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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

FireFox and NTLM authentication

I am trying to use Firefox as my main browser, and one of the annoyances is that FireFox does not use NTLM authentication by default. Here are the steps to enable the NTLM authentication

  • In the address bar, navigate to about:config
  • Filter for ntlm
  • modify the value of network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris
  • enter comma separated list of URIs that require NTLM authentication in the format http://server1,http://intranet

That's all


Friday, August 24, 2007

Update to the Scott Hanselman's 2007 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows

Scott Hanselman updated his excellent tool list. For those who never saw it, I highly recommend to go through the list to see what they have been missing. For those who know about it, see what's new.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Tweaking RuleSetDialog to Resize

I've started working with Windows Workflow Rulesets to apply dynamically apply business rules to some internal processes. This involves using External RuleSet Toolset from Microsoft samples (some more on that in a later post)

One of the biggest peeves about the RuleSetDialog is its inability to resize. Viewing a complex rule in a three line window is very uncomfortable. It is, however, pretty easy to tweak the dialog and make it a lot more user friendly.

External RuleSet editor comes in source code. Open the code using Visual Studio, open the code for the RuleSetEditor form and find the editButton_Click event. What you'll may notice is that the RuleSetDialog class used derives from Dialog. Add a new function that will adjust the dialog to make it resizable.

private void TweakRuleSetDialogToResizable(RuleSetDialog ruleSetDialog) { ruleSetDialog.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.Sizable; ruleSetDialog.HelpButton = false; ruleSetDialog.MaximizeBox = true; ruleSetDialog.Controls["okCancelTableLayoutPanel"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Right | AnchorStyles.Bottom; ruleSetDialog.Controls["rulesGroupBox"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Top | AnchorStyles.Right; ruleSetDialog.Controls["ruleGroupBox"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Top | AnchorStyles.Right | AnchorStyles.Bottom; ruleSetDialog.Controls["ruleGroupBox"].Controls["thenTextBox"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Top | AnchorStyles.Right | AnchorStyles.Bottom; ruleSetDialog.Controls["ruleGroupBox"].Controls["elseLabel"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Bottom; ruleSetDialog.Controls["ruleGroupBox"].Controls["elseTextBox"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Right | AnchorStyles.Bottom; ruleSetDialog.Controls["ruleGroupBox"].Controls["conditionTextBox"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Top | AnchorStyles.Right; ruleSetDialog.Controls["rulesGroupBox"].Controls["panel1"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Left | AnchorStyles.Top | AnchorStyles.Right; ruleSetDialog.Controls["rulesGroupBox"].Controls["panel1"].Controls["chainingBehaviourComboBox"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Top | AnchorStyles.Right; ruleSetDialog.Controls["rulesGroupBox"].Controls["panel1"].Controls["chainingLabel"].Anchor = AnchorStyles.Top | AnchorStyles.Right; }

Then call the function passing the RuleSetDialog before it is display from the editButton_Click event.

RuleSetDialog ruleSetDialog = new RuleSetDialog(selectedRuleSetData.Activity, null, selectedRuleSetData.RuleSet); //Tweak the RuleSetDialog TweakRuleSetDialogToResizable(ruleSetDialog); DialogResult result = ruleSetDialog.ShowDialog();

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