Showing posts with label what every blogger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label what every blogger. Show all posts

12/07/2015

What every blogger should do if using someone else's code #3

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Recently, I've written a post about integration with Dropbox. This one is also about integration but this time with Skydrive. I spent some time on investigating how to implement this feature in a desktop application. I was even considering to write what I need from the scratch on my own.

Fortunately, it turned out that someone did it for me. I found a nice piece of code prepared by Microsoft. It includes sample applications showing how to do everything step by step. You can download it from github.

21/05/2015

What every blogger should do if using someone else's code #2

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This time I'd like to write about WPFLocalizationExtension library which makes localization of WPF applications easy. I've been using it for 4 years in my projects and it simply works. To be honest I've just realized that the version I'm using is considerably outdated. However, for all this time I haven't encountered problems that would make me to download a newer version of WPFLocalizationExtension.

I think that it is a quite good recommendation. So, if you work with WPF and you need to localize your application I encourage to give a chance to WPFLocalizationExtension.

18/04/2015

What every blogger should do if using someone else's code #1

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The developer's work very often involves effective re-using of a code that was written by someone else. Sometime these are fully fledged libraries or frameworks but sometimes these are also small or even very small pieces of code found on a blog or a forum. All this stuff makes our life easier.

When I use someone else's code in my project I wonder if it is worth writing about it on my blog. And sometimes I hesitate. Why? Because it is a well know library and there is a lot about it in Internet. Sometimes because I don't have time to write a tutorial. And sometimes because I think that there is no much to write about,that it is a small piece of code so everybody can understand it on their own.

Now, I think that it is a wrong approach. Maybe it is small, but I used it so it means that I din't have to design, write and test it on my own. Maybe I don't have time to write a tutorial but this code actually saved me time that I'm lacking.

So, what should I (we) do? Just write a short note on our blogs and say that we used this and this in our projects. At least in this way we can thank the authors.

To start. In WPF there is a class GridSplitter that allows user to resize rows and columns in a grid. However, I wanted the same functionality for DockPanel but WPF doesn't provide it. I decided that I'll wrote it but firstly I goggled for something like that and I found this article. The DockPanelSplitter class has 300 lines of code, it is not complex but works well. Give it a chance.