Monthly Archives: October 2008

Speaking at VSLive in Dallas 8-11 December

I will be speaking at VSLive! again, this time in Dallas from 8 until 11 December. I’ll be doing the following sessions:

  • Introduction to ASP.NET Dynamic Data (Tuesday 9 December, 11:15 AM)

  • POX/REST Strategies with WCF (Thursday 11 December, 1:45 PM)

  • Understanding Transactions in WCF (Thursday 11 December, 4:45 PM)

VSLive! is a very nice and relaxed event with great content. So it’s a great opportunity to learn new stuff and new people. If you want to attend the Dallas show and see me speak, you can get a $300 discount by entering the discount code SPVAN. I hope to see you there.

Windows Mobile Labels not showing because of color scheme

I’ve been working on a small Windows Mobile app and I had a really weird problem. While working in the emulator everything worked fine. However, when I deployed it to my Smartphone (HTC S710), it didn’t show the labels. Textboxes etc. worked fine, but the labels didn’t show up, no matter what I did. Some of the things I tried:

  • redeploy
  • changing the font of the labels
  • making sure there was no overlap between labels and textboxes

It took me about an hour to get it working. I went into the settings and because there wasn’t anything about screen/font settings I finally looked at those of the startup screen (option 4), thinking that this didn’t have anything to do with my app. As it turned out the culprit was a color scheme that I downloaded from the Windows Mobile site called EarthView.


I while ago I created the control shown below. It acts a multi-select ListBox from the API perspective, but works by selecting items and moving them over. Pretty much all elements can be styled, such as the headers, the ListBoxes and the buttons. I’d love to have one with some JavaScript that allows drag-n-drop, but that’s too much work for me. Feel free to copy and extend the source code(3.15 KB).

If you can’t beat them, join them: MS gaat jQuery ondersteunen

Microsoft heeft ten aanzien van jQuery een opmerkelijke stap gemaakt. In plaats van zelf iets jQuery-achtigs te maken, heeft Microsoft aangekondigd jQuery zelf te gaan ondersteunen en nieuwe onderdelen van ASP.NET AJAX op jQuery te baseren. Dit is zowel door jQuery als door Microsoft bevestigd. Ik ben hier persoonlijk zeer verheugd over en ik hoop dan ook van harte dat Microsoft deze lijn doorzet. Ik heb veel liever dat Microsoft ondersteuning biedt voor (toonaangevende) bibliotheken dan er zelf een (vaak minder goede) kopie van te maken. Overigens is het niet alleen zo dat Visual Studio jQuery technisch gaat ondersteunen, maar ook dat klanten van Microsoft support kunnen krijgen via Microsoft. Ik ben benieuwd of er nog meer gaat volgen in deze richting.