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In a new world, my new job and coming to terms with ExtJs

After over a year away from them, I'm busy at my new job in Glasgow with Dell (you know, they make the big black computers) as a Senior Dev Lead (I think, titles are still a bit mixed up). Loving being back working with a team; though I've spent most of my time sniping from the sidelines...the beginnings of my influencing the future direction our application takes. This is a bit of a departure for me, I'm used to developing very high scale and performance apps for internet use, but this one has a more limited audience (so far!) ....

posted @ Monday, January 24, 2011 1:57 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ .NET ASP.NET JQuery ]

GridView with no Inline Styles (mostly!)

UPDATE: I've put the entire CSS Manager source including this control on my Codeplex site, you can get it here. This has been a bit of an obsession for the past couple of days...I wrote previously about a little CSS combining control which I'm working on. As part of this I wanted to experiment with ways of optimizing our current controls. Well, I thought I'd throw this up (in both meanings of the term) here for some quick reference. Again, not fully implemented, just an experiment. You'll also quickly notice that there's some other gubbins missing; like...

posted @ Friday, May 08, 2009 11:48 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET Code Snippets ]

Little hack: CSS Combiner / Minifier ASP.NET Control

CAUTION: When I say hack I mean it...this is in NO WAY production's just a sample at this stage. If it causes your dog to explode, don't blame me! I thought I'd throw a work in progress online for people to have a play with. This is one of my little pet projects (I'm not allowed to write code at work...not a dev as I'[m always reminded!). So, what does it do?   Well, one of the major performance issues for current websites is the number of...

posted @ Friday, April 24, 2009 1:59 PM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET Code Snippets ]

Back to life…

TechDays MVC 4.0 Overview       TechDays MVC Presentation Well, I've been back in the US for 5 days now, still really jet lagged but getting there; also managed to pick up a stomach bug at some point...Yes, I'm  a hypochondriac! The three weeks I spend travelling round Europe were really fun, I got to head home and see family for a couple of days as well as spend time in Helsinki, Finland, Antwerp, Belgium and Vasteras, Sweden. The picture below is Peli de Halleux and myself standing on the frozen Baltic Sea...which a few minutes...

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2009 9:11 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET ASP.NET 4.0 ]

JQuery and ASP.NET User Control

This post shows a really interesting technique for using JQuery with ASP.NET User Controls...I like the direction this is heading!

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2008 5:15 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET ]

ASP.NET 4.0: Way too much information on Control IDs and ASP.NET 4.0 Client Id Enhancements

Of of the ASP.NET enhancements which first made an appearance in the Visual Studio 2010 PDC CTP release  is the ability to set a client Id which you can be confident will be used when the control renders it's markup. All of the samples in this post will use the following Server Control: using System.Web.UI; using System.Web.UI.WebControls; namespace TestControls ...

posted @ Monday, November 03, 2008 1:41 PM | Feedback (8) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET Long & Rambling ASP.NET 4.0 ]

ViewState does not suck...part 1

I was trawling through new posts on the ASP.NET blog site and came across this one from Tess (who is someone I should probably know but don't...). What I found interesting (as well as the post which is excellent) was the first comment:   "When will MS simply drop the Viewstate completely?    This is a good example of a solution to a problem that shouldn't be a problem to begin with. " This got me to thinking, ViewState has gotten a really bad rap over the years (with notable exceptions). Let's look at what ViewState actually is and...

posted @ Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:24 PM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET ASP.NET Tips ]

Know Issues / Breaking changes in ASP.NET 3.5 SP1

UPDATE 08/27: Found a couple of more changes  We're using this forum post to track our Breaking Changes / Known issues in the SP1 release. Initial text is below but please feel free to link to this forum post from any blogs track these changes. I'll also keep this blog post updated with any changes... With the release of ASP.NET in .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1 some breaking changes have been introduced. This post will be used to list those changes and any workarounds / fixes for these issues. Issue:  Dynamic Data fails...

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2008 5:44 PM | Feedback (4) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET ]

Premature optimization and user pet project and CSS Sprites

One of the themes I'm looking at for vNext of ASP.NET is the optimization of sites by reducing the number of server requests required for a single page. A new classic in the area of improving the perceived performance of your sites by reducing the number of server roundtrips is Steven Sounders book 'High Performance Websites'. Steven's book is very small, very readable and probably the best book on anything to do with the web that I've read in years. This book was a huge revelation for me...I spent most of my coding career writing the slickest, highest performing code I could...and frankly...

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2008 7:54 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ .NET ASP.NET Code Snippets ]

Ok, time to get serious...

This site is increasing in subscriber numbers (literally doubled in a single day on the feedburner feed...not sure why!).I've also finally gotten my act together and got my old domain pointing back here again (only took me umm...a year). I guess it's time I got more serious abut this site again. I've held off posting any more articles for a long time (read the blog, I suffer from a chronic lack of self confidence) but I guess it's time to get back on the bike. What I do want to post about is the more basic stuff,...

posted @ Friday, June 06, 2008 9:51 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET Random ]

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