Microsoft DevJam Session @ Otago

14 03 2008

Yesterday we had Microsoft DevJam 2008 at University Of Otago. It went pretty well and the turnaround was good. The session explored the possibilities with PopFly, Silverlight and XNA Gaming Model. We have got good feedback from Students and sure can do even more better next year with these feedbacks!

Thanks to all Students who participated and also for the feedback! 8)

You can checkout the event snaps here

Don’t forget to vote (and win prizes) your favorite NZ Imagine Cup 2008 Team ๐Ÿ˜‰


An update to TimePicker control in AvalonsControlLibrary

13 03 2008

I hope many use AvalonsControlLibrary in their WPF projects 8) , if not, do have a look! It has got really very useful WPF Controls – Thanks to Marlon ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I did a small update to the TimePicker control. I added another Property called CurrentlySelectedTime which can be used to get the current time in the TimePicker control in String of format h:m:s and also set the time by giving the time as a String in the format h:m:s

For example,

timePicker.CurrentlySelectedTime = “12:34:56”;



This addition totally came out of my personal need for my Project. So, I am not sure how far it would be useful for you ;). But, the logic is there in the source code now so that you could tame it to the format you want, may be add AM and PM and change to 12 hr format 8)

Marlon will soon update the updated source code at CodePlex, but until then you can download it here

Whatโ€™s new with IE 8 Beta 1

6 03 2008


There are many posts now in the Internet explaining the new features in IE 8 Beta 1 and here is mine too ๐Ÿ™‚

First and foremost, I found a small change in the Toolbar. Its bit bigger and spacious (and nicer???) than in IE 7


The Search Provider tab now shows the Search Provider Icon ๐Ÿ™‚


Determine Link Manipulation Phishing Attacks


Now, everyone would have heard that IE 8 is built by keeping the Web Standards in mind and supports Web Standards by default. So whichever website you visit, if they are not Web Standards compliant, you may find difficulties to view it. But not to panic, there is always an Emulate IE 7 in the Toolbar for you to switch back to IE 7 mode ๐Ÿ™‚


There is a nice Developer Tool which is very useful if you want to look the CSS Styles, HTML and Scripts in the particular page you are viewing.


This tool has a good feature which helps you to view the site in three different standards mode


So, here is an example. The first website (I visited) to create problems with IE 8 was the Microsoft Student Partner Forums Portal (accessible only to Microsoft Student Partners) where the Profile Picture and Name were totally misplaced. The arrows in the below picture shows the correct position.


And then I changed the Compatibility Mode to Internet Explorer 7 and it rendered it properly 8) (No restart of IE required!)


There is a new feature called Activities added to IE 8. This helps you to interact with third party services like Digg, Amazon or FaceBook etc.


You can highlight a portion of text or word or sentence or the webpage and right click to see what options you have as shown in the above picture

There is a nice small icon popping up once you highlight something ๐Ÿ™‚


And clicking the icon will give you the Activities possible

WebSlices is also a new feature in IE 8. This seems to be a RSS Preview Reader, like something you keep in your Vista SideBar. So, you have to subscribe to WebSlice. When a page has an option of WebSlice, you get the highlight in the RSS Icon in the Toolbar


The Blue Icon in the above picture tells that there is a WebSlice feed available for subscription. And once you subscribe, it comes in your Toolbar


You can learn more about WebSlices here

All said, let us see whether IE 8 Beta 1 passes ACID2 Test


Hmmโ€ฆsomething is wrong here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ !

UPDATE: Read here to find out whats going wrong with Acid2 Test 8)

Apart from IE 8, don’t forget to check the new MSN Toolbar Beta ๐Ÿ˜‰