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  • Wiki Page: User Page: Andy ONeill

    Andy is a long term Contractor with a wide variety of experience. He works in the Microsoft stack (mostly) on a wide variety of applications using all sorts of technologies - web, desktop, mobile, services, reporting and database. Front end through middle tier and back end. Table of Contents...
  • Wiki Page: Silverlight: Troubleshooting Installation

    This page is intended to help end consumers as well as the occasional professional developer who might have a problem with a Silverlight install. Table of Contents Troubleshooting Is Silverlight Working? Is Your Setup Compatible? This Browser Doesn't Support Silverlight ( Windows IE ) Install...
  • Wiki Page: TechNet Guru Iconography Suggestions

    This page is intended to gather suggestions of Iconography for the Technet Guru Competition. Table of Contents Introduction What Do We Want? Discussion Current State of this Process Rough Prototype Suggestion I'm still working on this: Introduction The background to this is explained...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Property List Editing

    Table of Contents Introduction The Usual WPF Approach A List of Them Show Me the Code MainWindow EditRow Dictionary1 Conclusion Other Alternatives Introduction A very common User Interface layout for editing data is a list of labelled fields/properties. The label describes what the field is...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - Moving UI To Cursor

    This article explains an approach which moves the entire UI towards a cursor. Table of Contents Introduction What Does Destiny Do What's It Look Like? How Can You Move UI At All? Final Markup Code See Also Introduction This code was written for a question on the MSDN forum here...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Layout Lab

    This article walks the reader through a number of pieces of XAML markup. These and practical experiments thereon are used to introduce the reader to WPF layout. Table of Contents Introduction Target Audience. Level of Difficulty Practicalities The Goggles do Nothing Article Structure Arranging...
  • Wiki Page: MSDN Forums: Asking Questions

    Table of Contents How an Answerer Uses This Research First Correct Forum One Question Some examples of what NOT to do with your ONE question: Make Your Question Attractive Enough Explanation Include Just Enough Code Make it Easy to Replicate Your Issue Helpful Development Techniques Debugging Iterative...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Seasons Greetings

    This article explains how a greeting card style WPF application works. Table of Contents Introduction Behold Enough With the Fun The Holly Border Greeting Text ViewModel Paths Presents Tree SnowFlake BeginRandom Stars Tree Decorations The Problems With Coded Placement The Moral of the Tale? The...
  • Wiki Page: Wiki: HTML Styling Tips

    This article offers some tips on styling your HTML for the TechNet Wiki. Table of Contents Introduction Work In Progress Some Basic Explanation and Rules Stripping HTML Out InLine Styling Only Side by Side Divs Box Around Two Divs Introduction The idea of this article is to gather...
  • Wiki Page: Visual Studio Sample: Build Your First Hamburger Menu

    Building a simple menu like structure for a Universal Windows Apps SplitView. Table of Contents Introduction Create The Solution Add Markup Code Behind Try it Split View: Introduction The idea of this article is to show how to produce a basic menu for a SplitView. Since this is a beginner level...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: hAndy Tips

    Table of Contents Introduction Work in Progress - please do not edit Beginning WPF Binding Advanced Binding Dependency Properties Formatting Layout Efficiency Designer XAML MVVM See Also Introduction This article is the parent to a series presenting a wide variety of wpf development tips....
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - Binding Text to Numeric Resource

    Occasionally you want some value type like a string or number to be available application wide. A variable as a resource is one obvious approach - as it turns out these can be tricksy rascals though. Table of Contents A Value Type Using That - Read Only Read Write See Also A Value Type...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - Simple Attached Dependency Property

    This article explains how to define and use a basic Attached Property. Table of Contents Introduction Define A Class MarkUp Conclusion See Also Introduction This article is intended as a quick reminder for the more experienced developer or an introduction for the beginner. Define...
  • Wiki Page: Wiki Governance: Target Microsoft Related Content

    Table of Contents Introduction Indirect Connection Obscured connection What Happens? Not appropriate Borderline Examples See Also Introduction Any article posted to the TNWiki must be about a Microsoft product, non-Microsoft related articles are inappropriate. If you are writing about a Microsoft...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: MVVM Step by Step 2

    This article is the second in a series intended to introduce the reader to the practicalities of the MVVM pattern. Table of Contents Introduction Sample Let's Do it MVVM Light ViewModel MainWindow Initial Setup Binding a Collection RelayCommand List Change Notification List Conclusion ObservableCollection...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: MVVM Step by Step 1

    This article is the first in a series intended to introduce the reader to the practicalities of the MVVM pattern. Table of Contents Introduction Sample Let's Do It Create a WPF Solution Overview of a Window Add A ViewModel Show the Text in the View Add a Button Add an ICommand Execute CanExecute...
  • Wiki Page: Developer Friendly XML Extraction From SQL Server

    This article explains an approach which can used to extract data for Ad Hoc purposes by regular developers who are more used to .Net than SQL Server. Table of Contents Target Audience Overview Requirements Precautions Writing the Extract SQL Baby Steps For XML Auto Export to File Introduction to...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Inheriting Property Values Considered

    This article explains and compares some approaches to inherit property values down the Visual Tree. Table of Contents Introduction Options Dependency Property Inheritance Example of Dependency Property Inheritance The Cryptic Explanation: Explanation of the Explanation Parent Dependency Property...
  • Wiki Page: Wiki: English Tips

    Table of Contents Don't Write as I Say Simple sentences No Filling Empty Emphasis Slang Seek help See Also This artcile is intended primarily for authors writing in English as a second (foreign) language. Writing anything in a foreign language is hard enough, writing in Technical English is...
  • Wiki Page: WPF ComboBox Binding in DataGrid

    One problem for developers new to XAML is binding a combobox in a DataGrid. This is a fairly common question in the WPF forum so posters are somehow not finding an article which helps them. Maybe they find a resource but it's not clear enough how things work - this is quite a complicated and...
  • Wiki Page: SQL Server: Pragmatic Denormalisation

    Table of Contents Introduction What is Denormalisation? Default Value Adding Logic Performance Minimising Joins Avoiding Correlated Subqueries Pre Aggregation Reducing Skill Threshold Data Redundancy vs. Denormalisation Data Warehouse/Mart Caching Business Server Cache Local Cache Many courses cover...
  • Wiki Page: WPF DynamicResource ObservableCollection

    This article describes how to declare an ObservableCollection of a complex type in XAML for use as a DynamicResource. You can fill it declaratively with records in XAML and or later in code. Table of Contents Use Cases and Plusses Background Simple Arraylist ObservableCollection of a Complex...
  • Wiki Page: C#: Passing parameters

    This is a subject which can confuse even quite experienced developers. Probably as a result, this is quite often brought up as a sort of “trick” question by interviewers. Some people feel this “sorts the men from the boys”. Others might suggest that a practical understanding of what happens is...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - Only One Parent

    Table of Contents What's a Visual? What Happens? Experiment One Experiment Two MarkUp Code Behind Left Column Right Column Implications See Also The life of a Visual must be very sad since they can only have one parent. This means you will get an error or unexpected behaviour if you...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - Newline in Text

    Table of Contents Sub Objects Resource Formatted Text String See Also Occasionally you need a TextBlock which has multiple lines of text. This is WPF so naturally there's several ways to accomplish this. This tip explains some options. Sub Objects If you've only ever used...
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