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I’m Speaking at codepaLOUsa

And I’m thrilled to be going back to my hometown!

Adding ASP.NET Authentication to SQL Azure

[update 2011-01-27]

Getting Started with Chart3D

3D is the hot new thing these days (at least in the movie industry). The 2010 v3 release of Studio Enterprise introduces the first real 3D chart control for Silverlight and WPF. A real 3D chart is one that graphs X, Y and Z coordinates, as opposed to 3D representations of 2D charts (which are nice to look at but can be hard to read).

jQuery and MVC–Part 3

In the last article I talked about MVC and doing some nifty Ajax functionalities with jQuery. In this article I will go over jQuery plugins, what they are and how to create them. jQuery Plugins jQuery has a plugin architecture which allows you to package up commonly used functions into a plugin. Chances are if you have a complex JavaScript function, someone has more than likely written a plugin to handle that particular functionality. The jQuery.com site has an extensive plugin library and it can sometimes be fun to browse through it to see what people have come up with. Plugins are fairly easy to write, once you have gotten the basics of jQuery down. Here is a tooltip plugin that I wrote in just a few minutes. 1: (function ($) {

What's New in Studio for WinForms 2010 v3

This release of Studio for WinForms introduces a key new component, the C1RdlReport. This component, similar to C1Report, provides support for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to the ComponentOne Reports for WinForms suite. Back in 2010 v1 we actually introduced this functionality as a feature of C1PrintDocument; however, it had very limited support. We decided to break this feature out into its own control and provide even more functionality than would make sense to cram into the C1PrintDocument component. For instance, C1RdlReport exposes the full RDL object model allowing you to modify existing SSRS reports and even create new ones in code. This is something you cannot do alone with Microsoft's tools. C1RdlReport also has no dependency on SSRS so it can be bound to any data source! Yes, you can create a RDL report which can run off an Access database in addition to SQL Server.

Creating Multi-User Schedules with Grouping

Microsoft Outlook enables you to view multiple calendars (or schedules) side by side. This popular feature has inspired the new grouping functionality added to ComponentOne Scheduler for Silverlight/WPF in the 2010 v3 release.

View PDF Documents in Silverlight and WPF

Studio Enterprise 2010 v3 includes the new C1PdfViewer control - the first of its kind - for viewing PDF documents in Silverlight and WPF. This viewer has its own built-in PDF parser so it has no dependency on Adobe Reader. It's considered to be experimental in this first release, because not every feature of PDF is supported out of the box (for example: special fonts and input controls are not supported yet).

What’s New in 2010 v3

Studio for Silverlight and WPF 2010 v3 has landed and we are very excited about the new features and controls found in this version. This is one of the biggest releases we've had for the Silverlight and WPF studios when it comes to significant new controls and features. For instance, we have included 3 major new controls including a report viewer, pdf viewer and a 3D surface chart control! You can't find these controls anywhere else. We also enhanced ClearStyle throughout the entire suite which makes styling our controls much easier than any other Silverlight or WPF control you'll find.

jQuery and MVC Part 2

In our last episode we went over the basics of JavaScript and the jQuery library. In this installment I will show you the basics of MVC and how it renders HTML differently than Web Forms pages, and finish up showing some basic Ajax with jQuery. When ASP.NET first arrived it was a good thing. Web Forms allowed developers to build websites in a way that was very similar to how Windows Forms applications where built, with drag and drop of controls and a "code behind" architecture. Web Forms served their purpose for many, many applications in the enterprise, and many commercial applications, both large and small were successfully built using this technology. When "Web 2.0" arrived, complete with Ajaxy interactions, Microsoft put forth their own brand of controls to handle this, and for the most part this worked, and continues to work well. However the Web Forms framework makes it difficult to build clean, lean web sites, as the technology depends on many different things in the rendered HTML to make it usable when posting back to the server. Two of the main items are ViewState and Control Rendering. ViewState is sent to the browser as a way to capture what is on the page, and what has been changed when the request is sent back to the browser. For ViewState to work, controls on the page need to be rendered with specifically named ID's. This makes it difficult to use JavaScript to find elements on the page by their ID. For example adding a button to a page that is using an ASP.NET Master Page will render the following HTML: Source code: 1: <asp:Panel ID="Panel1" runat="server">

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