Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crowd Funding

Some of you may have heard of “Crowd Funding” or “Cyber Begging” or any of the other newest buzz words involving, basically, raising money online: sometimes for a good cause, sometimes to help start a business, sometimes for no reason except that you need money. We’ve all been there at some point in our life …

I’m unfortunately in that situation right now. Little to no income for 3 years now, while we try to start up a new business … it doesn’t take long before the savings account gets depleted! But, we've got a great product and one customer who loves it! It's only a matter of time before we get more customers. In the meantime, we need more cash. Here's our business website: Geneva Systems Group

Anyway, I’ve got a PayPal “Donate” button here on my blog site, that I’ve had since I started this blog. It sure would be nice if some of my many readers would take the time to just click that button. You don't even need a Paypal account to donate (Paypal will accept credit card donations although your credit card company may charge a fee).

I'm thinking of putting another PayPal button here, specfically for this funding campaign, but until I do please use the only one on the page.

Every little bit helps and I’d sure appreciate it!!!

XAML Intellisense

I’ve done a little here and there with WPF over the past few years. Nothing of production quality, but still a bit more than just “playing with it”. One of the things that bugged the hell out of me was that I couldn’t figure out how to get Intellisense to kick in while working with the XAML (I rarely use the designer). Lately I’ve been getting back into WPF a bit more deeply and when you start designing more complicated UI, you really need to have XAML Intellisense, otherwise you have to keep looking stuff up!

So, I Googled around for an answer and finally found something after many search attempts. And wow, it’s soooooo simple! Here’s where I found the answer, and I want to sincerely thank Fabrice for posting this:

Basically, what Fabrice says is to use the Source Code Editor rather than the XML editor. That’s it in a nutshell and it’s one of those forehead-slapping, duh, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that kind of things!

You can read Fabrice’s blog, but here are his 6 easy steps:

  1. Right-click on a XAML file in the Solution Explorer
  2. Select "Open With..."
  3. Select "Source Code (Text) Editor"
  4. Click on "Set as Default"
  5. Click OK
  6. You're done!