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ken spencer January 2011 Entries
Silverlight: Search Engine Optimization
I am doing lots of consulting on Silverlight these days. So I was looking into search enabling Sl applications. So I found this great whitepaper on this very subject. I will post more on this same subject as I get into implementing these ideas as well as some of my own I want to try out. Silverlight is really rocking the world today with more and more applications rolling out. So check out this great whitepaper to see whats cooking with SEO for yours. ......

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 2:12 PM

Shared databases again
This morning I was working on a client application after I made my last post on Ben’s article about shared databases. So, I went to check in my code. TFS build ran a bit and then rejected it. The services layer was throwing an exception. Took a bit to track down the exception occurred in the database call to a sproc. So, what was going on? Turns out someone changed a sproc in the shared database. So when my code checked in the unit tests failed. Perfect example of the evil of a shared development ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:41 AM

Databases during Development: Shared or developer specific?
Well, my good friend Ben Day beat me to the blog post on this. We have both worked on projects where the dev team all wanted to use a shared database for development. And this always turns out to be a bad idea for many reasons. Problems such as the following are neatly summarized in Ben’s article: Reason #1: Fuzzy Version Control Reason #2: Shared databases rot your brain and encourage you to write bad unit tests. Reason #3: Developers are integrating on top of each other in real-time. Reason #4: ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:47 AM

Siverlight: Setting focus to the SL page when the browser loads it
I was wresting with this for a bit and trying to find a good solution. Basically what happens is the browser loads the Html containing your Siverlight control but your control does not initially get the focus. So if you have say added 508C compliance (accessibility) to your control its not going to hit your 1st control on the SL page even though that page is showing. That’s because your SL code does not have the focus yet. I searched and found several solutions. But almost all of them used JavaScript ......

Posted On Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:33 AM

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