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My most recent project has been to migrate a bunch of sites from WSS 3.0 (SharePoint 2007) to SharePoint Server 2010. The users are currently working with WSS 3.0 and Office 2003, so the new ribbon based UI in 2010 will be completely new. My client wants to avoid the new SharePoint 2010 look and feel until they’ve had time to train their users, so we’ve been testing the upgrades by keeping them with the 2007 user interface. Permission to perform the Visual Upgrade One of the first things we noticed ...
The APress $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... for today is Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM"WPF and Silverlight are unlike any other user interface (UI) technologies. They have been built to a new paradigm that—if harnessed correctly—can yield unprecedented power and performance. This book shows you how to control that power." ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430229889 is Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#

"Discover the tools needed for Silverlight 4 development, the roles each plays, and how they interact to produce a seamless result."

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So, day 1 of DevWeek. Lots and lots of Windows 8 and WinRT, as you would expect. The keynote had some actual content in it, fleshed out some of the details of how your apps linked into the Metro infrastructure, and confirmed that there would indeed be an enterprise version of the app store available for Metro apps.) However, that's, not what I want to focus this post on. What I do want to focus on is this: Windows 8 does not make .NET developers obsolete. Phew! .NET in the New Ecosystem In all the ...
The new HTML standard is part of a proliferation of challenges and opportunities that developers face today: Browser Wars v2.0 Going back 10 years ago, Internet Explorer could claim 95% of the browser market (http://en.wikipedia.org/wi... Today you have to include IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari to get past the 95% support mark (http://marketshare.hitslin... And this only includes desktop browsers! Safari, the Android browser and Opera all have strong market shares in the mobile/tablet ...
Continuing my series of lessons learnt from practical experiance...

For some time my development PC has been running slow when acessing certain web sites such as Hotmail, yet when I used my wife's PC, same site performed OK. The problem I eventually tracked down to an HTML testing add-on, turned it off, restarted Firefox and then Firefox performance improved dramaticly. One particular area of improvement was that Silverlight no longer crashes when uploading a file to Hotmail.
Zack Weiner from Arrow Consulting was our speaker for our February 2012 meeting. Our February meeting also celebrated INETA’s tenth birthday. We started off the meeting sharing on INETA, its history and the vital service it offers to the technical community worldwide. Zack then skillfully covered the new features in Silverlight 5 in a very interactive session. We look forward to seeing you in March, where we will be covering Migrating Application in Azure with Herve Roggero. Below, please find some ...
Finally the book is available, Title: Mastering LOB Development for Silverlight 5: A Case Study in Action. We have tried to write a book that covers all the topics needed to build a LOB app, including the build process of a real app step by step. Hope you like it !! Link: http://www.packtpub.com/mas... ...

Update: Posted the video of “MVVM Applied” below.

This week I was “on tour” in Belgium and Netherlands and presented 3 times:

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Today I gave a talk in TechDays in Belgium about MVVM in Silverlight 5, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8. This was the first time I gave that particular talk, and in addition keep in mind this is a developer preview, meaning that it is not finished, and not always stable.

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If you're like me and are using MVVMLight to build Windows Phone apps, you probably want to unit test your ViewModels as well. One of the benefits of the MVVM pattern is the separation of concerns between the View (page holding the xaml layout and bindings) and the ViewModel which holds the data to be bound. This allows the ViewModel to be easily testable, or so they say. In the end, it is quite difficult to find some useable tutorial doing exactly that. To the point you might ask yourself : " do ...
This was a big week for Windows 8 news (given the relative secrecy around the whole project). At the beginning of the week we learned that the Consumer Preview (fka the "Beta") of Windows 8 will be released at the very end of the month in concert with the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona (MWC). Then, just yesterday, Windows and Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky uploaded an 8600+ word post to the Building Windows 8 blog detailing Microsoft's plans for Windows on ARM (i.e. ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Introducing Silverlight 4"Brings you up to speed with version 4 of Silverlight quickly and efficiently. The book builds off your understanding of the basics of .NET coding and WPF, allowing your journey to Silverlight 4 proficiency to be as quick and painless as possible." ...
Composition is an integral part of Windows 8 UI design from both aesthetic and logical perspectives. This post modified my previous post, Refactoring Windows 8 Code-Behind to MVVM. adding to the variety of compositional examples. I’ll start with an explanation of composition in Windows 8, modify the previous code to show the power of composition, and then highlight a few more existing examples of where composition naturally fits into the Windows 8 UI environment. Understanding Windows 8 Composition ...
Something I came across that I never knew was possible was that you can put c# code inline in a XAML file in a WPF app (I assume this would work in Silverlight as well). Not that you would ever want to do this, but sometimes you just need those geek points! Make a WPF application, in the XAML file put the following… <Grid> <Button x:Name="button1" Click="button1_click">te... <x:Code> void button1_click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) { button1.Content = "Inline Code ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#"Discover the tools needed for Silverlight 4 development, the roles each plays, and how they interact to produce a seamless result." ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Silverlight 4 in C#"Full-color graphics and screenshots throughout make Pro Silverlight 4 in C# an invaluable reference for professional developers wanting to discover the new features of Silverlight 4. Author Matthew MacDonald's expert advice guides you through creating rich media applications using Silverlight across browsers and platforms." ...
I would like to share that I will be speaking at the Deerfield Beach Coders Café on February 7th, 2012 6:30 PM on concepts behind PRISM and MEF including IoC Containers, Composition, Dependency Injection, Loose-coupling and Inheritance. We will be also adding a little Agile spin to the talk focusing on the importance and ideal use of the underlying design patterns in an Agile software shop. I am also scheduled to present a similar topic at the upcoming South Florida Code Camp taking place on Saturday ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4"This book will guide you through the process of designing and developing enterprise-strength business applications in Silverlight 4 and C#. You will learn how to take advantage of the power of Silverlight to develop rich and robust business applications, from getting started to deployment, and everything in between." ...
In the project I'm involved with, we've been saving column arrangement and column width data for quite a while. I had a request to give the users a way to select which columns to display and it just seemed natural to include the display order with that data. Recently I've been tasked with saving the filtering and sorting information as well. We're using the Telerik RadGrid, so I went to their site to find out how to do that. Saving all sorts of Grid-related data to Isolated Storage was really easy ...
It was full of engineers & IT professional who were eager-to-learn about SharePoint and the presentation was exactly for them. This was my 2nd Presentation on the Community Day as I already descried about it in my previous post. Sorry to post this in late and this is just to share my feelings with you. Robiul, SoftwarePeople started the presentation for the ASP.Net Developer who are completely unfamiliar with SharePoint. He diverted his presentation to others audience who are little bit familiar ...
JetBrains have recently released ReSharper 6.1, along with compatible updates to dotCover (version 1.2) and dotTrace Performance (version 4.5.2). Here is a list of common developer tasks that ReSharper 6 helps handles better than previous versions: Improve Visual Studio responsiveness: While developing ReSharper 6.0 and 6.1, Jet Brains have fixed more than 200 performance and memory consumption issues, as well as over 2900 bugs!Use proper tooling for web development: ReSharper 6 introduces extensive ...
In this blog post I thought I would talk a little about one of my favorite features of VS2010, Intellitrace. Intellitrace is debugging on steroids. In regular debugging session you can see the values of variables at a certain time, but you can’t go backwards, and you cannot see the state of the entire system. This means that some bugs cannot be reproduced. With Intellitrace a log file is created that allows you to debug the file. This is similar to a dump but has lots more information, and when run ...
If your Silverlight app references services, the endpoints to these services are stored within a config file within the xap bundle - which is usually deployed as .xap file within the ClientBin dir of your web app. To change the end point urls:1) Rename the xap file (eg within E:\Demos\MySilverlightApp.W... to .zip. 2) Unzip it 3) Edit the ServiceReferences.ClientConfig file (to update the endpoint url) and save it.4) Recreate the zip file5) Rename the .zip file as .xap That's it ...
In January 0f 2009 something crazy and awesome happened for me, SharePoint Saturday was born. I was a 26 year old girl from Saint Louis Missouri who was living in Olathe, KS. About 5 month prior I went to the most pivotal event in my career and life in Washington DC, the Regional SharePoint Conference, where I met Michael Lotter, Paul Galvin, Tony Lanni, Bob Fox, and Rachel Appel. Several months later I was visiting Michael at a code camp in Raleigh North Carolina and he told me we’re going to have ...
Today's deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#"Discover the tools needed for Silverlight 4 development, the roles each plays, and how they interact to produce a seamless result." ...
The current version of MVVM Light had a couple of issues in the project templates. The most annoying one was causing a problem when creating new projects: The GUIDs used to uniquely identify the project were in fact not re-generated properly every time, and we ended up with the same GUID in every new project. The symptoms are the following: If you side-load an MVVM Light application, and then side-load another one, you will see that the first one is overwritten. Note however that this is only an ...
I’m not sure I have ever thrown this down in writing. I probably have said this 800 or 900 times, but I think that HTML 5 in SharePoint 2010 sucks. The support is terrible in the two most prevalent web browsers at the enterprise level – Internet Explorer and Firefox. If you can’t even get the video tag to work in IE 9 or the latest version of Firefox then that’s a huge fail for the product with HTML 5. What I think needs to be done in the product to improve HTML 5 support so that we can move towards ...
Every now and then I go to Tiobe to see their ratings on the popularity of programming languages. Usually there is nothing exciting out there, just a few small moves of languages so I was interested to see in December Tiobe had a headline of C++ about to be dethroned by C# Looking at the stats, sure enough, according to Tiobe C# is on the verge of taking the number 3 spot. It will be interesting to see what happens when Windows 8 hits the market with what seemed to be a revival of C++ during Microsoft’s ...
One month in... Well, it's been a month on the new site now. I guess at first I thought everyone would just start following the new feed and the traffic would magically appear at WDN, but I still saw a lot of folks hitting GWB, presumably looking for good Silverlight links. So I announced my postings at GWB to not leave anyone out of the loop. And now I find that's annoyed some people... sorry about that! I can't see cross-posting the posts completely, so you'll just have to go to the new site to ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for December 12 - 18 , 2011
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Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for their Top 5 News for December 5 - 11 , 2011.
Silverlight 5 is now out - upgrade to it by going to http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight

Url is now http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

I just pushed two big updates to MVVM Light setup components.

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As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
We have just published SDNavigation a library that integrates the WP7 Navigation Framework into the MVVM pattern. It is based on Laurent Bugnion's INavigationService idea and combined with Rob GarFoot MVVM Navigation Framework approach to obtain the page context (via behavior). The current version contains a sample app to start using it, in the following days / weeks we expect to publish training material (posts, videos), stay tunned !! The team that have built this small (and hopefully useful ) ...
What could you build with the XBox Kinect? Well we want to know! Connect your Kinect to your PC and build an application using your favorite .NET language. Kinect for Developers is a 2-day workshop for developers, artists and technicians interested in Kinect hacking or 3D scanning. This hands on workshop will teach you the basics of programming for Kinect and the potentials for developing on video and depth sensor cameras. Expect live demonstrations, presentations, food, and lots of hacking. You ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
Don’t miss out on these great session with Markus Egger in the Dallas office! Where: Microsoft Dallas Office – 7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike), Dallas, TX 75039 When: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 1:30 – 4:30 PM Signup for this FREE event in Dallas Join Markus Egger, Microsoft RD and one of the longest running MVPs, for an afternoon of free information. CODE Magazine and EPS Software are in a unique position to share information based on real world experience in projects that are either our own ...

Here we go! After the Microsoft team released version 5 of Silverlight yesterday, MVVM Light is available for this version of the framework too. I did not create the installer yet (that will take a few more days), but you can download the source code and build it yourself easily.

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Microsoft just released the version 5 of Silverlight! It’s a great news and I really want to congratulate the whole team on this impressive collective effort. The official announcement is on the Silverlight team blog! Read the rest of this entry » ...
The top 5 list for last week at SilverlightShow is up at WindowsDevNews

I was recently made aware of a couple of people having issues with WCF services (or ASP.NET applications) when using the MVVM Light project template for Silverlight. There is a blog post and a StackOverflow question, so what exactly is happening there?

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Last week I get the information directly from Microsoft, that at build machines SDKs must be installed to guarantee that MSBuild works well in some circumstances. We have the problem, that a self-containing build should include all necessary build artifacts – particularly Silverlight stuff. I tried to encapsulate the special steps in own targets and a build was finally possible (see my former posts). But at local machines without installed Silverlight stuff it gives problems for problems. Because ...
Here is the official documentation on how to publish a LightSwitch application – How to: Deploy a LightSwitch Application. For this example, I’m going to show how to deploy a simple application that does not have any role-based security set up. I’ll show how we can configure that in a later post. So back over on my LightSwitch development machine the first thing we need to do is specify the type of 3-tier deployment we want. In the case of my application, I want it to be a Windows Desktop client ...
One of the main attraction points to this offering in my review is how does it fit into the work I do and solutions I recommend. Right off, the fact it has capabilities described as Silverlight focus/MVVM , makes it something that intrigued me. I tested the different capabilities it has from using it in WinForms and WPF as well, and Silverlight. One of the main points is the C1DataSource, it shows a level of simplicity through the property dialogs that allows you to move right along with, for example, ...
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The top 5 list for last week at SilverlightShow is (finally) up at WindowsDevNews
Today is the first day of my fourth year at IdentityMine. I can hardly believe how fast it went, and how exciting the trip has been so far. Read the rest of this entry » ...