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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. General Software
A few tips for working with XAML inside of Visual Studio 2010.
If you work with XAML day in and day out then surely you will have your own tips/tricks for working inside of Visual Studio 2010. Here are mine. I hope that you find them useful. Tip #1 When Double Clicking on a .XAML File go directly to the XAML View and collapse the Design split view. I find it annoying how the design view opens up every time you double click on a .XAML file. I like to create my UI inside of Expression Blend instead of Visual Studio. For instance, I get the following screen when ......

Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 6:05 AM

A Silverlight Developer’s look at TFS 2010 Remote Hosting.
Full Disclaimer: Since I am on the GeeksWithBlog.NET Influencer list, I was issued a free 1-year subscription to DiscountASP.NET TFS2010 remote hosting. With that said, the thoughts/opinions located below are my own. I’ve always like Team Foundation Server. The main thing that I’ve hated about it was installing/maintaining it. I’d rather spend that time learning more about things such as Silverlight/WPF/WP7. I really didn’t know what to expect as we use another source control at work and I’ve never ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:20 AM

Special thanks to everyone that helped me in 2010.
2010 has been a very good year for me and I wanted to create a list and thank everyone for what they have done for me. I also wanted to thank everyone for reading and subscribing to my blog. It is hard to believe that people actually want to read what I write. I feel like I owe a huge thanks to everyone listed below. Looking back upon 2010, I feel that I’ve grown as a developer and you are part of that reason. Sometimes we get caught up in day to day work and forget to give thanks to those that helped ......

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2010 5:56 PM

Searching for the Perfect Developer’s Laptop.
I have been in the market for a new computer for several months. I set out with a budget of around $1200. I knew up front that the machine would be used for developing applications and maybe some light gaming. I kept switching between buying a laptop or a desktop but the laptop won because: With a Laptop, I can carry it everywhere and with a desktop I can’t. I searched for about 2 weeks and narrowed it down to a list of must-have’s : i7 Processor (I wasn’t going to settle for an i5 or AMD. I wanted ......

Posted On Saturday, December 18, 2010 6:45 PM

Notes from Visual Studio Live! In Orlando November 14-17th.
I was lucky enough to attend Visual Studio Live! in Orlando on November 14th-17th. There were so many great speakers and the networking was great. I met a lot of really cool people and we talked about everything .NET (from WP7, Silverlight, C#, ASP.NET WebForms, AJAX, MVC 3.. and so forth). I took a lot of notes during all the sessions and wanted to provide it to those that could not come out. If you follow me on Twitter then you have seen most of these. Most of the authors put slides/source code ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:18 PM

Visual Studio Async CTP for the rest of us…
Today at PDC 2010, they announced Asynchronous functions in C# and VB.NET. So what exactly does that mean? I’ll give you the definition first: Asynchronous operations are methods and other function members that may have most of their execution take place after they return. In .NET the recommended pattern for asynchronous operations is for them to return a task which represents the ongoing operation and allows waiting for its eventual outcome. You completely understand right? Me neither! I have been ......

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:15 PM

Book Review: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step
Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step (click book logo to be taken to the Catalog Page) By: Laurence Moroney Publisher: Microsoft Press Pub. Date: June 30, 2010 Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7356-3887-7 Pages in Print Edition: 336 I decided to do my first review with the new Silverlight 4 Step by Step book from Microsoft Press. I have read the entire book and completed all of the exercises. I have found several errors in the book’s code, but they were not hard to figure out. Instead of writing a formal book ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 4:02 PM

Developer Journey: Testing the waters with Self-Employment.
I believe that every developer that works for someone has at least thought of becoming an Independent Developer at some point in his/her career. If I had to sum up the reason why, I’d pick these: 1. The freedom to pick the projects that you work on. 2. The ability to avoid worthless meetings. 3. Saying goodbye to incompetent co-workers. 4. Being able to do the project the ‘right’ way. (Which is typically your way - hopefully) 5. Getting the full reward for the skills you possess. I’m talking money ......

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2010 3:48 PM

The Forrest Gump guide to the new WebMatrix.
Recruit Officer: Have you given any thought to your future, son? Forrest Gump: "Thought"? Well, it appears that Microsoft has given some though to theirs with the new WebMatrix Beta. What is WebMatrix? WebMatrix gives you everything that you need to build Web sites using Windows. You download a small installer and then you can select which tools to install. I already have Expression Blend 4 and VS2010 Pro, so I’m only going to take WebMatrix and a DB (MSSQL SRV 08 R2 Express and leave defaults for ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2010 9:29 PM

Stepping outside Visual Studio IDE [Part 2 of 2] with Mono 2.6.4
Continuing part 2 of my Stepping outside the Visual Studio IDE, is the open-source Mono Project. Mono is a software platform designed to allow developers to easily create cross platform applications. Sponsored by Novell (http://www.novell.com/), Mono is an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime. A growing family of solutions and an active and enthusiastic contributing community is helping position Mono to become ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 10:24 AM

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