Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hi all,

Today i will review a new application called Intelligencia.

Intelligencia has two products that i would like to review
First is:

Intelligencia Olap Controls
Intelligencia Olap Controls allow you to add state of the art Olap query capability to your application

Installation experience:

Small size installation and easy to install no special requirements.

First Impression:

Don't have!!! could not connect to any of my olap servers, i guess that someone inthe product team forgot to code some minimal connection wizard
so all i could use is a poor connection string text box & couldn't connect!





Graphic User Interface:

From what i could see in the pictures in Intelligencia site
it look clean and nice to work with, is has ribbon as the menu component.

Money Worth

£599.00!!! A Lot more work should be done in order for a developer to buy such a product
in that price.

Overall Rating:


Intelligencia for Word 2007

Installation experience:

Large installation relative to a word addin,
You will need to install adomd as prerequisite prior working with the addon,
I don't really understand why they are not doing it during the installation.

First impression:

Nice add on.


Hard to connect to a data source, specially if it has user name and password.
Many problems after creating a new connection that requires name & password.

Sources like local sql server that does not require password are OK to work with
But it seems to take forever to load small amount of data from the server to word.


Nice formatting abilities, i specially liked the parameter driver documents,
the refresh data abilities which make the word document dynamic and very useful
for businesses.
Very nice feature is to be able to connect to many data sources such as Excel, access etc.

The add on is missing sharing abilities such that one can share its insights with co-workers.

Graphic User Interface:

I liked the table/pivot formatting abilities, menus are clear and simple
easy to understand.

Money Worth:

£199.50 I would probably pay this amount for this nice addon
but is surly need some QA before i would buy it, some bugs in the add on are really annoying.

Overall Rating:


Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Change Print Paper Size in c# (Pain in the neck)

Hi there,

after struggling with my code for a few hours
i finally made it .. changed the print document size in c#
its unbelievable how hard it is to find info about how to do it

Problem: Set the paper size to A4

the solution was fairly easy:

foreach (PaperSize paperSz in printDocument1.PrinterSettings.PaperSizes)
if (paperSz.PaperName.StartsWith("A4"))
printDocument1.DefaultPageSettings.PaperSize = paperSz;

Hope it will help you
Have a good one


Thursday, January 4, 2007

EZIRIZ - .Net Code Protection & license system

Hi there

Just gut across a very interesting .net application protection called "EZIRIZ"
I'm doing some research for the application I'm working on regarding code protection
and licensing models, i checked many applications all complicated to use and very expensive
(code protection around 1000$ and license component also around 1000$).

I just found out about EZIRIZ , installed the demo version
and it works great, its doing the job easily and quickly and only costs around 190$
for the whole package!

Also tried there support they answered immediately all my questions
Bottom line good product very nice GUI but need some touch here and there

from there web site:
"NET Reactor is a powerful .NET code protection & license system which assists developers in protecting their .NET software. Developers are able to protect their software in a safe and simple way now. This way developers can focus more on development than on worrying how to protect their intellectual property"

This is there website

that's it for now
sin ciao

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Google .Net Development Custom Search

hi all,

this is a .net dedicated custom search lets you search
anything you want with a context of .Net

You can find it here

c ya.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

.NETZ a great compression tool

Just gut to know a new tool for compressing my .Net dll's

"NETZ is a free open source tool that compresses and packs the Microsoft .NET Framework executable (EXE, DLL) files in order to make them smaller. Smaller executables consume less disk space and load faster because of fewer disk accesses"

I tried this tool and it compressed to 1/3 of my original project size!!!

It has some problems i still need to figure out but they are only on version 0.3.7
so there is some way to go.

Try it ...

Sin Chao

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Redmond developer news

RedDevNews.com, Web site dedicated to Microsoft development news, is now live

looked into it some nice articles not to interesting or shocking news there

but worth checking it out


Nice day you all

Monday, December 25, 2006

Here And There

This is my new blog, it will be mostly
dedicated to the world of .Net development

Hope you enjoy it.
Sin Chao