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Silverlight/Expression 4 Books! I recently stumbled upon a post asking, “What is the best book on Silverlight 4?” In the age of the internet, it can be hard for anyone searching for a good book to actually find it. I have read a few Silverlight 4/Expression books in 2010 and decided to post the “best of” collection. Instead of reading multiple books, you can cut your list down to whatever category that you fit in. With Silverlight 5 coming soon, now is the time to get up to speed with what Silverlight ...
About 3 months ago when I had tweeted (or twit?) that the HD7 could be my next phone I wasn’t a 100 percent sure, and when the HTC Mozart came out it was switch at first sight. I wanted to buy the Mozart mainly for three reasons; its unibody construction, smaller screen and the SLCD display. But now, holding a HD7 in my hand, I reminisce and think about how fate had its own plan. Too dramatic for a piece of gadget? Well, sort of, but seriously, this has been most exciting. So in short, I bought myself ...
In this short New Year's Day 2011 Issue, 3 Mikes: Mike Taulty, Mike Snow, and Mike Ormond. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Native Extensions for Silverlight (NESL)?" Mike Taulty WP7: "Monitoring Memory Usage on Windows Phone 7" Mike Ormond From SilverlightCream.com: Native Extensions for Silverlight (NESL)? Mike Taulty has a really good write-up on Native Extensions for Silverlight... he describes what that project is about and gives guidance on best practices. Win7 Mobile: Uniquely Identifying a Device ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Thomas Martinsen, Mike Ormond, William E. Burrows(-2-), Vangos Pterneas, Jesse Liberty, Diptimaya Patra, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Drag from Multiple Source In Silverlight 4" Diptimaya Patra WP7: "What I Learned In WP7 – Issue 12" Jeff Blankenburg Shoutouts: Paul Thurrott posted a great phone comparison chart: Great Windows Phone comparison chart Kunal Chowdhury announced his new Silverlight Site: Welcome to Silverlight-Zone - Site ...
In this Issue: Arik Poznanski, Derik Whittaker(-2-), Alex Knight, Maurice de Beijer, Jesse Liberty, Jason Ginchereau, Jeff Blankenburg, Mike Snow, and Peter Kuhn. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight: Reading from a File Contained in your XAP" Mike Snow WP7: "A ReorderListBox for Windows Phone 7" Jason Ginchereau Expression Blend: "PathListBox: making rockin' animations" Alex Knight From SilverlightCream.com: Order in Chaos: Dependency Property Value Resolution Arik Poznanski sent me the link ...
In this Issue: Davide Zordan, Alex Golesh, Michael S. Scherotter, Andrej Tozon, Alex Knight, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Jeremy Likness, and Laurent Bugnion. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "My “What’s new in Silverlight 4 demo” app" Andrej Tozon WP7: "Taking a screenshot from within a Silverlight #WP7 application" Laurent Bugnion Expression Blend: "PathListBox: getting started" Alex Knight Shoutouts: If you haven't seen this SurfCube app demo on YouTube yet... check it out now: SurfCube V1.0 Windows Phone ...
Often times, you want to take a screenshot of an application’s page. There can be multiple reasons. For instance, you can use this to provide an easy feedback method to beta testers. I find this super invaluable when working on integration of design in an app, and the user can take quick screenshots, attach them to an email and send them to me directly from the Windows Phone device. However, the same mechanism can also be used to provide screenshots are a feature of the app, for example if the user ...
In this Issue: Sacha Barber, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Martin Krüger, Ryan Alford(-2-), Michael Crump, Peter Kuhn(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Part 4 of 4 : Tips/Tricks for Silverlight Developers" Michael Crump WP7: "Navigating with the WebBrowser Control on WP7" Shawn Wildermuth Shoutouts: John Papa posted that the open call is up for MIX11 presenters: Your Chance to Speak at MIX11 From SilverlightCream.com: Aspect Examples (INotifyPropertyChanged ...
I'm going to try something here... if it seems useful, I'll continue, if it doesn't, I'll stop... so give me feedback! There are *lots* of Apps in the WP7 Marketplace, and heaven help me, but the Marketplace sucks for finding stuff. I won't rehash what's already been said in the blogs, but I agree with one and all. I went out last Saturday to find 2 apps that I knew were released, and couldn't do so on my device. Even in the Zune app, it took quite a while to find them... ok, I'll back off a bit, ...
In this all-submittal Issue: Michael Washington(-2-), Ian T. Lackey(-2-, -3-), Sandrino Di Mattia, Colin Eberhardt(-2-), and Antoni Dol. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "A Style for the Silverlight CoverFlow Control Slider" Antoni Dol WP7: "Getting the right behaviors in your Phone 7 App – Part 1 Phone Home" (and the other two parts) Ian T. Lackey Silverlight/WPF: "A Simplified Grid Markup for Silverlight and WPF" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Dennis Doomen has updated his Coding Guidelines and provided ...
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 I wanted to create a series of blog post that gets right to the point and is aimed specifically at Silverlight Developers. The most important things I want this series to answer is : What is it? Why do I care? How do I do it? I hope that you enjoy this series. Let’s get started: Tip/Trick #16) What is it? Find out version information about Silverlight and which WebKit it is using by going to http://issilverlightinstall... Why do I care? I’ve had ...
In this 4-days loss to a sinus infection and all-submittal Issue.... and this only catches me up on submittals through last Sunday: Mark Monster, Sacha Barber, Rénald Nollet, Georgi Atanasov, and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight with Facebook - a practical guide to integration" András Velvárt WP7: "RadDateSelector for Windows Phone 7 – Loaded within a standard in-browser Silverlight application" Georgi Atanasov MVVM: "Cinch - A Rich Full Featured WPF/SL MVVM Framework" Sacha ...
2010 has been a very good year for me and I wanted to create a list and thank everyone for what they have done for me. I also wanted to thank everyone for reading and subscribing to my blog. It is hard to believe that people actually want to read what I write. I feel like I owe a huge thanks to everyone listed below. Looking back upon 2010, I feel that I’ve grown as a developer and you are part of that reason. Sometimes we get caught up in day to day work and forget to give thanks to those that helped ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Pete Brown, Robby Ingebretsen, Bill Reiss, Jordan Knight, Mike Taulty, Justin Angel, Jeff Blankenburg. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating the Silverlight View Model (MVVM) Control: Calendar Icon" Michael Washington WP7: "United Nations News for Windows Phone 7" Justin Angel Silverlight, WP7/WPF: "CameraPanel: A Parallax Panel for Silverlight, WP7 or WPF" Robby Ingebretsen Shoutouts: Michael Scherotter produced a Silverlight Webcam photo app that he's providing ...
I have been in the market for a new computer for several months. I set out with a budget of around $1200. I knew up front that the machine would be used for developing applications and maybe some light gaming. I kept switching between buying a laptop or a desktop but the laptop won because: With a Laptop, I can carry it everywhere and with a desktop I can’t. I searched for about 2 weeks and narrowed it down to a list of must-have’s : i7 Processor (I wasn’t going to settle for an i5 or AMD. I wanted ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Kevin Dockx, Jeremy Likness(-2-,-3-), Timmy Kokke, Den Delimarsky, Mike Snow, Samuel Jack(-2-), and Renuka Prasad(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Trigger a Storyboard on ViewModel changes" Mark Monster WP7: "Microsoft Push Notification in Windows Phone 7" Renuka Prasad Shoutouts: SilverlightGal sent me the link to The Silverlight Dossier ... I think it's a pretty good start... additions I'd like to see are ways to submit to the various areas. Michael Crump put up ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Tim Heuer, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-, -3-), Jesse Liberty, Jay Kimble, Wei-Meng Lee, Paul Sheriff, Mike Snow(-2-, -3-), Samuel Jack, James Ashley, and Peter Kuhn. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Animation Texture Creator" Peter Kuhn WP7: "dows Phone from Scratch #13 — Custom Behaviors Part II: ActionTrigger" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: Awesome blog post by Jesse Liberty about writing in general: Ten Requirements For Tutorials, Videos, Demos and White Papers That Don’t Suck From SilverlightCream.com: ...
A big thank you to everyone who attended yesterdays “informal” briefing on the Windows Azure Platform. There were lots of great discussions during the day and I know we al certainly enjoyed it. This post contains (ultimately) the slides and links from yesterday. Slides: Davids on Windows Azure all up Eric on SQL Azure (which fyi is hosted on Windows Azure Blob Storage) Links and Notes Start following the UK ISV technical team (our blog and twitter accounts) http://bit.ly/firststopuk Sign up to Microsoft ...
In this Issue: Rénald Nollet, Benjamin Gavin, Dennis Doomen, Tim Greenfield, Mike Taulty, Jeff Blankenburg, Michael Crump, Laurent Duveau, Dragos Manolescu, KeyboardP, Yochay Kiriaty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight RIA Services and Basic, Anonymous Authentication" Benjamin Gavin WP7: "lving Circular Navigation in Windows Phone Silverlight Applications" Yochay Kiriaty SQL Azure: "SQL Azure Database Manager – Part 1 : How to connect to your SQL Azure DB" Rénald Nollet Shoutouts: Yochay Kiriaty ...
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 I wanted to create a series of blog post that gets right to the point and is aimed specifically at Silverlight Developers. The most important things I want this series to answer is : What is it? Why do I care? How do I do it? I hope that you enjoy this series. Let’s get started: Tip/Trick #11) What is it? Underline Text in a TextBlock. Why do I care? I’ve seen people do some crazy things to get underlined text in a Silverlight Application. In case you didn’t know ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, Domagoj Pavlešic, Peter Kuhn, James Ashley, Sara Summers, Morten Nielsen, Peter Torr, and Tau Sick. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4 – Coded UI Framework Video Tutorial" Michael Crump WP7: "Windows Phone From Scratch #12–Custom Behaviors (Part I)" Jesse Liberty From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 4 – Coded UI Framework Video Tutorial Michael Crump posted a video tutorial today on the Coded UI Test Framework that we got with ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Samuel Jack, Alfred Astort(-2-), Nokola(-2-), Avi Pilosof, Chris Klug, Pete Brown, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), and Jaime Rodriguez(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Sharing resources and styles between projects in Silverlight" Chris Klug WP7: "Windows Phone Application Performance at Silverlight Firestarter" Jaime Rodriguez Training: "Silverlight View Model (MVVM) - A Play In One Act" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra announced the availability of the ...
With the release of Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2, Microsoft included the Coded UI Test framework. With this release it is possible to create automated test with just a few mouse clicks. This is a very powerful feature that all Silverlight developers need to learn. Instead of my normal blog post, I have created a video tutorial that walks you through it starting from “File” –> New Project. I hope you enjoy and please leave feedback. Video Tutorial (short 9 minute video): Slides from the demo ...
When you design for Windows Phone 7 (or for any touch device, for that matter, and most especially small screens), you need to be very careful to give enough surface to your users’ fingers. It is easy to miss a touch on such small screens, and that can be horrifyingly frustrating. This is especially true when people are on the move, and trying to hit the control while walking and holding their device in one hand, or when the device is mounted in a car and vibrating with the engine. Read the rest ...
Thank you to everyone who attended my Retrofit WebForms with ASP.NET MVC session at NoVa Code 2010.2. It was a fun event for me and I hope you had a great time and learned something from it. I wish I had more time to go over some more important topics in more detail. I *promise* I will be writing blog post series about it since I'll have some vacation time during the December holidays to cover some topics that I didn't get to cover in detail. Please note that the ".bak" file included in the zip file ...
In this Issue: Mike Wolf, Colin Eberhardt, Mike Snow(-2-, -3-), David Kelley(-2-, -3-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Erik Mork, Jeff Blankenburg, Laurent Duveau, and Jeremy Likness(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The definitive guide to Notification Window in Silverlight 4" Laurent Duveau WP7: "Making the MS Adcontrol REALLY work on phone 7" David Kelley Silverlight 5: "Silverlight 5: In the Trenches" Mike Wolf From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 5: In the Trenches How many people can discuss Silverlight ...
In this Issue: Adam Kinney, Jonathan van de Veen, René Schulte(-2-), Vikas, Chad Campbell, Chris Koenig, John Papa, and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight TV #54: Introducing 11 Brand New Labs" John Papa WP7: "Gestures in Windows Phone 7" Chris Koenig Training: "New Windows Phone 7 tutorials for Designers on toolbox!" Adam Kinney Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty posted ways to get help when you get stuck: Top 10 Tips To Getting Help With Silverlight From SilverlightCream.com: New Windows ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty(-2-, -3-), Kunal Chowdhury, Jeremy Likness, Martin Krüger, Beth Massi(-2-, -3-)/ Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Rebuilding the PDC 2010 Silverlight Application (Part 1)" Mike Taulty WP7: "WP7: Glossy text block custom control" Martin Krüger Lightswitch: "How to Create a Screen with Multiple Search Parameters in LightSwitch" Beth Massi From SilverlightCream.com: Requirements of and pitfalls in Windows Phone 7 serialization Peter Kuhn ...
In this Issue: András Velvárt, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), AvraShow, Gill Cleeren, Ian T. Lackey, Richard Waddell, Joe McBride, Michael Crump, Xpert360, keyboardP, and Pete Vickers(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Grouping Records in Silverlight DataGrid using PagedCollectionView" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Phone 7 Back Button and the ListPicker control" Ian T. Lackey Shoutouts: Colin Eberhardt has some Silverlight 5 Adoption Predictions you may want to check out. Michael Crump has a post up showing lots ...
Silverlight 5 is coming next year (2011) and this blog post will tell you what you need to know before the beta ships. First, let me address people saying that it is dead after PDC 2010. I believe that it’s best to see what the market is doing, not the vendor. Below is a list of companies that are developing Silverlight 4 applications shown during the Silverlight Firestarter. Some of the companies have shipped and some haven’t. It’s just great to see the actual company names that are working on Silverlight ...
In this (Almost) All-Submittal Issue: John Papa(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Tim Heuer, Dan Wahlin, Markus Egger, Phil Middlemiss, Coding4Fun, Michael Washington, Gill Cleeren, MichaelD!, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, and Rabeeh Abla. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Two-Way Binding on TreeView.SelectedItem" Phil Middlemiss WP7: "Taking Screen Shots of Windows Phone 7 Panorama Apps" Markus Egger Training: "Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part - 4)" Kunal Chowdhury Shoutouts: Don't let the ...
Had an interesting Twitter convo today about WP7 development. Question was raised on how to use a WP7 device as the deployment target from within VS.NET. Thinking that this would be an *obvious* question, I replied that you need to set the right value in one of the drop lists in the IDE… I did this, hooked up my device, then tried to run my app, just as a final test that it was as easy as I thought it would be. It wasn’t. So first, your phone can’t be locked, so make sure you unlock it. Also, don’t ...
I started tweeting a list of “protips” (or whatever you want to call that) related to the Twitter for Windows Phone 7 application. Since I worked as integrator on this app, my tasks involved integrating design assets in all screens, and so I had an insider view on all the screens (and that is really a LOT of screens :) Seeing some comments about the app made me understand that most users out there don’t realize how rich the application is, and how many features are available. So without further ado, ...
Last Thursday, the Silverlight Firestarter event took place in Redmond, and was streamed live to a large audience worldwide (around 20’000 people). Approximately 30 if them were in Wallisellen near Zurich, in Microsoft Switzerland’s offices. This was not only a great occasion to learn more about the future of Silverlight and to see great demos, but also it was the very first meeting of the Silverlight User Group of Switzerland (SLUGS). Read the rest of this entry » ...
A few metrics that of course got out of hand, but some may find interesting: 1/2 My share of the MVP of the Year award in February of 2009 with Laurent Bugnion 2 Number of degrees I hold: B.S., M.S. Electrical Engineering 3 Number of years in the U.S. Army 3.5 Number of years SilverlighCream has been posted 4 Number of times awarded MVP 6 Number of professional positions I've worked: Antenna Rigger, Boilermaker, Musician, Electronic Technician, Hardware Engineer, Software Engineer 16 Number of companies ...
So Silverlight Firestarter is over and your sitting on your couch thinking… what now? Well its time to So how exactly can you pimp the Silverlight Firestarter? Well read below and you will find out: 1) Pimp the videos: First we are going to use a program named Juice to download all of the Silverlight Firestarter videos. Go ahead and point your browser to http://juicereceiver.source... and download the application. It works on Mac, Linux and PC. After it is downloaded you are going to want ...
Here at Staff of Geeks we love to see the other skins you like from alternative blog sites like WordPress. We want to be able to offer you great skins as soon as possible when a request is made. Some of our skins are outdated or just don't look good on newer browsers. So what do you like? Feel free to leave a comment, or tweet us at @staffofgeeks. If you have a site template you like from Template Monster or some other template site that is relativly inexpensive and could easily be used for a blogs, ...
I’m going to start another series of posts that I’m calling C#/.NET Toolbox that will just contain little GUCs (Generic Utility Classes) I’ve developed along the way. If these already exist as part of the framework and I’ve overlooked them, feel free to let me know! And if you know of a better way to implement them, do the same! I’m never too old to learn something new (I hope!). Update: improved the ReverseComparer and added an extension method that will reverse any comparer instance. The Problem: ...
On Thursday Dec 9th, 2010 at 11:30am EDT I will be a guest presenter with Stephen Cawood (@cawood) from Metalogix as part of an ongoing webinar series titled Migrating to SharePoint 2010. This specific webinar will be focused on Master your SharePoint 2010 Migration with PowerShell. During the webinar I’ll be presenting a brief overview of how and why to use PowerShell to administrate your SharePoint 2010 farm. I’ve known Stephen through various interactions at conferences, events, and Twitter so ...
In this Issue: Paul Juenger, Dimaz Pramudya, Johan Dahlbäck, Judah Himango, Andy Wigley, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Michael Crump, Mike Taulty, Kevin Dockx, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Build a Pandora clone with Silverlight 4" Judah Himango WP7: "Using Isolated Storage on Windows Phone" Paul Sheriff Blend: "Blend Bits 19–Transformations" Mike Taulty Shoutouts: Karl Shifflett has posted Updated In the Box MVVM Training Colin Eberhardt posted a preview of what he's currently ...
I blogged last week about my experiences so far with my Samsung Focus on the Rogers network (phone is unlocked and branded AT&T). So far, so good, except for MMS – Multimedia messaging. In fact, nobody who’s using an unlocked Focus on a different network seems to be able to get this working. My buddy Colin did some digging and even contacted Samsung’s support account on Twitter. Here’s the horrendous response: Over at WPCentral they have an article talking about this issue, and they mention that ...
Joel Semeniuk and I just finished kicking off the Internet Explorer 9 webcast series from Imaginet and Microsoft. Our webcast started out with a high level overview of what IE9 brings to the table in terms of features and performance, and we finished up with an interview with everyone’s favourite Microsoftie John Bristowe. During our webcast, a number of different links were mentioned on where you can get more information about IE9 and what it can do for you and your organization. Those links have ...
Good news emerging from the tech rumour mill! It seems that the next big WP7 OS update will be coming sooner than later – read: January. It’s also going to be “massive”, and speculation is that it will include copy/paste, custom ringtones, and multi-tasking support, among other things. Twitter comments from those that have seen it (or have some inside info on it…not really sure who Chris Walshie is, but anyway…) have included MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years. Let’s just say, they ...

As an answer to the suggestion by my friend Andrea, here is how my name is pronounced in Switzerland (at least in the French speaking part, where I come from, as opposed to the German speaking part, where I live).

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 I wanted to create a series of blog post that gets right to the point and is aimed specifically at Silverlight Developers. The most important things I want this series to answer is : What is it? Why do I care? How do I do it? I hope that you enjoy this series. Let’s get started: Tip/Trick #6) What is it? Create a Notification Window in a Silverlight Out Of Browser Application. Why do I care? Its a great way to alert users of something that needs their attention. ...
In this Issue: Jonathan Marbutt, Peter Kuhn, Jesse Liberty, David Kelley, Phil Middlemiss, Jaime Rodriguez, Ramesh Sringeri, Sigurd Snørteland, and Jesse Bishop. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "A Behavior for Remembering Settings" Phil Middlemiss WP7: "Attribute-based transient Tombstoning" Peter Kuhn Expression Blend: "Using the Visual State Manager" David Kelley Shoutouts: Gavin Wignall has a very cool Pivot app up: Silverlight Pivot experiement using the American Presidents Thanks everyone for the ...
In browsing around and following people on twitter, I have come across valuable documentation. First, the SharePoint Technical Reference http://www.microsoft.com/do... Second, Getting Started with Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
I finally got around tonight to getting my sim card from Rogers (Canadian 3G cellular telco)*. I bought my Focus unlocked from Expansys, so I get to avoid the annoyance that is cellular contracts. So here are some things you need to know about setting up your unlocked phone with a different provider, specifically (obviously) Rogers: You will require to hard-reset your phone. After putting in the SIM card, I looked *everywhere* for a setting that would let my device see my SIM card. No dice, displayed ...
In this Issue: goldytech, Rob Eisenberg. Chris Rouw, Denis Gladkikh(-2-), Mike Taulty, Mohamed Mosallem, Mike Ormond, and Vuyiswa Maseko(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight basics. Validation. Part 1. DataAnnotations & ValidatesOnExceptions" Denis Gladkikh WP7: "Live Tiles on a Schedule" Mike Ormond Blend: "Blend Bits 18–Sample Data" Mike Taulty Shoutouts: Rob Eisenberg has a contest going... check it out: Caliburn.Micro Contest Braulio Diez & Sebastian Stehle have a great-looking ...
Today (well, yesterday now) was Thanksgiving here in the U.S. In addition to doing my traditional family things (making and eating a large, Turkey-centered dinner), I found some time to pop on to the computer. To my dismay I saw that the #WP7 hashtag on Twitter was filled with news of a program/project called “ChevronWP7” (which presumably has no connection to the U.S. petroleum products company, Chevron Corp. – which has a market cap of $166 billion dollars and whose trademark lawyers may well decide ...