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Styles for XAML (Silverlight & WPF)
This is a quick walk through of how to setup things for skinning within a XAML Application. First thing, find the App.xaml file within the WPF or Silverlight Project. Within the App.xaml file set some default styles for your controls. I set the following for a button, label, and border control for an application I am creating. Button Control <Style x:Key="ButtonStyle" TargetType="Button"> <Setter Property="FontFamily" Value="Arial" /> <Setter Property="FontWeight" Value="Bold" /> ......

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2010 5:22 PM

MIX 2010 Covert Operations Day 4
The Microsoft Azure Cloud is looking pretty solid compared to just a few months ago. The storage mechanisms in the cloud now are blobs, drives, tables, and queues. Also, not to forget, is SQL Azure. I won’t dive too much into that, as most will know what SQL Server is, and SQL Azure is pretty much just a hosted SQL Server instance. The blobs are generally geared toward holding binary type data, images and those types of things. The tables are huge key value type stores. The drives are VHD, which ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 5:56 PM

MIX 2010 Covert Operations Day 3
I rolled over to the Mandalay for breakfast. There I met a couple guys that were really excited about the new Windows 7 Phone. They, as I, are also hopeful that the phone really gets a big push and some penetration into the market. Not because we don’t like any other of the phones, but because this phone is so much better in many ways. From a developer's perspective creating applications in Windows 7 Mobile will be vastly superior in ease, capabilities, and other aspects. The architectural, existing ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2010 12:55 PM

Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework - Day 2 Part 2 of MIX 2010
I went to the session on Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework (MSAF) today while here at MIX 2010. It was a great walk through the features, ideas, and what the end goal is. Michael Scherotter did a great job of lining up the ideas, intentions, and the functional ideas behind the framework. The framework is built around the Silverlight Behaviors. If you aren't sure what behaviors are, check out these entries from Silverlight Behaviors, Silverlight 3 Drag Behavior, An Introduction ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2010 9:20 PM

MIX 2010 Covert Operations Day 2 Silverlight + Windows 7 Phone
Left the Circus Circus and headed to the geek circus at Mandalay Bay. Got in, got some breakfast, met a few more people and headed to the keynote. Upon arriving the crew I was hanging with at the event; Erik Mork, Beth Murray, and Brian Henderson and I were entertained with several other thousand geeks by the wicked yo-yoing. The first video demo of something was of Bing Maps and various aspects of Microsoft Research integrated together. Namely the pictures, put in place, on real 3d element maps ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2010 1:44 PM

MIX 2010 Covert Operations Day 1
Portland Departure - Farewell Stumptown Off I go on a plane from Portland, Oregon to Las Vegas, Nevada for the MIX 2010 Conference. Before I even boarded the plane I met Paul Gomes a Senior Software Engineer and Andrew Saylor the Director of Business Development. Both of these SoftSource Employees were en route to MIX themselves. Being stoked to already be bumping into some top tier people, I bid them adieu and headed for my seat on the plane. I boarded, and had before the boarding opted for an upgrade. ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2010 12:22 AM

Agile Manifesto, Revisited
Again, conversations give me a zillion things to write about. The recent conversation that has cropped up again is my various viewpoints of the Agile Manifesto. Not all the processes that came after the manifesto was written, but just the core manifesto itself. Just for context, here is the manifesto in all the glory. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2010 11:26 PM

Top Tier, A-Game Talent - How to Land em'
Recently the question came up from a close friend of mine, "will my PhD help me attain a higher income in the north west?" I had to tell him, that it might get him a little more, but it won't get him in the top income brackets for the occupation. Another time, a few days later, someone else asked this too. Then again, I see a job posting that requires a Bachelors Degree and some other nonsense. The job posting even states they want "A-Game" talent. I am almost shocked at how poorly part of this industry ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2010 7:28 AM

First Post

This is the beginning of a new blog, which is primarily going to be code bits and the like.  My idea behind this blog is to increase my breadth of blogging by providing a code centric blog space.  Some of these posts will be cross-posts, some of them will be code specific collations of blogs from all the other various places I post.

Basically, this is my code blog repository.  Thanks for reading.

Posted On Sunday, March 7, 2010 7:00 PM

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