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I bought an iPad on Labor Day at the Apple Store in Greensboro, NC. I blogged about my stored experiences with some interesting feedback. I'd like to share my experiences with the iPad thus far. Hype Yes, the iPad is hyped. But it is REALLY REALLY COOL! I admit it...I love it. I bought the least expensive version because I anticipated using it only for development. It's linked to Exchange, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, College Football scores, etc., etc. And I find myself using it a lot. ...
I had the pleasure to attend the Microsoft Mid-Atlantic Community Leadership Summit at the Microsoft Training Center in Reston, VA on Saturday. Due to logistics I was uncertain if I would be able to attend. Many thanks to Jess for enabling me to go and participate. It was a very beneficial event. There were a lot of smart people with great experience contributing good ideas to better the Microsoft development community. We started by introducing ourselves. There were around 40 in attendance so this ...
So last night I started seeing the #oow10 hashtag show up on Twitter, along with comments about cloud computing, Oracle, and how horrible the HP portion of a presentation was. Turns out that OOW10 stands for Oracle Open World 2010, Oracle’s annual conference. They were live streaming the keynote and Larry Ellison was on the stage so I thought I’d check it out. First thought of the presentation was how unpolished it seemed. Keep in mind that all the tech-related keynotes I’ve seen have been at Microsoft ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Paul Patterson, Gergely Orosz, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Kirupa Chinnathambi, SilverLaw(-2-), Sergey Barskiy, Jeremy Likness, and Sigurd Snørteland. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "CodeBox - Syntax Highlighting In Silverlight For Any Programming Language " SilverLaw WP7: "Back to Windows Phone 7 Database " Sergey Barskiy Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Student Information System (Part 2): Business Rules and Screen Permissions " Michael Washington Shoutouts: Karl Shifflett ...
In this Issue: cherylws, Wolf Schmidt, Einar Ingebrigtsen, priozersk, James Ashley, Paul Patterson, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Beth Massi, Dave Relyea(-2-), and Mike Taulty(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Just another ViewModelBase class" James Ashley WP7: "Panorama Tricks – How to eliminate blending seams in the background " Dave Relyea Lightswitch: "New LightSwitch “How Do I” Videos Released" Beth Massi From SilverlightCream.com: Content or Resource Files?…Another way to load a static XML ...
In this Issue: Johan Danforth, Michael S. Scherotter, Xianzhong Zhu(-2-), Michael B. McLaughlin, Mike Taulty, Michael Crump, Jobi Joy, Brad Tutterow(-2-), Roger Gullhaug, Tim Heuer, and Walter Ferrari. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight, Out-Of-Browser and Multiple Windows" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Developer Tips and Tricks" Jeff Wilcox via Tim Heuer Training: "Windows Phone Training Kit for Developers – RTM Refresh" Yochay Kiriaty Shoutouts: Available in the Microsoft Download Center: ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Tau Sick, Rudi Grobler, David Anson, Tim Heuer, Pete Brown, Jesse Liberty, Brandon Watson, Scott Guthrie, and Miro Miroslavov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "5+ Ways to Reduce your .Xap Size" Miro Miroslavov WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Released " Scott Guthrie Shoutouts: Crocus Girl posted this contest from SilverlightShow: Announcing SilverlightShow 5-day Windows Phone 7 Quiz! John Papa posted the materials that went along with his OOB brown-bag last week: Silverlight ...
Rules Fest 2010 kicks off at the Dolce Hayes Mansion Resort in San Jose, California on Monday 11th October, just a few short weeks away. Registrations are coming in thick and fast. The early-bird discount has been extended to tomorrow (Friday 17th September), so if you have not yet registered, the time to do so is NOW. You get the best prices, and we cannot guarantee rooms at the hotel beyond the deadline. Rules Fest provides three days to solid wall-to-wall technical content for everything to do ...
Thanks to Scott Gu for Tweeting a link to this page. I also wanted to thank Chris Alcock for mentioning this on the Morning Brew #688. Feel free to subscribe to my feed for more articles like this one. You may also want to follow me on Twitter. Today, the final version of the Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 was released. To get started, download the final bits here. You may also want to go ahead and download the Silverlight Tools for Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington(-2-), Brian Noyes, Michael Ossou, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Mike Taulty, Jeremy Likness, Brad Tutterow(-2-), and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Best Practices for Themes in Modular Silverlight Applications " Jeremy Likness WP7: "Being theme aware in Windows Phone 7 Silverlight apps" András Velvárt Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Student Information System" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Erik Mork & Crew have their latest podcast up: Show 106: Jetpack themes ...
We have come a long way since IE 1… image property of wikipedia …to IE9 In case you are living under a rock, IE9 Beta was released today. This browser is a major update to the previous version IE8. It is also supposed to give Firefox/Chrome a run for its money. How did it turn out? Read below to find out. So what are the best features of IE9? Lets give it a quick run-through then we are going to look at a few key features and a benchmark (note the benchmark is against a beta – so things may change). ...
In this Issue: Titan, Brad Tutterow, Paul Patterson, Ryan Alford, James Ashley, priozersk(-2-), Jay Kimble, Rishi, Harry Fairhead, Dave Campbell, Chris Rouw, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "iPhone to Windows Phone 7: Lists and Details " Jesse Liberty WP7: "Implementing Picker Box functionality on WP7 " priozersk Lightswitch: "Microsoft LightSwitch – Send an Email from LightSwitch" Paul Patterson Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty announced The Great Silverlight Competency Test – #4 Dan Wahlin ...
I love Silverlight and have written / talked about it a lot. I can’t help but notice that a lot of people are new to Silverlight or may have played with it a few times. Well this post is for you. It is a list of 15 things that I’ve discovered since I started developing for Silverlight. If you are a full-time Silverlight developer than I would hope you know most of these. I promise not to scare off anyone with talks of MVVM, Prism or MEF. 1) The line highlighted below represents the MIME type and ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Mike Talbot, Kunal Chowdhury, Nigel Sampson, Shawn Wildermuth, Andy Beaulieu, Beth Massi, Joost van Schaik, Beat Kiener(-2-), and priozersk. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Flip Control – page flipping without the performance problems " Mike Talbot WP7: "An animated swipe-enabled title control for Windows Phone 7 " Joost van Schaik Lightswitch: "Deploy and Update a LightSwitch (Beta 1) 3-tier Application" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: Deploy ...
In this Issue: Szilárd Szakács, Michael Washington, Mike Taulty(-2-), Chris Koenig, Tim Heuer, Kranthi Kiran Gullapalli, David Anson, Mohamed Mosallem, Michael Crump, Dan Wahlin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "MVVM so easy a n00b can do it (Silverlight4) " Michael Crump WP7: "DeferredLoadListBox (and StackPanel) help Windows Phone 7 lists scroll smoothly and consistently " David Anson Lightswitch: "A LightSwitch Home Page " Michael Washington Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has a ** DRAFT ** Community Comment ...
*Moved to: Calculating the Rank of your blog posts or pagesI had an idea to have blog posts, or Rules listed not in date order, or an arbitrary order, but in some sort of calculated order. For this I would need to get data from somewhere and I fancied using; Number of Comments, Number of Trackbacks, Reddit, Digg, FriendFeed Twitter and Google Page rank. In this sample I use the term Rangler as a cross between Wrangler and Rank, but they are really Data Collectors. Read more...Follow my new blog on ...
I created a getting started guide for the MVVM pattern back in June 2010. Since the guide came out, I had several developers ask me when I was going to publish my MVVM example that I had promised. I played around with a way to present this that did not seem like the same old MVVM blog post that everyone has already written. Most of the blog post that I ran across explaining the pattern had lots of complicated diagrams and code snippets that would leave out vital pieces of information. I decided that ...
In this Issue: Ben Wintringham, XNA Creators Club(-2-), Sony Arouje, John Papa, Mike Ormond, Microsoft(-2-), Jaana Metsamaa(-2-), Todd Knudsen, Jeremy Likness. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Design-Time Friendly ViewModels with MEF " Jeremy Likness WP7: "XNA from Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 – Saving Pictures " Mike Ormond Training: "Create Games for Windows Phone 7 " XNA Creators Club Shoutouts: Charles Petzold will be presenting on WP7 in New York on October: Author news: Charles Petzold presenting ...
In this Issue: Tony Champion, Tim H, Roger Gullhaug, Jeremy Likness, Brad Tutterow, Derik Whittaker, Paul Patterson, Sam Judson, SilverLaw, Dave Edson, Silverlight Team, and Sergey Barskiy. I'm test-driving something new today... I'm listing 'my' pick(s) from the list of things I'm discussing in each of the various categories I've posted on... which will change daily. Today I'm highlighting a Silverlight post, a WP7 post, and a training one. I'm listing these as "Above the Fold" because they will ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, PostVision, Mike Taulty, Jesse Liberty, Laurent Duveau, Phil Middlemiss, Xianzhong Zhu, pauliom, Sudhindra Kovalam(-2-), and Alexander Viken. Shoutouts: The Silverlight Blog announced the release of a new WCF RIA Services (Silverlight QuickStart) John Papacreated a stir yesterday with his Top 10 Silverlight Blogs ... thanks for the shoutout John!! Jesse Liberty posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test – 3 From SilverlightCream.com: Datagrid: support for grouping ...
I knew the daily updates would get old… if they weren’t getting tired for others, they got tired for me. But, today is a week… an odd week though… with a 3-day holiday in it. I’m hoping that’s why I haven’t gotten returns on almost anything yet. That’s not to say I haven’t. There are a couple really nice folks I’m talking to, and I worked all day yesterday and will some today… so that’s good. I’m still waiting for the ‘email in about 20 minutes’ from the lady last Tuesday morning about 10. I’m used ...
Windows Live has had many lives. It started as a single page at www.live.com, where you could set up various widgets in a tiled configuration. The widgets mostly consumed RSS feeds and the idea was that you could have a home page where the content updated dynamically; i.e. where the content was “live.” I remember when the service was still in Beta and called Start.com; Robert Scoble, then a Microsoft employee, was hawking it pretty hard. It was kind of cool for its time, but it petered out, as did ...
If you follow me on twitter then this should not be news to you, the Mobile Minesweeper game that I’ve been working on (and off) forever has finally made it to marketplace and is available for download. There were a few surprises for me in store during the entire process. First, the amount of time it took for the app to be approved, one attempt and one working day! And second, the number of downloads! The app has been downloaded over 10,000 times since I made it available on the marketplace 10 days ...
.NET Micro Framework includes reach graphics capabilities with WPF-like libraries, and quite a few high end development boards (Tahoe II, ChipworkX, or FEZ Cobra to name a few) include fancy graphic TFT screens, often with touch input thrown in as well. But this comes at a significantly higher costs, and requires a speedy CPU. Thus it might seem that if you are using a much cheaper board such as Netduino or one of FEZ family, you are doomed to rely on blinking LEDs only. Not quite so. In most scenarios ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, SilverLaw, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Mohamed Mosallem, Vikram Pendse, Ward Bell, Gill Cleeren, Jag Reehal, and Enrico Gebauer. Shoutouts: Victor Gaudioso announces a Texas-sized event: Sharing in the Light – I dive into Silverlight Development with Blend – Two day event in Dallas Sept. 25 & 26 From SilverlightCream.com: Simple Silverlight Configurator/Pivot (View Model/MVVM) Michael Washington has a cool app up using ViewModel/MVVM that allows users to query a collection ...
With Pete's guidance, it will feel like you have that super-smart coworker in your cubicle at all times. A new Silverlight 4 book is coming out on September 7th and I had a chance to review it before it hits shelves. After reading the book and some chapters multiple times, I can tell you that this is the best book for a developer wanting to learn Silverlight 4. If you are wondering if you should buy the book or not then let me answer that right now. YES. I would definitely recommend this book to ...
In this Issue: Peter Bromberg, Derik Whittaker(-2-), Paul Patterson, Michael Crump(-2-), Gill Cleeren and Kevin Dockx, Gergely Orosz, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Jaime Rodriguez, and Georgi Atanasov. Shoutouts: My friend Koen Zwikstra poses the question How can we improve Silverlight Spy?... log into the forum and give him ideas. SilverlightShow announced Free SilverlightShow Webinar: Sketchflow in Real Scenarios Senthil Kumar announced Microsoft Patterns & Practices – Windows Phone 7 Developer ...
Spent some time getting my butt kicked by SQLServer2008 R2. I had SQLServer2005 on there and never did really care for the install I had going on that, and I have to believe that’s what part of my problem was because I could not connect to anything useful with the new install. After a failed attempt at a repair, I finally said screwitall and unistalled both, and reinstalled SQLServer2008 R2. Then I could connect in the manner I thought I should So I got the AdventureWare database installed and the ...
In this Issue: Sergey Barskiy, Tim Heuer, Shawn Wildermuth, Patrick Cauldwell, David Anson, Michael Sync, Jeremy Likness, Victor Gaudioso, René Schulte, John Papa, and Todd Knudsen. Shoutouts: Telerik's Premium Collection for .NET wins Jolt Product Excellence Awards: App Libraries and Frameworks SilverlightShow announced a Free SilverlightShow Webinar: Running Silverlight Outside the Browser and with Elevated Trust... see you there... I'll be the one in shorts with no shoes :) John Papa has a two-part ...
This is just going to be a quick post on some techniques for getting your XAP size down when creating games for WP7. It is by no means exhaustive. First, XAP files are basically zip files with specific requirements re: mandatory content and directory layout. So any solutions that would involve zip-style compression will almost certainly result in a larger XAP sizes due to added code. So those type of solutions are off-the-table. But if you can shrink your source input in ways that zip compression ...
I had to run an errand the morning of Day 1 and returned to find the FedEx paperwork from Minerva. My benefits ended August 31. I don’t believe I’ve ever worked anywhere that benefits ended the day of… but it also included the COBRA papers and that’s gonna run roughly $850/month starting *now* … a big bite into the reserves to try to extend the money. Conversation with the HR lady was strained… she was really glad to get off the phone, guess maybe they *do* read my blog – I hope so! Got an unexpected ...
In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Paul Patterson, Beth Massi(-2-), Derik Whittaker, Dinesh Sodani, jbaird, priozersk, Kyle McClellan(-2-), Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, and Matthias Shapiro. Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra amazingly enough has the latest Silverlight already in Silverlight Spy 3.0.0.13 ... get the download SilverLaw has a cool Silverlight game up: SilvAir Strike - A Silverlight 4 Game The Silverlight Team Blog posted this article: The Future of Silverlight Peter Torr posted his Sample code ...
In this Issue: Benjamin Gavin, Haruhiro Isowa, Scott Fletcher, Georgi Atanasov, Timmy Kokke, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Anoop Madhusudanan, Mike James, Beat Kiener, Rudi Grobler, Lightswitch Tutorial, Jeff Brand, Manfred Pohler, Indrajit, Levente Mihály, and Erik Klimczak. Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test [2] Michael S. Scherotter posted BALL Watch Silverlight Contest Winners Announced ... and wow... do those look great!! ... congratulations everyone! Max Paulousky ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro In this tutorial about the Silverlight PivotViewer control I would like to explain how to make use of Custom Actions. Small labels are placed on top of items in the viewer and clicking them will trigger an event. --> The only downside of these actions is that they aren’t fully implemented. ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Erik Klimczak(-2-), Kevin Marshall, Mike Ormond, Chris Anderson, Derik Whittaker, Michael Crump, Peter Torr(-2-), Ryan Alford, Amyo Kabir, and Kunal Chowdhury. Shoutout: Emiel Jongerius announced he has Update postings on Datagrid for a couple of his recent posts. From SilverlightCream.com: A DotNetNuke Silverlight Expense Report Module Michael Washington is back on ViewModel code, and also DNN with this end-to-end expense report module sporting Silverlight inside ...
In this Issue: Benjamin Gavin, Richard Waddell, Kunal Chowdhury, Chris Koenig, Timmy Kokke, cherylws, David Anson, Jeremy Likness, David Kelley, Andy Beaulieu, and Walt Ritscher. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight TreeView Case Study - FAQ Maintenance - Part 1 Benjamin Gavin is pulling together the posts he's recently done and producing an updatable FAQ file app -- something I find useful -- and this is part 1 ... good stuff! Extending Central Silverlight Business Rules to Client and Server Side ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro Today I would like to go into a little detail about the events used in the PivotViewer control for Silverlight. If you haven’t worked with the PivotViewer yet you might want to read the getting started tutorial I wrote earlier first. CollectionLoadingCompleted The CollectionLoadingCompleted ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Beth Massi, Simon Jackson, Rob Miles, Pete Brown(-2-), Senthil Kumar, Don Burnett(-2-), and Brian Noyes. From SilverlightCream.com: Apply and Customize the New Silverlight Themes Tsitsi Gora joins John Papa on the latest Silverlight TV to discuss the new Silverlight themes -- did you know about them? -- how about tips on customizing them from one of the devs?? cool stuff. Visual Studio LightSwitch How Do I Videos 5 Lightswitch training videos from Beth Massi ... and more ...
Dru and I were recently featured on Herding Code Podcast. In the podcast we talk about everything from package management in general to Nubular (Nu) to other package management systems (OpenWrap, Bricks, and Horn, although horn was/is slightly different) to the possibility of Microsoft releasing a package management system. It was a good time and I enjoyed doing the podcast, but the herding code guys start recording at an insane 10:30 PM! I have no idea how I made it through the whole thing and was ...
In this Issue: Phil Middlemiss Justin Angel, Kunal Chowdhury, Emiel Jongerius, Microsoft, Channel 9, András Velvárt, Timmy Kokke, Microsoft Expression Blog, Jesse Liberty, and Jeremy Likness. Shoutouts: Jeff Weber announced Farseer Physics Engine 3.0 RELEASED, has a link to it and information about it. Jesse Liberty has posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test – Part 1 Chris Koenig announced Sharing the Light – Silverlight Development with Expression Blend... DFW Silverlight training with Victor ...
One of the biggest features that I always heard about with the iPhone is it has an App for everything. Must suck to be an iPhone developer right about now with everything having been created already. Sure looks like it’s a great time to get in on building Apps for Windows Mobile or more specific the Windows Phone 7 device even. In fact you only have to visit the Mobile App Match site to learn what people want and what some of the Devs are creating even. I think this site can be a great source of ...
I've been taking quite a prolonged break from blogging, partly because my attention has been elsewhere. Writing several chapters for BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed (due to be published towards the end of the year) has taken up a lot of time. I'm also involved in helping or organise Rules Fest 2010. And then there is the day job,...and four kids,...and two cats,...and management of a local youth club,...and organising my wife's 50th, etc., etc. Anyway, this is an unashamed plug for the conference. ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Michael Washington, Kevin Dockx, Alex van Beek, and Alex Golesh. Sorry for being silent, but dealing with an imploding contract and training my replacement is sucking the energy out of me. Here is a Submittal only post... From SilverlightCream.com: Postponing actions Emiel Jongerius has a new post up on a utility class that can be used to limit the calls to internal synchronization methods of objects... think DeferRefresh. Dynamically Loading Silverlight Video Players ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro In this next tutorial about the Silverlight PivotViewer control I would like to give a little more depth on Facets. What are facets, and how are they used in runtime generation of collections using the PivotServerTools library. This tutorial continues on techniques from last tutorial ...
In no particular order, here are the technologies with which I wish to dabble/learn/master. Silverlight Windows Phone 7 Windows Embedded (in a strictly hobbyist, build your own pet dog, approach) MEF Rx (Reactive Extensions) Parallel Programming Web Design (my skills are way out of date, like the HTML 5 spec!) Though I have never been diagnosed with anything, I suffer from an incessent lack of focus. Call it what you will... ADD, ADHD, Shiny Key Syndrome... it sucks. It makes an evening that could ...
In this Issue: Rénald Nollet, Michael Washington, Mingfei Yan, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Roger Peters, Rob Eisenberg, and Microsoft. From SilverlightCream.com: Use the ASP.NET Authentication Service with Windows Phone 7 Rénald Nollet has a cool post up combining the ASP.NET Security Service with WP7... this was getting a lot of play on twitter last night... Printing With LightSwitch Michael Washington's latest Lightswitch post is a tutorial on printing from Lightswitch culminating in a very professional-looking ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Timmy Kokke(-2-), Jeremy Likness, Chris Koenig, Rob Miles(-2-), Bob Caswell, and Alex Yakhnin(-2-). Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth adds a video to go along with his last post Developing for the Windows Phone 7 - Part 4: Tombstoning Scott Hanselman talks to Jeff Wilcox about WP7 performance: Hanselminutes Podcast 228 - Performance of Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 Indrajit AKA indifromoz is keeping a page of WP7 resources you may want to bookmark: Windows Phone 7 Resources ...
In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Shawn Wildermuth, Gergely Orosz, Chris Koenig, Tim Heuer(-2-), Tim Greenfield, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Shawn Oster, and John Papa. Shoutouts: Telerik has announced The Telerik Eastern Canada User Group Tour is Coming... ... check out the cities and don't miss it! Erik Mork and company have my buddy Walt Ritscher on this week: Show 103: Windows Phone 7 Development Hardware with Walt Ritscher From SilverlightCream.com: WP7: Screen Considerations for Developers Anton Polimenov ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Rui Marinho, Johnny Tordgeman, and Colin Eberhardt. Shoutout: Arnie Rowland has a very worthy effort going on: Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes ... ... read it and if you need the support, give it a shot. Bart Czernicki has a fun announcement: Announcing my new book: Silverlight 4 Business Intelligence Software In this all-submittal Issue -- From SilverlightCream.com: Synchronizing group row headers with column headers in Silverlight DataGrid Did you know you can ...
[This email uses the word fab too many times] I am just back from a fab “two centre holiday”. First up was Cumbria, mainly the fells rather than the lakes. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-) Next up was the North York Moors. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-) Definitely recommend the format – although maybe with less rain :-) Which brings me to my change of job which started this week (Aug 2010). The last two years were fab Back in July 2008 I switched from being an ISV Architect ...