Continuous education, Hanselminutes show #187

6/12/2009

It has been quiet on this blog lately but I’ve been very busy with work. Between my busy schedule I’ve been trying to keep up on the technology front by listening to different podcasts. Although the quality of a lot of podcasts is highly dependant on the guest that is starring in that week’s episode, Scott Hanselman has been able to keep me interested all the time. Even for topics in which I’m not 100% interested in. If you’re not listening to his podcast you should subscribe right now.

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Visual Studio Redesign: lose the designers, add a command prompt?

26/7/2009

There has been a clear shift in the way I use Visual Studio lately. Visual studio has a lot of built-in panels to help you develop the next killer application. There are a lot of panels I hardly ever use. Most of my time I spend, not quite surprising, in the text editor editing code. As for the other panels I may be using about 10% of all available options. Windows like the Server Explorer, Document Outline, Object Browser, I don’t think I ever opened them while developing. And I didn’t even mention the designers yet. I am a full-time web developer but I never open the HTML designer.

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Compressing and combining files with JavaScriptMVC

18/7/2009

Unfortunately the images to this post were lost during the migration from Blogengine.Net to WordPress

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Getting the element that has the focus via JavaScript

11/7/2009

This is one of those things that you only need on very specific occasions. I needed to get the element that has the focus on a page. Went to Google and found the answer somewhere deep into a forumthread. So for future reference here goes:

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The MVC in JavaScriptMVC

6/7/2009

Unfortunately the images to this post were lost during the migration from Blogengine.Net to WordPress

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Finally found what I have been looking for: JavaScriptMVC

22/6/2009

I’m very passionate about the code I write, and with the coming of jQuery I really began to love Javascript. But the Javascript I wrote was more of the procedural kind. I tried to split it up per page or user control but it still felt bad. For pages with a lot of interaction the JavaScript files grew very quickly over a couple hundred LOC. There is the possibility to split these up, but the problem that then arises is that the browser launches a request for each javascript file. And most (older) browsers have a suprising low amount of simultaneous request (I thought it was around 2 or 3, it was certainly below 5). So each file I added to make my application more maintainable resulted in a slower application. Not a good situation to be in.

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Book review: jQuery in Action

6/6/2009

started reading this book about 6 months ago. After reading it half way through I stopped and start reading a newly purchased book. The reason that I stopped reading was because I was excited and impatient to start reading the new book, it’s a problem I have every time I purchase a new book. After finishing some books I realized that jQuery in Action was still lying around, and because the new project I’m working on depends heavily on jQuery, I decided to pick up the book where I left off and finish it.

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Sequentially download multiple files (with jQuery)

16/4/2009

Unfortunately the images to this post were lost during the migration from Blogengine.Net to WordPress

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One tool to test them all: Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview

23/3/2009

Unfortunately the images to this post were lost during the migration from Blogengine.Net to WordPress

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Why learning CSS is important in a (web) development world

14/1/2009

I notice that a lot of development effort is going into creating a nice back end. Creating a GUI is a matter of using the designer – better known as system.draggy-droppy – and setting the right colors via the properties panel. But lately a shift has happened which forces developers to learn about CSS.

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