• Colby Africa

    Learning SharePoint Part VII – List Pagination

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    A very small group of you saw this post go up and then come right back down again.  I found a bug about 30 seconds after posting this.    Here is the updated post.  NOTE: The bug had to do with not fully understanding how the...
  • Colby Africa

    C# Code Header Designer 1.0 Released to MSDN Code Gallery

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    Recently I finished an engagement where the customer received the source code.  When MCS does this, we typically add a header to each source file, which contains information related to the engagement.    About two years ago, I wrote...
  • Colby Africa

    ASP.NET Session Monitor 1.0 Released to MSDN Code Gallery

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    A couple of years ago I was dealing with an ASP.NET application with session state issues.  This happens, if you can believe it.  I was flummoxed by the problem and the routine checks and configuration options didn’t seem to fix the problem...
  • Colby Africa

    Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 PSI Extension Generator 1.0: Released to MSDN Code Gallery

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    PSI Extensions are custom web services that execute within the Project Server Interface infrastructure, sharing the same security context as other PSI web services. PSI Extensions can be very important in building line of business and integration solutions...
  • Colby Africa

    Microsoft SQL Server Data Services (SSDS): First Contact

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    I have been reading about cloud computing quite a bit.  I found that Microsoft is doing something really interesting under the code name "Sitka" (there is now a public beta, so the code word is no longer internal). Sitka, or SSDS, is cloud...
  • Colby Africa

    Tools & Technologies for Building Solutions with Microsoft Project: Update on mpFx Part I

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    I have been working at Microsoft nearly five months already.  It is hard to believe how time flies!   Yesterday a colleague made the comment “Your blog…what happened?  Since you joined MS…no more blog?“  I didn’t intend to go...
  • Colby Africa

    Updated GUI For IExpress

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    There is a neat little tool called IExpress that has been around for a long time.  IExpress creates a self-extracting EXE from a specified set of files.   The resultant executable can be configured to prompt the user (“Are you sure you...
  • Colby Africa

    It's the Little Things Part 1

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    As I get further and further into the Project Server Interface (PSI), I run up against gaps in my knowledge and some times the community's knowledge, as it exists in searchable form online.  This little "gotcha's" can sometimes mean hours...
  • Colby Africa

    Using a Separate Application Domain to Test for Implemented Interfaces

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    Sometimes you need to load an assembly for use or inspection.  The problem is that loading an assembly is permanent for the lifetime of an application domain.  Sometimes this is acceptable and sometimes it is not.   Mike Shughrue and...
  • Colby Africa

    Adventures with Windows Presentation Foundation Part I

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    I am finally biting the bullet and learning something about WPF.  I have Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend installed and I am off to the races.  I have been doing Windows programming since Windows 3.0 and followed the evolution of UI development...
  • Colby Africa

    Assert.IsTrue(ThrowsException(() => object.Method()));

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    While reading this post , I came across an interesting line of code: 1: Assert.IsTrue(ThrowsException<UpdateException>(() => rb.Update(b2))); 2:   3: ThrowsException<E> is : 4:   5: private static bool ThrowsException<E>...
  • Colby Africa

    "Friends Don't Let Friends Delete Their Cache or Cancel Queue Jobs"

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    I thought I would repost something Brian Smith wrote.  Believe you me when I say follow his advice: http://blogs.msdn.com/brismith/archive/2007/11/02/friends-don-t-let-friends-delete-their-cache-or-cancel-queue-jobs.aspx
  • Colby Africa

    Opening an Enterprise Project Programmatically

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    There must be a better way to do this.  I have a Project Server plugin for the mpFx client application:   Selecting a project in the list view and clicking the button opens the project in WinProj.  The problem is that you cannot open a...
  • Colby Africa

    Microsoft Project mpFx Client – Application Architecture: IMpfxClientPlugin

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    I needed a test harness for mpFx, so I built a simple WinForms application and wrote little utilities that used the primary libraries. As the feature set grew, the test harness started to become unwieldy and frankly not very pretty. This fact, coupled...
  • Colby Africa

    QuickPatch – Registry Hints Improved with Registry Browser

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    I have added the ability to search the local registry to select a registry key and value.  See below: More later…
  • Colby Africa

    PSI Extension Generator 1.0

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    PSI Extensions are custom web services which tightly integrate with Project Server.  From the SDK: The Project Server Interface (PSI) for Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 can be extended with custom Web services. PSI extensions tightly integrate...
  • Colby Africa

    MpFx Preview: To Be Released to MSDN Code Gallery Next Weekend!

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    This a post long in the making.  Over a year ago, I started working on a Microsoft Project 2003 to Microsoft Project Server 2007 migration.  The learning curve was steep.  I had taken a hiatus from developing solutions with Microsoft Project...
  • Colby Africa

    Comments (in Code)

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    I love comments when they are appropriate and necessary.  I relish a good comment in a piece of code that does something really beautiful but is maybe complicated.  I love comments that help me understand the assumptions and design considerations...
  • Colby Africa

    Project Server Interface Development: Dev 101 Samples

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    I did a presentation today about basic PSI development concepts. I thought I would share these examples with the world, so here you go! http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Project/Download/FileDownload.aspx?ProjectName=PsiDev101&DownloadId=5141 ...
  • Colby Africa

    TimedExecution

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    I haven’t written for a while. I have been super busy.  Chet said he signed up for my RSS feed today so I thought I would write a quick post so he has something to read today.  Hehe. I am writing a tool that publishes projects on a schedule...
  • Colby Africa

    Breaking The Silence

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    It has been a while.  In addition to my daily project work, I am working on several side projects in various states of readiness: 1.)  Project Pro add-in for managing security 2.)  Project-Pro adding for managing custom fields 3.) ...
  • Colby Africa

    A New Chapter Begins

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    Originally I thought of this as my second departure from Microsoft, but when I consider the multiple stints I have spent as a contractor at Microsoft, I realize this is actually my fifth time to leave the company in one capacity or another. Amazing. My...
  • Colby Africa

    PSI Calls Result in 401.2 2148074254 Entries in IIS Log

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    I implemented an integration service using the PSI for lifting data from a customer's system into Project Server.  The service ran like a champ in my development environment but upon deploying it at the customer site, I was flummoxed for a while...
  • Colby Africa

    Learning SharePoint – Part II

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    I have made some serious progress since my last post.  I found this very handy extension method, which adds a TryGetValue to SPListItem . 1: // Credits: http://blog.mastykarz.nl/obtain-fields-values-splistitem/comment-page-1/#comment-11076 2...
  • Colby Africa

    mpFx 1.0 Preview Release: Update

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    I am working hard today to get mpFx ready for Code Gallery.  I might make it. I have work time scheduled for tomorrow but it is for Microsoft, not for my personal projects.  We will see how it goes this weekend. Here is a very cool tool called...
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