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  • MSBUILD 3.5 Failing on Build Server

    We have a small silverlight 1.1 app we are trying to publish internally to demonstrate what we hope to incorporate into our internal tools after the 2.0 "go live" release.

    The code builds fine on my desktop ("works on my machine!") using VS2008 Professional or command line msbuild and I can use VS to publish to the webserver over a network path fine as well.

    The issue is msbuild keeps failing on the build server and I can't for the life of me figure how to fix this. CruiseControl checks out the code from source control fine but fails on the MSBUILD task. When I try and use the command line to build the solution after I RD into that box I get this error for all 4 projects in the solution:

    error MSB4057: The target "Build" does not exist in the project.
    If I remove or hard code the DefaultTargets attribute in the project tag of any project file it still fails.

    This is a server 2003 box with frameworks 2.0.50727, 3.0, and 3.5 all installed. Obviously I could install visual studio and this would go away, but I don't want to do that.

    Anybody else run into this problem and have a solution?

  • Great use of Silverlight

    I thought the excessive load time reminded me of the daunting days when corporate America discovered Flash and every site had like a 10 minute for the site to load a stupid into movie.

    Now, I know this was a sample of what can be done, but it does make me wonder if when Silverlight goes mainstream are things going to be intro-movies and long waits all over again?

    I sure hope the silverlight community does not have to start over back to the early flash days to learn "less is more" sometimes.

  • Prototyping Performance: The Cookie Monster and Windows Vista

    raymond wrote:
    
    Lloyd_Humph wrote:
    And I thought you'd gone


    Once a Niner always a Niner!



    Wait. So, I'm trapped here, now??!! Even the Marines let me eventually get back to civilian life!

  • Wife 2.0

    Mr. Treehorn treats objects like women, man.

  • Microsoft feeling the heat from flash Linux?

    After getting really interested in Mono and wanting to try out some ASP.NET on an Apache server I tried to get a LAMP stack going at my house.

    I have never managed an open-source server (I started years ago with NT and IIS4 I think?), so there was a learning curve for me. But, when  trying to go to a Linux forum I discovered the phrase "GUI" is somehow a 4 letter word.

    I can work in the command line; I PREFER NOT TO. Microsoft will never feel the heat from Linux as long as the wall of ridicule to new users is so high and I have to run around several grad students' out of date pages in order to find the applications I want to implement.

    Lack of support and documentation is in it's own a cost of entry.


  • Web Design static rulers

    Good question! I am so rarely in designer I didn't even pay attention to that, but it is a cool feature.

    I tried Phtoshop key shortcuts since they are so frequently adopted into other enviornment to no avail.


  • Visual Studio How to Videos

     I just started watching the LINQ one to check out how they were done.

    Pretty good production values! I like the slow pan in on code blocks.

  • C# array constructor & ​initializat​ion

    Compiler questions have baffled me before as well. I certainly do not have answer for you, but you are not alone.

  • VS2008 rule change on variable declaration?

    odujosh wrote:
    Yea Switch statements are evil anyways. Basically your doing a manual table look up in the example and setting temp based off the value of the switch parameter.

    I think the code would be better off if it called some data access pulled it from a source (hash table, database table, xml file, whatever) and then operate on it using a work flow. With XAML adding a branch isn't a code change. You can bring down a process push in the new XAML and bring it back up. Depending on how populaur the work flow and the eventing infrastructure you have in place you may even be able to do it in process.

    Call me a snob Smiley


    snob. Smiley

  • Cool user interfaces?

    One my favorite quotes that I always think of was from a behind the scenes interview about level design for the game Splinter Cell. The designers were talking about early on how things work. So, if opening a door is one way; it has to remain that way throughout the game.

    Whatever you decide upon (and certain KISS is the best), just remain consistant. Going to different pages should never result in unepxtec navigation behavior or placement.

    And like Joel Spolsky says in User INterface Design For Programmers; you're kind of stuck with the expected UI. Which is why every word processing program looks pretty much like Word. It kinf of sucks from a design perspective, but you just can't do something totally out of the blue. Not that it wouldn't be really cool, it's just that people will reject it.

    Good luck!!