Rik Robinson's Blog

  • Windows 8 Start Menu Toggle

    Since getting my hands on Windows 8 this past week, I (like many others) have really grappled with the constant accidental returning to the metro tiles every time I try to search for something in the new neutered Start Menu that appears in the Developer’s Preview of Windows 8.  To say I hate that would be an understatement.  Today, a colleague forwarded me a link to a blog entry that showed the magic registry key to get my beloved Start Menu mostly back the way it was.  …

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  • How to Scale a jQuery Mobile Site for iOS

    I was recently working on a jQuery Mobile application and everything looked great on my 21” touch monitor on several browsers, but when I deployed to the server and then hit the page on my iPhone, I ran into a few issues that I needed to work through in order to make the site what I’d call usable. The first issue was that the site wasn’t scaling properly when it first loaded and everything was so small that I could barely click on it with my finger.  Certainly, this is not what I’d call …

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  • How to Include and Deploy Data using a Visual Studio Database Project

    I’m a big fan of Visual Studio’s Database Project and I’ve used them successfully in several client projects.  If you are not familiar with using the Database Project, I encourage you to give it a look.  It gives me a nice warm feeling to see that the database schema and even necessary seed data is maintained in source control in the solution right along with the other projects.  For developers that need to get up and running locally, the joy of simply right-clicking and choosing …

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  • Portable and Efficient Generic Parser for CSV

    I recently had some pretty ugly CSV files to parse and decided to have a quick look around to see if there were any libraries around that would handle the specifics of these particular CSV files without me having to write yet another CSV parsing class.  I found a couple that seemed to fit the bill on Code Project and I downloaded them both.  The two specific ones that I looked at were Sebastien Lorien’s Fast CSV Reader and Andrew Rissing’s Generic Parser.  The first one I tried …

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  • Atlanta Code Camp Demos

    Another fantastic Atlanta Code Camp!   Big kudos go out to the crew that threw this together this year in record time and did a fantastic job.  I heard nothing but positive comments from everyone that I talked with.  Big thank you to the sponsors, volunteers, organizers, speakers, and attendees! I gave two presentations this year: Intro to MEF for Silverlight and Intro to Jounce MVVM Framework for Silverlight. Thanks to the folks that made it out to the talks and especially …

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  • Moving further towards the Dark Side

    I’ve been a proponent of dark coding environments for many moons, back to Turbo C++ and that blue.  In fact, my current Visual Studio template started way back in the first version of Visual Studio for .NET. I actually painstakingly hand-copied my colors from HomeSite.    At the recent Atlanta Code Camp, I overheard someone mention a Visual Studio Theme Editor that goes beyond your personal editing colors and extends into the actual Visual Studio shell (drool).  After …

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  • Atlanta Code Camp is open for Registration

    Atlanta Code Camp has finally been confirmed for this year and will take place on Saturday. June 25, 2011 at Southern Tech in Marietta, GA.  I’ll be reprising my CodeStock talks on Intro to MEF with Silverlight and Intro to Jounce MVVM Framework for Silverlight.  There are a lot of other really great sessions planned for the day. Registration for this FREE event is available immediately here.  There is limited space, so you should jump on this right away. 

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  • Another Great CodeStock!

    Once again, CodeStock was awesome and the CodeStock crew took care of everything and made it look easy!  All of the attendees that I had chance to speak with had nothing but good things to say.  Big thank you to the CodeStock sponsors, volunteers, organizers, speakers, and attendees!   I gave two presentations this year:  Intro to MEF for Silverlight and Intro to Jounce MVVM Framework for Silverlight.  Thanks to the folks that made it out to the talks and …

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  • Happy Beatles Day

    In case you didn’t know, The Beatles re-masters are being released today (9/9/9).  Even more exciting is the fact that you will be able to get all of them in mono and in stereo.  So, you can hear them the way they were meant to be heard!!  From my understanding, though, the mono versions will not be released as single CDs.  You’ll have to buy the box set.  The mono box is supposedly “limited edition”, but I would bet anything that in a year, you’ll be able to buy the …

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  • Prism Presentation – Code and Slides

    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at CodeStock 2009 and was very impressed with the conference overall.  The folks behind this conference put in a lot of work and did a really great job.  I got the chance to see some really good presentations as well.  I look forward to attending CodeStock in the future. 

    The code and slides will be posted soon at the CodeStock site, but I wanted to note a few things about the code that I’m including for those that were present for …

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