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Outlook Redemption (Redemption.dll) and Background Threading do not mix.

Outlook Redemption is a very nice library which allows access to many Outlook functions many of those not exposed via the Outlook object model. We are currently using Redemption in our application to add outlook appointments with reminders, pop email messages with pre-populated information, etc.

We wrapped the Redemption.dll into our own Singleton class and called it OutlookRedemption as you will see in the following code examples.

We have had a couple of situations where emailing from our application stops working or works intermittently and in both of those occurrences, the culprit was using the API in a back ground thread.

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ClickOnce Deployment – Deploying multiple versions of the same application

According to Wikipedia, ClickOnce is a Microsoft technology that enables the user base to install and run a Windows Application by clicking a link in a web page. ClickOnce is a component of Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and later and it supports deploying applications made with Windows Forms or Windows Presentation Foundation.

ClickOnce attempts to bring the ease of deployment similar to web applications to the Windows user base. ClickOnce aims to solve three common problems with conventional methods of deploying an application:

  1. The sometimes difficulty of updating a deployed application.
  2. The impact of an application on a user’s computer system.
  3. The need for administrator permission in order to install or update the application.

WPF coding mutually exclusive Check Boxes with Data Binding

Last week I was coding a View that required for me to show two ChekBox controls which were mutually exclusive in the same way that two or more RadioButton controls that belong to the same group would interact.

My problem was that one Boolean property which came from a bit column in the database needed to drive which CheckBox would be checked: “Yes” or “No”.

In this example I attempt to show how to code two mutually exclusive checkboxes while binding to the Boolean property described above:

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The Name of the Property in the Code Behind file that we are going to bind to is AddInsurance.

Here is the XAML code:

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Creating a Singleton (Instance) Class in C#

In application development there are various situations in which it makes sense to code a class in a manner that it can be created (instantiated) once and used throughout the lifetime of the application. Generally this type of class is called a Singleton object.

When creating and object, CPU cycles are used up during the:

  • Creation of the Object
  • Initialization of the Object
  • Loading of the Object, including seed data from the dB etc.

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