sano the super geek

the endeavors of a professional geek at microsoft.

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    ColorPicker.NET web page

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    I've created a simple web page to let people keep track of all of the changes that are made to ColorPicker.NET. If you are linking directly to the binaries, or one of my previous blog entries, please change them to point to the web page. Thanks.
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    ColorPicker.NET Update #2

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    I’ve uploaded the most recent binaries for ColorPicker.NET. A lot of changes have been made to the codebase to improve performance as well as the overall experience. Some noticeable changes are: You can copy, enter and paste hex values. You can...
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    ColorPicker.NET update

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    Thanks to everyone who provided comments on the binaries that I released the other day. I spent a good portion of this evening cleaning up some problems that FXCop uncovered and got started on adding the features that some of you suggested. I should have...
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    ColorPicker.NET

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    I do quite a bit of UI design work during my spare time and often find myself with the need to sample colors for my designs. Using Adobe Photoshop isn't effective for three reasons: (1) It takes a long time to load up, (2) It consumes resources, especially...
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    DataGrid Q&A #2

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    Q: How do I extend the DataGrid's furthest right column so that the column (or, at least, the column header) extends all the way to the right edge of the grid when the furthest right column is visible? A: In all of my articles on the Windows Forms DataGrid...
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    DataGrid Q&A

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    I received an e-mail today that contained a question that I've seen posted across several different newsgroups and thought that others would find my response useful. Q: Is it possible to have a single datagrid split in two parts, with the same vertical...
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    Styling With the DataGridColumnStyle, Part 2

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    The second part of my two-part article on customizing the Windows Forms DataGrid control has been published. In this part, I focus on guiding the reader through the creation of custom column styles. Enjoy.
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    Dragging and Dropping DataGrid Columns article updated

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    I've updated my Dragging and Dropping DataGrid Columns article to include a VB.NET sample of the code that's discussed in the article.
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    Styling With the DataGridColumnStyle, Part 1

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    I wrote a two-part article that takes a look at leveraging the adaptability of the Windows Forms DataGrid to enhance the data interaction and presentation capabilities of the control. The first part provides a thorough examination of the rendering architecture...
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    Some GDI/GDI+ fun with the WinForms DataGrid control

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    I've published a new article on MSDN that details how you can add some nifty visual effects to the WinForms DataGrid control when dragging and dropping columns. Constructive criticism is more than welcome. I'm also looking for ideas for my next article...
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    Technical Writing

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    Someone forwarded me a link to one of Jean-Luc David's blog entries in which he lists a few techical writing observations . I just finished the second draft of my very first technical article which was probably one of the hardest writing pieces I've ever...
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    The difficulties of language design

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    Phil Haack just posted an excellent blog entry on the difficulties of language design.
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    Dispose/Finalize notes

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    When to implement a finalizer: You should only implement a finalizer when you are implying that that the class encapsulates unmanaged resources, which, in other words, means you’re dealing with resources that the runtime’s garbage collector...
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    Singleton Design Pattern

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnbda/html/singletondespatt.asp singleton – a single object. Important tidbits gleaned from the article: The Singleton pattern lives in a family of creational patterns. Creational patterns...
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    Windows Forms FAQ

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    George Shepherd's Windows Forms FAQ contains an aggregation of questions and answers from a variety of online resources (newsgroups, forums, et al). This site is definitely worthy of a position on your bookmarked sites list.
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    PInvoke.net

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    Duncan (and a few other MS bloggers) have mentioned the new PInvoke.net site that surfaced recently. This looks to be promising and I, like everyone else, look forward to seeing how the development community contributes to this. If you're wondering...
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    DirectX

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    If you're trying to learn DirectX, what has been the most frustrating part of the learning process? Is there anything that could be done to mitigate the excruciating learning curve associated with Managed DirectX? If you could have an article on any beginner...
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    SanoBlog.BeginBlogging();

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    Here's the quintessential (and my long overdue) blog introduction: My name is Chris Sano. I'm a Software Design Engineer with the MSDN Development team. I received my bachelors degree in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology...
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