An extra $ix figures? – yes please

shutterstock_93462076A few months ago a friend of mine, Peter, asked me if I would try a fruity supplement for a week. Intrigued I said yes and happily took the small bottle of brown liquid from him.  What transpired after that was quite extraordinary. Obviously I didn’t just take the Kyäni product for a week, but from then on. I had more energy than before, better quality sleep and just felt amazing. I contacted Peter and asked him more questions about the product, which is when I found out about the business opportunities. Not only could I continue taking the range of products, but I could actually look to make some residual income from it. Couple of quick points here, I was not taking a food replacement product, and I was not on a ‘get thin quick’ scheme, nothing in my normal diet changed; I simply started to take a supplement.

There are so many people now that I have met and spoken with that have seen numerous health benefits from the Kyäni range, but it is too easy for people to just tell stories, so instead I invite you to do a couple of things…

  1. email me and I’ll send you a free sample to try for a couple of weeks.
  2. download the app to your mobile phone and watch the presentation
  3. click here and read all about it on my Kyäni website

Even if you aren’t looking to earn any extra money, the product is worth a try and you’ll energise your life.

If you are looking to create some passive income? spend a couple of minutes to download the app and review the video? there are $ix reasons to try!

Use the referral code : teamusher

Welcome to the Dark Side: Using XtraReports in Innovative Ways

ReportsIn a couple of weeks, Julian M Bucknall and I will be showing how to use DevExpress XtraReports by thinking outside the box. In a live webinar, we will create a report based on some POCO collections as well as a web service. Then we will take a look at how to bind different reports to create a final output including page numbering.  There are a number of ways to display reports depending on your project type, so it would only be fair to show off all the options.

Sometimes a data-bound report doesn’t quite fit the requirements, what should you do in that scenario?  How about pushing your data out to a Microsoft Word template? See how easy that is with the XtraRichEditControl and a couple of lines of code, and of course no demonstration would be complete without a look at SnapReporting.

Why not Join Julian and I for an hour of fun and fact finding, just click on the link below and register your details.

Then & Now

It’s been a while since my last post, but there has been so much happening. The best part of the first half of this year has been spent sharing with developers all around Australia the power of Microsoft Azure coupled with the comprehensive controls from DevExpress.  Everything from ASP.NET WebForms and MVC, to cross platform delights with DevExtreme Mobile, and don’t forget the Xamarin Form controls.

This week I will be doing a special presentation in Sydney showing how to create hybrid Azure solutions using DevExpress ASP.NET controls for administering your users, the ASPxFileManager and ASPxUploader control for adding unprecedented functionality, creating both Mobile Services and Web Apps to provide the perfect infrastructure for a cross platform mobile app with DevExtreme Mobile. Since sometimes the power of the desktop is required, we will also be taking a look at how to combine all of this with a WinForms application sporting the XtraReports suite.

In July (and September), I’ll be sharing some of these ideas with the Newcastle Dot Net User Group, so even if you can’t make the Sydney Azure Camp, there are still opportunities to see the technologies at work.

Stay tuned, July/August will be the start of the WPF series webinars, anyone with an interest in the latest technologies and future proving your desktop development skills will find this set of presentations invaluable.

….. I promise to keep up the posts

TestCafe v15.1 What’s New Webinar

The one thing I found when I was learning about libraries and frameworks was that it was much easier to watch someone use it than have to read about it. That’s also true of TestCafé, even though we’ve made it a lot easier to hit the ground running over the past couple of releases.

Join me Tuesday for a look at what has been introduced in the latest release including;

  • Automated Screenshot Capture
  • Enhanced Test Results View
  • Extensive Assertion Failure Reports
  • Fail on JavaScript Error

Click here to Register today.TestCafe

Getting Things Done

It’s no secret that I have a passion for productivity, and with that a constant quest for software that allows me to be focused and organised. Before moving to the Mac, I used to love a couple of Windows based programs, “Keep It Real” and “MLO”, the first was a system I designed back in 2005, which is still in use with the company I was working for, the latter is a great tool. The problem is, while I use Windows on my VM, it’s not always running, so I wanted an OS X interface. I’ve looked at online system, some good, some not so, and I’ve tried some ‘hybrid’ applications too, the latest was Todoist, which had a great way of helping you keep focused by using ‘Karma’ points, the more you used the system, the more points you got, attainable levels keep you aiming at becoming ‘Enlightened’.  I recently reached ‘Master’ which was an ego trip, but I still felt there was something lacking from the UI on the Mac app.


Smartsheet, Wrike & TeamworkPM are all worth a mention, but their primary interfaces are web based, and I’m sorry, (well not sorry), I am yet to find a web ui that is as rich and smooth as desktop, also some of these are designed for collaboration not so much an individual user. I’ve had varying success with some web interfaces, sometimes dragging or moving tasks around cause problems including data loss or things ending up in the wrong place.

My journey begins again, looking for the best tool.  I’m starting out by reviewing ‘Things’ and ‘OmniFocus’, both of which I have licences for. Having just finished reading some reviews and I’m still torn which I should start with.  Things certainly has a nice clean interface, but OmniFocus seems to have some extra features. One boasts better sync than the other, oh man.  Of course it is all daunting when starting from scratch, but then there is something refreshing about a clean page, things that have been hanging around and you really don’t think you will get to are able to be dropped, it’s like a spring clean for your mind and todo list.

… decision made … I will run OmniFocus for a minimum one month, along with the companion apps for iPhone and iPad. After that I’ll write a mini review (so there will be no bias towards Things.) After the month if there are any areas that I believe are weak, then a switch to Things for the same period will be made.

Who knows, maybe in that time Todoist will bring out a new slicker interface? or maybe MLO will announce a Mac version!

WPF is dead!

Thats what I was told when I announced my focus would be on WPF this year. It’s a sentiment shared by quite a few people it seems, but let’s take a look at some facts;


Some people feel that the demise of Silverlight means WPF is going the same way. I think it is important now more than ever that developers have a good grasp on the principles of WPF and a firm understanding of MVVM. Therefore I say “WPF is NOT dead”.

So what does that mean for the WinForms guy? and how do you get started with WPF? there are many questions that can be raised, and in some cases the answers raise more. But if you are anything like me, the minute you need a desktop application you reach for ‘old faithful’, the gun metal grey, proven event driven project we’ve come to love and trust.

Well friends, it’s time to move outside your and my comfort zone, it’s time to look at the next generation (yes, yes, I know it’s been around since 2006) of desktop development, it’s time to get started with WPF.

Over the next few months I’m going to be presenting a series of webinars on how to get started with WPF including; what are the benefits of using WPF?  what are the challenges?

Beginning this week with a two part primer explaining what it’s all about. Use this link to register and see what all the fuss is about!

a MUST for ASP.NET Devs…

JavaScriptIf there is one thing I have learnt in the last month, its how little I really understood about the use of JavaScript inside ASP.NET applications. Sure I could mash a <script> tag together and get something happening on the browser, but as far as best practices, lexical closures, correct use of the global stack, well, it left a lot to be desired. Thankfully I get to work with someone whom I think is a JS Guru… Mr Julian M Bucknall, esteemed CTO of DevExpress.

Next week, Julian will be presenting a short but thorough overview on what you should and should not be doing as an ASP.NET developer when it comes to JavaScript.  I would highly recommend anyone in this space to register and watch.

Julian’s blogs are available here and here.

Register / info here.