sano the super geek

the endeavors of a professional geek at microsoft.

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    ColorPicker.NET: Quick fix

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    I've fixed the problem with the cursor clipping region in ColorPicker.NET that was causing the dual-monitor issue reported by several people. Some really cool features are just around the corner, including an article on the Smart Client Developer Center...
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    Custom Windows Forms Controls: ColorPicker.NET

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    My latest article on MSDN discusses the functionality involved in some of the custom controls that were created for ColorPicker.NET. As promised earlier, I've made the source code for the application available through the article. As always, constructive...
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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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    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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    Incorrect syntax near '[Insert Arbitrary Column Name]'

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    I ran into a rather mysterious error when working with some SQL code today. Incorrect syntax near '[Insert Arbitrary Column Name]' Before I get to the nuts and bolts of the problem, we'll start with some background details. The stored procedure that...
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    Changing the default sort order of your sortable columns on the ASP.NET GridView

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    One of the great things about the new ASP.NET GridView control is that it allows you to implement column field sorting with relative ease, at least in comparison to what you would have had to do to attain similar functionality in earlier versions. There...
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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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    Microsoft Build Sidekick

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    The folks at Trivium Technologies have released the first version of their MSBuild Sidekick , a GUI front end to MSBuild. Even though this tool probably cannot replace the productivity that I can currently attain by taking advantage of the Intellisense...
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    ColorPicker.NET source update

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    Someone e-mailed me the other day and told me that the Sano.Utility project wasn't included with the ColorPicker.NET source that was released with my recent article . This was completely unintentional. I'm in the process of updating the MSI, but if you...
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    Windows Vista UX Guidelines

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    Microsoft recently posted the preliminary Windows Vista UX guidelines. These guidelines contain information on What’s New in Windows Vista, design principles, guidelines for controls, text, windows, and aesthetics. They will help designers and developers...
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    ColorPicker.NET v0.1 released!

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    After completing a three-month work-related project that devoured just about every minute of my life, I had some time to polish off ColorPicker.NET. Check out the web site to get the latest source and binaries.
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    ColorPicker.NET v0.2 preview

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    I'm working on finishing up the code for the next release of ColorPicker.NET . The main focus of this release is on incorporating the screen pixel sampling functionality that so many people have requested. While working on the design, I decided that I...
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    Strings in .NET v2.0

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    I just came across David Fetterman's article on MSDN covering the new recommendations for using strings in .NET v2.0 . It's definitely worth a quick read.
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    Emulating the OSX taskbar in Avalon

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    Amir Khella shows how easy it is to create stunning visual effects in Avalon in his Playing Around with Avalon's Grid entry. Amazing!
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    What the heck is this <UICulture> error and how do I fix it?

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    If you've frustratingly encountered the " <UICulture> should be set in the project file in order to support the following markup files that use types defined in this project " error message in Avalon, Tim Sneath has come to the rescue with a temporary...
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    Transcripts for MSDN Designing .NET Class Libraries

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    The transcripts for the MSDN Designing .NET Class Libraries class that Brad Abrams coordinated a few months back have finally been posted.
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    ColorPicker.NET v0.1.1

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    I had a few cycles today so I spent some time fixing some bugs in ColorPicker.NET .
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