June 2005 - Posts - Jon Galloway

June 2005 - Posts

Cool free Winform control - PureComponents NicePanel

PureComponents NicePanel is free with registration. Includes a lot of nice design elements for data entry forms, including:

  • Gradient backgrounds
  • Rounded corners
  • Textbox focus background colors
  • Simplified captioning - can pull captions from Tag property of input controls rather than requiring separate caption labels
  • Simplified databinding

Their new product, Entry Set Extenders, looks pretty interesting, too. 50% off through July 31, 2005.

By the way, did you notice that the screenshot above offers some clues about Richard Grimes' new career now that he's given up on .NET development?

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DevAge Source Pack - Beta 1

DevAge's SourceGrid 2.0 is a great control - full featured, extensible, and some advanced features like virtualization and compact framework support. Unlike many Winform controls, this isn't just a .NET wrapper over a Windows Common Control - it's a new control, written entirely in C#.

Also nice - it's free, and source code is included.

I've been using it for a few months, so I was very happy to see (via the DevAge feed) the DevAge Source Pack Beta 1, including Source Grid 3. Documentation is a little light (although very good for a Beta 1), but the sample code is very helpful. The Source Pack includes some other goodies, like themeing support and typed textboxes. I've used it since it was announced, and it's been working really well. I've been using virtualized grids to enhance performance and minimize memory use. Under Source Grid 2, virtual grids supported a subset of the "real" grid's features' under Source Grid, it's an equal citizen. The new object model uses and adapted MVC pattern - it took a little getting used to, but it's very powerful.

Here's a look at what you can do with it:

The new MVC based pattern:

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XStream.NET - Transparent XML Serialization

XStream.NET provides transparent XML object serialization. Unlike default XmlSerializer, XStream doesn't require any additional metadata (attributes) and could be used with any object.

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[tip] How to Perform a Win XP Repair Install

Good info here on performing a Windows XP Repair Install, including some tips on what to do if the repair option isn't available. The bootcfg /rebuild tip worked for me.

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Your system has no paging file...

My computer crashed hard a week ago. I repaired the Windows install, but since then I've been getting the following message when any of the three interactive users logs on:

Limited Virtual Memory
Your system has no paging file, or the paging file is too small.   To fix this problem, go to System in Control Panel, click the Advanced tab, and under Performance, click Settings. On the Advanced tab, click Change. Click Custom size, and then type an initial or maximum page file size.

Unfortunately KB 316528 doesn't apply and KB 31270 didn't work. Frustrating. Further Googling just gave me that creepy thing where several people report a problem and no one answers it. Any ideas?

Looks like time to repave. I was going to take this opportunity to upgrade to XP Pro 64 Bit (CPU is an AMD64, Virtual PC won't run on XP 64 (yet - although I'm sure it's in the works). Drat.

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