Marc-Julien Objois

Fix for the WPF Designer View with a Dark Background

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Filed under .NET, Visual Studio

If you’ve used the designer view while editing XAML files and you prefer the dark theme for Visual Studio 2012 / 2013, you’ve probably run into this problem:

DarkDesigner

In the default dark color scheme, the design window is too dark to see anything without modifying your code to add an unnecessary background. No need to modify your code.

Bring up “Extensions and Updates” under the TOOLS menu, click on the “Online” section, and search for “theme editor”. Install Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor.

After a restart, you’ll see a “Color Themes” tab. Click on the icon in the top right of the Dark theme to make a copy of the theme. Name it however you wish and use the pencil icon to edit the theme.

In the top right, search for “artboard”. Set the colour of the Cider -> ArtboardBackground to FFFFFFFF and set ArtboardSecondaryBackground to FFEEEEEE. You’ll get a nice white checkerboard pattern from now on after you save the theme and apply it (click on the theme in “Color Themes”).

LightDesigner

Based on the first comment by yAak on this post about using a style in your solution to force a white background in the designer.

Stephajn

“How do I learn…?” – A Suggested Process for Learning The New Shiny

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Filed under Growth & Development

Anyone who works in the IT industry will tell you that nothing is ever static. One has to keep up their skills and stay abreast of the newest developments and changes to the tools we use to get the job done. Every 18 months, things change. There is always something that I like to call “The New Shiny”.

So two questions arise:

  1. Where do I start?
  2. How do I learn the ins and outs of “The New Shiny”?

While I do not claim to be a guru, I have been called “a learning machine”. Read on to see how I tackle the challenge of learning new things in my personal development process.

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Marc-Julien Objois

Surface Pro 3: So Close!

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Filed under Hardware, Usability
Photo by Sinchen.Lin

Photo by Sinchen.Lin

I bought a Surface Pro 3 Core i7 512GB and returned it within a week. This is a device I wanted to love. Read on to hear about the the pros and cons of the device, why I returned it, and whether I think you should buy one.

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paulg

People Aren’t Motivated by What You Might Think…

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams

By Daniel H. Pink

Original Source: The RSA Animate: ‘DRIVE – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’

paulg

Do You Suffer from ‘Impostor’ Syndrome?

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams

Arrogance is not inspiring. But why is arrogance common on I.T. project teams? Why do self-proclaimed experts abound, even though we know this is poisonous on a high-knowledge project? Jeffrey Way has an explanation …
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paulg

Lessons Learned about Project Management Offices

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams

If you’ve ever been in a management or leadership role on a project  (and yes, there is a distinction between management and leadership), I’m sure this list will resonate with you. This is a compilation of published Lessons Learned by Derry Simmel, a North Carolina project manager.

These are the 10 most common Lessons Learned by enterprise project teams, as reported and published by their PM Offices.

1. The people we had were great; there just weren’t enough of them.
2. We left management and planning unattended for too long.
3. Unclear roles and responsibilities led to confusion and loss of precious time.
4. We had the most success when we were all informed.

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paulg

The Programming Life Cycle

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams, Growth & Development

robp

Discover SharePoint

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Filed under SharePoint

For an introduction to SharePoint, the videos, pages and documents at DiscoverSharePoint.com provide some excellent information.  It is a great starting point for end users and anyone new to SharePoint to go to to discover some of the primary features of and SharePoint and how it can make their jobs easier.

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