I’m looking forward to working with Visual Studio 2010 in (hopefully) the near future. This little gem came across my RSS reader; an intellisense-like experience for editing XAML.
XAML Intellisense Presenter
And on a side note… can you spot the user experience bug in the screen shot above? :)
Woohoo! Finally found out what the problem was with BlogEngine comments. It turns out the problem was an element in the parent web.config called xhtmlConformance. Here's an article about it in Scott Guthrie's blog:
Gotcha: Don't use <xhtmlConformance mode="Legacy"/> with ASP.NET AJAX
I had figured it wasn't really a problem with BlogEngine, and was probably some sort of configuration issue, for this simple reason: the site was identical (except for content differences) on my server, vs. my local machine. In my case, the legacy switch had been turned on in the web.config of the parent web... which is why I had trouble tracking this down. Not knowing about the legacy switch didn't help the situation.
Thank you Scott Guthrie!
In the spirit of A Continuous Learner's Weblog, and to try to update my blog more frequently, I'm going to start posting links here. I'll try not to recycle Steve's excellent choices, but I can't guarantee that I won't inadvertantly (or even deliberately) repeat these moving forward.
Prior to upgrading BlogEngine I had written (actually borrowed/rewritten) a fairly ugly user control to show a daily quotation. Now that BE 1.4.5 is here, the new widget framework looks pretty nifty. So I took the LinkList widget and massaged it into something I could use to store and display daily quotes.
My original quotes setup only shows one quote on any given day and uses a datestamp to keep track of this. I've attached my first pass at a quotation widget below. This widget picks a quote at random each time the page loads. However when you edit you will see a date field... eventually I want to make a daily quote as with my original (or perhaps you can choose to display random quotes or to rotate at daily intervals, or even time intervals). So the date field is there for future use.
The quote is displayed in a div styled with the selector "quotation". The author/source is displayed in a 2nd div with the style selector "quotation_author". So you can update your theme stylesheet to modify the appearance of these.
Quotations.rar (4.21 kb)
3/13/2009: There is an update to the quotations widget.
Finally installed BlogEngine 1.4.5. Something goofy happened with my web hosting provider permissions on the app_data folder... I kept getting exceptions, but with tech support finally got it straightened out.
Now I just need to fix my daily quotes control. I want to turn this into a widget and contribute to the community.
3. December 2008
After seeing my parents' new ATT Uverse setup, I've made the decistion that I'm going to give Cablevision the boot. The only decent thing about Cablevision has been my experience with the technicians I've had to meet at my apartment. The service is overpriced and corrupt IMO (they charged me a fee to cancel HBO); and the online guide/DVR is slow and poorly designed. The big problem is that over the years I've registered with many websites using my optonline.net email address. So I am going through the tedious process of updating my accounts, since I won't be able to use that email address once I've discarded cablevision.
Which brings me to IEEE, a professional organization focused on computing which I joined while I was looking for work after the dot.com bubble burst. It took me about ten minutes to figure out how to change my email address (and site opened two new windows and required me to log in twice during the process). If you've never been to IEEE.org, it's clear that it wasn't designed by anyone possessing tremendous usability skills. Having to log in a 2nd time isn't a huge ordeal, but it seems from the way finding the profile editor unfolded, the 2nd login wasn't intentionally designed as a security measure... it was more of an accidental security bonus.
The main problem is in making the profile editor so hard to find. Once you've logged in, a link for "my profile" (or something along those lines) is absent from the page. A website search revealed nothing. Only after clicking 'membership FAQs' did I find a link to what turned out to be a different subdomain, which is where I had to log in again.
End of rant.
Last night at my .NET user group meeting the topic was WCF (Windows Communication Foundation); our speaker was a Microsoft evangelist from Hartford (his blog). WCF is Microsoft’s next evolution beyond webservices; my take-aways from the presentation:
separation of concerns; focus on the business logic and not the plumbing
configuration magic (also seen as the rough edge of the current version of WCF; MS is working on improving that piece for admins)
unshackled from IIS
Retarget your end point to JSON, RSS, you name it, with just a few lines (one line?) of code
Of course there’s a lot more to it than that… I plan on looking into it more when I can find the time. If you like webservices I think you're going to love WCF. .NET 3.5 SP1 is coming out sometime this summer, they’re going to be adding further enhancements to WCF in that release.