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TampaUX.NET Next Meeting: 7/29 (tomorrow!) 7:00 at MS Tampa Offices!

28 July 2009
Jay Kimble

[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]

Reinventing TUX - Our Website... and Our Identity

Big things in the wind. Besides a new location, we are making a slight URL change to www.TampaUX.net.

With a new web address, we decided that a new design was in order, so our next session will be all about reinventing our web site and setting it up for future development by YOU!

Speakers:

  • Roy Lawson (Roy couldn’t make it.. it’s my fault.. we’ll get him another month)
  • Shawn Cady
  • Jay Kimble
  • Nikita Polyakov
  • Kevin Wolf

NEW Location:
Microsoft Corporation 5426 Bay Center Suite 700 Tampa, FL 33609 Map

[A little busy today, so yes, I stole Nikita’s post]


jQuery-UI visual studio intellisense (vsdoc) file

20 July 2009
Jay Kimble

[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]

If you’ve ever tried to use jQuery UI with Visual Studio, you’ve run into a JavaScript parse error and you lose JavaScript intellisense in Visual Studio. I wasn’t exactly sure of the issue until I read someone’s advice (who was just trying to get the datepicker working) to simply include a dummy jquery-datepicker-vsdoc.js file. So I did this for the jquery-ui.js file and lo and behold, no JavaScript parsing errors, and I had intellisense for everything EXCEPT jQuery UI.

Anyway, I dug around and couldn’t find one… so I created the beginnings of one. What you get is very core level (and not an actual working file). Simply add it to your project along side your jquery-ui.js file and VS will automagically realize that when it gives you intellisense for JavaScript and you are using (or have referenced) the jquery-ui file.

As I said it’s not complete. The areas that I know for sure is that it doesn’t give you any of the theming support.. actually the jquery.ui object is pretty much not there at all… I did get the effects and all the base controls intellisense working (datepicker, tabs, dialogs, etc.). It’s not perfect, but it will be a good start for someone else…

How to Use it
So to use this simply add it alongside your jquery-ui.js file in visual studio and visual studio should pick up my file and use it to give you intellisense. If you are using an external JS file you’ll need to use “/// <reference… /> to reference the JS file.

If I get around to it I will publish an update in the future.

 

File Attachment: jquery-ui-vsdoc.js


If You Had 6 Months To a Sudden Death&hellip;

15 July 2009
Jay Kimble

[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]

This is a concept I have been pondering lately (and not just from a personal perspective). To be clear on the concept, here’s the idea: what would you do differently right now, if you knew in 6 months you would be killed in an accident (and not a terminal illness)?

Personally the answer that we all come up tends to be the same. Spend more time with family and friends. Have more fun. Maybe, join a religion or get deeper in the one that you subscribe to(you gotta worry about the afterlife if you believe in one.. which obviously I do).

Professionally though, you might think a little differently. For instance I was tweeting this last week and Steve Hebert (can’t find your blog anymore man) responded…

To summarize him he said that he would find a fun project and forget about unit testing on it (no point if you are dying in the not too distant future… it’s someone else’ problem… ) Interestingly enough I would say the opposite. Now to make it really weird, Steve is probably more in that realm than I am.. My suspicion for why this is has something to do with our current teams. My current team is in many respects very inexperienced; I’d bet the team Steve would pick for himself or who he would have in mind working with him isn’t. My reasons for wanting to do more is that I would want my team to have a better understanding of my code.

Anyway, for me the more critical fact is that I would probably doing less development on my team.. Seriously, I’d be investing a lot more time into my team helping them grow.

If I took the fun route, I’d be working on probably PocketCBZ or one of my other “fun” projects (which by the way have no unit tests in them)..

How about you?


Welcome Guiseppe Scarfone to TheRuntime.com

15 July 2009
Jay Kimble

[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]

I just wanted to mention that we added a new blogger here on theruntime.com (actually we have a few more in the pipeline. Guiseppe (“G” hereafter) is my workplace’s resident Reporting Services guru. He’s gonna focusing on Reporting Services (duhh), SSIS (which he also does), and Analysis Services (an area I bet most of us could use some additional knowledge of).

He already put up an intro post here.


Tampa UX .NET next meeting July 29th at the Microsoft Offices (in Tampa)

06 July 2009
Jay Kimble

[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]

Just wanted to fire off a quick blog post/update on what is happening with Tampa UX this month. With the switch to the Microsoft Offices in Tampa (map, etc to come in a future post), we had to adjust the schedule a little, so sorry if this inconveniences you (BTW, I don’t have credentials for our web site nor do I have the email list at this time, but I will do my best to update them soon).

Look for an update on our new URL – http://www.tampaux.NET

We have really, really exciting things happening (I can’t wait to share them at the next meeting). I can tell you that next month is going to be mostly about re-inventing our web site.

Among other things, we’re going to open source our web site’s source code and will be taking suggestions/patches from you (for design as well as development tasks).

Anyway, stay tuned for more info…