December 2009 Entries

CSS Layout - I'm sold!

I picked up "Head First Web Site Design" to help me with the "design" portion of a new site. The author walks through a number of great topics, including information architecture, color, layout, and CSS. I have heard about using CSS for layout, rather than HTML tables, but had not fully investigated or used the approach. After walking through the book, I understand this approach better and understand the reasoning. It's really cool and quite amazing to see how powerful a CSS based layout can be. I'm used to the table based layout, but I think a CSS layout approach feels...

posted @ Monday, December 28, 2009 1:02 PM | Feedback (0)

Theme Forest and Graphic River are sweet!

Recently used Theme Forest and Graphic River for a new web site. I was very impressed with the number of site templates and graphics available for a really good price. I picked up a site template for $12 and some graphics for $6. The quality of the designs are way better than I can do myself and the prices are very reasonable.

posted @ Monday, December 28, 2009 12:38 PM | Feedback (0)

Fishbowl for Facebook!

I recently started using Fishbowl for Facebook and I love it! I had kind of stopped posting to Facebook, but the features in the new Fishbowl client are renewing my interest. There are many things to love about it, like: Dragging pictures straight into Facebook A much nicer experience when viewing other people’s albums Mini-mode that makes it easy to keep up on what others are saying Etc… I found out about it via a post on MSDN’s Channel9. I love Channel9, especially...

posted @ Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:15 AM | Feedback (0)

More Success with EntLib…

I get the impression now and then that some developers consider Enterprise Library to be “not an option” for one reason or another. “Too bloated”, “not flexible”, etc…. At my recent .NET SIG presentation on AzMan, I asked who was using EntLib. I was the only one to raise my hand. Personally, I think that people in the audience use it, but maybe aren’t will to “admit it”? I don’t get it! I’m using EntLib 4.1 again on my latest project and it’s awesome. We needed to do exception handling, logging, and tracing for the web...

posted @ Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:03 AM | Feedback (0)

CruiseControl.NET rocks!

I just had my first experience with CruiseControl.NET. I have to say that I was very impressed! The setup was relatively simple, and the features are pretty sweet! The dashboard and the CCTray utility are great! Configuring the project to build and deploy to the DEV servers took about 8 hours from start to finish, but that was for a noob. I think I could do it much faster next time. I’ve used TFS and it’s team build on previous projects and had good results. TFS is pretty nice, but it comes with the Team System price tag, which...

posted @ Wednesday, December 16, 2009 11:45 PM | Feedback (0)