Friday, October 30, 2009

moving to wordpress

Moving to new location on wordpress
. They seems to provide much better functionality for editing and statistics

Sunday, October 4, 2009

convert jscript to html

Very simple yet good jscript to html code formatting tool

disable venkman output to console

Venkman produces a lot of output to console which makes it hard to see the output from your extensions. To disable output from venkman, you can update venkman_utils.js in venkman.jar by replacing dd function with an empty function dd = function (){};

debug output from firefox extension

Start firefox with -console flag

Call dumpln function from your code (copy of code from venkman)

var dumpln;

if (typeof document == "undefined") /* in xpcshell */
dumpln = print;
if (typeof dump == "function") {
dumpln = function (str) {dump (str + "\n");}
} else if (jsenv.HAS_RHINO) {
dumpln = function (str) {
var out = java.lang.System.out;
out.println(str); out.flush();
else {
dumpln = function () {} /* no suitable function */

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Firefox vs Chrome #2

Made another attempt to use Chrome 2.x and 3.x. Layout issues seems to be fixed. However there are still problems like
- Navigation back from 404 does not always work (never hit such problems in FF)
- Adding RSS to google reader is not supported

Back to FF.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Windows7. Disable hiding windows during Alt-Tab

Win7 alt-tab hides windows after few seconds timeout. To disable this behavior uncheck “Enable Aero Peek” in the performance dialog.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

FireFox vs Chrome

After trying Chrome for a week I got back to FireFox. Main problems with Chrome are
- Increased battery usage. Battery time decreases ~30% when Chrome is running. Does not happen for FF on the same sites
- Chrome renders some sites (like google reader) differently than IE / FF
- Address bar shows prompt for visited sites instead of typed sides like FF.
- In the default configuration does not allow to subscribe to RSS feeds. Shows XML dump in a window

Saturday, February 28, 2009

myDock 0.9.1051 is released

New version is available on Update includes minor fixes.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Subsclass UserControl in SilverLight

By default Expression creates custom controls derived from UserControls

partial class MyControl : UserControl

In order to derive from a different class you will have to change code in several places

Define new base class with required virtual methods. Do not make class abstract

public class MyUserControl : UserControl
public virtual void Foo() {;}

Change MyControl to use MyUserControl

partial class MyControl : UserControl
public override void Foo() {;}

Change XAML for MyControl to use

<MyUserControl x:Class="MyControl">

To make Blend happy, add following lines to AssemblyInfo.cs

// Make blend happy
using System.Windows.Markup;
[assembly: XmlnsDefinition("", "YourNamespace")]

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Better version of VS windows hiding tool

Remembers which windows were shown the last time. Source is available at

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Optimize VS workspace by hiding tool windows

Simple macro toggles all tool windows

Dim showToolWindows As Integer

Public Sub MyToggleToolWindows()

If (showToolWindows = 1) Then

showToolWindows = 0


showToolWindows = 1

End If

For Each window As Window In DTE.Windows

' Check that this is a tool window and not a document window.

If (window.Document Is Nothing) Then

' hide window.


window.Visible = showToolWindows

Catch exception As Exception

End Try

End If


End Sub

Sunday, January 11, 2009

SL unmanaged helpers on codeplex

I posted updated version of unmanaged helpers for accessing SL object model. With helpers you can write code in C++ which matches C# or jscript.

For example here is how to add an event handler to an object

CXcpDelegateT(CObject)::create(this, &CObject::OnMouseEnter));

Source code is available on

Back to basics

I spent last few month designing new UI for myDock. Test version of UI did not work very well, so I am returning back to original code.

On the good side, I mastered a process of hosting SL2.0 including managed code from unmanaged applications. See details on

1051 version will be available in few days