A Simple and Quick Animated Dialog Action in SketchFlow

I wanted to create a confirmation dialog in SketchFlow as quickly as possible, with these main objectives: Reusable – therefore also only have to change it in one location. Quickly – aside from hiccups with z-order. Efficiently – point of contention, there may be a simpler way. So I came up with this approach. FollowingContinue reading “A Simple and Quick Animated Dialog Action in SketchFlow”

Using SketchFlow First Impressions

I’m kicking off a new personal project, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to plan out it’s flow of operation using SketchFlow (get a 60 day trial of Expression Blend 3 here). I intend to develop the application in ASP.NET MVC, not Silverlight. So what I will be outputting from Blend willContinue reading “Using SketchFlow First Impressions”

Adventures in the land of SSIS

I had to whip up a solution to a data migration requirement and had no choice but to use SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). It is marketed as fast and flexible tool for data extraction, no idea about the “fast”, it’s user interface and error/warning messages make using it far from flexible. A lot ofContinue reading “Adventures in the land of SSIS”

WPF Community Workshop

I attended a WPF Community Workshop yesterday (Sat 27/Mar/09). It was organised by The Australian Computer Society with help from some Readify guys; Mahesh Krishnan and David Burela. Our attendance fee was generously donated to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal. The day was targeted at people new to WPF. Which I knew going inContinue reading “WPF Community Workshop”

Talking Without Speaking, Hearing Without Listening.

In this blog I publish information and ideally have people that subscribe to it. For the blog I use the WordPress hosting site (service) you may use an RSS aggregator to subscribe (client). In a business application you can achieve this same concept easily with WCF. In this post I will run through an exampleContinue reading “Talking Without Speaking, Hearing Without Listening.”

This MessageHeader will self destruct in 5 seconds

Let’s get our hands dirty with an example you can follow along with. With the basic concepts covered we can whip up something to send some data back and forth. We will start with a simple winform to run our service. Another winform (acting as the client application) to connect to it so our serviceContinue reading “This MessageHeader will self destruct in 5 seconds”

Putting all the basics together

Before we get stuck into a full scale example, I’ve prepared a simple checklist of tasks required to get a basic service up and running. Refer to this checklist to get your first WCF solutions up and running quickly. Service & (Host) Service Contract IMyServiceContract Implementation of that Contract Service Proxy Implementing ServiceContract & ClientBase<IMyServiceContract>Continue reading “Putting all the basics together”

The WCF Run-Down

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is a framework for building service-oriented applications. Using WCF, you can send data as asynchronous messages from one service endpoint to another. Great… Lets try it out… So how do you go about getting something up and running? We have to start somewhere… so let’s start by covering some of theContinue reading “The WCF Run-Down”

WCF Beginners Series

I’ve been issued a task to run a series of presentations for the Microsoft arm of the software development service line of my consulting firm. Focusing on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) for the .NET framework. This blog will assist in breaking down some of the topics into simple easily referenceable chunks, including links to otherContinue reading “WCF Beginners Series”