Joy and Benefits of Codefest

I have already blogged about the ways to share expertise and knowledge inside your organisation However, there is one more way. That’s something we call a codefest or hackathon. Codefest is an opportunity to work for two days on any project you like using any technology of your choice. Also, it’s a chance to work with people you don’t have on your project. This blog post is available on my company’s blog.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Information Sharing in Software Development

Where IT organisations have heterogeneous technical environments it is not always possible to know what your colleagues are working on and which challenges they are facing. This blog post will discuss various ways to share information in an IT organisation. The article was written for company’s blog where you can read it now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Code Review Is More Useful Than You Think

Recently, I came across a situation which once again proved the immense value in having code reviews. I was working on a tricky part of an application that involved substantial design work. As part of our 'Definition of Done', I had to submit my code for a peer review. The review turned out to be invaluable - after all, it's always useful to get the second pair of eyes to look at your work.

I wrote this article for my company’s blog where you can read it now.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

My Agile Journey

There can be debates whether the Agile Software Development processes have become mainstream or not, but most of the software development houses are trying to adopt the Agile practices. Yet, coming from academia or, say, a less agile environment, such practices can be misunderstood.

In this post, I am going to tell how I have become an avid agile practitioner and what has helped in that glorious journey. More...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Handling the Double-Click Event with the Visio API

I have already covered the Visio event model in one of the previous posts. Unfortunately, not every event can be handled in that easy way. For instance, the double-click event requires a totally different approach.

In order to handle the double-click on a shape you have to use ShapeSheet More...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Reading and Writing Visio Shape Information with C#

Often, you want to either to read or put some additional information regarding shapes in your diagram. For instance, you have an application for drawing a layout of your office. Obviously, every piece of equipment or furniture your have has some information, such as its name, code and any other information related to facility management. There are two ways of reading/writing such kind of information. The first one is to make use of Visio custom properties, while the second one is to store that kind of information in a database. The former is relatively simple, as it doesn’t require to have any additional layer, such as database. At the same time, the latter is more versatile, as it allows integrating Visio application with other business application by querying a database. In the tutorial we cover the first option, that is using custom properties of Visio. More...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Understanding Visio Event Model

In the previous chapters we have already seen an important Visio event, DocumentOpened, which is triggered each time you open a new diagram. However, the Visio API supports tons of other events and some of them are necessary for building sophisticated applications around Visio. Provided you have an application with an embedded Visio control and users can use the application to modify diagrams. Obviously, you want to keep track of such changes and, say, record them in a database. Visio events allows you to receive notifications every time such a change occurs. More...

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Analysing Parent-Child Relations in Visio

This is the second part of the Developing for Visio series. Today, we’ll speak about how to analyse programmatically parent-child relationships in Visio diagrams. Often, especially in block diagrams there are boxes that contain other boxes.


However, during iterating through shapes in a Visio diagram such a relationship is not preserved.More...

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Developing Applications for Visio with Visual Studio (VSTO, Windows Forms, WPF, XBAP)

This tutorial demonstrates how to extend the Visio functionality by writing an Visio add-in with VSTO, creating a standalone application with both Windows Forms and WPF, and finally by building a browse application with WPF (XBAP). More...

Monday, September 05, 2011

WPF DataGrid CheckBox Single Click Checking/Unchecking

WPF DataGrid has a very annoying behaviour of forcing users to click twice on a checkbox in order to check or uncheck it. There are a number of solutions proposing handling mouse preview events and switching a DataGrid into the edit mode manually. The problem with such solutions is that the require writing quite a lot of extra code that seems to be an overkill for such a minor, yet irritating problem. I propose a better option, to use a DataGridTemplateColumn instead of DataGridCheckBoxColumn.

Indeed, you can easily place a CheckBox inside a DataGridTemplateColumn, bind it to a corresponding property and it will be checkable/uncheckable with a single click. More...

Monday, June 13, 2011