programming, software

Bring back the HTML Designer in Visual Studio 2010

Here’s a simple but maybe not so obvious tip.  In Visual Studio 2010 the HTML Designer is not enabled by default.  This can easily be re-enabled by knowing where to go in your Visual Studio Options. Simply go into Tools > Options > HTML Designer and check “Enable HTML designer”. That’s it!  After that restart Visual Studio and you’re good…

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Electric Imp, gadgets, general, programming

Our iPhone Powered Coffee Pot

Last year my co-worker and I ordered Electric Imp developer boards and came up with an iPhone powered Coffee Pot.  We setup a website showcasing our little project and got quite a bit of feedback and even some interviews to be in some online articles about what we’ve done. I recently discovered that we were mentioned in a case study…

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Android, iPad, iPhone, mobile, programming, web

Responsive Design and Mobility Tools

Recently while viewing the Pluralsight course Single Page Apps with HTML5, Web API, Knockout and jQuery I came across three handy tools for testing web sites in different mobile browsers.  Each tool works slightly differently but all serve the same general purpose, helping web developers (like me) quickly get an indication of how their responsive site will look on the most…

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.net, jQuery, programming

Juice UI: Open source ASP.NET Web Forms components for jQuery UI widgets

Here’s a helpful resource for anybody using ASP.NET Web Forms and jQuery UI.  In this blog post, Jon Galloway highlights JuiceUI, a new open source project from the folks over at appendTo which brings easy server side support for jQuery UI controls to your ASP.NET Webforms applications. I definitely plan on checking out Juice UI the next time I have a…

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programming, software

Web applications are now helping you ditch your mouse!

Being a heavy keyboard only user in many instances and having written desktop applications that focus heavily on keyboard tab order, hot keys, etc., I really enjoyed reading Scott Hansleman’s latest blog post about the web being the new terminal and how many web applications now are building in support for keyboard shortcuts and hot keys.  I definitely see this…

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.net, programming

Get the root part of a domain in .NET

Need to get the .com, .us, .biz, etc. part of the domain name in .NET? Here’s how: Dim root As String root = Right(Request.Url.Host, (Request.Url.Host.Length) – InStrRev(Request.Url.Host, "."))Dim root As String root = Right(Request.Url.Host, (Request.Url.Host.Length) – InStrRev(Request.Url.Host, "."))

.net, programming, software

Visual Studio 2010 Code Metrics Viewer

What is Code Metrics Viewer? – Matthias Friedrich highlights his Visual Studio 2010 Code Metrics Viewer extension which plugs into VS 2010 Professional and uses the Code Metrics Power Tool to provide code metrics information to the IDE. Matthias is blogging a number of posts on this project blog which look at the various features of the viewer and I…

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.net, jQuery, programming

Ajax-based data loading using jQuery in ASP.NET

Great article to check out! Ajax-based data loading using jQuery.load() function in ASP.NET – Hajan Selmani takes a back to basics look at using jQuery to load partial chunks of HTML from a page using Ajax and insert them into the current page, providing a nice way of lighting up a web application with an ‘Ajax’ feel whilst easily maintaining…

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.net, gadgets, programming

The Microsoft Kinect SDK has arrived!

The official Microsoft Kinect SDK beta is now out and available for download! Covered by Channel Nine Live Media, Microsoft Scientist Anoop Gupta made the announcement himself that after the long wait, users may now go to the official SDK website to download the latest software development kit for the Kinect camera. Here are the features that will come with the Kinect…

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