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Desktop fences…

Posted by on 14th April, 2009

On occasions, I come across some software that saves me a ton of time or help me be a bit more organized. Here is one that definitively helps me both ways. I use my desktop as somewhat of a clipboard for temporary files and end up with a cluttered workspace. When it gets out of control, I then tend to create a folder called “old desktop” and must have several of these in my backups. This software allows you to create these regions or fences that hold your shortcuts and files together. You can create as many as you want and basically group your files. There is a ton...

Joining Microsoft…

Posted by on 1st December, 2008

Well, that didn't take very long… a good opportunity presented itself almost immediately and although I was hoping for some downtime, I have decided to accept a job offer at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond Washington. I will be joining the development team of the brand new store.microsoft.com site as a software developer starting tomorrow. The store was launched just a couple of weeks ago and provides an online presence where one can buy any Microsoft product directly from the source. It sounds like a great opportunity that I don't want to let...

Looking again…

Posted by on 14th November, 2008

Well… While on my vacation, OpenText finalized the acquisition of Captaris, for which I have been working for four years and… let's just say my badge stopped working when I returned. I am on the lookout again, dusting off my resume and working on some more experiments to learn new technologies and proof my skills. I have gained a tremendous amount of experience in .NET solutions engineering, enterprise software development, workflow, integrations and business process automation and am not quite sure in which area I will focus my...

6 tips from Europe….

Posted by on 11th November, 2008

For our 10 year wedding anniversary, I decided to take my wife to the places I grew up in and maybe try to explain some of my behaviors she has never quite understood. We visited Holland, France, Italy and Spain seeing friends and family and covered quite a bit in two weeks. We just got back today and here are a few thing I learned from this trip that you might find useful: Don’t rent a car unless you are very familiar with the driving style and the roads. Unlike in the US, the lanes are narrower, drivers are more aggressive, the streets are not organized by cardinal points...

SharePoint Feature Deployment Tip.

Posted by on 1st November, 2008

In a previous article, I have shown how to build a SharePoint Feature and here is just a trick that could save you quite some time… The issues is that when developing a SharePoint features (or any other component), you end up writing, compiling and testing your code many times over. The code you are writing is a separate component that, essentially, has to be taken from Visual Studio, registered in the GAC, plugged into SharePoint and then manually activated. Then you realize something isn’t working, you make a change to your code, compile and you end up with a new component, but you can’t try it, before turning off and...

Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2…

Posted by on 13th October, 2008

Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Silverlight 2, one of the industry’s most comprehensive and powerful solutions for the creation and delivery of applications and media experiences through a Web browser. Silverlight 2 delivers a wide range of new features and tools that enable designers and developers to better collaborate while creating more accessible, more discoverable and more secure user experiences. [button link=”http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/oct08/10-13Silverlight2PR.mspx?rss_fdn=Press%20Releases” color=”#FFFFCC” size=”1″ style=”4″ dark=”1″]read...

Bug tracking software

Posted by on 23rd August, 2008

I am evaluating several bug tracking/project management software packages and have found a couple of interesting one that seem very robust and are quite popular. Even better, I have found that two of these offer some sort of free version of their paid product, being the amount of users, the only limitation… OnTime 2008 by Axosoft. Offers a single developer edition for free (details here and here). FogBugz by FogCreek software. Offers a trial that (via workhappy.net) can be enabled to work fully functional for two users in student and startup edition ...

Intellisense not working in Visual Studio…

Posted by on 14th August, 2008

IntelliSense is Microsoft's implementation of autocompletion, best known for its use in the Microsoft Visual Studio integrated development environment. In addition to completing the symbol names the programmer is typing, IntelliSense serves as documentation and disambiguation for variable names, functions and methods using metadata-based reflection." (Wikipedia) So, I can’t quite remember when exactly Intellisense stopped working for me in Visual Studio 2008, but I know I have been without (automatic) Intellisense for quite a while.When typing a dot after an object or method, it used to just show up automatically… I could however have it come up by pressing <CTRL><SPACE> and eventually got in the habit of just doing...

Free 60 DevExpress controls…

Posted by on 12th August, 2008

Here is an opportunity to take advantage of: DevExpress is offering single developer licenses for 60 of their controls free of charge, without royalties or distribution costs. These are very high quality controls that should not be left out when considering any web (or windows) application development project. You see their ads in MSDN magazine every month and this is your chance to get them and use them without spending a cent. “Once you register, you will be forwarded an Email with your login credentials to our product download portal. With this information in hand, you will be able to download and install all the controls and tools listed...