March 2007 - Posts

CodeCampOz Presentations
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 9:52 PM

Well CodeCampOz 2007 is beginning this weekend. It should be a great event with a host of good speakers. If you have the opportunity, and are somewhere in Australia, I encourage you to get toCharles Sturt Uni in Wagga Wagga, NSW for some good technical discussions.

I'll be co-presenting 2 topics, the first one on ASP.NET AJAX Real World Experiences with Damien Edwards who has been doing a lot of cool work in ASP.NET AJAX lately, and my second with Daniel Crowley-Wilson on WCF related topics.

Hope to see you there!

"Thoughtex" released. Nice WPF App.
Sunday, March 25, 2007 11:47 PM

Joseph Cooney has released his first version of a "mind mapping" piece of software written in WPF. Joseph had me do some alpha testing on some earlier versions and its a real quality piece of code. Nice to use, nice to look at. I'd encourage you to give it a look, and provide some feedback to Joseph so that future versions are made even better.

You can pick up the software, called "Thoughtex" from here. Its all distributed via the wonders of OneClick.

Website update with AJAX, WPF Password Manager, and Web Client Factory
Saturday, March 10, 2007 6:32 PM

Couple of things in this post. Firstly (and long overdue), I have updated my personal website to get rid of the Atlas CTP functionality and replace that with ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 features. There is not much actually a few update panels, and the inclusion of an AJAX Control toolkit control, the Accordion on the front page to help with useability and screen real estate. Here is a screen shot of the new layout:

With the website update comes an update to a way old application that I wrote many years ago as a kind of plaything, hack, whatever to test out cryptography streams and play with some windows forms features. This is the old Password Manager and is a .Net V1.1 app where only 1 encrypted file is used for storage, and allows easy merging (I used to have my lists on different systems and liked to merge them at later times). Anyways, it was really poorly written and not meant for much else, however it has been somewhat popular with around 1000 downloads (yeah not that much, but more than 1...)

The new version of the Password Manager I have developed is now available. It is fully .Net V2, and works fine under Vista. It is a much better written product than the first one, uses AES encryption and my very popular SecureString textbox control so that all passwords are held securely in memory. In addition, it is quite modular so that the engine is quite separate from the user interface. Currently it is supplied with a windows forms interface (the main one) but is also supplied with a very basic but functional WPF interface just to prove it's easy to wack a new UI on top of the main password engine. A screen shot of the supplied WPF interface is below (and yes, its very yellow.....)

It also comes with unit tests and all source code ofcourse.

Finally, as a lead in to my next post, I have been playing with the Web Client Factory lately, and I have to say I am impressed. In a previous post, I talked a little about how the MVP/MVC pattern is a little overused, and kind of hinted that a lot of web based implementations are not good. Well, the Web Client Factory uses the MVP pattern extensively, and is quite a lean, clean and very nice implementation of it. I a going to go further into detail on this in a later post and how to go about start using the PageFlow component.

ASP.NET Podcast #87 - Darren Neimke Interview
Friday, March 9, 2007 9:25 PM

Wally puts out a podcast with Darren Neimke - webparts guru and discusses his latest book around, yes you guessed it, Webparts. Check it out.


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AJAX Control Toolkit New Release and Orcas
Saturday, March 3, 2007 10:07 PM

A new release of the AJAX Control toolkit has just hit the airwaves. It contains a bunch of fixes in there, as well as some new controls, specifically the ListSearch and Slideshow controls. In addition, all release bits now use compressed javascript files stripped of xml comments and safe whitespace

The toolkit is now up to Version 1.0.10301.0 and its one of the (if not -the-) most downloaded packages from Codeplex. I am pretty happy to be a part of it and its really cool to see new community members jumping in and creating new controls. My part in this release was incredibly minor with a very easy fix to the PasswordStrengthExtender control. I have a new control in prototype form, and as soon as I get my book writing committments out of the way, I'll actually polish it up and finish it.

On a slightly related note, its uber cool to see that Javascript intellisense is available in the latest Orcas build which I have yet to download but will eagerly do so to have a look, particularly with ASP.NET AJAX Support. This will be a massive help in productivity when working with ASP.NET AJAX.

Also of note, is the fact that the tookit is already being actively tested against Orcas build which should ensure a really polished product when Orcas ships.

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