, as a proper response to my own rant – Google Maps Mobile 3.0 for Windows Mobile, or what Live Search Mobile forgot to do, again. Windows Live Search Mobile client for WM6 has a feature called Collections, this feature let’s the user look up RSS content and map it. Hmmmm… Sarah Perez has found an article a while back on how to open up your collections in Live Search Mobile here: Make Your Live Maps Collections Mobile The tutorial linked is actually really nice: Live Maps Collections Mobile ...
I rarely find Google’s product as exciting or as innovative as other people think they are. BUT… [I’ll come back as to why later on, don’t worry it’s only one feature that I need, but it’s important] I was driving yesterday, and needed to quickly look up an address, as I know the destination moved addresses recently and did not want to drive the wrong way. So I decided to use Google Maps for Mobile, as it seems to fixate on GPS in my BlackJack II faster. [To note I use my phone’s Internet and GPS ...
One of the major features of the task panel of Windows 7 are Jump Lists. Jump lists are displayed if to select an application icon in the task panel and to press the right button of the mouse. If the application uses functionality of JumpLists, then except standard actions (pin, close) there will be some more additional actions which facilitate our daily work. This functionality of the task panel various appendices actively use. For example, Windows Media Player displays switching options for play ...
Recently I have told about how it is possible to influence on preview windows in the task panel of Windows 7. We displayed only that part of a window which is most important for the user in that time. Nevertheless in certain situations be much more useful displaying of other picture (an application state), instead of window parts. For example, this possibility uses Windows Live Messanger. If we hover the mouse cursor to WLM icon it will display avatars of the current user in an preview window . Let's ...
This time we will talk about other feature of task panel of Windows 7 - OverlayIcon. This possibility is very useful for applications which have any state from the point of view of the user. For example, such applications are programs for an exchange of instant messages (IM). For example, Windows Live Messanger actively uses this possibility. For example, if we open WLM and we will change a state it is possible to see as it is displayed on the task panel of Windows 7. Such functionality can be useful ...
Up to now I haven't explained what my mobile test application does. The main thing I wanted to test was calling a WCF service. If you use .NET CF 3.5 WCF will be available in your application to make the call but you can also call the service as "web service" (asmx) (1) Calling the service as ASMX In you Smart Device Application project just do "Add Web Reference", enter the url of the service (no "mex" part but with final /, like this: http://server:port/Design_T... ...
After a long time wait, Windows Live applications are back with a refresh for Windows Mobile. The Messenger application is finally back! The suite works great on both Professional and Standard version of WindowsMobile. You can get a new version here: http://windowsliveformobile... NOTE: The site is a bit confusing, but easiest is to have the site SMS you a download link for WL mobile. The box for mobile number and Send that you need to click on is: Enter your mobile ...
The second edition of the Microsoft Belux (Belgium and Luxembourg) Architecture newsletter is out and refers to this article on Azure architecture. See : http://www.microsoft.com/be... Interested in Microsoft Architecture ? See the blog Architects Rule by Philippe Destoop, Enterprise Architect for Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg. The Azure Services Platform is an infrastructure managed by Microsoft in their datacenters that enterprises and ISV’s ...

I am testing how windows live writer will help me post to multiple blogs. I have to manually switch using the Blogs menu.

Yesterday I got the email welcoming me to the First Annual WinPHP Challenge. Microsoft, ibuildings and Leaseweb are sponsoring this contest to show Windows is now a first class citizen for development and deployment of PHP projects. The idea of this contest is very simple, just build an application running on Windows and IIS7. But, do this with PHP. The contests ends June 1st. Until then all contestants have to blog about their progress. On June 13th the winner will be announced at the DPC closing ...
Wow, what a great couple of days last week! Despite having attended Devscovery the past two years, I’m still amazed at the amount of useable content that is covered during this 3-day event. The event started with a keynote by Scott Hanselman talking about the impact of social networking on software development. While some of his points may be debated by some folks in the industry, he certainly caused many in attendance to give more thought into exercising their own personal branding. Following the ...
At Mix09, the Microsoft Translator Team announced that they have released a preview of the very exciting in-place Translator Widget that works in conjunction with the current Windows Live Translator Site. They have provided an AJAX API to implement the translation functionality. Currently the feature is in Preview mode only and open to reviewers and testers only by Special Invitation. To see a cool demo of the Translator Widget in action visit Laurent Duveau's Site. As you can see from the code-snippet ...
We have been busy organizing a number of community events. I would like to share some events Regina.NET has been working on and other community events. All the below events are free and open to the public. Regina.NET Date: April 8th @ 6 PM Speaker: Rod Paddock Topic: JQuery with ASP.NET Web 2.0 is here to stay. jQuery is a JavaScript library that abstracts away all of the gory details of working with JavaScript for web applicatons. This session will demonstrate how to add jQuery to your ASP.NET applications ...