Tag | Development Posts

In this Issue: Johan Danforth, Michael S. Scherotter, Xianzhong Zhu(-2-), Michael B. McLaughlin, Mike Taulty, Michael Crump, Jobi Joy, Brad Tutterow(-2-), Roger Gullhaug, Tim Heuer, and Walter Ferrari. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight, Out-Of-Browser and Multiple Windows" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Developer Tips and Tricks" Jeff Wilcox via Tim Heuer Training: "Windows Phone Training Kit for Developers – RTM Refresh" Yochay Kiriaty Shoutouts: Available in the Microsoft Download Center: ...
I came across this problem at work that required me to make some dlls a part of the web project, so that when we would deploy the web project, these dlls would be deployed as well. These dlls could be third party dlls, and the idea was that all that needed to be done was drop these dlls in a folder called "Plugins" and it should work. Well, everything did work on our development machines just fine, except that on the build server, the dlls were not being correctly deployed to the actual website location. ...
Thanks to Scott Gu for Tweeting a link to this page. I also wanted to thank Chris Alcock for mentioning this on the Morning Brew #688. Feel free to subscribe to my feed for more articles like this one. You may also want to follow me on Twitter. Today, the final version of the Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 was released. To get started, download the final bits here. You may also want to go ahead and download the Silverlight Tools for Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for ...
I am back to my developer roots…. . After 10+ years working for Microsoft, I have decided to shake things up a bit. Don’t get wrong, MSFT is a great place to work. And I loved my various roles, especially the Developer Evangelist gig. Talking about cool dev. technology with fun people is a great way to make a living. But for the last couple of years I had strayed from my passion. Which is as a developer. I learned a lot, stayed with my hands in the tools, but I knew I wanted to get back. Then the ...
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In this Issue: Michael Washington(-2-), Brian Noyes, Michael Ossou, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Mike Taulty, Jeremy Likness, Brad Tutterow(-2-), and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Best Practices for Themes in Modular Silverlight Applications " Jeremy Likness WP7: "Being theme aware in Windows Phone 7 Silverlight apps" András Velvárt Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Student Information System" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Erik Mork & Crew have their latest podcast up: Show 106: Jetpack themes ...
IE9 Beta 1 arrived today, and it looks great. The browser wars are back on and getting heated. The IE guys have been getting very bullish about performance on their blog site. See their post from a few days ago at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/... Mozilla got beta 5 of Firefox 4 out of the door a couple of days ago and have hit back hard with various counterclaims see http://www.theregister.co.u... ...
If you have made it to this point in your quest to find a new blog post from me, then you can consider your quest to be complete. For those of you not on a quest to find a new post from me, this post still applies to you too. Welcome to UXD with Wessty, the new home of my ramblings about user experience development (UXD) and anything else I feel like posting about. I say new home, because I have been maintaining another blog for almost two years now that I call Digital Thoughts, which is officially ...
Each year the editors of SD Times recognize the top leaders and innovators of the software development industry – the Knights of the Software Development Table as they call them. The list includes 100 companies and projects that demonstrated their ability to set the agenda and advance the state of the art. This year Gizmox was included in that noble list among industry giants such as Adobe, Google and Microsoft. These are some of the highlights from the Winner's Profile: “Computing in the cloud is ...
In this Issue: Titan, Brad Tutterow, Paul Patterson, Ryan Alford, James Ashley, priozersk(-2-), Jay Kimble, Rishi, Harry Fairhead, Dave Campbell, Chris Rouw, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "iPhone to Windows Phone 7: Lists and Details " Jesse Liberty WP7: "Implementing Picker Box functionality on WP7 " priozersk Lightswitch: "Microsoft LightSwitch – Send an Email from LightSwitch" Paul Patterson Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty announced The Great Silverlight Competency Test – #4 Dan Wahlin ...
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 ...
With lots of customers developing systems that use MSMQ across WANs, I find that I get a number of calls on problems getting messages through. Usually sending messages works a treat but pulling them back again doesn't. The main reason for this is the tightening up of MSMQ's use of RPC as documented in the Message Queuing security overview. The "Secured remote read" feature will need to be tweaked if you plan to work across forest boundaries - even if you don't, this problem can appear in development ...
For those that didn’t know, I have recently left a long run at Thomson Reuters (which is a great company BTW) for a new gig as CIO of Swank Motion Pictures. This company works in the movie distribution business to cruise ships, trains, universities, and more. Some links if you are interested: http://www.onboardmovies.com/ http://www.swank.com/colleg... https://www.swankhealth.com http://www.k12digitalmovies... http://www.swank.com/digita... and more more more …. The thing is that ...
One of the guys here at Protegra, Paul Jones, has been dabbling in XNA development for the better part of the last year. He’s just got his first indie game, That Orange Guy, available on the XBox Live Marketplace under Indie games! It’s a platformer similar to Mega Man, but with a lot more orange than blue and cell shading instead of anime-style beasties. Talking with Paul, he’s very excited about XNA development and very proud of his game. But he’s also sort of shy, so I thought I’d help spread ...
think of this as "...the neener neener heard round the world..." http://www.apple.com/pr/lib... "...today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year. In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility ...
Why Assembly? I was going to start the title as "The Art of Assembly" however, that title was already taken. I am probably going to commit the biggest sin of modern developers, I am going to advocate that developers learn, and consider using, a bit of assembly! I know, I can already hear the voices in my head saying "But Thomas, How could you advocate the use of such a low level, non-crossplatform, and painfully slow language?". Fear not voices, I haven't completely lost my mind yet. There actually ...
Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is updated on 2010-09-06. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... If it’s the first time that you hear about Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, please read the introduction on our homepage http://1code.codeplex.com/, and this Port25 article http://port25.technet.com/a... Windows Shell Extension New Samples How to write a Windows Shell extension using managed code (C#/VB.NET) is an extremely ...
Namespaces of components in an Add-In It seems that there is only one namespace for all components in an Add-In allowed. The namespace is defined over an attribute of the tag <AddIn>. And this tag is allowed only once per config.esriaddinx file. That worried me stomach pain! If i group the content of my UI-component in distinct folders (separate buttons, extensions, ..) it is common sense that these folders are part of the namespace. So distinct components have distinct namespaces – and this ...
Windows Live has had many lives. It started as a single page at www.live.com, where you could set up various widgets in a tiled configuration. The widgets mostly consumed RSS feeds and the idea was that you could have a home page where the content updated dynamically; i.e. where the content was “live.” I remember when the service was still in Beta and called Start.com; Robert Scoble, then a Microsoft employee, was hawking it pretty hard. It was kind of cool for its time, but it petered out, as did ...
When the P & C insurance company I used to work for wanted to start obtaining geocode information for addresses, I was responsible for the architecture and design decisions related to consuming the vendor-supplied data. The background for the task was nothing unusual: the vendor provided the data via a web service that used proprietary (and poorly documented) XML schemas for the input and output messages. We had 2 point-of-sale web applications and an internal underwriting application that would ...
.NET Micro Framework includes reach graphics capabilities with WPF-like libraries, and quite a few high end development boards (Tahoe II, ChipworkX, or FEZ Cobra to name a few) include fancy graphic TFT screens, often with touch input thrown in as well. But this comes at a significantly higher costs, and requires a speedy CPU. Thus it might seem that if you are using a much cheaper board such as Netduino or one of FEZ family, you are doomed to rely on blinking LEDs only. Not quite so. In most scenarios ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, SilverLaw, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Mohamed Mosallem, Vikram Pendse, Ward Bell, Gill Cleeren, Jag Reehal, and Enrico Gebauer. Shoutouts: Victor Gaudioso announces a Texas-sized event: Sharing in the Light – I dive into Silverlight Development with Blend – Two day event in Dallas Sept. 25 & 26 From SilverlightCream.com: Simple Silverlight Configurator/Pivot (View Model/MVVM) Michael Washington has a cool app up using ViewModel/MVVM that allows users to query a collection ...
One the coolest features of Internet Explorer 8 that most developers don’t know about are the built-in developer tools. You don’t have to download anything, install it, or enable it. There are two ways you can open the IE Developer Tools, you can either hit F12, or under the Tools menu icon, you can choose “Developer Tools”. HTML Tab This tab allows you to see and edit in real time the HTML and applied styles that make up your page as seen by the Internet Explorer DOM. The CSS Tab Shows you all of ...
So yesterday the announcement came down from Microsoft that Windows Phone 7 has now hit the final stage of development and is headed to the Manufactures to work on with the final devices. So what comes next you might ask? Well it means we are getting that much closer to seeing a launch of the WP7 devices for one. That also means Apps will be hitting the Marketplace soon as well. Best of all, it means we can finally get our hands on these devices, provided we find a carrier that is. Wait, I thought ...
I recently bought a new PC and I choosed a machine based on the 64bit version of Windows 7. Using a 64bits OS will allow me to use more than 4GB of RAM and this is quite important for me because it will allow me to run multiple virtual machines to test beta products and keep some customers' development environment isolated from the others (for example for customers that need to test and certify each installed QFE and may allow me to install them on my development machine some time after their availability). ...
Today is the last day for the $299.99 early bird price for the Software Development and Evolution Conference 2010 happening in Winnipeg this October! The conference is 2 days of sessions spanning development, management, methodologies, and technology topics and features a wide range of local and out of town presenters! We’re also very happy to announce that Microsoft has graciously provided two free passes to the upcoming Tech Days 2010 event in Winnipeg this December, so we’ll be giving those away ...
Reece turned six this year and for his big birthday bash he wanted to have a super cool, super fun super hero party. So Wifey and I sat down and tried to plan a birthday party for a bunch of super hero six year olds. We had it ALL mapped out and our battle plan ready and then two days before the big event I had a thought. A crazy geek dad thought. I should make a game. A SUPER HERO game. A game that all the kids at the party could play. And not only could they play it, but I should make it so that ...
Recently we had a couple of defects in the development of one of our integration solutions where we hadn't handled date times correctly in relation to day light saving. When we looked for some guidance to help us it seemed that there is a fair bit of discussion around .net implications of this but little recent content about BizTalk. Probably the most useful background articles are the following: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... http://geekswithblogs.net/d... ...
It was always obvious that IE9 was going to get new chrome. Why else publish the technical previews with a mocked-up UI? The very fact that the IE team has cleanly separated the core browser technology from the old IE chrome indicates that they are free to change the whole look and feel of the browser if they wish. And of course, they must want to do so. Everyone loves the clean, zippy feel of Google's Chrome. If IE9 is to halt the slow slide in 'market share' that previous versions of the browser ...
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. ...
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 ...
Over the past few months I had the great opportunity to tackle the challenge of learning both the iPhone and Android mobile platforms for the first time as a developer. I had used both previously as a consumer, so it was interesting to finally get a chance to jump in with both feet for a work project. I have been focused on .NET development in C# for the past 8 years, but originally cut my teeth on unmanaged C & C++ during the 90's, along with a smattering of Java development for college courses ...
I've been taking quite a prolonged break from blogging, partly because my attention has been elsewhere. Writing several chapters for BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed (due to be published towards the end of the year) has taken up a lot of time. I'm also involved in helping or organise Rules Fest 2010. And then there is the day job,...and four kids,...and two cats,...and management of a local youth club,...and organising my wife's 50th, etc., etc. Anyway, this is an unashamed plug for the conference. ...
I've been trying to push the client where I work into a more test driven approach, but when you're dealing with state agencies, if you want to get people nervous, just say the word "Change". They want 'impovements', just not 'change'. In many respects, they're not unlike the person who wants to lose weight, but not change their eating habits. Now that I'm moving on to greener pastures, I can again resume my deep dive into NSpec, NBehave and the rest, however since I've also been digging into templating ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 12 Explain the different types of objects and layers in a design Develop a sequence diagram for use case realization Develop communication diagrams for detailed design Develop updated design class diagrams Develop multilayer subsystem packages Explain design patterns and recognize various specific patterns Key Words & Definitions use case realization – ...
This summer Inmeta ASA, a leading Norwegian IT company, bought Osiris Data. It means we’re now more than 150 consultants, up from 30 as we were. It means a lot for us, as we now can take on larger projects, more projects and with even more colleagues we will have better competency on more areas. It is also very exciting to be in a larger company, be “exposed” to more projects and more opportunities. Osiris Data was founded late autumn 1996, and started operation in January 1997, with 3 people. The ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 11 Explain the purpose and objectives of object-oriented design Develop package diagrams and component diagrams Develop design class diagrams Use CRC cards to define class responsibilities and collaborations Explain the fundamental principles of object-oriented design Key Words & Definitions instantiation – creation of an object based on the template provided ...
I was sitting watching my son play Transformers:War for Cybertron today (it’s 4x XP points today you know, so he’s got to play 24x7 this weekend…) and I saw an email come in from GoDaddy. I immediately clicked just in case it was one of those titillating GoDaddy girl commercials but instead it was an automatic renewal notice for one of my websites. That’s right XNADevelopment.com was renewed today for another year! It’s really hard to believe that I’ve been writing tutorials and been part of the ...
Some time ago I wrote about FEZ Mini and FEZ Domino – first affordable development boards for .NET Micro Framework. Today I’m excited to tell you about another device called Netduino. Similar to FEZ Domino this board is pin compatible with Arduino, and therefore most of Arduino shields should work fine on Netduino. This makes transitioning your project quite easy. Only care should be taken to ensure that shield can run at 3.3V logic levels (because Arduino runs at 5V). Of course Netduino is much ...
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 ...
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 ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... Web.config transformation is a simple and powerful inclusion in .NET 4.0 for generating configuration files for different environments. It's a templated match-and replace, and you can put together a homegrown alternative with T4 and some scripting, but the integrated experience is better. It's limited to web.config in Visual Studio, but with a simple MSBuild target you can leverage it for any config file. The transform is based on your VS.NET solution ...
In the past few months I've had the great opportunity to learn both the iPhone and Android platforms for an App we built for my 9 to 5 job. This was a great new chance to learn brand new languages and frameworks after 8 years of living in the Microsoft world. I'll get to more of the specifics in later posts. In order to validate some of our platform decisions and the choice to move toward mobile development I did some research and came across some amazing stats. According to CITA (the wireless trade ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 8 Prioritize the system requirements based on the desired scope and level of automation for the new system Describe the strategic decisions that integrate the application deployment environment and the design approach for the new system Determine alternative approaches for system implementation Evaluate and select an implementation approach based on the needs ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 7 Understand the models and processes of defining object-oriented requirements Develop use case diagrams and activity diagrams Develop system sequence diagrams Develop state machine diagrams to model object behaviour Explain how use case descriptions and UML diagrams work together to define functional requirements for the object oriented approach Key Words ...
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 ...
The question came up again about how to quickly test an application or driver using Platform Builder and KITL. This article will show how this test cycle can be done quickly without building a new OS and downloading it. Of course Platform Builder is a tool for developing an operating system, so if you use its default behavior it will build an operating system. So that means that a small change to source code means building the operating system and deploying it to your device. But we will look at ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2622 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 3 Explain the elements of project management and the responsibilities of a project manager Explain project initiation and the project planning activities of the SDLC Describe how the scope of the new system is determined Develop a project schedule using Gantt charts Develop a cost/benefit analysis and asses the feasibility of a proposed project Discuss how ...