September 2011 - Posts

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Adopting the Metro Style for Line of Business Apps by Bil Simser

Here are some thoughts around adoption the new Metro style look and feel for line of business applications (LOB) in your organization. I am not a UX expert (is anyone?) but I think I know what looks and feels right and I strive to try to include that...
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Microsoft's Next Move, Split Metro and Classic Mode in Windows 8? by Bil Simser

Caveat lector. This is an opinion piece and not something I do often (or probably well) but my thoughts on this were a little more than 140 characters could handle. You have been warned. Recently Netflix CEO Reed Hastings stood up and, doing his best...
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Adding Ratings and Comments to SharePoint Publishing Pages by Bil Simser

One of the cool features that was introduced in SharePoint 2010 was ratings. Ratings allows you, with a simple configuration option, to provide the ability for users to rate individual list items. This includes pages and documents because, after all,...
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Opening Files in the Browser with SharePoint by Bil Simser

A change in SharePoint 2010 is how it handles browser file permissions which results in how files are opened when they’re selected. A common problem is clicking on a PDF file and seeing the browser Save dialog instead of launching the Adobe reader. There...
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Demystifying the Windows 8 Grid Application by Bil Simser

If you’re looking to “re-imagine” your apps on the Windows 8 platform in Metro style you can start with the Grid Application template that’s provided in the Visual Studio 2011 preview. From Visual Studio choose New Project and select Grid Application...
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Realistic Blood For Your Films (or Halloween) by Bil Simser

With Halloween approaching I thought I would share a recipe for blood (and start a new tag in my blog). I used to do a lot of special effects and animation for amateur and semi-pro films back in the 80s and 90s so thought I would see how that knowledge...
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jQuery, SharePoint Picture Libraries, and automatic thumbnails by Bil Simser

Picture Libraries are an interesting beast in SharePoint. When you upload a picture to a picture library you get not one but three images! Whenever you upload an image to a Picture Library, SharePoint automatically creates two additional images for you...
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