Software Development

ProjektX – Starting steps with Entity Framework

ProjektX – Starting steps with Entity Framework

Getting through the startup headaches and EF6 looks like a really powerful tool…. Which database method? After much searching about and testing, I’ve finally settled on SQLite as the db tech or choice. This can sit as a single db file in the user’s application directory and doesn’t require any client-side db server software installed. I wrote a guide to setting this up HERE... »

ProjektX – Breakthrough finally made

ProjektX – Breakthrough finally made

Finally. After weeks of research, have finally found the best graphics solution for my new project – ProjektX!! ProjektX For a long time, I’ve been meaning to start this project. In fact, it was this project that inspired me to learn coding in the first place (and thus labour through the horror of learning batch scripting on my path to be self-taught). There were a few challenges for t... »

Getting SharpDX up and running with vb.net

Getting SharpDX up and running with vb.net

Wow. Having to take on DirectX as a hobby coder is like volunteering myself for Love Island (UK). However,  I needed a new graphic rendering solution for a new app, and winform GDI+ just wasn’t going to cut it. So after a while checking options out, finally settled on SharpDX… and got it running… with vb.net!! It’s taken me a while to get it up and running, but here’s... »

Setting up DockPanelSuite in Visual Studio via vb.net

Setting up DockPanelSuite in Visual Studio via vb.net

DockPanelSuite can allow you to incorporate dock-able and removable panels into your application’s GUI. This will give you functionality similar to Visual Studio’s GUI.. Import DockPanelSuite to your project via NuGet. Drag the DockPanel control onto your main form: Ensure IsMdiContainer is set to True: Add a new form to your project and then open up the form.designer code by navigatin... »