- Submitted by Tim Hollobon on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 09:44
Silverlight 4 is a fantastic platform. Unfortunately it suffers from memory leaks on some of the standard controls if they are created in a certain way and some third party controls will leak memory.On the Silverlight forums there is a thread that can be found here: http://forums.silverlight.net/forums/p/171739/466567.aspx#466567 For example, if the XAML is created like this:
<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
- Submitted by Tim Hollobon on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 15:57
In our C# project the version attribute is defined in a CS file as:
To dynamically retrieve that via code, use the command:
- Submitted by Ben Hodson on Thu, 09/03/2009 - 10:18
When a custom control is placed on the toolbox, if it is a professionally made control, it usually has a really nice icon associated with it instead of the default ("paper-looking") icon that Visual Studio inserts when no icon is available. When you build your own custom control, you can add an icon for the control and embed it in your component's DLL assembly so that it is shown on the toolbox whenever someone adds your control.
- Submitted by Ben Hodson on Thu, 09/03/2009 - 09:24
Most of the time, when elements are put in the HTML HEAD tag, order does not matter. But in the case of CSS, not only do styles cascade from the include file to the local file to the element, but styles also cascade in the order that files are included in the page's HEAD tag. The following is a quick test that shows how the order that files are included affects the rendering of a CSS styled element. This CSS code has been tested on Internet Explorer 8, Safari 4, and Firefox 3.5.
- Submitted by Ben Hodson on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 13:50
The following is a list of useful shorthands for specifying typically large CSS properties in a small and succinct one line definition. This not only keeps your CSS files clean and easy to read, but more importantly, it significantly reduces the size of your CSS files.
- Submitted by Ben Hodson on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 13:52
Most of the time, when you check forums about checking if a user's browser has cookies enabled, you will see posts that say you should use the following:
- Submitted by Ben Hodson on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 14:35
I did a simple benchmark for the 3 main databases (Oracle 11g, MySQL 5.1, SQL Server 2008) to see how using ODBC compares to using their native providers in .NET for all database access. To keep things on an even playing field, all 3 databases were run on the same machine, with the exact same database name, table name, and schema. Database authenticaton was used by all databases.
- Submitted by Ben Hodson on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 14:10
I’ve created a tool to help test different connection strings and settings for the various databases. The information out there on certain database connection types is poor at best so this was put together over a week long process of testing and reverse engineering. A lot of forums and blog posts were pieced together to figure all of this out.
- Submitted by Ben Hodson on Fri, 03/20/2009 - 12:35
Many times, you may need to get the list of currently set up ODBC data source names on the machine where your code is running from. There is no .NET API to get this list so you have to monkey with Windows registry a bit to find the list. There are 2 different types of ODBC data sources you can set up (User and System). The Data Source Names can be found in Windows by going to Administrative Tools->Data Sources(ODBC).
- Submitted by Nick Wood on Fri, 03/06/2009 - 11:27
UPDATE: This method is generally used in situations where you have relative paths in your project so that links (image, href, css, etc) work on your development environment (where the VS web server inserts a virtual path), as well as your production environment that may or may not have that same virtual path. The simpler way to handle this situation is to change the virtual path in your development environment. To do this, click on your web site project and look in the properties dialog. You should see a Virtual Path setting.
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