Brian Swiger

Life With .NET

  • Git for Visual Studio Developers

    A new course is out from my friend and co-worker, Esteban Garcia! It teaches you how to work with Git from Visual Studio. Working with Git from Visual Studio is an excellent skill to have and know...and if you don't already have a PluralSight subscription, you can sign up for a free trial. It's well worth it and a great learning resource that I utilize all the time.

  • Using the Kendo UI Grid with OData on WCF Data Services

    A co-worker and I were working with the Kendo UI Grid and having difficulties binding the data from a WCF Data Services 5.2.0 Data Service returning OData. I've used the JSONP extension/behavior in the past with success, yet understood the new WCF Data Services returned JSONP just fine, as previous 5.1.0-rc2, indicated as such (with regards to $format/$callback).

  • HDC 2010 is here!

     The Heartland Developer's Conference is back in full swing this year!  I'm in attendance and am happy to see Joe Olsen bringing different topics to the event, including Android development.  I see that Adobe is really bringing a lot of Flash discussions as well.  It's interesting to hear about development challenges from other technologies since I'm hip-deep in Microsoft development (even though I enjoy it).  Looking forward to hearing about HTML 5, the Microsoft Web stack, user experience design and service technologies.

  • Server controls...a templated approach...

    Accomplishing a centralized page template is proving to be a challenge.  The overall agreed strategy is to utilize server controls for the main page elements and standards form elements (technically still server controls) for the main form area.  The goal is a page (from top to bottom) with a header, and information section, a form or other page elements, then a footer.  Dividing up the page into several server controls seems to be the approach.  A server control for each section including the form/other page elements section that is a container.  Is this going overboard with the use of server controls?  The .Text application seems to accomplish this with user controls rather than server controls from what little I've quickly examined of the code.  What's the community conclusion on page templates.

  • Bryce Michael Swiger is born!

    Our little one was born October 2nd, 2003 at 3:38pm.  He weighed in at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and is 20.5 inches long.  Mom and I are so excited.  I haven't been blogging...but have been gleaming with excitement staying home (on paternity leave) with my new son!  Birth is the most life-awakening experience!

  • that mighty...

    In wanting a website for the longest time, I finally broke down and bought a domain and am hosting at a co-workers home on his webserver (that I sold to him).  A fine Dell 600SC server that holds up well over a business-level cable connection.  My site has some shots of my home, my dog, and our newly decorated baby room (we're expecting real soon now).  If you get bored and want to surf, check out and the baby section.  Anyone know of a decent, free photo album for .NET that is simple to use (I can drag-n-drop photos to a directory and it will place them in the site with a description and all)?

  • Programming structure...

    Programming structure...a hot topic at my workplace.  We've fought over this topic for the last 2 years.  Here's the deal.  Two different approaches are mentioned.