How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer

10. June 2011 02:23

Fundoo Freelancing 

A friend of mine who is a freelancer purchased the PDF version of this book and sends over me a copy to read today. If you are a freelancer or working from home then this is the book you should read and follow. I am bit lazy in reading non-tech related books or articles but this book is worth reading as compared to some other tech books. I am reading this book at the moment and I must said that this is the best book available for freelancers and for the people who are working from home.

I always wanted to be a freelancer but somehow I got into the job thing. Maybe not today but in the near future I will start freelancing but part-time. It's the right time for me to start following to the guidelines in this book so when I start I will have a complete picture in my head about my work and time.

Here is the quote from the publisher's (Rockable Press) site:

Covering everything from getting started to expanding your business, How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer is the official FreelanceSwitch book. Written by Collis & Cyan Ta’eed – the founders of the site – it’s packed with new information, advice and insights not covered on the blog.

If you want to start your freelance career the right way, then How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer will give you everything you need to become the best freelancer in town!

You can purchase this book online from the Rockable Press website. There are two versions of this book available one is in PDF and a paperback copy. And don't forgot to check other stuff on their website, they also have some other Rocking books.

 

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Prepare Your Site For IE9 With Pinify

14. May 2011 23:10

Jquery Microsoft Windows 

This is great stuff. If you own a website or a blog you should use this excellent feature of pinning fav links of your site on user's Windows 7 taskbar. Though this feature of IE9 was on hype since it's beta realease. Now it's time to use this feature for my blog. But before you start grab the latest stable version of the Pinify (formerly know as IE9ify) from Codeplex.
 
About Pinify
This plugin is written in jQuery and is hosted on Codeplex. I highly recommend you to follow this project on Codeplex. This plugin is not just about pinning, but also allows the user to customize the skin of the browser, adds a jumplist of your favourite links to the taskbar, overlay icons, tasks and thumbbar buttons. This is a total different user experience for the users /readers of your blog or site.

Preparing your site for the new experience
By now you have downloaded the latest release of the pinify from Codeplex. Open your site in Visual Studio and get to the head section. Fire the below NuGet command to install the Pinify plugin.
 
For the simplest implementation of this plugin, use the below script in the head section of your page.
<script src="Scripts/jquery-1.5.2.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="Scripts/jquery.pinify.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
$().ready(function () {
     $('head').pinify();
});
</script>
Hit F5 and make sure you have selected IE9 as your default browser. After you see your site home page in the browser hit F12 to get the IE9 developer window. Under HTML tab expand the Head tree and you will come to see few meta tags.
Drag and drop the tab to your task bar. This time a new IE window will open but with a difference. Check out below, the navigation buttons has a different color, the site has an icon also.
In the above screenshot you can see the default IE icon because I have not set the favicon for my site. Once I set the fav icon in the head section of my page, I will then have a new favicon to show off. Same is with the navigation buttons, here what you are seeing is the default color, you can set your own like yellow or red or some other different color which matches the theme of your site.
 
Let's take a bit more complicate example. Now I want to do the same for my blog. For the moment I will have the following in the jumplist.
  • Archives - Link to my blog archive.
  • Twitter
  • Facebook and
  • Contact Me
The icon will be the same as my current favicon. To implement pinify for my blog I do all the work in master page which is site.master in my case. Copy and paste the below script in the head section of your page. Change the text and links accordingly.
<script src="Scripts/jquery-1.5.2.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="Scripts/jquery.pinify.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
        $().ready(function () {
            $('head').pinify({
                applicationName: 'Midnight Programmer',
                tooltip: 'Programming For Fun',
                tasks: [{
                    'name': 'Archive',
                    'action': 'http://midnightprogrammer.net/archive.aspx',
                    'icon': 'favicon.ico'
                },
                {
                    'name': 'Twitter',
                    'action': 'http://twitter.com/prashantmx',
                    'icon': 'twitter.ico'
                },
                {
                    'name': 'Facebook',
                    'action': 'http://facebook.com/khandelwal.p',
                    'icon': 'facebook.ico'
                },
                {
                    'name': 'Contact Me',
                    'action': 'http://www.midnightprogrammer.net/contact.aspx',
                    'icon': 'favicon.ico'
                }]
            });
        });
</script>

After adding the script drag the tab to the taskbar and right-click it to view the task list.  

There are many other things which you can do with this plugin. I have just showed a simplest way to get you jump started with pinify. As you are reading this post try dragging the tab on your windows taskbar and right-click to see the task list as shown above.

Check out this video at Channel 9 by Brandon Satrom creator of pinify.

There are many things which can be done with pinify. To know more read the below links.

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Syntax Highlighter In WPF

9. May 2011 16:55

C# Code Snippets Projects Visual Studio WPF 

If you are writing code for a while now then by now you must have a lot of code snippets which you will be using in your application development, and you use them because they save a lot of development time. At this moment I have now a huge collection of code snippets which includes functions, classes, extension methods and functions that I have extracted from different open source applications.
As I was progressing towards building an application in WPF which helps me managing all my code, a thought ran into my mind that it would be good if I could use syntax highlighting in the code. As usual I began my search to find a control in WPF which supports syntax highlighting and what I found, I was and I am at present satisfied. The control called AvalonEdit is a part of the free IDE called SharpDevelop for C# and VB.NET and Boo projects.
Languages support by the control:
  • ASP/XHTML
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • XML
  • XMLDoc
  • VB.NET
  • C#
  • C++
  • Coco
  • Java
  • PHP
  • Patch
  • Boo
  • TeX
  • Custom Highlighting
I am a .NET guy so I will be using it for highlighting C# code. Fire Visual Studio and create a new WPF project. Add ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.dll in the reference of your project.

After adding the reference in your project, add below XAML code on the window where you have your code window.
<Window x:Class="SyntaxHighlighter.MainWindow"
        xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
        xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
        xmlns:avalonEdit="http://icsharpcode.net/sharpdevelop/avalonedit"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="401" Width="617" Loaded="Window_Loaded">
    <Grid>
<avalonEdit:TextEditor  Name="txtCode"
    FontFamily="Consolas"
    FontSize="10pt"/>       
    </Grid>
</Window>
At line 4, we will use custom mapping (because it is a third-party control) so we can use the control in our project. At line 7, I have used TextEditor class of the AvalonEdit namespace. The font name and size is the same as of the source code text editor in Visual Studio 2010.
To get the control working with least configuration set some namespaces on the top, and two lines of code on window load for syntax highlighting and to show line numbers respectively.
Namespaces:
using ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.CodeCompletion;
using ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.Folding;
using ICSharpCode.AvalonEdit.Highlighting;
Window_Loaded:
txtCode.SyntaxHighlighting = HighlightingManager.Instance.GetDefinition("C#");
txtCode.ShowLineNumbers = true;
If you wish to change the language, then just change the name of the language which is passed as a parameter in the GetDefinition method. The code in the Window_Loaded method will allow you to set syntax highlighting specifically for C#, pretty simple but not very useful. Check out the other way where the text editor will load the file and by reading the file extension, it will set the syntax highlighting. Above method will be useful if the user wants to set syntax highlighting of his choice. But if you want to detect the language and get the syntax highlighting automatically, then use the below code.
txtCode.Load("d:\\Data.cs");
txtCode.SyntaxHighlighting = HighlightingManager.Instance.GetDefinitionByExtension(System.IO.Path.GetExtension("D:\\Data.cs"));
txtCode.ShowLineNumbers = true;
The first line of code will Load the file and the second file will first get the extension of the file loaded, set the instance of the HighlightingManager class and in the end set the syntax highlighting. This is what I got in the end (I am using the second way to load the file).
 

Note: To make sure that the second method work, you need to make sure that the file should have a language extension like .cs for C#, cpp for C++, xml for XML files etc. AvalonEdit is an open source code, so you can play around with it and can have your own customizations. There are lots of in-built configurations that you can do to set up your syntax highlighting control. I strongly recommend you to download the below files and take a look at the sample application.
 
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Use Extension Methods To Extend Your Applications

1. May 2011 14:09

.NET Framework C# Code Snippets 

What MSDN has to say about Extension Methods

Extension methods enable you to "add" methods to existing types without creating a new derived type, recompiling, or otherwise modifying the original type. Extension methods are a special kind of static method, but they are called as if they were instance methods on the extended type.

A friend of mine started blogging a months ago and he wrote a blog post showing the usage of Extension Methods. I do some of the search and I found a website called ExtensionMethod.NET with a nice collections of extension methods. You can submit your own extension methods to share with other people among the community. ExtensionMethod is a initiative project started by Fons Sonnemans and Loek van den Ouweland.

 

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Code Snippet: Remove Duplicates From ArrayList

30. April 2011 02:51

C# Code Snippets 

Two methods to remove Duplicates from ArrayList.

Method 1:

private static ArrayList RemoveDuplicates(ArrayList arrList) 
{ 
        ArrayList list = new ArrayList();
        foreach (string item in arrList) 
        { 
             if (!list.Contains(item)) 
            { 
                list.Add(item); 
            } 
        } 
        return list; 
}

Method 2:

private static string[] RemoveDuplicates(ArrayList arrList)
{
        HashSet<string> Hset = new HashSet<string>((string[])arrList.ToArray(typeof(string)));
        string[] Result = new string[Hset.Count];
        Hset.CopyTo(Result);
        return Result;
}

Disclaimer: I found this method on the net and therefore I am sharing it as it is. Use any of the above which suites your requirement.

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