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A Properly Pleasing Prism Primer - Part 2:  The Shell and Bootstrapper
Grant Anderson

A Properly Pleasing Prism Primer - Part 2: The Shell and Bootstrapper

In Part 1 of this series, I gave a quick summary of what Prism is, and when and why you would want to use it. The remaining parts of this series will address the "how" of using it. Since this series is largely an overview, I won't cover everything you can possibly do under Prism. And since Prism is designed so that the programmer can pick and choose what functionality they need, not everything I cover here will be relevant to all applications. However, the goal is that th...

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A Properly Pleasing Prism Primer - Part 1:  An Introduction
Grant Anderson

A Properly Pleasing Prism Primer - Part 1: An Introduction

The usage of design patterns is situational. Their purpose is to reduce the overall complexity of an application or to replace unfamiliar complexity with manageable equivalents. For a sufficiently simple application, however, using patterns is often overkill. Even more so if the design pattern itself isn’t familiar to the developers that will be maintaining the code. The paradoxical upshot is usage of the pattern can actually increase the complexity if the application is simple. For exa...

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The Revit API: Creating Your First Add-In
Christopher Olsen

The Revit API: Creating Your First Add-In

Lately, I've gotten reacquainted with an old friend of mine: the Revit API. Revit is an incredible piece of architectural software from Autodesk, and one of its features is the ability to expand its functionality through the use of add-ins. Revit add-in development is now one of the many services that we're able to offer here at DMC, and I'd like to celebrate that fact by sharing an article about how to get started with Revit add-in development. First of all, this article assumes ...

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6 Easy Steps to Get Started with MVC Module Development in DNN 8
August Karlstedt

6 Easy Steps to Get Started with MVC Module Development in DNN 8

In the beginning of the year, DNN (formerly DotNetNuke) was updated to support MVC modules. MVC is the latest version of ASP.NET in which the Model-View-Controller paradigm is at the core. This article won't be a look into what MVC is or a comparison with WebForms, but instead will give a quick guide into starting DNN MVC module development. While there are some guides available that give you similar information, I found it a bit difficult to get started developing MVC modules i...

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Querying the Active Directory
Christopher Olsen

Querying the Active Directory

While developing a .NET application, you may find that you need to access data that is stored in the Active Directory (AD). In these cases, if you’re not experienced with querying the AD, you may be tempted to create a copy of the data you need into a SQL database – however, this would amount to unnecessary data redundancy. Fortunately, pulling data from the AD and using it in your application is much easier than you might think, and allows you to maintain data integrity by keepin...

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Connecting Custom Applications to the Factory Floor
Jon Carson

Connecting Custom Applications to the Factory Floor

DMC has expertise in both industrial and PC-based software development. In other words, we do a great deal of projects involving PLCs; but we also write plenty of complex PC-based apps. But my personal favorites are projects that combine the two. We’re seeing them more and more. Don’t get me wrong, off the shelf solutions are great, and should be used wherever they make sense. But sometimes they don’t fit all of the requirements our customers need. Here are some examples I&r...

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Visual Studio 2015 Debugging Tips
Sam Weber

Visual Studio 2015 Debugging Tips

We had a great summer here at DMC's Chicago office. We got to watch the Air and Water Show at Belmont Harbor, go to the Circus, drink on a boat, and play some beach volleyball. However, for a .NET developer like me the real highlight of the summer was the release of Visual Studio 2015. VS2015 was released officially on July 20th, and over the past several weeks I've gotten a chance to dig into it and explore all of the great new features. This new version of Visual Studio includes many i...

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DMC Highlight Cam Project
Jesse Batsche

DMC Highlight Cam Project

For Fed Ex Day 2014 Devon, Otto, and I worked on the DMC Highlight Cam Project. The end goal of the DMC Highlight Cam project is three-fold: Have a camera mounted so that it can continually record all activity at the ping pong table (or any other place where interesting things *might* happen) Have the ability to press a single button when something AWESOME/EXCITING/FUNNY/MEMORABLE happens to capture and archive footage of that awesome event When a “highlight” is identifi...

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Abstracting an ORM to Use Multiple Backends
Jack Cosgrove

Abstracting an ORM to Use Multiple Backends

SyntaxHighlighter.all(); Object-relational mappings (ORMs) took the world by storm in the mid-aughts. Obviously there are many advantages to ORMs given their success, but there are some drawbacks. I'll explain one particular hurdle that I ran into as well as the steps I took to overcome it. A client had an existing database we needed to interact with using an ORM; this necessitated a database-first approach. Furthermore, this database's schema was mirrored in other databases with sli...

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Testing SharePoint 2010 Email Receivers - Part One
Jordan Harris

Testing SharePoint 2010 Email Receivers - Part One

If you have ever worked with SharePoint development, you may have run into a situation where it becomes necessary to test the functionality of a custom email receiver event handler on a document library. This blog will not go into detail on how to create the library programmatically (Andy Burns has a good post on that here), instead we will focus on the infrastructure necessary for testing the event handler on a development server. There are two main components that need to be present in your...

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WiX Installer Tutorial for Visual Studio
Spencer Glesmann

WiX Installer Tutorial for Visual Studio

The purpose of this tutorial is to get you started using the WiX tool set to create custom installers for Visual Studio applications.  For more thorough documentation on creating WiX installers, please see this tutorial. This tutorial uses version 3.7 of the WiX tool set and Visual Studio 2012.  

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Extracting Log Data from a Siemens PLC Using a .NET Client
Jack Cosgrove

Extracting Log Data from a Siemens PLC Using a .NET Client

I had the opportunity recently to work for a client who wanted to extract log data from a Siemens WinAC PLC using a C# .NET client. The application was archiving software that would run when another software component encountered an error. Log data was assembled from a variety of sources in the system stack, including the Siemens PLC. In order to keep the PLC's Step 7 code independent of this diagnostic logging, I used the Siemens WinAC ODK. The WinAC API exposes two interfaces, IPLC and ...

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DMC Relaunches Website
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Relaunches Website

As DMC's Marketing Coordinator, I'm proud to announce the relaunch of DMC's website. The enhanced website contains a host of new and improved features that better reflect the needs and experience of our visitors. Aiming for a more navigable and aesthetically pleasing user experience, we've employed a Metro-style (think Windows 8) layout throughout the site. Our new video library provides quick and compelling information on everything from DMC customer projects to company outin...

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Automating Siemens S7 and SiMotion Tasks Using C# .NET
Jon Carson

Automating Siemens S7 and SiMotion Tasks Using C# .NET

Siemens offers useful tools for accessing both Simatic and SiMotion projects programmatically, in the form of registered COM Type Library DLLs. These tools offer many exciting possibilities (well, it does if you're like me, and get excited by things like automating automation tools). If you have Simatic Manager installed, the following DLLs are registered with it: S7hcom_x 1.0 Type Library - The default location on my laptop is C:\Program Files (x86)\Siemens\Step7\S7BIN\S7HCOM_X.DLL) S...

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DMC Earns Microsoft Gold Partner Status in Application Development and Collaboration and Content
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Earns Microsoft Gold Partner Status in Application Development and Collaboration and Content

DMC is proud to announce that it has achieved Gold Partner status within the Microsoft Partner Network for the ninth consecutive year.  Microsoft uses Gold Status Competencies to identify top partners in specific solution areas.  DMC earned gold status this year for the Application Development (custom .NET application development) and Collaboration and Content (SharePoint solutions). DMC ranks among the top 3% of more than 64,000 Microsoft partners worldwide who have ...

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Programming Madness National Championship
Danny Budzinski

Programming Madness National Championship

Welcome to the Programming Tournament National Championship! For the sake of drama, I was going to make a Tournament Highlights blog first, but I figured that everyone was probably so overly excited that putting off the decision any longer would be inhumane. For anyone coming to the party late, I have spent the last 6 months (or 3 half-lives of Antimony Sb-124) reviewing the positives and negatives of different programming languages that I’ve worked with, pitting them head to head in a NCA...

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NI Week 2012 Wrap Up - Customizing Windows Embedded
Danny Budzinski

NI Week 2012 Wrap Up - Customizing Windows Embedded

The days have certainly flown past, and, I’m sad to say, NI Week 2012 has run its course.  The last day was shorter and leaner than the others, so unfortunately, none of the sessions really stood out to me.  I did learn a little more about TestStand and sat in on a session on Network Connection Managers that reaffirmed a lot of DMC’s decisions in developing the network messaging daemon that we use.  I also got an interesting look from JKI at a Continuous Integration im...

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NI Week 2012 - Data Acquisition Done Right - Happy .NET Day!
Danny Budzinski

NI Week 2012 - Data Acquisition Done Right - Happy .NET Day!

The third day of NI Week 2012 proved the age old adage that the third day of a conference is always the best. If you read my first NI Week post, you probably knew that this was coming, and even though there were only 2 sessions that really appealed to me today, both were focused on using NI with .NET. Anyone with a significant .NET background who has also worked with LabVIEW has probably stumbled on NI’s .NET tool, Measurement Studio. I know to some that NI providing .NET tools sounds k...

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NI Week 2012 Quick Update
Danny Budzinski

NI Week 2012 Quick Update

I know it might be hard to believe given my LabVIEW Architect status and 5+ years’ experience, but I arrived in muggy-but-nice Austin, TX this afternoon for my very first NI Week. No matter what the weather has been like in Chicago this summer, and even if Ken thinks the rooms inside are too cold to bear, it is pretty intensely HOT. Despite the fact that my cab from the airport didn’t have A/C, I’m trying to keep a positive attitude and soak in as much of the experience as I ca...

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Programming Madness - Conference Finals
Danny Budzinski

Programming Madness - Conference Finals

Admittedly this process has taken me longer than the average gestation period for a hamster, a kangaroo, and an otter all put together, but the recent popular movement for tournaments has given this blog fresh life, and also helped confirm my strengths as a local and national trendsetter.  Now that we have reached the semi-finals, a lot has already been said about our remaining contenders, C#, Python, Java, and C++.  All of these languages are strong, object-oriented platforms, capable...

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