Archive for UX

2008 December 16 – Links for today

Posted in ASP.Net, Design Patterns, jQuery, Silverlight, Surface, TDD, UX with tags , , , , , on December 16, 2008 by mga guy


Nick Berardi is Introducing the ASP.NET MVC (Part 1) – The Model-View-Controller Pattern

Scott Koon outlines some of the issues with Oxite in NEW ASP.NET MVC SAMPLE – OXITE – NEEDS SOME TLC

Karl Seguin lends his voice to those not most impressed by Oxite in Oxite – Oh Dear Lord Why?!


Jeffrey Way continues with jQuery for Absolute Beginners: Day 10

Brian Reindel on how to Create an Amazon Books Widget with jQuery and XML  thought this one might be good for a Silverlight widget too 🙂


Smashing Magazine with some stunning Light Blurs Brushes and Decoration Pack For Photoshop

Gotta love this one – Css Juice’s 13 Online Generators for Web 2.0 Design

W3C Web Standard Defines Accessibility for Next Generation Web

Jeff Attwood’s My Scaling Hero

Rick Strahl on Removing the .SVC Extension from WCF REST URLs

Glen Stansberry lists 10 Steps to Learn a New Coding Language Fast

Patterns & Practices

Davy Brion on The Importance Of Releasing Your Components Through Windsor

Rob Reynolds with The Real Reason to Use IoC/DI (Inversion of Control/Dependency Injection) and a Container Like Windsor

Microsoft’s Code Analysis Tool .NET (CAT.NET) v1 CTP – 32 bit – “a binary code analysis tool that helps identify common variants of certain prevailing vulnerabilities that can give rise to common attack vectors such as Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), SQL Injection and XPath Injection”


Mike Demopoulos spotlight’s Mark Dawson’s work with Silverlight Photosynth Viewer

Tim Anderson’s First steps with offline Silverlight and Live Framework

Bryant Likes on Silverlight Dependency Properties


Jeff Wilcox on AutoCompleteBox without cycling navigation and Adding page up and down support to AutoCompleteBox

Dave Anson on Expanded access to Silverlight 2’s generic.xaml resources [SilverlightDefaultStyleBrowser updated for better compatibility!]

Michael Washington with a great wee Silverlight Dashboard implementation

Robby Ingebretsen on Free Typefaces for Your WPF of Silverlight Project

Michael Wolf on a Silverlight ConfigurationManager

Andy Beaulieu announces the release of the Physics Helper Beta 3


Eric Havir on Hotel 1000 and Microsoft Surface


Jakob Nielson on Interaction Elasticity

Dmitry Fadeyev lists 10 Useful Techniques To Improve Your User Interface Designs


2008 December 15 – Links for today

Posted in jQuery, Silverlight, SQL, TDD, UX, WPF with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2008 by mga guy


Speckyboy lists 37 Phenomenal jQuery Plugins and Demos for Developers

WebResourceDepot spotlights 25 Amazing JavaScript Games (Some Fun And Inspiration) and Free CSS Menus: Styled Menus

Germán Schuager on jQuery Autocomplete + JSON + ASP.NET MVC


Noupe spotlights the Templatica launch

Thought this was a brilliant post from Davy Brion on Bridging The Gap Between Requirements And Code

Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library V3.0 Beta


Jesse Liberty on Sorting a List

Nigel Sampson asks Why won’t Generic.xaml work?

Ning Zhang looks at a Design Time Features in Silverlight Toolkit

Mike Demopoulos spotlights Felix Wang’s work with the excellent Create Silverlight photo galleries from your Flickr account with Mooncake

Alexey Zakharov provides a Silverlight Tip: Splash screen issues.

Jon Galloway looks at Silverlight Crossdomain Access Workarounds

Mike Ormond looks at Silverlight No Selection ListBox and ViewBox

Jose Fajardo with What a beautiful, thou distracting, flash website! Let’s do it in Silverlight 🙂

Einar Ingebrigtsen on INotifyPropertyChanged revisited

Kirupa Chinnathambi posts a great tutorial on Easing in Silverlight and WPF

Kevin Dockx on Silverlight: Easily Reading Application Settings from Configuration File (web.config)


Kevin Simmons offers some advice on SQL Server 2008 Sparse Columns Identifying Columns For Conversion


Jeremy Miller with a comprehensive post on Design and Testability


WebResourcesDepot spotlight MephoBox: Website Interface Collections


Beth Massi on Formatting Data in WPF Controls

András Pálinkás on MapperCommandBinding – Mapping commands in WPF

Marlon Grech on AttachedCommandBehavior V2 aka ACB

Charles Petzold on WPF Retained Graphics and the SubPropertiesDoNotAffectRender Flag

2008 November 26 – Links for today

Posted in ASP.Net, Design Patterns, Silverlight, SQL, UX, WPF with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by mga guy


ykorotia looks at W3C_Validator with ASP .NET or how validate XHTML1.1

Scott Guthrie on the New ASP.NET Charting Control

David Ebbo on Using User Controls as Page Templates in Dynamic Data


Bart Czernicki reviews the Best WCF Book and WCF Resource – 2nd Edition

Patterns & Practices

Glenn Block announces the MEF Re-factored, Preview 3 has shipped.


Jeff Wilcox covers the AutoCompleteBox control: The missing guide

Corey Schuman on Silverlight ToolTips – positioning and customizing

Mike Snow’s tips: Threading in Silverlight and How to call Page.xaml.cs from App.xaml.cs and Monitoring for App.Current Events – Startup, Shutdown, UnhandledException & Exit

Katrien De Graeve on Live Framework – storing data in a Mesh-enabled Silverlight web application in 4 steps


Kevin Cox with Best Practices for Integrated Full Text Search (iFTS) in SQL 2008

Robert Sheldon looks at SQL Server Index Basics

Pinal Dave makes an Interesting Observation about Order of Resultset without ORDER BY


Robby Ingebretsen spotlights One Data Widget Dashboard to Rule Them All

The Processing language – “open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions”


Lester is Testing WPF apps using NUnit

The SDK guys bring us A DataGrid sample using XML data

Anders Bursjöö looks at Naming and conventions in XAML

Rico Mariani on Visual Studio Dialogue with WPF Performance Emphasis

2008 November 21 – Links for today

Posted in ASP.Net, Design Patterns, Silverlight, SQL, TDD, UX, WPF with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2008 by mga guy


Dino Esposito presents some ASP.NET Presentation Patterns


JD discusses Documentation, the Mindscape way

Marcelo Ruiz looks at Limiting how many entities are returned from an ADO.NET Data Service

Design Shard have some absolutely gorgeous work in Illustration Artists Showcase and Inspiration – Part 2

Johnny Lee highlights Some great Wiimote IR tracking projects

Josh Lane presents some Best Practices For Windows Workflow Foundation Apps

Dames McCaffrey asks What Makes A Good Software Tester?

Simon Segal has Julie Lerman Entity Framework Tutorials consolidated

Patterns & Practices

Ray Booysen makes his Code Available from MVVM Talk

Ray Houston with PTOM: The Composite Design Pattern

Ken Getz presents The ObservableCollection Class


Joel Neubeck on Developing a Casual Games with Silverlight 2 – Module 2

Mike Benkovich announces Twin Cities Silverlight Demo Code posted!

Felix Corke with A Step-by-Step Introduction to Styling, Templating, and Animating in Expression Blend

Katrien De Graeve on creating a Silverlight Mesh-enabled web application in 8 steps

Crocus Girl gives us a Silverlight Tip [AG_E_NETWORK_ERROR]

Justin Angel discusses Silverlight Design Time Extensibility and Silverlight Toolkit: Treeview, TreeViewItem & HierarchicalDataTemplate

Martin Mihaylov on Using the TreeView control in Silverlight 2

The SDK guys offer some advice on Using ViewportOrigin and ViewportWidth in Deep Zoom  and a subsequent update

Jesse Liberty with some advice on Becoming a Silverlight Programmer

Jon Flansders on SharePoint, Silverlight, and Virtual Earth

Bruce Abernethy uncovers the ImplicitStyleManager – Hidden Gem in the Silverlight Toolkit November 2008

Timmy Kokke on Silverlight Without Xaml


David Anson suggests if you are Having problems with layout? Switch to Plan B! [LayoutTransformControl scenarios for WPF]

Michael Demopoulos on Building a Live Mesh Silverlight Application

Lee on Customizing tooltip

SilverlightGirl discusses how to Obtain cool looking text without embedding fonts in Expression Blend 2

The SDK guys look at the Silverlight Toolkit and F1 Help

Rick Strahl enters the Silverlight space with Silverlight and Data Communications

Ning Zhang’s look at how to Customize Silverlight Toolkit Controls: NumericUpDown


Bennie Haelen is Investigating the new Spatial Types in SQL Server 2008 – Part 2

Edwin Sarmiento is Using Partitioned Tables with Multiple Filegroups for High Availability

Scott Selikoff explains Why too much Database Normalization can be a Bad Thing

Ken Simmons on how to Generate SQL Agent Job Schedule Report


Jeremy Miller recommends a Design For Testability


Dmitry offers some thought provoking advice with De-clutter Your Interface With Hover Controls – definately worth considering.

Charlse Kreitzberg and Ambrose Little present The Human Face Of Software

Zef Fugaz makes Free UX Templates available


Martin Hinshelwood gives some Advice on using XamRibbon with Composite WPF

Mike Steadman with the mechanics of building a Custom Control Part 2

Charles Petzold looks at a Simple Cable Simulation

Mike Taulty has a series of posts on WPF and “Twistori”: Part 7 (of 7 :-)), Part 6, Part 5, Part 4, Part 3, Part 2 and the one that started it all

and a WPF: Experiment with Text Animation

Charles Petzold on how to Render Text On A Path With WPF

2008 November 18 – Links for today

Posted in ASP.Net, Coding Standards, Design Patterns, Silverlight, SQL, UX, WPF with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by mga guy


Rick Strahl: ASP.NET Connection Session Slides and Samples Posted

Gayani Devapriya discusses Dynamic Data Templates in ASP.NET 3.5

Don Wilson on how to Build a Shopping Cart in ASP.NET

Coding Standards

K Scott Allen asserts that Single Letter Variable Names Still Considered Harmful


MS Research’s AutoCollage project allows you to create beautiful collages of your favorite pictures in a few clicks of a mouse

Lee Munroe highlights 15 Awesome T-shirt Websites For Geeks have published an updated regular expressions cheat sheet

Patterns & Practices

Udi Dahans Intentions and Interfaces presentation is now available for download

Matt Gromes with My First Agile Project Part 12: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Our Retrospectives

Jeanne Boyarsky asks why do we violate law of demeter?


Martin Mihaylov on Changing the style of the selected row of the DataGrid control

Chris Hay asks Silverlight: Are sockets only suitable in intranets?

Suprotim Agarwal on DataBinding in Silverlight – Change property of a Silverlight UI Control at runtime based on another UI Control

Daniel Vaughan looks at Synchronous Web Service Calls with Silverlight 2: Dispelling the async-only myth

Ruurd Boeke is still Transitioning the content in an expander – part Two

Mike Snow’s tip on 3D Support in Silverlight 3

Michael Sync gives us a Book Review: Silverlight 2 in Action

Jeff Blankenburg spotlights Maciej Skierkowski’s United States Map in XAML

Nigel Parker spotlights filtering Deep Zoom composer photos with a colour picker

Scott Guthrie’s Update on Silverlight 2 – and a glimpse of Silverlight 3

Jason Beres posts a Silverlight Data Visualization Video “To get a peek at some of the prototypes that are being built in the development labs with our new Silverlight Data Visualization product”

Andy Beaulieu on Using the Live Search API 2.0 with Silverlight

Jesse Liberty details a couple of Silverlight Related Skills – Post #1

Jonas Follesø on Combining different Separated Presentation Patterns


Arup Chakraborty brings Performance testing and tuning for a beginner

John Sheesley looks at Using Object Dependencies in SQL Server 2008


yugu brings us 36 Cool Custom Error 404 Pages

Janko Jovanovic asks What if your contact form fails?



Evan Lang brings us a ShaderEffect Overview

2008 November 14 – Links for today

Posted in ASP.Net, Design Patterns, Silverlight, UX, WPF with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2008 by mga guy


Dan Wahlin offers Code from My ASP.NET Connections Talks

Tobin Harris investigates ASP.NET MVC – Losing the CodeBehind


Positive Space list thier AMAZING WEBSITES ELEVEN: OCTOBER 2008

Shivprasad Koirala looks at The two interceptors: – HttpModule and HttpHandlers

Johnny Lee informs us of ever more ingenious input methods with Scratch Input and Low-Cost Multi-spectral material sensor

Patterns & Practices

Pat Tormey looks at the Singleton Design Pattern


Mark Smiths thoughts on Using the ImplicitStyleManager with Headered controls

qixing answers some Silverlight FAQ from TechDays

Lee continues Changing Styles using ImplicitStyleManager-2

Jafar Husain on an Auto-sizing Canvas for Silverlight and WPF

Karl Erikson details Limitations of Windowless mode for Silverlight


John Bowen releases some Presentation Materials for TechDays ’08

Beatriz Stollnitz answers How can I expand items in a TreeView? – Part II

Ruurd Boeke discusses Transitioning the content in a expander

Mike Ormond develops A Fun Little Silverlight Twitter Application

David Anson is Shamelessly benefitting from the work of others [Links to Silverlight Airlines and Surface samples for RTW!]

Pencho Popadiyn is doing some cracking stuff with Developing Silverlight AnalogClock – part 2 – Enhancing the view

Adam Kinney discusses Quickly Redesigning a Silverlight-based Twitter application

Craig Shoemaker has released a new interview on Silverlight: Live Mesh Integration, Surviving the Olympics and Future Expectations – Interview with Scott Guthrie

Laurent Bugnion is in a podcast at wiresidechat discussing Silverlight 2 Unleashed


VectorForm announces We have a PhizzPop Winner!

Brad Cunningham releases a Slide Deck and Sample App from Architecture SIG talk


SEO Blog lists 7 Usability Mistakes Usability Experts Commit


Brian Noyes with The Truth about Routed Commands Routing

2008 November 11 – Links for today

Posted in ASP.Net, CSS, Silverlight, SQL, TDD, UX, WPF with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by mga guy


Suprotim Agarwal provides 3 Different Ways to Display Progress in an ASP.NET AJAX Application


Stu Nicholls produces a gorgeous circular menu with sub menus


Joe Stagner explains the URL Rewrite for IIS – SEO Friendly URLs love it !

pdestoop announces the WCF REST Starter Kit is now available on Codeplex

Max Pool tells us How To Organize A Gosh-Darn Good Resume

Noupe lists 30+ Creative Hi-Res Wallpapers Only for Designers – Some of these are really gorgeous

Sam Allen offers some Struct Examples and Tricks

Matt Gromes continues with My First Agile Project Part 11: A Tale of Two Dark Clouds

Robert Glass highlights Frequently Forgotten Fundamental Facts about Software Engineering

Smashing Magazine lists 50 Must-Have Photoshop Brushes

The MS CRM Team outline Reports for CRM 4.0 using SQL Server 2008 and Report Builder 2.0 – this stuff looks like it is really shaping up

IBM’s Many eyes data visualization project

Bill Staples announces IIS7 URL Rewrite Extension is finished – download now!


James Bacon announces A new Silverlight framework for creating managed code splash screens, pre loaders and loader projects

Silverlight Girl details a Silverlight Loader Animation

Gerard Leblanc continues with Menus, part IV : collapsible menu. This is a great series – if you haven’t seen it yet, it is worth stopping by.

Jesse Liberty on Obtaining and Caching a Lot of Words

Robby Ingebretson on ToolBox Panels

John Papa offers a Free Teaser Chapter for Data Driven Services with Silverlight 2

Chris anderson continues Building a Silverlight Line-Of-Business Application – Part 3

Ineir shows us an Animation Along a Path for Silverlight

Jordan Knight displays how to Fire collection updated events from a special Silverlight ItemsControl

Dan Wahlin makes samples available from his Silverlight 2 Development Workshop

Ning Zhang presents the second parter on how to implement dependency property with validation, coercion and eventing on WPF and Silverlight

Mehdi Andaloussi gives a great Designer’s guid to styling Silverlight Toolkit Charting controls with a link to a lovely charting styleing guide to help along the way

David Anson lists A collection of great Silverlight Charting resources (ego point, all of these have been listed in these here pages :))


Mike Ormond on Spatial Data and now the Spatial Wiki

Mohit Gupta suggests a strategy for Normalizing-Denormalized Tables


Brian Hunters Introduction to UI Unit Testing with UI Automation


Dmitry brings news of a great presentation by they guys at Create with Context who have done a bunch of research into how people really use the iPhone and published their slides of their findings


Lees details Changing background of AutoCompleteBox

Tamir Khasno details an Auto scroll ListBox in WPF

The WPF Team annouces that a WPF Designer Hotfix is posted

Marcelo Ruiz discusses the Impact of text language on WPF