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Using Multiple jQuery UI Sliders on a Single Page

I had a bit of frustration lately when dealing with jQuery UI’s slider widget, more specifically when trying to deal with many on the same page. I wanted to follow the same pattern shown in the example for snap to increments where I have a div for the slider, and the value is actually set […]

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Has FireFox lost its Mojo, are FireFox user jumping ship to Chrome?

I have been using Chrome for over a year now and have been very happy with it. Yesterday version 5 was released, you can get it here: http://www.google.com/chrome I decided to look at some stats for this site and compared April of this year to April of last year. The image below has this information. […]

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Generating DataSet Definition for ASP.net Client Reports from C#

Over the past couple of years, we’ve been moving from a “custom-developed” (read: terrible) reporting system towards SSRS-type reports. We do this using the ASP.net client reports, but with a twist. We had a lot of problems using the built in data-binding, especially when making schema changes (which are frequent as we try to move […]

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Solving Sudoku in Silverlight

Long ago I came across OldSchoolDotNet’s Silverlight Sudoku client. It’s a great interface to a classic brain game. I especially enjoy the “Hard” difficulty level as it is pretty consistently solvable with out reverting to guessing. The “Expert” level though requires you to guess. And as a logic guy, I hate guessing. Not quite so […]

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Detecting Property Changes in an Observable Collection

A quick and simple demo on how to set up a custom ObservableCollection to raise PropertyChanged events from the items it contains.

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Binding to Custom Properties in Silverlight

The Binding system is Silverlight is pretty cool. It lets us easily bind property values of UI Elements to all sorts of good stuff. But, if you want to create your own custom bind-able properties, it takes a bit more effort than the usual Property=”{Binding=Field}” in XAML.

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Silverlight Spinner

Every week in my shop we do cross training. Someone brings in something they are working on, some system that people are unfamiliar with, some new technology, basically anything related to any of our jobs as developers and maintainers of applications. Often enough I do presentations on Silverlight and Blend, introducing my coworkers to different tools and options that we have available to us. This blog is a write up of one such training presentation. I give you, the Silverlight Spinner.

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Internet Explorer 9 available for a test drive

Internet Explorer 9 is available for a test drive Microsoft detailed its support for a number of HTML5 specifications, including CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and the video and audio tags using industry-standard (H.264/MPEG4 and MP3/AAC) codecs, among others. In addition, Microsoft demonstrated a new JavaScript engine that uses the multiple cores of […]

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ASP.NET MVC 2 RTM for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Released

Microsoft has released ASP.NET MVC 2 RTM for Visual Studio 2008 SP1. Note Because Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 RC share a component of ASP.NET MVC 2, installing the ASP.NET MVC 2 RTM release on a computer where Visual Studio 2010 RC is also installed is not supported. New Features in ASP.NET MVC […]

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Turning Napkins to HTML With Napkee

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to try out Balsamiq mockups and review it in a blog post (Turn Any Computer into a Napkin). In January I saw a bit of chatter about a new tool called Napkee that was built to enable easy generation of a working user interface from a Balsamiq […]

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