December 13, 2011 spout telerik

Goodbye Microsoft, Hello Telerik!

I have gotten to do a ton of really great things at Microsoft: I got to write a column on WPF and turn that column into not one, but two...

December 4, 2011

Roslyn Syntax Visualizer Tools

As I do more with Roslyn, I find I want more information about what I’m parsing and how it’s represented in the Roslyn object model. I could, of...

November 26, 2011 tools .net

REPL for the Rosyln CTP 10/2011

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve long been fascinated with using the C# syntax as a command line execution environment. It could be that...

November 19, 2011

Telerik: Best tech support response ever

I was playing around with the Telerik WPF controls the other day and I ran into an “issue.” It wasn’t a bug, just a bet peeve of mine, so knowing...

March 1, 2011

Mary Sells, 1921-2011, Rest In Peace

Mary Hohnke Sells died on a Monday afternoon on the last day of February, 2010 in her home in Fargo, ND. She had just turned 89 years old on the...

January 15, 2011

The Basics of EF Validation: IDataErrorInfo

When you’re adding or updating data in your database, you really want to make sure that the data being sent to the database is good and true. Often,...

January 15, 2011

EF Concurrency Mode Fixed + MVC

Imagine a very simple EDM to describes web advertisements: Now imagine that I’d like to build a web application to manage instances of the Ad...

January 15, 2011

Using SQL Server Profiler with EF

I’m a big fan of the SQL Server profiler for figuring out what the Entity Framework (EF) is really doing on the wire. If you’re unfamiliar with how...

January 7, 2011

Be Careful with Data Services Authentication + Batch Mode

I was doing something quite innocent the other day: I was trying to provide authentication on top of the .NET 4.0 WCF Data Services (DS) on a...

December 29, 2010 spout

Enabling the Tip Calculator in Your Brain

I can’t imagine anyone reading this blog needs to read this, but I can’t help myself. When I was just a wee lad, probably the most valuable thing I...

December 18, 2010

Windows Phone 7: Beating Expectations

Years ago, when I was on my T-Mobile Dash, I would purchase a new phone every quarter or so, just to see if something better had come along. Always,...

December 14, 2010

If you want something from eBay, don’t bid on it!

I’m fond of quoting my father to my sons. I have a terrible memory for these kinds of things in general, but what he says sticks with me:...

December 11, 2010

Fluent-Style Programming in JavaScript

I’ve been playing around with JavaScript a great deal lately and trying to find my way. I last programmed JS seriously about 10 years ago and it’s...

December 11, 2010 tools

Using LINQPad to Run My Life: Budgeting

I use LINQPad all the time for a bunch of stuff, but most recently and most relevant, I’ve been using it for a personal chore that isn’t...

October 29, 2010

Management vs. Motivation

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to gather wood, divide the work, and give them orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast...


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