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This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
Last week at MIX11, Preview 4 of WCF Web API was released. If you missed it, you can watch the video here. One way to get Preview 4 and start playing with it is to download it here. However, an even easier way to to just grab the bits from NuGet: When you download the latest Web API bits, there are a couple of sample applications that show off the latest features of the Web API (these are in the CodePlex download, not the NuGet packages). The first one is a Contact Manager “Simple” project which ...
In this all submittal Issue: Manas Patnaik, Walter Ferrari, Kevin Hoffman, Joost van Schaik, Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), Dave Davis, Tony Champion, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler, Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Safe event detachment ‘pattern’ for behaviors" Joost van Schaik WP7: "A Fast Loading Windows Phone 7 NavigationList Control" Colin Eberhardt From SilverlightCream.com: Implicit DataTemplates in Silverlight 5, With practical case study Manas Patnaik's latest post is a Silverlight ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for April 11-17, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Silverlight 5 Beta Released! HTML5 & Business Apps: Back To Reality Shawn Wildermuth's Take on the Silverlight 5 Part of the MIX 11 Keynote Silverlight 5: 3D Physics Demo Silverlight Status Report Also... at 10 AM PST today, SilverlightShow has a Lightswitch webinar going on: Upcoming SilverlightShow Webinar: 'Switch or no switch: Can I build my business ...
In this 2nd Post-MIX11 Submittal Issue: John Papa, Pete Brown, Tim Heuer, Bart Czernicki, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Kevin Dockx, Manas Patnaik, Michael Crump. Above the Fold: Silverlight 5 Beta: "Announcing the Silverlight 5 Beta Release and the Silverlight.net Redesign" Pete Brown and "Silverlight 5 Beta–A guide to the new features" Tim Heuer WP7: "Getting started with Windows Phone 7 and Azure" Michael Crump From SilverlightCream.com: Lightning Strikes at MIX11! UX Lightning, That Is John Papa ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for April 4 - 10, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for week before last: Silverlight 5 Beta Here, HTML 5, Sterling Feedback and More HTML vs. Silverlight vs. WPF Silverlight 5 beta to debut at MIX and a few Windows Phone numbers that matter 'Do you twig?' Silverlight App – Full source code available Performance tips for RIA Service with Silverlight 4 Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Michael Washington, Benjamin Gavin, Joost van Schaik, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to access Control Template parts from Code Behind?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Bing Maps control with MVVMLight on Windows Phone 7" Joost van Schaik Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Procedural Operations: “Do This, Then Do That”" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Colin Eberhardt has a post up visualizing data from a Gartner mobile smartphone sales prediction report: Gartner ...
HTML5 introduces markup-level functionality for rich graphics, animation and web multimedia. It also supports a richer web application functionality and extends the client capabilities with local storage. Many pundits see it as the next generation web - web 3.0 if you like - and an open standard replacement for propriety plug-ins, Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash. But, for all its new features, HTML5 is still only the end product. This article looks at HTML5 from the web programmer's point of ...
MIX 11 happened this past week and I’m still trying to find and catch up on all the announcements changes that came from that. It looks like we can now use XNA on the web via Silverlight (and am I reading that we can do 3d?). We can now use Silverlight in our XNA projects with Windows Phone 7 (yay for having an easy way to make UI’s in XNA now!). And I’m still searching around to see if there were any other big news. The Silverlight + XNA news is pretty big because that opens up a lot of new game ...
Singapore .NET User Group - April UG Meeting UG Meeting will be held on 18th April 2011 on next Monday, at Level 21 Auditorium from 1900hrs – late. Light refreshments will be served before the session. From the trenches: Lessons learnt working on Azure Mahesh Krishnan, Principal Consultant, Readify 1900 hrs – 2000 hrs Mahesh Krishnan, from Melbourne, Australia speaks about the lessons learnt working on one of the largest Azure projects in Australia. The application which is set to go live soon uses ...
I realized that I’ve given several people recommendations on how to deal with resuming a game from tombstoning on Windows Phone 7 over Twitter in the past month or so. So I figured I would write up my thoughts on it. There is no perfect and objectively correct solution. But there are certain common sense things that I believe will help make every gamer’s experience great. First: Read these: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... and http://create.msdn.com/en-U... ...
On Day 2 of Mix 2011, it announced the new version of Silverlight. The main features in this first beta version are: XAML Debugging with breakpoints for binding debugging Implicit data templates for easy UI reuse Double (and multi) click support GPU-accelerated XNA-compatible 3D and immediate-mode 2D API Low-latency sound effects and WAV support Real operating system windows and multi-display support Significant performance improvements, fixes and much more You can see all necessary information and ...
I'm just starting to explore SIlverlight 5 and am going through the new features trying to decide what to look at first! Silverlight 5 is boasting a really nice feature that is familiar to people who develop Dynamic Data, WPF, and Prism-based Silverlight applications - typed DataTemplates. This feature will allow you to specify the DataTemplate used to display data based on its type. The classic example is the display a collection of Person objects where the actual objects are of various types deriving ...
Photo by Vilseskogen “Anazasi pottery objects” under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License The term “going native” can be a terribly derogatory phrase, connoting the prejudiced outlook of colonists toward the peoples on whom they’ve imposed themselves. But it can also be playful or empathetic, summoning images of intrepid travelers who get out of their hotels and try to meet people in the countries they visit, and maybe even eat their local delicacies and learn a few words ...
After the excellent Azure news from MIX 11 yesterday, I thought now would be the best time to release a brand new article about how you can get started with Azure and Windows Phone 7. Intro I’m sure by now you have heard of Windows Azure. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s take a look at the definition: The Windows Azure Platform[2] is a Microsoft cloud platform used to build, host and scale web applications through Microsoft datacenters. Windows Azure Platform is thus classified ...
Since my blog is mainly about Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone 7, I decided that I’d make a recap of today’s MIX 11 Event for those of you who missed it. I only included things that I thought were big enough to mention to not waste any time. Of course, you can check out the keynote yourself by visiting the MIX Site. MIX11 Day 2 – Windows Phone 7 – “Mango” update coming shortly. Microsoft showed a fan-made video that if enough people like it Microsoft will make it a Television commercial. They are ...
At long last, Microsoft stuck to its promise and unveiled Silverlight 5 beta at MIX 11. Though unable to attend the event, I kept track of happenings through Twitter. Just a few mins back, the announcements came pouring and immediately, there was a flurry of activity in the community. People posted links to their blogs detailing features of Silverlight 5. I was astounded at the speed at which these folks acted. Wow. Anyway, here’s a roundup of all the activity since the announcement: Tim Heuer’s ...
I am very excited to help share this news with you today! I feel as excited today as I was when Windows Phone 7 developer story was revealed at MIX10 last year. I see so many more application scenarios with the new tools and features in Windows Phone 7. There has been a few announcements made at MIX11 – let me recap some of what I find important. There was not a disclosure or showing of any new end-user features. There is a commitment to delivering the next update later this year as a free updates ...
Here is the sample code I demoed in my MIX11 session “Deep Dive MVVM”. Please download the Zip file, and then unblock it in Windows Explorer by right-clicking it, and then selecting Properties. If you see an “Unblock” button, please click it. You can then extract the content of the Zip file on your hard drive. Read the rest of this entry » ...
So, I’m at mix 2011 this year, and here’s the message I’m feeling from Microsoft: Silverlight is a plug-in. It will always likely do things that the standards don’t yet support, but it’s part of the web (i.e. html5), not competing with it. You should build in HTML first and only use silverlight where the browser can’t fill the gap. Must of the functionality that you get in XAML has been reproduced in CSS3 + HTML5 + all of the other HTML5 stuff. The tooling for HTML5 dev stinks right now. Multiple ...
A long overdue post. For months I haven’t posted to this blog and I feel terribly guilty at having neglected it. So here goes a brand new post. A coupe of weeks ago, Silverlightshow.net concluded their annual Ecocontest and announced a bunch of deserving winners who win passes to attend Mix 11 at Las Vegas. About the contest: Silverlightshow conducts an annual Ecocontest promoting eco-awareness. This year’s theme was Deforestation. Participants were asked to develop a Silverlight based application ...
This post is from a very good friend of mine, Billy Hollis. He’s got some interesting food for thought and I think you’ll enjoy his perspective! For over 15 years now, our industry has been struggling with a crucial tradeoff. We can get broad reach via standards, or we can get the best possible user experience with applications that take advantage of particular devices or platforms. It's a stereotype that people in software development tend to be code and technology centric and not user centric. ...
In this Issue: Viktor Larsson, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Manas Patnaik, Joost van Schaik, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth(-2-), Xianzhong Zhu, Nigel Sampson. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to design a Custom Control by editing the Part Template?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Wp7nl utilities" Joost van Schaik Shoutouts: If you're one of the ones that camps out on the forums looking in vain for a question to answer, you may be in luck with Aximus' MS Community Forums RSS Reader that'll get you forum posts ...
Welcome to my fantastic blog, and very first blog post! In my first post I thought I would share my first experience with the .NET dynamic data type, while doing some Silverlight binding. The scenario is I have a View, ViewModel and Model project. My Model project gets data from a WCF service, and sets the appropriate properties in the ViewModel. There's an ObservableCollection property in the ViewModel bound to a DataGrid in the View. The data in the ObservableCollection can be filtered through ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Jeremy Likness, Matthew Delisle, Xianzhong Zhu, Nigel Sampson, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Andrea Boschin, Mike Ormond, Jeff Wilcox, and Bil Simser. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Scaling and Anti-Aliasing Issues" Jeremy Likness WP7: "AgFx Windows Phone App and Data Caching Framework" Jeff Wilcox Shoutouts: The tool Mike Ormond discussed in a post listed below is WP7 Screenshot Tool by Cory Smith DiscountASP.NET has a post up about the latest SQL Injection attack going ...
Yes tomorrow really is the first Wednesday of the month! and Yes, we are having our normally scheduled meeting. The Silverlight User Group meeting will be from 6PM to 8PM at Interface Technical Training (NW corner of Central & Thomas) -- check PhoenixSilverlight.net for a map. Come out for Pizza and networking at 6 then hang around because Ryan Plemons of Terralever is returning to speak on Smooth Streaming: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for March 28-April 3, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Force the NoDo update on the Samsung Omnia 7 and other Windows Phone 7 devices New Book: Developer's Guide to Microsoft Prism 4 How Copy/Paste Works on WP7-Nodo MVVM# Episode 1 Daily News Digest 03/28/2011 Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
Full Disclaimer: Since I am on the GeeksWithBlog.NET Influencer list, I was issued a free 1-year subscription to DiscountASP.NET TFS2010 remote hosting. With that said, the thoughts/opinions located below are my own. I’ve always like Team Foundation Server. The main thing that I’ve hated about it was installing/maintaining it. I’d rather spend that time learning more about things such as Silverlight/WPF/WP7. I really didn’t know what to expect as we use another source control at work and I’ve never ...
This article is Part 3 of the series “Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application.” You can read any of the parts you may have missed by clicking on the links below. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 1) – Creating our first OData Data Source and querying data through the web browser and LinqPad. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 2 ) – Consuming OData in a Silverlight ...
It is not everyday, that you see an announcement on Silverlight Team Blog signed by three Microsoft Developer Division VPS (Walid Abu-Hadba, Scott Guthrie and Soma Somasegar) but it happened last night. MIX is about a week away and a beta of Silverlight 5 will be shipped, but I think the main focus will be on IE9 and HTML5 tooling(I hope). I personally look forward to some great tooling from Microsoft for HTML5. These tools will be years ahead of any other companies tools. Exciting Times ...
In this Issue: Kevin Hoffman, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, Rudi Grobler, Michael Washington, WindowsPhoneGeek, Nigel Sampson, Jeff Prosise(-2-), and Andrea Boschin(-2-, -3-, -4-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to create a Custom Control in Silverlight?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Metro In Motion #3 – Flying Titles!" Colin Eberhardt Lightswitch: "A LightSwitch Home Page" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Normally you wouldn't see me listing something like this, but hey, it's on Silverlight.net: ...
In the run up to Microsoft’s MIX conference, next week in Las Vegas, a new post on the Silverlight Team Blog from Microsoft Developer Division VPs Walid Abu-Hadba, Scott Guthrie and Soma Somasegar prov ides new clarification of Microsoft’s position on Silverlight and HTML 5. Read the post and interpret it for yourself. My take is this: given the current landscape of Smartphone and tablet OSes, only HTML 5 can let you reasonably target all of them, so Microsoft’s going to bring you greatly improved ...
I encountered the error “Failed to create a system.double from text ‘50’” when trying to develop a SketchFlow project. After doing some digging I found that it was just that I had a space after my number “50.” After removing the space, SketchFlow was able to load the page. Technorati Tags: Silverlight,Blend,Expression ...
This is my first real go round with Expression Blend and SketchFlow and it is taking quite a while to get used to it. After several iterations of names and screen dragging, dropping in the SketchFlow Map, and adding a few elements to some screens, I decided to try and run my recently created Silverlight SketchFlow project. To my surprise I received error message and a broken build. How could I get a build break if I didn’t even write any code? Man, maybe I should stick to Visual Studio. My co-workers ...
Today is April Fool's day...and apparently I fooled quite a few people with my post earlier today! Sorry if you were outraged, concerned (or maybe you were happy and elated?) but I am not losing my MVP status. I'm still an XNA MVP and hope to remain one for as long as XNA is around. I really love the technology and this community! Something that was NOT an April fool's joke however, there are now two new XNA MVPs (well only two knew that I'm aware of, if there's more, please make yourself known!). ...
Windows Phone 7 development is an exciting topic. I have been exploring WP7 development for a little while now and I figured I would post some of the basic concepts that might be helpful to beginners. So here they are in no particular order. Panorama control I kept seeing references to the Panorama Control. It seems that this was a control that existed separately during the beta for WP7. In the final release this is now incorporated into a page type, so you won’t see the control in the toolbox. So ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Rudi Grobler, Michael Washington, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Xianzhong Zhu, Nigel Sampson, Martin Krüger, WindowsPhoneGeek, Vinit Yadav, András Velvárt, and Alex Sorokoletov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Response.MVVM is now available via NuGet!" András Velvárt WP7: "BounceBall - XNA Farseer Magic" Vinit Yadav Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Online Ordering System" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Cigdem Patlak has a post up about the ROCK! event beginning next weekend in LA: Microsoft ...
In this Issue: Roy Dallal, Rudi Grobler, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Morten Nielsen, Derik Whittaker, Peter Torr, Xianzhong Zhu, and Adam Kinney. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight: Adding Google Streets View" Roy Dallal WP7: "Using the accelerometer to control planar transforms on Windows Phone 7" Morten Nielsen Shoutouts: Andy Wigley posted this today from appamundi: Want a FREE Windows Phone?? From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Adding Google Streets View Roy Dallal posted an ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for March 21-27, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Silverlight 4 MVVM Validation using INotifyDataErrorInfo A Pluggable Architecture for Building Silverlight Applications with MVVM Clean Design-Time Friendly ViewModels: A Walkthrough 7Metro: Silverlight Theme Authentication against custom Table In Silverlight 4 Using RIA Service Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
(these are lifted verbatim from Microsoft here, here and here and are presented below only because it’s convenient to have them lumped altogether…) Getting Started with Windows Phone Windows Phone development platform supports both XNA Framework and Silverlight. This unit takes you through the step-by-step creation of your first Windows Phone Silverlight application. Hands-On Labs · Hello Windows Phone This lab intends to be the classic "Hello World" application, introducing you to the tools and ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Michael Crump, Alex Knight, Benjamin Roux, Nigel Sampson, and Jeff Prosise(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "[Silverlight] How to watermark a WriteableBitmap with a text" Benjamin Roux WP7: "My 10 tips for designing phone apps" Alex Knight Lightswitch: "LightSwitch and HTML" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: LightSwitch and HTML Michael Washington's latest Lightswitch post is up on CodeProject... and he's creating an ASP.NET page that communicates ...
I spend a lot of time building applications geared towards heavy duty data entry. To me this means you have a lot of end users spending all day, every day cramming data into your app as quickly as possible. It also means that I need a fair amount of control over how the keyboard interacts with the application in order to provide a customized experience when necessary (it’s also important to recognize when the default experience may not be what is initially asked for but provides sufficiently for ...
This article is Part 2 of the series “Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application.” Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 1) – Creating our first OData Data Source and querying data through the web browser and LinqPad. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 2 ) – Consuming OData in a Silverlight Application. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone ...
In this Issue: Michael Wolf, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Benjamin Roux, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Jeff Prosise(-2-), Jeremy Likness, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Useful Value Converters" Nigel Sampson WP7: "A Smarter TextBlock Control for WP7" Michael Wolf More WP7: "Metro In Motion Part #2 – ‘Peel’ Animations" Colin Eberhardt From SilverlightCream.com: A Smarter TextBlock Control for WP7 Michael Wolf's latest post is about a "Smart" textbox for WP7, meaning if it looks like a phone ...
At TechEd India 2011 I presented on HTML5 Development with Visual Studio 2010 SP1. I wanted to cover the aspects that were discussed in my session. HTML5 1. HTML5 is the emerging but promising trend in web development 2. Some of the standards have got green signal i.e. they are candidate recommendations. 3. Some others are still work in progress. 4. IE9 implements standardized HTML5 specifications. Visual Studio 2010 and HTML5 Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 comes from basic HTML5 support. Having ...
In this Issue: Pontus Wittenmark, Vikram Pendse, Paul Sheriff, Nokola, Peter Kuhn, Jesse Liberty, and WindowsPhoneGeek. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "That Time App" Pontus Wittenmark WP7: "New Fantasia Painter, Windows Phone 7 Source Code Pack 1, New License" Nokola Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty announced that he is Keynoting at Pre-Mix ROCK in SoCal ... check out that link and you'll find other folks there as well :) Karl Shifflett announced New Book Available: Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Prism 4 ...
This week was a busy one for the XNA Community and one that had a series of ups and downs. You might have noticed by now (or maybe you haven’t and I shouldn’t be pointing this out..) that I tend to only point out the ups. That’s very much on purpose and something I thought long and hard about before I started doing XNA Notes. It’s too easy to let the bad stuff spread like a virus and seem overwhelming (something to do with human nature and there’s probably a science and psychology behind it). When ...
In this Issue: Roy Dallal, Mike Snow, Jesse Liberty, Chris Koenig, John Papa, Jeremy Likness, Michael Crump, Chris Rouw, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Clean Design-Time Friendly ViewModels: A Walkthrough" Jeremy Likness WP7: "WP7 Insights #3: Storing User State - Activating and Deactivating" Chris Rouw Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth announced a new version of his "Phoney Tools": Phone Tools v0.6 Released - Breaking Change! ... breaking changes and some new stuff too. Takeshi Eto at DiscountASP.NET ...
I have started a new series on SilverlightShow.net called Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. I decided that I wanted to create a very simple and easy to understand article that not only guides you step-by-step but includes a video and full source code. I personally believe this is the best way to teach someone something and I hope you enjoy the series. I also want to thank SilverlightShow for giving me this opportunity to help other developers get up to ...