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In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Paul Patterson, Beth Massi(-2-), Derik Whittaker, Dinesh Sodani, jbaird, priozersk, Kyle McClellan(-2-), Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, and Matthias Shapiro. Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra amazingly enough has the latest Silverlight already in Silverlight Spy 3.0.0.13 ... get the download SilverLaw has a cool Silverlight game up: SilvAir Strike - A Silverlight 4 Game The Silverlight Team Blog posted this article: The Future of Silverlight Peter Torr posted his Sample code ...
In this Issue: Benjamin Gavin, Haruhiro Isowa, Scott Fletcher, Georgi Atanasov, Timmy Kokke, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Anoop Madhusudanan, Mike James, Beat Kiener, Rudi Grobler, Lightswitch Tutorial, Jeff Brand, Manfred Pohler, Indrajit, Levente Mihály, and Erik Klimczak. Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test [2] Michael S. Scherotter posted BALL Watch Silverlight Contest Winners Announced ... and wow... do those look great!! ... congratulations everyone! Max Paulousky ...
Update 1 (Sept. 17, 2010): While the part below about using SLSvcUtil.exe to generate the service reference undoubtedly still works, it is no longer necessary. The RTM version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools now properly supports right-clicking on your game project's "References" item in the Solution Explorer and adding a Service Reference that way. ChannelFactory and related methods remain unsupported. For more details see http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... (Networking ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro In this tutorial about the Silverlight PivotViewer control I would like to explain how to make use of Custom Actions. Small labels are placed on top of items in the viewer and clicking them will trigger an event. --> The only downside of these actions is that they aren’t fully implemented. ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Erik Klimczak(-2-), Kevin Marshall, Mike Ormond, Chris Anderson, Derik Whittaker, Michael Crump, Peter Torr(-2-), Ryan Alford, Amyo Kabir, and Kunal Chowdhury. Shoutout: Emiel Jongerius announced he has Update postings on Datagrid for a couple of his recent posts. From SilverlightCream.com: A DotNetNuke Silverlight Expense Report Module Michael Washington is back on ViewModel code, and also DNN with this end-to-end expense report module sporting Silverlight inside ...
My own very recent personal experience mirrors this blog post: Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age So what do I do to deal with that? Looking at Vivek’s advice, item number 1 is to move into management … yikes… I firmly believe that if someone thought I had the chops to be a manager it would have happened 20 years ago… nobody wants to make me a boss, trust me :) besides which, I like coding! Item 2 sucks… and goes totally against the American Dream of continually moving up… expect to ...
In this Issue: Benjamin Gavin, Richard Waddell, Kunal Chowdhury, Chris Koenig, Timmy Kokke, cherylws, David Anson, Jeremy Likness, David Kelley, Andy Beaulieu, and Walt Ritscher. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight TreeView Case Study - FAQ Maintenance - Part 1 Benjamin Gavin is pulling together the posts he's recently done and producing an updatable FAQ file app -- something I find useful -- and this is part 1 ... good stuff! Extending Central Silverlight Business Rules to Client and Server Side ...
I watched John Papa’s Silverlight TV Ep 42: Apply and Customize the new Silverlight Themes this morning and decided to try it out. I felt that the documentation for getting started was sparse, so I decided to write my own to help the community. First, what is is and why do I care? The themes are designed to provide a navigation template for a Silverlight Business Application. If you are not a designer then chances are you are not going to make something this pretty. =) First, you should download ...
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PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro Today I would like to go into a little detail about the events used in the PivotViewer control for Silverlight. If you haven’t worked with the PivotViewer yet you might want to read the getting started tutorial I wrote earlier first. CollectionLoadingCompleted The CollectionLoadingCompleted ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Beth Massi, Simon Jackson, Rob Miles, Pete Brown(-2-), Senthil Kumar, Don Burnett(-2-), and Brian Noyes. From SilverlightCream.com: Apply and Customize the New Silverlight Themes Tsitsi Gora joins John Papa on the latest Silverlight TV to discuss the new Silverlight themes -- did you know about them? -- how about tips on customizing them from one of the devs?? cool stuff. Visual Studio LightSwitch How Do I Videos 5 Lightswitch training videos from Beth Massi ... and more ...
I’m not pretty sure how many users are using the standard SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 2008 R2 to manage your SQL Azure database. I was one of them until I found the Houston project provided by Microsoft in its SQL Azure Labs. SQL Azure Labs is a place where we can try the latest CTP features of the SQL Azure. They might not be included in the production SQL Azure but I think most of them will be launched in the future. So it’s a good place for us to play with the newest stuff of SQL Azure. ...
I noticed a lot of confusion around flashing text in Silverlight 4/WPF and wanted to show you a simple way to pull it off using Blend 4. I’ve seen plenty of examples of people using code-behind to accomplish this, but this should really be handled in the View or the .XAML file (if you are not familiar using the term View from the MVVM pattern). If you can get a grasp of Storyboard’s and Behaviors, you can do a lot of things similar to this without cluttering your code-behind files. Full XAML is provided ...
In this Issue: Phil Middlemiss Justin Angel, Kunal Chowdhury, Emiel Jongerius, Microsoft, Channel 9, András Velvárt, Timmy Kokke, Microsoft Expression Blog, Jesse Liberty, and Jeremy Likness. Shoutouts: Jeff Weber announced Farseer Physics Engine 3.0 RELEASED, has a link to it and information about it. Jesse Liberty has posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test – Part 1 Chris Koenig announced Sharing the Light – Silverlight Development with Expression Blend... DFW Silverlight training with Victor ...
this year I had the pleasure of cramming the following information into my lobes: Book: Schuams Graph Theory - http://www.amazon.com/Schau... - a subset of combinatorics. From my perspective, just use linear algebra - you can bash anything into vectors. some interesting stuff on platonic solids and the 3 color world map. SD - shortest distance SP - shortest path bipartite graph - 2 disjoint sets ...
After scrapping the Workflow API and starting from scratch with v 4.0 , youd think they would have built the ultimate abstraction, but no - heres my gripes: · Parallel is not parallel, just allows AsyncCodeActivity instances to asynchronously call code and receive callbacks (via BeginExecute and EndExecute) · Non recursive · VB expressions - blah · For Imperative activity definition value assignment to be evaluated during execution (instead of definition) - requires a string representation of code ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Michael Washington, Kevin Dockx, Alex van Beek, and Alex Golesh. Sorry for being silent, but dealing with an imploding contract and training my replacement is sucking the energy out of me. Here is a Submittal only post... From SilverlightCream.com: Postponing actions Emiel Jongerius has a new post up on a utility class that can be used to limit the calls to internal synchronization methods of objects... think DeferRefresh. Dynamically Loading Silverlight Video Players ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro In this next tutorial about the Silverlight PivotViewer control I would like to give a little more depth on Facets. What are facets, and how are they used in runtime generation of collections using the PivotServerTools library. This tutorial continues on techniques from last tutorial ...
You’ve heard good things about Visual Studio 2010 but you still need to answer the question “What’s in it for me?” You need to justify the cost the new software as well as the not insignificant cost of migration. The Entity Framework is a powerful tool for creating a conceptual model of your data store and abstract away the details of data access. Exposing these conceptual entities over the wire to client applications mean one of two things: ADO.NET Data Services (now called WCF Data Services) or ...
In no particular order, here are the technologies with which I wish to dabble/learn/master. Silverlight Windows Phone 7 Windows Embedded (in a strictly hobbyist, build your own pet dog, approach) MEF Rx (Reactive Extensions) Parallel Programming Web Design (my skills are way out of date, like the HTML 5 spec!) Though I have never been diagnosed with anything, I suffer from an incessent lack of focus. Call it what you will... ADD, ADHD, Shiny Key Syndrome... it sucks. It makes an evening that could ...
In this Issue: Rénald Nollet, Michael Washington, Mingfei Yan, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Roger Peters, Rob Eisenberg, and Microsoft. From SilverlightCream.com: Use the ASP.NET Authentication Service with Windows Phone 7 Rénald Nollet has a cool post up combining the ASP.NET Security Service with WP7... this was getting a lot of play on twitter last night... Printing With LightSwitch Michael Washington's latest Lightswitch post is a tutorial on printing from Lightswitch culminating in a very professional-looking ...
Thanks to all of you who attended my session at STL Day of Dotnet. Hopefully you found it useful. You may find a copy of my presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/k... I hope to create some follow up blog entries on this topic but in the meantime, you may download the sample project here I have also included the script I used to build the demo. New Project - Silverlight Business Application AdventureWorksHR @ C:\Code Projects\DayOfDotNet2010\ Build and Run. ...
Anyone who has read the Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements (PDF) knows that a WP7 game can never be more than two taps of the Back button away from quitting the game. In XNA this is easy since the Game class provides a method called Exit that can be called with relative ease. In Silverlight nothing quite so easy exists. One clever hack that’s been making the rounds is to create a new instance of the XNA Game class and call its Exit method. However this solution, clever though ...
This past Wednesday, Beta 1 of Visual Studio LightSwitch (VSLS) was be made available to MSDN Subscribers. On Monday, it will be made available to the general public, at http://www.msdn.com/lightsw... Even in advance of Monday, that site is already making useful content available. Specifically, a Channel 9 video called “Visual Studio LightSwitch - Beyond The Basics” is well worth the viewing time. In it, Beth Massi (Program Manager on the Visual Studio Community Team) interviews Joe Binder (a Program ...
Let me start by saying, I love looking at other people’s code. I have learned so much by reading code that I would put that in a top 5 list of things every programmer should do. If it wasn’t for tools like .NET Reflector or Snoop then I would have missed reading a lot of great code. I started working in Silverlight a few months ago and wanted a utility to browse the tree nodes like Snoop does for WPF. I found several solutions but wasn’t happy until I stumbled upon Silverlight Spy 3 by First Floor ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Timmy Kokke(-2-), Jeremy Likness, Chris Koenig, Rob Miles(-2-), Bob Caswell, and Alex Yakhnin(-2-). Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth adds a video to go along with his last post Developing for the Windows Phone 7 - Part 4: Tombstoning Scott Hanselman talks to Jeff Wilcox about WP7 performance: Hanselminutes Podcast 228 - Performance of Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 Indrajit AKA indifromoz is keeping a page of WP7 resources you may want to bookmark: Windows Phone 7 Resources ...
Well... I should have known better than to try to interview for a new job, but it was a Windows Phone gig... and could have been a career-extender. Not to even think about the crap that's going on at work right now, this would be a sweet deal. But... I don't interview well. I've proved that to myself and others multiple times. I work on .NET 2.0 web database software connected to Oracle, Oracle Stored Procs, and Microsoft Access 8 or 9 hours a day. The stuff's not tricky by any means, it's mostly ...
Finished my session on Asynchronous Adventures in Silverlight an hour ago, and I'm putting up the presentation files. The session is Asynchronous Adventures in Silverlight. Since there are enough sessions about developing XAML, WPF and Silverlight, I've decided to do a session that emphasized the asynchronous nature of most operations that is the default mode of operations in Silverlight. The session talks about the asynchronous pattern used and how widespread it is, discuss about some pitfalls, ...
This is going to be more of a high-level post. But it’s important, especially for my fellow XBLIG developers who are now targeting WP7, since it highlights some things you need to really think about before writing your game (or while porting it). In order to provide a great user experience, all programs (games and apps alike) must display their first screen within 5 seconds of launch and must accept user input within 20 seconds of launch. (See: Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements ...
One of the major peeves that Silverlight developers had in its earlier versions was the lack of printing support. Printing is an essential feature of many applications and more so in the case of LOB applications. Hence, when Silverlight 4 was released with a full featured Printing API, developers welcomed it with open arms. What’s included in the printing API: The System.Windows.Printing namespace This namespace provides printing services for a Silverlight application through its various classes. ...
In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Shawn Wildermuth, Gergely Orosz, Chris Koenig, Tim Heuer(-2-), Tim Greenfield, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Shawn Oster, and John Papa. Shoutouts: Telerik has announced The Telerik Eastern Canada User Group Tour is Coming... ... check out the cities and don't miss it! Erik Mork and company have my buddy Walt Ritscher on this week: Show 103: Windows Phone 7 Development Hardware with Walt Ritscher From SilverlightCream.com: WP7: Screen Considerations for Developers Anton Polimenov ...
[ A shameless repost of Joe Healy’s blog post ] Windows Phone Garage and FireStarter - East Coast Tour Fall 2010 Dream It. Build It. The power to build smart, visually stunning games and applications is right in your hands with Windows Phone 7. Want to see what's under the hood? You are invited to join your local Microsoft Developer Evangelists for an inside look at the Windows Phone 7 platform. You'll learn how to harness the strength of Silverlight and XNA to create compelling user experiences ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Rui Marinho, Johnny Tordgeman, and Colin Eberhardt. Shoutout: Arnie Rowland has a very worthy effort going on: Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes ... ... read it and if you need the support, give it a shot. Bart Czernicki has a fun announcement: Announcing my new book: Silverlight 4 Business Intelligence Software In this all-submittal Issue -- From SilverlightCream.com: Synchronizing group row headers with column headers in Silverlight DataGrid Did you know you can ...
On Tuesday August 18th, the first publicly available beta for the Microsoft Lightswitch development tool was posted on MSDN. For more information about this Silverlight application generator addition to Visual Studio 2010 visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Because it is still a beta I installed the 500mb ISO on a Windows 7 virtual pc VM which already had Visual Studio 2010. I had not spun up this VM for over 4 months so there were LOTS of updates to apply first. Although ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Brian Noyes, Rudi Grobler, Benjamin Gavin, Walter Ferrari, Shawn Wildermuth, Jeff Wilcox(-2-), David Anson, Jeremy Likness, and Manuel Felício. Shoutout: Cigdem Patlak announced a SilverlightShow Webinar: Data binding in action by Gill Cleeren... check out Cigdem's post and sign up... it's tomorrow, August 19th! Shawn Wildermuth shares What I learned about Windows Phone 7 from Android From SilverlightCream.com: The First Hour With Lightswitch –BETA- Curious about ...
I came across this by accident the other day and thought it was really neat. So I wanted to share it to help karma balance my last post (more on that at the end). As I’m sure you know, Silverlight apps install automatically in the application menu. For XNA games, you need to use this handy workaround. Once you do, after you’ve deployed your app or game, it stays installed for the duration of the emulator session. “Yes, yes, we all know that,” you say. Ah, but did you know you could tile your app? ...
Update 2: Excellent news! The $99 per app was wrong. See: http://windowsteamblog.com/... Thank you, Fred! Update 1: It's possible that somebody who didn't read closely looked at the old WM 6.X app cert docs, saw the $99 per app fee there, and thought it applied to WP7. I know people who "know people" and are investigating it. I'm very hopeful it's a mistake - see the end of my next post for how someone might ...
For my first “real” attempt at creating a business application using Silverlight I decided to use WCF RIA Services, Silverlight 4.0, and Visual Studio.NET 2010. What easier way to get started than through a template provided by VS.NET 2010, right? Well, in its effort to make it easier it also create some headaches. Sometimes abstraction can add a learning curve as well. In this case it created some headache for me on this project. As an IT consultant for small to enterprise level business most of ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro Today I would like to show you how you can consume web services in the PivotViewer control for Silverlight and build a collection at runtime. This tutorial is based on examples found on www.getpivot.com and the getting started tutorial I posted earlier this week. This tutorial used ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro If you haven’t had a chance to look at the new PivotViewer control for Silverlight, have a look here or here. The PivotViewer enables visitor of you website to search large amounts of data very easily. The control takes a lot work out of your hands. Basically you tell it to load ...
Wow its already another Monday and that means its time for the Postback report and a quick overview of some of the things I did this past week. I started playing around with some App ideas and using some sample data and binding with Silverlight for a WP7 app with Expression Blend. I’m having a blast and learning as well. Whistle while you work On the work side of things and where I earn a daily living… we’ve finally launched our first site using Sitefinity, so its time for me to move onto the next ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Michael Crump, Don Burnett, John Papa, Jeremy Alles, Rob Miles(-2-), and David Gadd. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Open File Dialog Behavior (MVVM) Michael Washington has a cool post up on building a Behavior in Blend to produce an Open File Dialog. “Fade in” Screen in Silverlight 4 Michael Crump responds to some questions about a 'fade-in' screen effect built with Expression Blend, and has a tutorial up on that and a demo page. Windows Phone Design Days ...
I am proud to announce that, with one week to go, the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 is almost upon us. I have been pretty swamped with Day of .NET organization tasks this year (as well as growing a small business and building out my own development team) and haven’t spent too much time blogging. That said, I wanted to get this post out to share some great news about the conference. For those of you who don’t know much about the conference, it is called the St. Louis Day of .NET 2010 conference and will ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Alex Yakhnin(-2-), Vikram Pendse, Kunal Chowdhury, Braulio Diez, Antoni Dol, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Tim Heuer, and Jeff Wilcox. Shoutout: Erik Mork & Co. have their latest podcast up: Show 102: Windows Phone 7 Development Heats Up Einar Ingebrigtsen has a demo before and after of Balder - vertex colors From SilverlightCream.com: A Simple DataGrid Delete Button Using View Model / MVVM Michael Washington has another post up discussing the DataGrid Delete Button, ...
I’ve had a couple request to create a fade in screen using Silverlight/Expression Blend 4 and decided that I would add it to my blog. The whole point of this application, is to present information to the user and once they click on the screen for it to appear in the background. This could be used in numerous ways for a business application. (click to shop, click for more info, etc). Before diving into this, I did not want multiple XAML pages and chain them together. I wanted to use some of the built ...
I’d say this one of the coolest offerings for most Businesses and their Developers these days from Microsoft. Coming from a Dev Shop that uses a lot of Microsoft Products on a daily basis, its nice to have access to this vast collection of their Software & Tools over the course of a given year, through the Microsoft Developer Network. But it doesn’t stop with just their Software Catalog on MSDN. In a lot of cases you also gain access to try out even much more than just their Software. How about ...
Technorati Tags: .NET,C#,Jon Skeet I'm really looking forward to the second edition of Jon Skeet's C# in Depth book, which should be printed in September. I took advantage of this "SkeetTweet" from yesterday: 45% off C# in Depth 2nd edition (http://manning.com/skeet2) - use coupon msa1145 at checkout. Valid until August 17th. …to pre-order the printed book, plus "Manning Early Access Program" access to PDFs of chapters from the work-in-progress, plus a PDF copy of the complete first edition, all ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Mickael Chambaud, Colin Eberhardt, Jeff Wilcox, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Karsten Januszewski, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), and Tim Heuer. Shoutout: David Anson posted his Updated collection of great Silverlight/WPF/Windows Phone Data Visualization resources! From SilverlightCream.com: Using the “Hisowa Simple PopUp Behavior” in a DataGrid Michael Washington has a tutorial up showing how to use the "Hisowa simple popup Behavior" that he assisted on getting to codeproject ...

Second part of this series, it combineas text and short videos... I really have fun recording some of the videos, specially the one I combined Sketchflow with Visual Studio Debugging... yeah that's Developer Rock n Roll ! :)

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In this blog and in my column, I’ve written a lot lately about new technologies from Microsoft that seek to make software development easier. Technologies like ASP.NET Web Pages, Razor and WebMatrix, Access Web Databases and Visual Studio LightSwitch. Each of these technologies, I believe, is bringing much needed accessibility to programming on the Microsoft platform. I’ve also written about Windows Phone 7 which, despite extreme skepticism in the press and analyst communities, has the potential ...