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In my last post, I introduced TouchToolkit – a toolkit for developing touch-enabled applications. This is the first of a multi-part post where I will explain how TouchToolkit can help simplify the development process of multi-touch applications in Silverlight or WPF 4.0. While we can use the recorded touch interactions (I will explain the recorder module in another post), its better to have a touch-enabled device (e.g. Dell XT2) or an emulator (e.g. MultiTouchVista) to test the application. First, ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking at the SoFla PDC 2010 hosted by the Gold Coast and Miami .Net User Groups in Boca Raton, Florida on October 28th, 2010. The local PDC event will run in parallel to and will embrace some of the content covered and unveiled at the main PDC 2010 hosted in Redmond. This would be my third speaking event in a quiet busy October 2010 and my second visit as speaker to the Gold Coast .Net User’s Group for the month of October. I will be covering WebMatrix, Razor Syntax, ASP.Net ...
I am very excited to speak again at Tech Days 2010 Winnipeg! The Details are listed bellow. session title is: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Developers of Microsoft ASP.NET session day and time: Day 2 (December 8), from 2:20 – 3:25 p.m. Winnipeg. Organizations always ask, what is the difference between SharePoint Development and ASP.Net development? well, the answer is...Not MUCH! Come out and check out issues, differences and similarities between the two. Tech days is a great opportunity to ...
Visual Studio 2010 is the new and improved development tool for SharePoint 2010. Major improvements are that all the Project Templates for SharePoint 2010 are included out of the box. This means a better development experience with debugging, unit testing, TFS!!! and automated builds! As I was experimenting with the overall experience I noticed some funny things I thought I would blog about. 1) Visual Web Parts are the only option available as part of a template. This can be kind of confusing to ...
Microsoft TechDays has been rolling through Canada over the last few months, and we’re coming up to the Winnipeg stop on the tour December 7 – 8! I’m going to be presenting two sessions at this year’s event: Building Web Forms Applications Made Easier with ASP.NET 4 and New IDE and Language Features in Microsoft VS.NET 2010 Using Visual Basic and C# I also have a local flavours track submission in for telling my own development story around Windows Phone 7 (which, if you’ve been following my blog, ...
Microsoft is having a Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch right now across the USA. I attended the event in Atlanta and tweeted about it. Since the tweets, I’ve had several people ask me about it. So here goes: The unofficial Q&A to the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch. ---------------------------... What are the topics? Do you have the PowerPoint slides from the sessions? Where did ...
I love Silverlight and have written / talked about it a lot. I can’t help but notice that a lot of people are new to Silverlight or may have played with it a few times. Well this post is for you. It is a list of 15 things that I’ve discovered since I started developing for Silverlight. If you are a full-time Silverlight developer than I would hope you know most of these. I promise not to scare off anyone with talks of MVVM, Prism or MEF. 1) The line highlighted below represents the MIME type and ...
The always fun and beautiful Tallahassee Code Camp 2010 is upon us! I invite you to join me and 40+ other speakers and hundreds of our dearest friends to this live FREE event. As usual free bfast and lunch provided. And be sure to come by the after party! For more details and sing up for this free event go here: http://tallycodecamp.org The Windows Phone 7 Developer track at this event is in full force: 8:15am - 9:30am Windows Phone 7 Overview by Joe Healy 9:45am - 10:45am Intro to Silverlight Development ...
Before working with MVC, I would claim to be somewhat intimidated by JavaScript development. Not that I did not know how to use it, however I found that is was much more bug prone and harder to develop against. Having the .Net compiler was a nice safety net-I did not have to worry about variable name mismatch, typos, not to mention the .Net framework itself. In a recent ASP.Net project we used the MS AJAX update panel to implement interface changes that could easily be implemented via client side ...
Rights Locker in the Cloud These are the notes from a session at Digital Hollywood in Santa Monica. SPEAKERS Rich Berger – Sr. VP of Global Digital Strategy and Operations for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Mick Bass – VP Alliance Development – Ascent Media - http://www.ascentmedia.com/ Scott Fierstein – Sr. Director at Microsoft Jerry Brandt from Samsung Tim Dodd – VP Media and Entertainment at Neustar Brad Hunt – President of Digital Media Directions – moderator New ecosystem being built called ...
This is the second part. Part 1: BizTalk: Timeline: Development Tools. As you can see, the last version of the BizTalk 2010 shifts the platform support to new versions of the .NET, SQL Server, and Visual Studio, and finish support for the previous platform versions. High-quality picture in PDF format ...
In this Issue: Walter Ferrari, Wei-Meng Lee, Rob Eisenberg, Timmy Kokke, Joost van Schaik, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg, Jeremy Likness, and Victor Gaudioso(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight (and Sharepoint): "Silverlight and Sharepoint 2010: Getting Started" Walter Ferrari WP7: "Windows Phone 7 – Animation and Games (Part 2)" Jesse Liberty WP7 (2): "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #19: Push Notifications" Jeff Blankenburg Shoutouts: Tim Sneath has some (not messy) pumpkin-carving fun to share ...
The first-ever meeting of the St. Louis ALT.NET group will be held Wednesday night at 7PM at the offices of Professional Employment Group at 999 Executive Parkway (Suite 100) in Creve Coeur (South of Olive off of Mason Road - Here's a map). The topic will be "Introduction to NHibernate", presented by Nicholas Cloud: setting up NHibernate for data access configuring NHibernate building and mapping domain objects to a SQL Server datastore querying the domain model for data The ALT.NET community is ...
My notes from a session at Digital Hollywood in Santa Monica. SPEAKERS: John Penny – EVP Strategy and Business Development at Starz Entertainment Curt Marvis – President of Digital Media at Lionsgate John Calkins – EVP Global Digital and Commercial Innovation at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Hardie Tankersley – VP Innovation at Fox Broadcasting Company Paul Yanover – EVP and Managing Director of Disney Online Ira Rubenstein EVP Global Digital Media Group at Marvel Entertainment – Moderator In ...
I've spent time the last few month checking out much of the latest in code generation tools. Again one of the most complete and comprehensive is Iron Speed Designer - now in version 7.1. I had the good fortune to talk for about a half hour with Alan Fisher of Iron Speed and I will be adding content here in the next weeks. Hopefully I can also present some examples. Here's the lastest from their press release. For Immediate Release Iron Speed,Inc. Sephorah Green 408.228.3429 sgreen@ironspeed.com http://www.ironspeed.com ...
This is from a session at the Digital Hollywood Fall conference in Santa Monica, California. Here are my notes from the session. Speakers Simon Morris – CMO LOVEFiLM (Netflix for Europe) Matt Milne – Divx recently acquired by Sonic Solutions (Roxio Now) Jeff Schultz – SVP Business Development, Clicker Michael Alexander – Strategy & Growth Initiatives at IBM Global Telecommunications Industry Jim Funk – VP Development at Roku Stuart McKechnie – Director of Strategic Marketing at Zoran Amy Hoffman ...
Hi All, I have been crazy busy in the last while, I am hoping that now I will be able to blog about all the things I have been busy with and have the community benefit from the projects and experiences I have had over the last while. Stay tunned for a bulk of Blog posts in the next month!!! I wanted to let everyone know that I will be speaking at the Winnipeg User Group Event on Oct 25 2010. Here is a copy of the abstract. Everyone is welcomed, please help pass on the word and let anyone you think ...
For those interested in reading about Agile, here are some excellent titles mentioned during the five days of The Art of Agile Training taught by James Shore and Diana Larsen. Please leave a comment if I missed any! The Art of Agile Development by James Shore Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen Large Scale Agile by James Shore (online) Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams by Jutta Eckstein Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations by Robert Austin Phased Releases ...
Chris Nicola left this excellent comment on Justin Etheredge’s blog: Even with a competitive way to do SSJS [(server-side JavaScript)] on the Windows platform, I just have to ask... why would anyone? Server-side JavaScript means that the server portion of a web application is written in JavaScript. Personally, I believe that server-side JavaScript will be the next big advance in web development. If I were Microsoft I would be looking to hit a touchdown out of the ball park with server-side JavaScript, ...
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Content Reinvention with the Next Generation of Tables, eReaders, and Mobile Devices My notes from this session at Digital Hollywood: Speakers: Sarah Lumbard – Sr. Director, Product Strategy and Development / NPR Digital Media Bill Jensen – Director of New Media / Village Voice Media Mark Ghuneim – CEO / Wiredset Lee Shirani - Google Richard Gingras – CEO / Salon Russell P. Reeder – CEO / LibreDigital – Moderator How to get content to audiences to successfully using these new devices. That is what ...
In this session: Rob Hummel – CEO, Prime Focus Seth Shapiro – Principal, New Amsterdam Media LLC Warren Littlefield – Former President of CBS Entertainment Lisa Farries – Founder of CMO, Inc. Kris Brown – VP, Warner Home Video Moderator– Larry Gerbrandt – Principal, Media Valuation Partners Here are my notes from this session. I may not call out who says what here, but it is all from the panelists listed above. We are spending a lot of time of the 3D convergence. We have been so focused on the money ...
Purchase at Amazon I wanted to talk for a minute about the author, Victor Gaudioso. I met Victor on Twitter earlier this year and ever since meeting him, I’ve seen how involved he is in the Silverlight/Blend community. He has always been willing to help or share knowledge of Blend with anyone – including me. I recently read a blog post about someone that went to one of his book signings and did not win anything. Victor found out that this person was disappointed and sent him a free year subscription ...
What an ending. I've just finished the most interactive training class I've ever taken. I spent much of the last two days on a real Agile team producing a real product in 90-minute iterations. In a word, it was intense. It's ingenious to dangle the responsibility for shipping working code in front of programmers during a training class. It really made the content exceedingly relevant. After four iterations we shipped a working Java console game that was demonstrated to the class. And I ended up on ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking on MVVM at the Ft Lauderdale ArcSig on October 19th, 2010. We will be covering the concepts and architectural patterns behind MVVM then move to discuss the MVVM-friendly features of WPF/Silverlight including XAML, Dependency Properties, Attached Properties and Behaviors. We will also take a look at some of the available MVVM Frameworks that can help quickly create the necessary structure and setup for an MVVM project including Prism, Caliburn Micro and MVVM Light. ...
Light up your Silverlight skills with the all-new Global Silverlight Firestarter! What is the Silverlight Firestarter? An Event: A one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie Training: New self-paced labs and walk through videos Interactive: Got questions? Get your answers! Watch live and ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. Why Silverlight? Silverlight is Microsoft’s strategic development platform for building interactive applications across ...
For the second year in a row, my employer Protegra entrusted myself and my colleague Ryan Caliguiri to put on the Software Development and Evolution Conference here in Winnipeg. Last year we did a one day event with 15 sessions featuring mainly Protegra presenters. This year we expanded it to two days, 24 sessions, and brought in speakers from various companies and from out of town. And from the surveys we collected, this was another hugely successful conference! A big thanks to the presenters for ...
Agile is one of those super buzzwords that everyone knows. The problem starts when you ask people what it means. It seems that the more people I ask, the more answers I get. One of my standard interview questions is, what development process do you use where you are today? I am always frustrated when they say, we “do” agile. My canned response is “What does that mean?” Very few developers can answer that question. I get the standard, “we have daily meetings and we don’t do requirements.” That hardly ...
After I posted my last blog post, Ralph Squillace responded with a link that everyone that is doing OData/WP7 development should be aware of. 2 days before I posted my Data/WP7 post, Microsoft's Mike Flasco posted this regarding the changes that are coming in the RTM version of the Windows Phone 7 library. The current WP7 phone platform is missing some core types, types that data service client LINQ provider requires to function properly. The CTP that is currently available (and which my example ...
IMPORTANT: Before reading this post open this link and let it play. This is my response to the 2nd Developer Blog Banter. The question asked is How do you organise your tests. Do you separate your unit tests, integration tests and UI tests into separate projects? Do you do anything specific to keep track of your tests? What naming conventions do you use? Do you run them before a check in or is that what the build server is for? The first developer blog banter was about technology stack. I organise ...
Light up your Silverlight skills with the all-new Global Silverlight Firestarter! December 2, 2010 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm pacific time — It's completely free! What is the Silverlight Firestarter? An Event. A one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie. Training. New self-paced labs and walk through videos. Interactive. Watch live and ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. Why Silverlight? Silverlight is a powerful development platform for creating ...
This is Part 1. Part 2: BizTalk: Timeline: Platform Support Now it is the timeline of the development tools only. It is a little bit "unofficial". For example, I included the ESB but not RFID. Versions 2000 and 2002 are not covered , there only placeholders. Mainly because since the 2004 version it is completely new product from many points of view, including the developer's point of view. It is interesting, the main tools: the Schema Editor, Mapper, Orchestration Editor, Pipeline Editor were not ...
Over the past few years, I have watched developers go to conferences and be filled with excitement over agile development. We love the thought of the rapid changes and better feedback. We get into the buzzwords like Scrum, and Kanban, and the term Burndown list excites every developer’s inner pyromaniac. Then, we take all that excitement back to our day to day lives and quickly find out that we are not in a position to change the process that is in place. Developers talk to me all the time about ...
In the past few weeks, I have not been the most prolific blogger. In fact, I have been so busy with work and book writing that it feels like the past few months have been a very concentrated whirlwind of activities. However, the good news is that I will get a welcomed respite very soon, and am very excited to resume blogging on a regular basis. And believe me, I have tons of content on Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 development, Expression Blend, integration, developer-designer workflow, MVVM and other ...
Day two of The Art of Agile Training (taught by James Shore and Diana Larsen) has finished. This was a really enjoyable day for me, as it brought together a variety of concepts that had been disjointed in my brain for a long time. My primary disconnect had been: What ties customer value (say, in a Market Requirements Document) to Agile stories? How can stories be measured to show whether customer requirements are being met? And lastly, how can the stories that teams are completing indicate how close ...
I posted just the other day about some intricacies with the Windows Phone marketplace. I got some intel that the info that was available was outdated and that the program had changed, but nothing official was available online yet. Well, now its official, and the changes are definitely developer friendly! Instead of it being just a phone marketplace, Microsoft has combined the Windows Phone and XBOX Live development programs under one program. Registering for the App Hub allows you to submit for both ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Viktor Larsson, Peter Brady, Colin Eberhardt, Jeremy Likness, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Quick Fix for Silverlight HyperlinkButton Rendering" Peter Brady WP7: "iPhone to Windows Phone 7 – XNA, Animation and Games" Jesse Liberty Blend: "Expression blend 4 Add-in for access to a Silverlight XAML source code 4 project" Martin Krüger Shoutouts: My buddy András Velvárt posted a link to one of his company's latest creations... a ...
I just read again the book of F. P. Brooks , “The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering”, and can’t avoid create relations between his thinking and Scrum, specifically with the development of the Sprints. A sprint produces a visible, usable, deliverable product that implements one or more user interactions with the system. The key idea behind each sprint is to deliver valuable functionality. Each product increment builds on previous increments. The goal is to complete tasks by the sprint’s ...
Just a quick tip: in case you are trying to register your windows phone 7 as a developer phone (so that you can deploy your app on it and debug directly on the device from Visual Studio 2010) and get the "Error communicating with the developer portal 0x64" error you might want to check that the regional settings for the Windows Live ID you're using are the same as the regional settings of your development machine where you're running the registration tool. In my case the Windows Live ID was set to ...
I'm currently taking The Art of Agile Training by James Shore and Diana Larsen offered by the Oregon Training Network. Rob Myers is helping out, too. I'm suffering from a bit of information overload and mild exhaustion. Day one discussed how to use predictable, repeatable iterations as a method for completing work. We had a stand-up meeting comprised of 20 people that lasted only 7 minutes. There were plenty of collaborative exercises, and interestingly these generated a large number of unanticipated ...
In this post I will talk about a new script I wrote to save PowerShell ISE files to a versioned SharePoint document library as well as a side project I created on CodePlex to host this code and future releases. Background Recently I began listening to the PowerScripting Podcast and I’m slowly catching up on old podcasts. On episodes 121 and 122 (most recent ones I’ve listened to as of this writing) Hal and Jonathan talked about an idea that piqued my interest immediately: using SharePoint as a script ...
With the upcoming announcements around Windows Phone 7, I thought now would be a good time to dive into the platform and see what its all about. For those thinking that writing apps for the WP7 platform would be like writing apps for any other platform, prepare for a reality check (unless you’ve written XNA apps for the XBOX Live marketplace…I’m assuming the process is somewhat similar). A key aspect of the WP7 experience is the Marketplace – a Microsoft controlled gateway to getting your mobile ...
If you have children and want them to learn programming at an early age (recommended age is between 10 and 16), you should check out Microsoft Small Basic, which combines a simple language and a rich set of libraries together with a friendly development environment. The Small Basic language draws its inspiration for an early version of BASIC but it is actually based on the .NET Framework. Like the early variants of BASIC it is based on, Small Basic is imperative and doesn't use or expose beginners ...
I received (by chance, mostly) a Netduino last tuesday. Netduino is an open-source hardware project based on Arduino and the .Net Micro Framework. And it’s extremely cool. I’m a C# developer and I was always interested in electronics. This is an excellent tool to start to understand that incredible world. I was about to buy an Arduino when the Netduino fell on my lap, so I was really happy about it. Netduino has various disadvantages over Arduino (for starters, it’s more expensive, not all the shields ...
Regular readers may have noticed that my blogging activity has slowed down considerably. I’m hoping to pick back up and start posting more soon, but until then I wanted to make sure everyone knows that I am still active…there have been other things that have been consuming my time. First, my Sams Teach Yourself Visual C# 2010 in 24 Hours book came out, officially on the shelves in August although content was complete in late February. Shortly after the book came out, I started working on an article ...
It has been over a year since the last time I updated my list of Florida technical communities and a lot has changed since then. Joe Healy, our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelist, maintains a list for each of the main areas in Florida, but this only covers the .NET-focused groups. Taking what he has started, I have put together a similar list (based on the information Joe maintains) that covers the other technical communities that I know of. If you are part of a technical user group community ...
I was looking for a simple way to schedule a job to perform a nightly backup of the production system and restore it to a dev system. I know there are many ways of achieving my goal and I am sure my solution will be frowned upon by some (if not all J) but it works for me so I thought I would share my experience with others. For my scenario the requirement was quite straightforward. Backup a single 5GB database then restore to an existing dev system (over writing the existing dev system). This article ...
In this post I'll begin to talk about getting a build process up and going. I'll cover at a high level a build process that I think works for small to medium size teams, talking about some steps you might want your build process to go through. In the next post I will walk through an implementation of a build process using CCNet/MBUnit/FxCop/StyleCop... Below you will see a diagram that puts the build process in perspective to how the Development, QA and CM groups might work together. Don't ...
In this Issue: Khawar Yunus, Ning Zhang(-2-), blender, Michael Crump, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Animation Class Diagram" Ning Zhang WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Design Templates" blender Shoutouts: The McObject folks have posted an update to Perst, including very nice pricing for WP7 folks: McObject’s New Perst Embedded Database Licensing Promotes Silverlight & Windows Phone 7 Development A short list today because I need to post a couple of these and I need ...
Recently I have been reading about how some companies offer services that would provide you with Team Foundation Server capabilities in the cloud. When we talk about cloud (and it seems everybody is doing it), we need to differentiate between the services running and also the type of service we (as a company or individual) will be running. We can talk about 2 potential possibilities for TFS that would be effective, but each is different in its own way: SaaS: Software as a service, ideal scenario ...