To RIA, or Not to RIA

I have been a little hesitant to jump into the WPF and Silverlight development camp. Mostly because I could not see the immediate advantage to the development work I was doing or planning to do. I however since reading Scott Guthrie’s Blog entries on Silverlight 2 think that I will finally be putting my feet into the water.

  1. Rich control Support
  2. Cross Browser (IE, Firefox and Safari)/Cross Platform (Windows and Mac OS)
  3. Networking Support (REST, WS*/Soap …)
  4. .Net Development Support (including LINQ)

Look here in future posts in ways I will be using Silverlight to connect into SalesLogix and provide new functionality.

Where SLX 7.2 Web Smart Parts are Shown

When adding new smart parts to a portal page it can be setup to be shown on one of the child tabs or listed as a selection item in the more tabs list box.

To ensure that the smart part is shown on a tab make sure that in the portal page smart part selection box it is listed within the 6 smart parts targeting the ‘Tab Control’ target Workspace (assuming default visible tab count).

Any Smart parts listed after the first x will automatically be added to the list box for selection on the client portal.


Ryan Farley pointed out that the value of visible tabs is configurable. More details on this are included in his comments to this Blog post.

I am Impressed

I was having a problem with VS 2008 that seemed quite strange. After playing around with it for a while to see if It was something I could fix I decided to send off an email to Microsoft. I composed and sent an email to Scott Guthrie who is one of the heads at Dev Div. I did not expect to get a reply specifically but was just venting.

No more then an hour did I get a reply from Scott, but also the letter was CC’d into dev and before the end of the day a SDET was on the phone with me trying to replicate the issues.

It looks like the issue was an anomaly as it has not occurred since and we could not reproduce it however I was most certainly  impressed by the response that I got from Scott and his team.

Move BlackBerry Tab Feature

Sage released 5.0 SP1 for Mobility not too long ago. One of my beef’s was that to reorder tabs on the BlackBerry form designer you had to basically hack into the database to alter the form XML directly. I am glad to say that in the SP this problem was addressed although in a not too discoverable way.


To move the tab select it and while still holding down the mouse button move it to the desired location. Adding a tab and removing a tab is handled through the context menu as well.

Save your changes and away you go.

It would be nice in the future to see some form of tab designer that allows the movement of many tabs or ones that are not so visible to the developer.

A Little about Me

Where to start, …

Father of 3 with a wonderful supportive wife living in Cambridge, On. Its actually great how easy my wife is with me given the software lifestyle I lead.

I work for a Company called Castle CRM out of NY City as the VP of Mobility and it makes sense from a practical point of view as I came from Sage, and before that a company called Corum out of Vaughn, On. While at Corum I was responsible for the Architecture and development of the Mobile product that was aquired by Sage in September 2006.

During my time at Corum I was able to work in many capacities, some fun, and some not so fun but in the long run I got to meet lot’s of really cool people, work with technology that I just feel natural with and bring what I think is a really cool product to market. I was also luckly enough to get to go to the UK, Australia and places in the US and train developers on mobility development with the product.

For some time I have wanted to create a Blog to have a place for my thoughts on products that I develop or consult on, and/or new technologies.

This will be the place, and I hope to keep it up frequently with new  and relevant information.


Hello World

When a developer learns a new language one of the first things they may do is write a hello world. Basically figuring out the basic structure of a program that can simply display the text ‘Hello World’ in some visible way. This post is my Hello World to word press using Windows Live Writer, testing the waters and helping me understand the limitations.

From what I can see it looks like all will work seamlessly.