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28

Nov

2014

Interesting Analysis of the State of Microsoft’s Software Development Tools

The Register published an interesting article on the state of Microsoft’s software development tools today – it focuses on tools for developing desktop apps. Although well written, the article doesn’t make up-beat reading and is in fact quite depressing. WPF and related development tools have been let languish for so long now it is hard […]

24

Nov

2014

Streaming mjpeg video with a web2py and python server

Recently I investigated whether I could implement software streaming of mjpeg video on a camera that uses web2py and python as its HTTP interface. Web2py makes most common operations quite straightforward and streaming is no exception, although I had to go digging for some details, this post along with SergeyPo’s answer to this question were […]

21

Nov

2014

A good / recommended JSON serializer for .NET

One of the great advances in software engineering over the last while is the rise of Json over the more ungainly and awkward XML. It is even making inroads in the more conservative .NET world. In terms of working with Json in .NET, in my opinion, you can’t really do much better than NewtonSoft’s Json.NET […]

21

Nov

2014

Unsupported Operation. A document processed by the JRC engine cannot be opened in the C++ stack.

This is an inner exception that you may encounter with Crystal Reports, now it sounds rather bad, but its really just a badly named error – don’t panic (just yet anyway)!

More than likely it is caused because the reporting engine can’t load your report due to a spelling error in the report name […]

21

Nov

2014

Crystal Reports in WPF, which references do I need to add to my project?

In this software development game it can be hard to avoid developing reports, I haven’t had the need to use CrystalReports in many along year, but last year I had the misfortune of using Microsoft’s shoddy reporting services for a client and decided after that that I would try at all to avoid a repeat […]

05

Nov

2014

WPF / XAML: Binding ComboBox directly to enum values

This is a note to remind me how to bind a xaml combo box directly to an enum property defined in the ViewModel. This is handy if the ComboBox values for display match exactly those defined in the backing enum. So imaging that we have an enum defined as follows:

Now imagine that we […]

28

Oct

2014

Compiling / Building libJpeg for Windows

Here is a record of how I managed to build libJpeg for Windows, Visual Studio 2012: 1.) Download & unzip the source, I downloaded it from here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/libjpeg/files/latest/download?source=files 2.) Launch the Visual Studio Command console. To launch it, search for ‘command’ in the start menu, and you should see something like ‘Developer Command Prompt for […]

28

Oct

2014

Building snappy compression library on windows with Visual Studio 2012

Snappy is a little fast software compression library by google. It eschews high compression rates for speed, it is very easy to use. Building it on windows for use with visual studio etc. is relatively straight-forward due to this github project by kmanley which provides it with a visual studio solution. https://github.com/kmanley/snappy-msvc To build the […]

24

Oct

2014

Have a WPF application remember its size and position between runs

Sometime software development is all about doing the same things over and over again! I keep on forgetting how to get a windows application to remember it size and position in between runs, and I keep on re-finding this handy post that describes how it’s done

23

Oct

2014

thecorknews.ie wins Best Online Publication at the Irish Web Awards 2014

We were very pleased to hear the thecorknews.ie won the ‘Best Online Publication’ award at the 2014 Irish Web Awards yesterday. Congratulations to The Cork News team! We are especially proud as we helped Pride Design build the site some years ago. It was technically quite a challenging website to build but as always Drupal […]

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