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Some commonly asked questions about Silverlight. These aren't deep, but are often asked by beginners. What is Silverlight? Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform software framework to create Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that can be embedded in Web pages. What is meant by RIA? RIA stands for Rich Internet Applications, which are Web applications with rich user interfaces including media elements such as audio, video and so forth. You can think of them as being similar to powerful and rich ...
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I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the Grid in Silverlight/WPF today and decided that I’d share this with others. I made this diagram and the following xaml code snippet to remember how to position controls/etc in the grid. From looking at the image below, we have a 3x3 Grid that starts at 0. After you create a Grid, debugging is easier if you turn the ShowGridLines to true. Now its time to setup the RowDefinitions and ColumnDefinitions. We can create a button control now. You should pay special ...
After I blogged about Andy Wigley's port of the Perst database last night, I got email from the folks at McObject.com who are the developers of Perst. Needless to say, they are all pretty pumped about the port, and have actually rolled Andy's port into their distributed codebase, so I would think Andy and APPA Mundi are also pretty pumped. They sent me a press release that pretty much matches this page on their site. Ratting around, I found a note about writing them to ask about a commercial license ...
In this Issue: Joseph Cooney, Matthias Shapiro, Ramani Sandeep, Andy Wigley(-2-), Chris Rouw, Michael Washington, Brian Noyes, Roger Peters, Sergey Barskiy, Timmy Kokke, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra announced Document Toolkit 2 Beta 2 available Rob Eisenberg announced Caliburn v1.1 Released! I missed this post by Andy Wigley of his material from TechEd: Programming Silverlight for Windows Embedded from .NET I hope you didn't miss the release of the Silverlight PivotViewer Control ...
Since today XamlResource.com is officially in beta. Its purpose is to create a platform to find and share resources for Silverlight and WPF, resources in the form of Xaml. Have a look around and if you run into issues, please let us know at xaml@hotmail.nl. Beta 1: In Beta 1 only a few of the final categories are supported: Colors; Resources of type SolidColorBrush Gradients; Resources of type GradientBrush Color sets; 2 to 5 resources of type SolidColorBrush Vectors; Resources of type StreamGeometry ...

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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Intro Today I would like to explain something about customizing the window chrome in Silverlight 4 OOB. For an example of customizing the window have a look at my open source demo application SilverAmp which is available on http://SilverAmp.CodePlex.com. Choosing style Running the application without the default window chrome requires running out-of-browser with elevated trust. How to set elevated trust is explained in this earlier post. To set the window style, go to the Out-Of-Browser settings ...
OK, Lots of confusion around this pattern. I am also trying to wrap my head around this pattern and wanted to present what I have learned so far as well as my favorite links on the subject. I’m also working on a sample program that is from start-to-finish. Model View ViewModel is usually called: MVVM PresentationModel or just the plain ViewModel It is just an architectural pattern for Silverlight of WPF. It is designed to allow Designers to focus on the user experience instead of the business logic. ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Teresa Burger, Kunal Chowdhury, Jeff Prosise, Yavor Georgiev, and Jeremy Likness. From SilverlightCream.com: RIATasks: A Simple Silverlight CRUD Example (using View Model and Rx Extensions) Michael Washington has a tutorial up on ViewModel style programming, check out Michael's code and and let him show you how to write less code using ViewModel... and grab the source while you're at it. TextBox with Strikethrough in Silverlight by modifying the TextBox template ...
Someone recently asked about a strikethrough in a TextBlock. The need was for a short piece of text that was dynamically generated. I messed with some solutions and came up with the following: I used a TextBox rather than the TextBlock. If you don’t want it to be editable, I suggest isReadOnly to true. You can change the read only part of the template if you don’t want it to look different in Read only view. Put a TextBox on the form. Right click on the TextBox and choose EditTemplate -> Edit ...
In this Issue: Mike Taulty, Joshua Holt, and Timmy Kokke. Shoutout: Jesse Liberty has a post up that should be required reading for anyone blogging or thinking about starting one: Creating A Silverlight Blog That Doesn’t Suck From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight and WCF RIA Services (4 – RIA Services Libraries) The 4th part of Mike Taulty's RIA Services series is a nice tutorial on the RIA Service Class Library... what it is, how to build one and how to use it. Debugging Silverlight with Firefox ...
Intro This is the second article in a series of small articles about what is new in Silverlight 4 and Expression Blend 4. The series is build around a open source demo application SilverAmp which is available on http://SilverAmp.CodePlex.com. Setting elevated trust A number of new features in Silverlight 4 require more permission, to gain access to the local file system for example. The elevated trust feature is only in available when running outside the browser. To enable elevated trust right click ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Richard Waddell Marcel du Preez, Rudi Grobler, Shawn Wildermuth, David Anson, and John Papa. Shoutout: Michael Scherotter announced Recording Available from LiveMeeting on Creating an Entry for the Ball Watch Silverlight Contest From SilverlightCream.com: INotifyPropertyChanged implementations: An Overview Emiel Jongerius has a very nice compilation of various INotifyPropertyChanged implementations, with hints and tricks about each. Physics Helper for Silverlight 4 ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Brian Noyes, Michael Klucher, i-programmer, and Mike Snow. From SilverlightCream.com: Capture usage information of a Windows Phone 7 application using Google Analytics Google Analytics with WP7? ... Mark Monster leverages his experience in this area to to work out a way to get to a web page to track analytics ... pretty clever Mark, and all the code is there for us! WCF RIA Services Part 2: Querying Data Brian Noyes has part 2 of his RIA Services series up at SilverlightShow. ...
In this Issue: Martin Naughton(-2-), Antoni Dol, SilverLaw, Jeff Handley, Pete Brown, and Ozymandias. Shoutout: snoutholder at the Silverlight SDK announced Get Started with Silverlight (New QuickStart Articles) From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Business Application Themes - ErrorWindow Issues Martin Naughton has a post up discussing Themes in RIA Services and problems with the new themes. He has those problems fixed and zipped up, plus a fix for binding to text resources and a change for the ...
This question has come up a lot in recent weeks as early adopters move from prototyping with the platform to actually needing to deliver real applications. Whilst fundamentally you are using the same approaches and best practices for the Windows Azure Platform as you would use for a Web application or service (A good IIS7/ASP.NET based architecture is likely a good Windows Azure Platform architecture), there is still plenty of differences which impact on architecture. The good news is we are now ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Anton Polimenov, Michael Washington, Phil Middlemiss, Sergey Barskiy, Damon Payne, Jeff Prosise, and Mike Snow. Shoutout: Laurent Bugnion is looking for beta testers for WP7: Windows Phone 7 multitouch behavior: beta testers needed (#wp7dev)! Erik Mork and they crew have a new podcast up: This Week in Silverlight – Windows Phone 7 and Bus Tracking IdeaBlade has a video tutorial series up: The Developers Tour of DevForce Silverlight ... download the walkthrough and code ...
Many times in the Career advice section at http://www.dotnetfunda.com/... we are asked this question What are the essential skills for a web developer? Rather than posting/reposting time and again, thought of writing a post about it. This post details what according to me and some of the well established people I know think about essential skills that a web developer should posses. You can find similar entry at Essential Skills for Web Developer in 2010 HTTP/TCP protocol from a very high overview ...
A couple of days ago I was playing around with Silverlight 4. Amazing platform, especially since they now support multi-touch events. But before you can run, you’ve got to learn how to walk, right? So, in order to learn some of the new capabilities of the platform I decided to make an application to keep track of all my contacts. I know, there are numerous applications out there that can peform that task much better, but I didn’t want to create a usefull program, I just wanted to have a ‘real’ project ...

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

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At Microsoft Office in Irving, TX http://sp.ntpcug.org/VBNETS... This meeting changed topic after poling the audiece and seeing what they wanted to hear about. It was still all about blend but it was more about getting started with blend then hard core templating. Here is a link to the video that Shawn Weisfeld took and posted of the event. Enjoy!!! http://www.drowningintechni... Join ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Victor Gaudioso, Joe Gershgorin, Nick Gravelyn, Teresa Burger, Kyle McClellan, Karl Shifflett, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutout: Check out Pete Brown's interview with Jeff Handley, Deepesh Mohnani, and Dinesh Kulkarni: Pete at Microsoft: WCF RIA Services Team Interview Andy Beaulieu has a sneak preview video up: Boss Launch 2: Zombie Attack for WP7 Matt Hidinger has a preview video up about his WP7 app as well: BusTrack Windows Phone 7 App From SilverlightCream.com: ...
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 ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Zoltan Arvai, Antoni Dol, Jeff Prosise, David Anson, and John Papa. Shoutouts: Rob Davis has a World Cup Football Stadium tour in Silverlight, Azure, and Bing Maps up: The World Cup Map... cruise around this... tons of features. The Silverlight Team Blog reports that NBC sports is streaming the US Open in Silverlight Adam Kinney announced Expression Studio 4 Launch keynote videos are available From SilverlightCream.com: Data Driven Applications with MVVM Part III: Validation, Bringing ...
In this Issue: Zoltan Arvai, Emiel Jongerius, Charles Petzold, Adam Kinney, Deepesh Mohnani, Timmy Kokke, and Damon Payne. Shoutouts: Andy Beaulieu reported his Coding4Fun: Shuffleboard Game for WP7 has been posted -- Big ol' Tutorial and 6 videos of WP7 goodness Karl Shifflett announced Three New WPF and Silverlight Designer Videos Posted Charles Petzold has a cool Flip-Number Clock in Silverlight posted... cool demo, and the source. From SilverlightCream.com: Data Driven Applications with MVVM ...
Intro This is the first in a series of small articles about what is new in Silverlight 4 and Expression Blend 4. The series is build around a open source demo application SilverAmp which is available on http://SilverAmp.CodePlex.com. MVVM Project and Item Templates Expression Blend has got a new project template to get started with a Model-View-ViewModel project easily. The template provides you with a View and a ViewModel bound together. It also adds the ViewModel to the SampleData of your project. ...
In this Issue: Vibor Cipan, Chris Klug, Pete Brown, Kirupa, and Xianzhong Zhu. Shoutouts (thought I gave up on them, didn't you?): Jesse Liberty has the companion video to his WP7 OData post up: New Video: Master/Detail in WinPhone 7 with oData Michael Scherotter who made the first Ball Watch SL1 app back in the day, has a Virtual Event: Creating an Entry for the BALL Watch Silverlight Contest... sounds like the thing to do if you want in on this :) Even if you don't speak Portuguese, you can check ...
It is really shaping up to be everything I had hoped. Prizes are stacked up behind me. Food is in place. I have a set of wonderful volunteers beside me. The event has been full for weeks. I will not be doing any official blogging for this event on this blog. You will have to watch the official blog for that http://silverlightpalooza.d... – June 18th and 19th. I plan to post pictures and descriptions of everyone’s projects during the event. It is going to be wonderful fun. Shawn ...
It has been another fantastic year for TechEd North America. I always love my time here. First, I have to give a huge thank you to Ineta for giving me the opportunity to work the Ineta booth and BOF’s (birds of a feather). I can not even begin to list how many fantastic leaders in the .Net space and Developers from all over I have met through Ineta at this event. It has been truly amazing and great fun!! New Orlean’s has been awesome. The night life is hoppin’. In addition to enjoying a few (too ...
While modifying the standard media player with a new look and feel for Ineta Live I saw a unique opportunity to use their logo with a dotted I with and attached arc as the scrub control. So I created a PathListBox that I wanted an object to follow when a user did a click and drag action. Below is how I solved the problem. Please let me know if you have improvements or know of a completely different way. I am always eager to learn. First, I created a path using the pen tool in Expression Blend (see ...
This is the Ineta Live player without the O’Data Feed. It is a good example of taking the plain Media Player provided with the Encoder install and re-templating it to make it your own. It also has a custom scrub control that is added in. I generally put my tempates in a separate resource file. On this project, I discovered that I had to include the template at the document level because I needed the ability to attach some code behind to fire change state behaviors. I could not use the blend xaml ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt Zoltan Arvai, Marcel du Preez, Mark Tucker, John Papa, Phil Middlemiss, Andy Beaulieu, and Chad Campbell. From SilverlightCream.com: Throttling Silverlight Mouse Events to Keep the UI Responsive Colin Eberhardt sent me this link to his latest at Scott Logic... about how to throttle Silverlight -- no not that, you'd have to go to one of the *other* blogs for that :) ... this is throttling the mouse, particularly the mouse wheel to keep the UI from freezing up ... check ...
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 ...
Finally after weeks of hard work the World Cup Silverlight player is ready to watch the spanish team in action. This Silverlight Player use Smooth Streaming technology, enables adaptive streaming of media to Silverlight and other clients over HTTP. Smooth Streaming provides a high-quality viewing experience that scales massively on content distribution networks, making true HD 1080p media experiences a reality. The player integrates leading social networks such as Microsoft Live Messenger, Twitter ...
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 ...
First, a link to the blog I can no longer edit because Office Live blew away my digital identity and so I can no longer log into it (the source of a loooong blog about protecting your digital identity sometime when I have more time and after it has played out to the end) so you can check out my previous blog life. http://greentug.spaces.live... The following are the communities I participate in: Green & Sustainability. I run a virtual user group on Green and Sustainability as it relates to ...
A while back I mentioned that I had a couple books on my desktop that I’ve been “shooting holes” in … in other words, reading pieces that are interesting at the time, or looking something up rather than starting at the front and heading for the back. The book I want to mention today is Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook : by Gill Cleeren and Kevin Dockx. As opposed to the authors of the last book I reviewed, I don’t personally know Gill or Kevin, but I’ve blogged a lot of their articles… ...
While ASP.NET provides an event base approach it is completely dismissed when working with AJAX and the richness of the server is lost and replaced with JavaScript programming and couple with a very high security risk. Visual WebGui reinstates the power of the server to AJAX development and provides a statefull yet scalable, server centric architecture that provides the benefits and user productivity of AJAX with the security and developer productivity we had before AJAX stormed into our lives. "When ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Diego Poza, Viktor Larsson, Brian Noyes, Charles Petzold, Laurent Bugnion, Anjaiah Keesari, David Anson, and Jeremy Likness. From SilverlightCream.com: My MEF Rant Read Michael Washington's discussion about MEF from someone that's got some experience, but not enough to remember the pain points... how it works, and what he'd like to see. Prism 4: What’s new and what’s next Diego Poza Why Office Hub is important for WP7 Viktor Larsson has another WP7 post up and he's ...
A big thanks to everyone who attended my “Building Extensible Silverlight Apps with MEF” session today at NoVa Code Camp 2010.1. I always enjoy presenting sessions where the attendees already have the wheels turning about how to use concepts being presented in their applications. It makes for a really interactive session. The slide and code can be found HERE ...
I recently bought a new Macbook Pro (the 13” one) to dive into a new world of programming challenges as well as to get a more powerful netbook than my Packard Bell Dot which I’ve been using since last year. I’ve had immense pleasure using the netbook format and their small size in meetings (taking notes with XMind), surfing “anywhere”, and, of course blogging with windows live writer. So far the Mac is holding up, it’s sleek, responsive, and I’ve even begun looking at coding in Objective C with it, ...
Tomorrow, June 12th will be the NoVa Code Camp 2010.1 held at the Microsoft Technical Center in Reston, VA. What’s in store? Lots of great topics by some truly knowledgeable speakers from the mid-Atlantic region. This event will have four talks alone on Azure, plus sessions ASP.NET MVC2, SharePoint, WP7, Silverlight, MEF, WCF and some great presentations centered around best practices and design. The schedule can be found at: http://novacodecamp.org/Rec... ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Nokola, Christian Schormann, Tim Heuer, David Poll, Mike Snow(-2-), John Papa, and Charles Petzold. Shoutout: Viktor Larsson has a frank look at WP7 based on information from MIX10 and what was said this week in his post: Licking Windows Phone 7... yeah licking, not liking :) .. my guess is even that didn't allow him to keep it! If you haven't already noticed, the CodeProject reader's choice awards are out this week and Telerik won for their RadColorPicker and RadCalendar ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce our June speaker will be Pete Brown. Pete was one of FredNUG’s first speakers when the group started and we’re very happy to have him visiting us again to present on Silverlight! On June 15th @ 6:30 PM, we’ll start with a Visual Studio 2010 Launch with pizza, swag and a presentation about what makes Visual Studio 2010 great. Then, starting at 7 PM, Pete Brown will present “What’s New in Silverlight 4.” It looks like an evening filled with newness! The scheduled agenda ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Emiel Jongerius, Anton Polimenov, Andrew Veresov, SilverLaw, RoboBlob, Brandon Watson, and Charlie Kindel. From SilverlightCream.com: Implementing network protocol easily with a generic SocketClient Andrea Boschin has a post up at SilverlightShow about the SocketClient class and how to use it to implement a POP3 client ... source project included Passing parameters to a Silverlight XAP application Emiel Jongerius describes the two ways to pass parameters to your Silverlight ...
After my previous blog on a Generic Boolean Value Converter I thought I might as well blog up another IValueConverter implementation that I use. The Generic Boolean Value Converter effectively converters an input which only has two possible values to one of two corresponding objects. The next logical step would be to create a similar converter that can take an input which has multiple (but finite and discrete) values to one of multiple corresponding objects. To put it more simply a Generic Enum Value ...
Yesterday I did a presentation about Windows CE at the University of Padua Even if the picture seems to suggest that I just showed and empty slide, I illustrated the new features of the OS and did a quick demo of Silverlight for Windows Embedded on Windows Embedded Compact 7 (I’ve to get used to this new name), showing the new tools that provide a better integration between Expression Blend and Visual Studio for the development of Silverlight applications (I hope to be able to write more on this ...