Dr. Dotnetsky’s Cool .NET Tips & Tricks No. 23

Dexter chimes in again with some thoughts and a list of good mostly Silverlight links to new content he's found.

Well! Here we are again Kidzies, just in time for the end of the month! As usual, I’ve collected a few goodies to share. But first – Do you have a pet peeve? Dr. Dotnetsky once did an informal poll of the most annoying things you can think of. Here are some of the responses:

  • Self-serving,lying,two-faced,hypocritical, money-grubbing,dishonest politicians
  • Tailgaters
  • Actors getting involved in politics
  • Those who forget to put their high beams down while driving at night
  • People who eat noisily
  • Holier-than-thou vegetarians
  • Animal Rights Activists
  • The babbling idiots of network and cable news
  • Girls trying to put on make-up while driving
  • People who creep ahead at red lights as if that will get them there sooner
  • People who misuse the word 'loose' for 'lose' as in 'Don't loose your head'
    Calling expensive used cars "pre-owned"
  • tYpInG lIkE tHiS...
  • Cheesy, tacky used car TV ads that try to be campy but aren't
  • Developers who don't know what an xpath query is.

and my all-time pet peeve, people who wait for all the groceries to be rung up before they start looking for their checkbook.  (Then they take an extra ten minutes to put everything away back in their poocketbook or wallet before they'll get out of the way.)

I’ll even add another one: Software “Architects” who insist on messing with the codebase, checking in untested code that throws exceptions (without telling anybody),  and then telling the developer group how to run their source control operation!

Now here are some of the latest tidbits Dr. Dotnetsky has collected over the past week or so:

Veracity Solutions has a nice tutorial about Styling A ComboBox in Silverlight 3

The OpenLight Group has another nice tutorial about how to make draggable windows in SketchFlow.

Brad Abrams continues his multipart Silverlight RIA Services series with how to use separate solution files.

Nikhil Kothari has an interesting post featuring BLINQ  - LINQ to Bing. Don't Blink- it goes by pretty fast!

Rob Zelt has a nice post about the Silverlight 3 DataForm.

WPF Wonderland shows an easy way to create an ImageBrush in Expression Blend.

Robbe Morris here on eggheadcafe.com has a short article on deploying Siverlight to Sharepoint with ActiveDirectory.

Peter Bromberg, also here at eggheadcafe.com presents his Silverlight Compressed Object Cache.

Shawn Wildermuth previews the Application Class and Application Services in Silverlight.

They’ve released OOMPH – the Microformats Toolkit. This is very cool stuff!

And TechWorld has another nice tutorial about how to customize a button with Blend 3.

Dr. Dotnetsky likes these web-based  tutorials that have plenty of example graphics, code samples and downloadable solutions to test and try. Dr. Dotnetsky does not like “Standalone” videos and podcasts. They're not indexable on the web and you often have to sit through parts that you aren't interested in.  Suggestion: Yes, do make a video or podcast if you want -- but make it  an optional addition to your presentation on the web! Oh, and one more thing: if you post a code sample inline in your page, please put it in a format where readers can copy the code to the clipboard - not as an image, or with line numbers that have to be removed! Jeesh! You might think it looks snazzy, but if the reader can't use it without jumping through hoops, you haven't done any favors for them.

Do you have a creation that you think the good Doctor should not have missed? Post it as a comment! 

And remember, "Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings."

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