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Simple Navigation In Windows Phone 7
Take the Slalom Challenge at www.slalomchallenge.com! When moving to the mobile platform all applications need to be able to provide different views. Navigating around views in Windows Phone 7 is a very easy thing to do. This post will introduce you to the simplest technique for navigation in Windows Phone 7 apps. Steps: 1. Create a new Windows Phone Application project. 2. In the MainPage.xaml file copy the following xaml into the ContentGrid Grid: <StackPanel Orientation="Vertical" VerticalAlignment="Center" ......

Posted On Monday, May 17, 2010 10:35 PM

Silverlight MEF – Download On Demand
Take the Slalom Challenge at www.slalomchallenge.com! A common challenge with building complex applications in Silverlight is the initial download size of the xap file. MEF enables us to build composable applications that allows us to build complex composite applications. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a mechanism to spilt out components into different Silverlight applications in separate xap files and download the separate xap file only if needed? MEF gives us the ability to do this. This post will ......

Posted On Saturday, May 15, 2010 7:25 PM

Composing Silverlight Applications With MEF
Take the Slalom Challenge at www.slalomchallenge.com! Anyone who has written an application with complexity enough to warrant multiple controls on multiple pages/forms should understand the benefit of composite application development. That is defining your application architecture that can be separated into separate pieces each with it’s own distinct purpose that can then be “composed” together into the solution. Composition can be useful in any layer of the application, from the presentation layer, ......

Posted On Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:43 PM

Searching for context in Silverlight applications
A common behavior in business applications that have developed through the ages is for a user to be able to get information or execute commands in relation to some information/function displayed by right clicking the object in question and popping up a context menu that offers relevant options to choose. The Silverlight Toolkit April 2010 release introduced the context menu object. This can be added to other UI objects and display options for the user to choose. The menu items can be enabled or disabled ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 5, 2010 10:51 PM

Handling null values and missing object properties in Silverlight 4
Before Silverlight 4 to bind a data object to the UI and display a message associated with either a null value or if the binding path was wrong, you would need to write a Converter. In Silverlight 4 we find the addition of the markup extensions TargetNullValue and FallbackValue that allows us to display a value when a null value is found in the bound to property and display a value when the property being bound to is not found. This post will show you how to use both markup extensions. Steps: 1. ......

Posted On Monday, April 26, 2010 3:35 PM

Formatting made easy - Silverlight 4
One of the simplest tasks in business apps is displaying different types of data to be read in the format that the user expects them. In Silverlight versions until Silverlight 4 this has meant using a Converter to format data during binding. This involves writing code for the formatting of the data to bind, instead of simply defining the formatting to use for the data in question where you bind the data to the control. In Silverlight 4 we find the addition of the StringFormat markup extension that ......

Posted On Sunday, April 25, 2010 11:15 PM

Slalom Consulting San Francisco Custom Dev Challenge is live!
The Slalom Consulting San Francisco Custom Dev Challenge is live at www.slalomchallenge.com!!!!! Slalom Consulting employs world-class technical consultants who take on ground breaking projects. Please take the Slalom Custom Dev Challenge to see how you compare to the level of knowledge we look for in our technical consultants. The online quiz is focussed on General .NET at this time and will be growing to include other technical topics in the future. This application is written in C#, Silverlight ......

Posted On Monday, April 12, 2010 10:27 AM

SharePoint 2010 is great! Now what do I do?
So you have the power of SharePoint 2010 as a platform. What are you going to do now? How about build upon the power of the SharePoint product and implement solutions to business problems that are intuitive, easy to use, integrated, have a rich user experience and delivered over the web? Sounds good doesn’t it! Come to the April East Bay .NET User Group meeting and watch to me show you how easy it is to build Silverlight applications on top of SharePoint 2010 that can be quickly developed, delivered ......

Posted On Saturday, April 3, 2010 4:36 PM

Silverlight Goes Mobile!
The most exciting announcements from Mix 2010 last week for me were the release of the Windows Phone 7 Series SDK and the news that the platform utilizes Silverlight for the application development technology. From the press and exposure that the platform is being given and the experience that is promised it looks like the Windows Phone 7 Series could eventually compete with the iPhone. For me this is exciting as Silverlight can now be used to develop RIA apps, easily deployed desktop apps and mobile ......

Posted On Friday, March 26, 2010 8:16 PM

Printing in Silverlight 4 Beta - FINALLY!!!!!
A common and key requirement in business applications is the ability for the user to print the information they are using in the business application. FINALLY – Silverlight 4 Beta delivers this capability. This blog will show you how to first of all print in Silverlight 4 Beta and then how to print in a useful way! The code for this blog can be found here and is built with Silverlight 4 Beta and Visual Studio 2010 Beta. Steps: 1. Create a Silverlight application project with an ASP.NET web project ......

Posted On Thursday, December 3, 2009 9:40 PM

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