February 2011 Entries

WPF ImageBrush Will Not Properly Tile PNGs

Today I fought with the WPF ImageBrush and PNGs. I lost. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to get a WPF ImageBrush to use a PNG and tile it appropriately. I tried various ViewPort and ViewBox settings, but it would not place the images directly next to each other. Instead, it had space between the images in the tiled output. I found Hanselman's article about the issues in WPF where the PNG does not use a 96DPI resolution. Even after getting these set to 96DPI, the things still wouldn't tile correctly. In my...

posted @ Monday, February 21, 2011 4:41 PM | Feedback (2)

SymbolSource.org - PDB and Source for OSS

Another thing I learned from Sebastien Lambla was the existence of SymbolSource.org. This site provides a symbol server for third party .net libraries. This is the same idea as what MS released to allow stepping though portions of the .NET framework's source code. SymbolSource.org allows other libraries to post their PDB and source code files to a standardized symbol repository that can be hooked in to Visual Studio. This means that VS will query the symbol server if you attempt to step into a library that has symbols on this server. It looks like both OpenWrap and NuGet may...

posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 10:25 AM | Feedback (0)

Do you know about Sebastien Lambla? You Should!

Just listened to Herding Code #103 with Sebastian Lambla on the way into work. Really wishing today was a holiday because I just learned about a TON of really cool stuff to explore and try! Sebastien Lambla is driving a number of game-changing projects including: OpenRasta  A framework that enables creation of RESTful services and sites. Can be used to create simple REST services, or full sites. Very rich, highly composable, and extensible. OpenWrap ...

posted @ Thursday, February 17, 2011 9:54 AM | Feedback (0)

My Beef with the Apple Cult

So, I'm trying to figure out what makes my insides churn when I hear people talk about Apple and it's products. You know Apple, the company that makes the products starting with "i"… iPod, iPhone, iPad, and the rumored iRock. Let me start by saying that I admire Apple and what they've achieved. I am grateful to Apple for the ground they forged that lead to the current class of smart phones. They do amazing work, make amazing products, and set an incredible bar for "well designed", regardless of the category. So what's the problem? Amazing company… great...

posted @ Saturday, February 05, 2011 11:24 PM | Feedback (3)