I’ve been getting a *lot* of feedback recently over the changes we made to the C#/VB.NET code translation tools to try and tidy them up – but unfortunately broke a somewhat crucial ability to copy the code out in IE6! I’m still not sure why IE6 is so unhappy with the CSS and is preventing any sensible selection in the … Read more “C#/VB.NET Code Translation tweak”
If you’ve been wanting to get up to speed on Silverlight but haven’t had the time yet – then you might be interested in this. Developer Fusion has teamed up with InnerWorkings to offer some totally free Silverlight training, to all Developer Fusion visitors.
We’re also got, amongst others, a 15% discount on DevelopMentor training, and 10% discount on the … Read more “Free Silverlight Training”
I hit a small gotcha this evening. A visitor to Developer Fusion reported that they couldn’t gain access to the site at all, because our IP address detection logic was failing. We were checking the “HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR” header for an IP address, before falling back to REMOTE_ADDR, turning the IP into a long integer, and doing an IP-to-country lookup in our … Read more “Gotcha: HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR returns multiple IP addresses”
We’ve just updated our free C# to VB.NET and VB.NET to C# converters on Developer Fusion – they’re adapted from the neat little utilities within the free .NET IDE, #develop . They now keep your comments in tact too. Great for when you’ve found those bits of sample code in the wrong language! If you haven’t come across them before, they’re well … Read more “C# <-> VB.NET Converters Updated”
Another interesting side-point from the discussion this morning – Joe Black, director of Emerging Business and Technology at BT pointed me in the direction of their new Web 21C SDK – available in .NET, Java, PHP and Python. What this does is exposes a load of functionality allowing you to integrate with their systems – including sending SMS, voice messages, … Read more “BT Web21C SDK – Sending SMS, Voice Calls and Location Based Services”
I took part in an interesting debate today, organised by Microsoft, discussing the latest generation of new graduates, their role in the IT industry – and how they shape it, or are shaped by it. The discussion covered a broad range of issues, and definitely got those brain cells working! Some of the things raised were….
- How our current education
It's perfectly possible to generate a PDF from scratch, using a library such as iTextSharp, a port of a free Java PDF library. However, it can be hard work defining all the code you need to generate the layout you're after, and impossible for someone to tweak the layout without going back to the developer.
One alternative, using the same … Read more “Dynamically Generating PDFs in .NET”
Search engine optimisation is pretty much part and parcel of creating websites these days. Getting the basics right don’t require a large amount of work, but can make all the difference. Many of these also improve the general usability and accessibility of your site too – so you get three major benefits rolled into one.
The points below are just … Read more “Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Checklist”
Developer Fusion has gone global! I've expanded the listings on Developer Fusion to include information about user groups, events and job vacancies from all over the world, rather than just in the UK. When visiting, the site will automatically display content most relevant to you (from your country!), and I'm going to be working hard to increase our coverage of … Read more “Promote your User Group,Events and Job Vacancies (for free)!”
I'm back in the UK now, after a 6 month jaunt around the world (photos, for anyone who is interested!).
Now that I'm back, I'm going to start looking for someone to help me keep on top of the article and code submissions for Developer Fusion, so that I can hopefully focus on getting some new community features up and … Read more “Developer Fusion Community Editor”
I had a thank you email from Pete LePage on the Web Development Tools team the other day – letting me know that I was one of the top ten valid bug finders (as in, bugs that were actually fixed) for the VS 2005 product cycle… It’s always nice to know that we can all make a difference to the … Read more “Bug fixes, and a week today….”
If you’re involved in a User Group (in *any* country), I’d encourage you to submit information about your group to Developer Fusion at http://www.developerfusion.co.uk/members/submit.aspx – you will then be listed within our directory of resources; like these .NET User groups that we’re already listing. I really want to try and give everyone as much publicity as possible!
You can even … Read more “Do you run or attend a User Group?”