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Microsoft has recently released the first beta version of WebMatrix. What is it? Taken from the WebMatrix official site: "WebMatrix is everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It includes IIS Developer Express (a development Web server), ASP.NET (a Web framework), and SQL Server Compact (an embedded database). It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular open-source apps. The skills and code you develop with WebMatrix transition seamlessly to ...
People laugh when I say that I am shy and maybe lately, I have come a little out of my shell. But then something like this happens and suddenly I find myself thinking “where is that shell again”?? I was recently honored with recognition as an INETA community champion. The word community is certainly key here. I am being credited with a few events like Entity Saturdays, Technically Speaking, and Silverlightpalooza that we put together as a community. In addition, my husband Robert and I are known ...
Screen Capture in Silverlight 4.0: by Alon Fliess Screen Capture in Silverlight 4.0 Silverlight is now available for Nokia 5800, N97, N97 Mini & other S60 5th edition devices http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sls... WebMatrix, a new free website development tool is now available for download (beta) at WebMatrix ...
This year, for the first time, St. Louis Day of .NET is excited to have a major keynote address delivered to the conference. We are pleased to welcome Brian Goldfarb, Microsoft Director of Product Management for Developer Platforms to the stage on Friday, August 20, 2010. Most recently, Brian has been seen on stage at PDC 2009 with Scott Guthrie, demonstrating the Microsoft Silverlight 4 client for Facebook. He was heavily involved in MIX10 in Las Vegas, and spoke at the Open Source Business Conference ...
Redcastle CRM Limited specializes in Business Management Solutions usually based around an established CRM product. The company struggled to make a Web Application with the same user experience as the Windows client. As a result, Redcastle looked for a solution that would allow the development of web modules that fit the user experience of their Windows client CRM system. Redcastle lead developer James Carter encountered Visual WebGui for the first time via a web advertisement which promised a rapid ...

I just published two videos on Vimeo (see the embedded videos at the end of this post)

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What: Design & Development contest Who: Microsft, Silverlight, Expression Blend and the Ball Watch company. How: Using Silverlight 4 and Blend 4, replicate the ball watch. Read details here Details Good luck!! Sad, that I can't participate for a simple reason of location: Contest open only to professionals or hobbyists in the field of software/web development or interactive design who are residents of the 50 US states (includes District of Columbia), age 18 and older ...
My day started out very rough. Hit a few rough patches early on, but then turned around to end as one of the best days of the year! I spent the night in the hospital last night. My wife had surgery yesterday and I stayed with her. No one wants to stay in the hospital, right? Bright and early at 6 AM, I went to the car and discovered a flat tire. I am a software guy. Changing a tire is too much like hardware. I have changed 3 flat tires career total. In the course of changing the tire, I learned a ...
A new blog dedicated to Silverlight for Windows Embedded has been opened by the development team. Add it to your RSS feeds if you are interested in this technology and in developing easily dynamic and visually pleasing UIs for your embedded devices. Here’s the link: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sil... I’m also very happy to announce that Vinoth Rayagopalan has been awarded as a Windows Embedded MVP. Vinoth is very active on the Windows Embedded forums and newsgroups and I’m very ...
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that their short-lived social networking-oriented phone, Kin, was being discontinued. I’m glad. In a post I wrote over a month ago, I implored Steve Ballmer to kill the product. I didn’t just do that because Kin 1 and 2 received terrible reviews; I had other reasons to distrust this product’s efficacy. The Kin team has been led by Roz Ho, whose title has been Corporate Vice President, Premium Mobile Experiences. During the development cycle for Kin, a.k.a. Project ...
I’ve gotten a chance to present at MSDN Event in Tampa, FL on 6/30 a session called “Windows Phone 7 Development Overview.” As promised - here are the contents of the resources slides. Resource slide: http://developer.windowspho... http://windowsteamblog.com/... http://channel9.msdn.com/le... http://blogs.msdn.com/ckindel http://blogs.msdn.com/ptorr @wp7dev http://delicious.com/chrisk... http://www.reddit.com/r/wp7... Call to Action slide: Watch the ‘Windows ...
While implementing Continuous Integration there was no such simple way to create ASP.Net web packages using MSBuild or NAnt. Below article is the workaround to create web setups using VS.Net development environment devenv exe. Team Build DevEnv Task VS 2010 introduced web packaging using MSBuild: Web Package using VS 2010 Deploying ASP.NET Applications article explains the manual option available in VS.Net IDE to create setups ...
Hard to believe I haven't posted in a year. I really intended to make this place a priority but a new job and life changes took over. A great deal has happened in the SQL world in the last year and I must say that I missed most of it. I have busily been working in a purely SQL 2005 windows 2003 environment without need to upgrade. I think this happens to many DBAs. You learn your systems, you tune your servers, business hums along and nothing earth shattering occurs. When a new version of the DBMS ...
Since the new issue of Code Magazine is hitting the stands any day now, I'll go ahead and post my article on Give Camps from the previous issue. GiveCamps Chris Williams This month I’m going to take a brief departure and talk about the growing phenomenon in the developer community known as GiveCamps. If you’ve never heard of these, keep reading (you better keep reading either way, bub). What Exactly Is a GiveCamp? GiveCamps are the brainchild of Microsoft Central Region Developer Evangelist Chris ...
Since installing Option Pack 4 for Windows NT to get IIS running Classic ASP, we have all felt the lack of ease from Microsoft to actually create websites on a developer box. There has always been an expressed need to not need a custom configured machine to install Visual Studio and create web sites right away. Why must we open Windows Configuration and add all these pieces if a solution for our OS could be added to the development product line. My first development job was 10 years ago when I worked ...
Technorati Tags: .NET,St. Louis That's right - The St. Louis Day of .NET is a two-day event! That's how we do things in "the Lou". Over 500 developers attended last year's event, and we're expecting to break that record this year. I've been to DevLink and the Heartland Developer's Conference, and I thought that the 2009 St. Louis Day of .NET was at least as good as those events. Nearly 100 national and regional speakers have submitted sessions, and the organizers are currently posting announced sessions ...

As I am reaching the end of the writing phase of Silverlight 4 Unleashed (to be published at Sams), I thought I would give a little more information about this book.

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It has been 4 years since we ran our original Geekswithblogs.net Game Development Contest! Wow does time go by fast. George Clingerman wrote a game called Bob the Fish that shocked the world (well our world) getting him the prized Xbox 360 and later allowing us to play his Xbox game, Kissy Poo. That contest was a huge success and several of our most popular bloggers gained their readership from that event. So a long enough time has passed and enough has changed in the way we develop software now ...
Shards (defined as a collection of databases acting as one) are starting to take serious traction in the database development world because they offer something that was unavailable previously: asynchronous data fetching. It is fair to say that developing multi-threaded applications can be difficult. Shard technologies remove many of the complexities required to fetch data from multiple databases asynchronously. In this blog I will discuss a specific case in which performance was improved significantly ...
I attended my first CodeStock this year and in short it was awesome. Like 100 billion hot dogs awesome. The travel there was crazy to say the least, but I met lots of new people, had a session go well and recorded 3 podcasts. So that is the short version. If you are on twitter and either follow me or followed the #codestock hash tag, you probably saw my airline craziness in Philly. It all started on Monday. We had a client deliverable on Wednesday morning and due to some things that happened I only ...
As we have pieced together the components of a web application we have explored how best to structure the markup, and how to pull business logic out of the UI by following the Model View Presenter Pattern. Now let's turn our attention to the Model as we pull all the pieces together and explore what a well behaved model might look like. The Model will be the piece that handles storing and retrieving our data. Just as we did with the markup and view, we want to provide a separation of concerns and ...
Today, outsourcing is not a choice but NEED. In today’s time, you cannot ignore technology irrespective of your business domain. If you are looking for a decent sized technology development or support (especially in developed economies): you will have to look at cost effectiveness for doing technology development. You cannot just do it all in-house (in developed economies) for the level of cost that is required and the level of professional required to do the job. I run a software development house ...
Sir David Varney headed a review into Transformational Government in 2006 . Among its recommendations was one particular one that had been driven by the amount of contact points a citizen had to make with government for a Change of Life event such as birth and death. It gave one example of where a citizen had to make 44 separate contacts to government departments following the premature death of her husband. At this emotional time, this kind of experience adds an unnecessary burden on the customer ...
Technorati Tags: CodeCast,CODE magazine I really enjoyed listening to the June 18th episode of the "CodeCast" podcast: http://www.code-magazine.co... Ken Levy, Markus Egger and Rod Paddock reminisced about the 10 years that have passed since Markus and Rick Strahl came up with the wild idea of branching out from the software business to magazine publishing. CODE has by far been the most useful magazine for me during the past 10 years ...
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Fellow MVP Jochen Dieckfoß has posted a tutorial about Silverlight for Windows Embedded development using the new tools included in the Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP on his blog “Discover the Windows Embedded Experience”: http://discovertheexperienc... This tutorial is very useful also because it allows you to compare the differences between the current version and the new one and, more specifically, allows you to appreciate how the ...
C# Fundamentals Genesis I’ve decided to begin a line of back-to-basics blogs that I hope to post regularly. I used to teach C++ Programming, Algorithms, and Data Structures courses at Webster University in the evenings here locally, and have missed those teaching and mentoring moments when I had to stop teaching after the birth of my twins (no more free time for me!). While some of these fundamentals will be obvious to those who know the languages well (I hope to post C# and C++ tidbits), I’m hoping ...
In order for Release Management to be effective, it must have full autonomy. That means release management cannot be maimed by the bad process decision to make it part of an overall development group, nor can it be made to function solely as part of a QA or support group. Why? Release management is an overarching process that starts in architecture and ends in production. Release management encompasses checkpoints from architecture, development, qa/testing, release, and sometimes an ongoing support ...
I've been experiencing Wirth's law firsthand lately. Wirth's law basically states that "Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster". This is no place more apparent than the antivirus programs we are all forced to run on our computers these days. I have a pretty good development machine with dual core processors and lots of memory. Yet I constantly find my machine bogged down taking way too long to do things. Especially in Visual Studio. It gets very frustrating when you're ...
I was recently on a project that required me to move SharePoint content to SQL Database. As I searched the best way to do this, I thought of a timer job that would run nightly and move the data to SQL, a co-worker who is a SQL expert suggested I use SSIS to move the data over. I started searching online and came up with a couple of options the most notable being the technet article. The problem with the example on technet is that it uses a custom connector that connect one Document library or List ...
We software engineers and architects sometimes feel like the rope in a tug-of-war. Pulling from one side is the short-term goal of delivering functionality, preferably yesterday. Indeed, our customers cannot justify paying for our services unless we deliver a working product, better and faster than our competitors. Pulling from the other side, however, is the long-term goal of quality. If our code becomes too disorganized or hard to understand, we cannot long remain in business, because we will no ...
A new community has popped onto my radar, created and delivered by James Burns, a top chap I have known for many, many years. The aim of the community is to foster dialogue between Architects and Senior Developers across Financial Services in the UK. The format of the first event is a mix of short high level presentations on hot topics that we hear across Financial Services and networking with a few drinks and canapés. It is free to attend for all Architects and Senior Developers. If you wish to ...
You get 21Scrum! Andrew Woodward (@andrewwoody) has been working hard at getting his passion for process and development into a solution that drives the principles of Scrum. He and Sam Dolan (@pinkpetrol) have worked on a look that is functional and appealing. Good job, Andrew! 21Scrum is now live! Go check it out … http://www.21scrum.com Give the Tour section a go. Explore and enjoy ...
My reading focuses very much around the technologies I work with. During TechEd 2010 North America I found some very good reads that are helping me prep for the new things out and also to establish recommended practices in their implementation. Here are the titles. It looks like a spot for Wrox, but they have hit hard and early with great content, and some friends happen to have participated in their creation ...

I finished implementing version 0.1/beta1 of a multitouch behavior for Windows Phone 7 and need beta testers.

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A couple of months ago I was having a conversation about which tools people were using to manage theirs development projects, aside from TFS. Most of the answer had just the standard TFS tools, some other had been custom developed and some mentioned running a very early beta of TeamPulse. What caught my interest on this tool is the fact it is a Silverlight 4 app, therefore the richness of the interface, not only in look and feel, but in value and functionality. Give it a try by visiting the website ...
Technorati Tags: .NET,Kansas City Thanks to the KC development community for a great free event. The Johnson County Community College provided very nice facilities. I’m the sort of guy who would willingly drive 4+ hours each way for a free XL (or “developer medium”, as Richard Campbell calls it) T-shirt, but got a lot more than that out of the event. Here's a recap of the sessions I attended: Why Kanban? speaker: Troy Tuttle Troy is a “pragmatic agilist” at AdventureTech (not AdventureWorks – I was ...
Malcolm Anderson blogged about “Einstein’s Razor” yesterday, which reminded me of my favorite software development “law”, the name of which I can never remember. It took much Wikipedia-ing to find it (Hofstadter’s Law – see below), but along the way I compiled the following list: Amara’s Law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. Brook’s Law: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. Clarke’s Third Law: Any ...
Now that the Windows Phone 7 development tools have been out for a while, let’s talk about how you can use them. Windows Phone 7 ( WP7 ) has two application types that you can create, either Silverlight or XNA, and you can’t really mix the two together. The development environment for WP7 is a special edition of Visual Studio 2010 called Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone. This edition will be installed with the WP7 tools, even if you have a full edition of VS2010 already installed. While ...
One of the “warts” on Windows Azure development has been that once your application was deployed to the cloud, if things went wrong it was pretty tough to figure out the root problem. I knew for sometime we had a solution coming for Visual Studio 2010 users and I couldn’t wait to tell folks about it once it became public. I planned to do a detailed post subsequent to briefly mentioning it when I talked about the 1.2 SDK release. However … other stuff just keeps on getting in the way. Hence I have ...
If you’re a developer in the New York City area, please check out Devs For Wendy, benefitting Wendy Friedlander and her family… Wendy is a 30 year old software agilista from Long Island. She's a strong WPF developer and a firm believer in the agile method of development including pair programming and TDD. Wendy is wife and mother of a beautiful girl named Kaylee who will be 2 in August. In August of 2009 Wendy learned that she had a rare and agressive pediatric cancer called aveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. ...
Just because I like to build things, and I like to learn, I have been working on a keyboard shortcut reference site. I am using this as an opportunity to improve my ruby and rails skills. The first few days were frustrating. Perhaps the learning curve of all the fun new toys was a bit excessive. Finally tonight things have really started to come together. I still don’t understand the rails built-in testing support but I will get there. Interesting Things I Learned Tonight RubyMine IDE Tonight I switched ...
Personal Development : Time, Planning, Repairs & Maintenance These are just my thoughts, but some you may find something interesting in it. Please think over it. We may know many things, but still we always keeps procrastinating it. I have written this as I have heard many people coming back and saying they don’t have time to do things they like. These are my thoughts buy may be useful to someone else too. Certain things in life needs periodic repairs and maintenance. To cite some examples , ...
This is (almost) a straight copy and paste but represents an important announcement worthy of a little more “exposure” :-) Starting August 1, 2010, we will release a new SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer. This new offer will give you the flexibility to purchase commitment quantities of SQL Azure Business Edition databases independent of other Windows Azure platform services at a deeply discounted monthly price. The offer is valid only for a six month term. You may purchase ...
It’s our fault. Well, not completely, but we haven’t helped the situation any. All of what follows comes from my own experiences which, from talking to lots of other developers about it, seems to be pretty much par for the course. Where We Started When we first started estimating, we estimated pretty clearly. We would try to imagine something we’d done that was similar to the project being estimated and we’d toss it about in our heads a bit and see how much bigger or smaller we thought this new thing ...
This list is in no particular order. Just the 10 best programming podcast that I have found so far. Stack Overflow Podcast - Jeff Atwood (of codinghorror.com) and Joel Spolsky (of joelonsoftware.com) discuss the development of their new programming community, StackOverflow.com. [This Podcast hasn’t been updated in a while, but its always great to hear more from Jeff Atwood] Hanselminutes - Hanselminutes is a weekly audio talk show with noted web developer and technologist Scott Hanselman and hosted ...
Register now at http://www.stlouisdayofdotn... The Date This year's conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 20-21, 2010, at the Ameristar Conference Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. on both days. Registration and sign-in will open at 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning, and will run throughout the event. The Venue Based on the almost unanimous feedback from last year's event, we are very excited to bring our conference ...
When I was working on the TalentOn project (Promotion in MSDN Chinese) I was asked to implement a functionality that makes the top menu items highlighted when the currently viewing page was in that section. This might be a common scenario in the web application development I think. Simple Example When thinking about the solution of the highlighted menu items the biggest problem would be how to define the sections (menu item) and the pages it belongs to rather than making the menu highlighted. With ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster. Shoutouts: Adam Kinney has moved his blog, and his first post there is to announce New tutorials on .toolbox on PathListBox and Fluid UI Awesome graphics for the MEF'ed Video Player by Alan Beasley: New MEF Video Player Controls (1st Draft – Article to follow…) It must be a slow relaxing summer weekend, because I only found one post... and Mark submitted this one to me :) From SilverlightCream.com: How to improve the Windows Phone 7 Licensing development experience? Mark ...
Background While the xpath function in a BizTalk orchestration is a very powerful feature I have often come across the situation where someone has hard coded an xpath expression in an orchestration. If you have read some of my previous posts about testing I've tried to get across the general theme like test-driven or test-assisted development approaches where the underlying principle is that your building up your solution of small well tested units that are put together and the resulting solution ...