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Microsoft is having a Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch right now across the USA. I attended the event in Atlanta and tweeted about it. Since the tweets, I’ve had several people ask me about it. So here goes: The unofficial Q&A to the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch. ---------------------------... What are the topics? Do you have the PowerPoint slides from the sessions? Where did ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Derik Whittaker(-2-), James Ashley, Mike Taulty, Jeff Blankenburg, Kunal Chowdhury, Richard Waddell, and Jeremy Likness. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Choose the way to Create a Silverlight Out-of-Browser Application" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Why Deactivated is not the same as Tombstoned" James Ashley Blend: "More Simple Blend Layout Techniques and Quirks" Richard Waddell Shoutouts: This is clever and I just couldn't pass up mentioning it from Dean and Ying's Blog: iPhone ...
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, Peter Kuhn, Alex Golesh, Jonathan Marbutt, Karsten Januszewski(-2-, -3-, -4-), Erik Mork, Jeff Blankenburg, Martin Krüger, and Colin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM)" Michael Washington WP7: "Conditional Logic During Start Up of a Windows Phone App" Karsten Januszewski From SilverlightCream.com: Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM) Michael ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Andy Beaulieu, Joost van Schaik, and DevComponents. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Physics Helper 4 Released" Andy Beaulieu WP7: "Showing Open Source maps on Windows Phone 7 with the Bing Maps Control" Joost van Schaik Tools: "DotNetBar for Silverlight controls with Ribbon, Scheduling, and more..." DevComponents Short list today because it's been a long one... finally finished about 8:30, took a break and came in here to do an SC post. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight ...
The Little Wonders series received so much positive response I decided to make it a recurring theme in my blog as new ones popped in my head. There are two simple, yet great, LINQ extension methods you may or may not know about, but that can really simplify the task of converting collection queries into collections: ToDictionary() and ToList(). Introduction: LINQ and Deferred Execution Depending on your knowledge of LINQ, you may be oblivious as to what many of these query expressions do behind the ...
In this Issue: Sigurd Snørteland, Colin Eberhardt, Andrea Boschin, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, Andrew Tokeley, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Better Silverlight 4.0 Installation and Upgrade Experience" Andrew Tokeley "Developing a Lookless Silverlight Gauge Control (part 2)" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #21: Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone" Jeff Blankenburg Lightswitch: "Beginners Guide to Visual Studio ...
Manage Your Bills Better For some reason I have a strong desire to be involved in a startup. Ok, I know the reason. It’s a game, with winners, and loser. Like Monopoly, or gambling. And games are fun! The internet is littered with my failed attempts; from intelligent email marketing for real estate agents, to a route planner that solves the travelling salesman problem. And don’t forget my twitter customer sentiment analyser. That one was surprisingly simple to build and a lot of fun, but it could ...
Today (20th Oct 2010) I delivered a 90min session to architect on the Windows Azure Platform. Are you an ISV? ISV = Independent Software Vendors - that is you write some kind of product that you sell to more than one customer. My new team is all about helping ISVs and we have a team blog and brand new twitter account which I will increasingly be found on. If you are an ISV, please fave the blog and follow the twitter account. And if you are an ISV please keep an eye on (and sign up to) http://bit.ly/ukmprhome, ...
In this Issue: Walter Ferrari, Wei-Meng Lee, Rob Eisenberg, Timmy Kokke, Joost van Schaik, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg, Jeremy Likness, and Victor Gaudioso(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight (and Sharepoint): "Silverlight and Sharepoint 2010: Getting Started" Walter Ferrari WP7: "Windows Phone 7 – Animation and Games (Part 2)" Jesse Liberty WP7 (2): "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #19: Push Notifications" Jeff Blankenburg Shoutouts: Tim Sneath has some (not messy) pumpkin-carving fun to share ...
In this Issue: Roberto Sonnino, Jonathan Marbutt, Jonathan van de Veen, René Schulte, Vikram Pendse, Andrej Tozon(-2-, -3-, -4-), Andrea Boschin(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg, and Team XNA. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Layout States with Reactive Extensions" Andrej Tozon WP7: "WP7 Fast Tips: Load (decode) and Save (encode) Jpeg files" Andrea Boschin XNA on WP7: "New WP7 Games Educational Content on App Hub: Performance!" Team XNA Shoutouts: Joost van Schaik has instructions on ...
Communication, Games and Commerce in Mobile, Social Media, Broadband & Music Another session at the Digital Hollywood conference. Here are my notes from the session. Speakers: Stephanie Bohn – VP Marketing / Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Sean Nolan – VP Online Operations and External Online Marketing / Rodale – Men’s Health, Running World, etc. Jennifer Cooper – Founder and Principle / Rocket Spark Media Paul Lee – Head of Digital Ventures / Playboy Sun Jen Yung – Managing Dirctor Headwaters ...
In this Issue: Nokola, John Papa, Shawn Wildermuth, Avi Pilosof, Brendan Enrick, Slobodan Pavkov, Karl Shifflett, jbaird, and Jeff Blankenburg. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Combining Silverlight Navigation Framework and Prism to create MVVM Applications – Introduction" Slobodan Pavkov WP7: "Anti-aliased Lines And Optimizing Code for Windows Phone 7–First Look" Nokola Training: "Silverlight TV 49: Creating Rich Interactive Prototypes with Sketchflow - Part 2" John Papa and Janete Perez Shoutouts: ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Katka Vaughan, Jay Kimble, Mike Taulty, Thomas Martinsen, Silverlight for WP7 Performance Team blog, Chris Koenig, Beth Massi(-2-), Jeff Blankenburg, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Memory Leak in PanelDragDropTarget" Emiel Jongerius WP7: "Netflix Browser for Windows Phone 7 - Part 1" Katka Vaughan Lightswitch: "New How Do I Video Released Today on LightSwitch Access Control" Beth Massi Expression Blend: "Windows Phone Tutorial: Why Windows Phone Developers ...
Purchase at Amazon I wanted to talk for a minute about the author, Victor Gaudioso. I met Victor on Twitter earlier this year and ever since meeting him, I’ve seen how involved he is in the Silverlight/Blend community. He has always been willing to help or share knowledge of Blend with anyone – including me. I recently read a blog post about someone that went to one of his book signings and did not win anything. Victor found out that this person was disappointed and sent him a free year subscription ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth(-2-), Dave Relyea, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Peter Kellner, David Anson, Andy Beaulieu, Pete Vickers, and Peter Foot. Above the Fold: Expression Blend: "Creating a Simple Action" Kirupa Chinnathambi WP7: "Architecting WP7 - Part 4 of 10: Client-side Data" Shawn Wildermuth Lightswitch: "Building Job Ads Management Module With LightSwitch Beta 1 For Silicon Valley Code Camp" Peter Kellner Shoutouts: Congrats go out to Jonathan van de ...
Light up your Silverlight skills with the all-new Global Silverlight Firestarter! What is the Silverlight Firestarter? An Event: A one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie Training: New self-paced labs and walk through videos Interactive: Got questions? Get your answers! Watch live and ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. Why Silverlight? Silverlight is Microsoft’s strategic development platform for building interactive applications across ...
Jennifer Kavur recently published an article on IT World Canada’s website stating “Don’t use the Patriot Act as an excuse.” Let me sum up the article: You shouldn’t worry about it because Canada has their own anti-terrorism act that is close to the Patriot Act, so really Canadians are under similar scrutiny. Data isn’t guaranteed to travel only in Canada and could cross over wires to the US, putting it under US laws (i.e. Patriot Act). So it could go there anyway. Canadian and US authorities share ...
At the beginning of September, we launched All-In-One Code Framework Customer Polling Survey. 62 customers filled out the survey in September, and provided lots of constructive suggestions. Thanks to all of you who shared your invaluable feedback! The project can become better and better because of you. Please continue to input your comments. Here is a summary of feedback that we collected in September, and the project team's follow-up action. ------------------------ The top five areas that the ...

OK this one is really funny… we got hit by it on one of the projects I was working on for Windows Phone 7, and we didn’t quite understand what was happening until my esteemed colleague John Zolezzi dug in and found the bug… So here it is:

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In this Issue: Dennis Doomen(-2-), Felix Corke, Kunal Chowdhury, Michael Bach, Jeff Blankenburg, Shawn Wildermuth(-2-), Jeff Handley, David Anson, and Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight as an alternative to PowerPoint" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Architecting WP7 - Part 1 of 10: Navigation Framework" Shawn Wildermuth Themes: "Silverlight 4 theme brush packs" Felix Corke Shoutouts: Robby Ingebretsen never wastes our time, so check out his latest post: The New “App” Sara Summers has ...
In the past few weeks, I have not been the most prolific blogger. In fact, I have been so busy with work and book writing that it feels like the past few months have been a very concentrated whirlwind of activities. However, the good news is that I will get a welcomed respite very soon, and am very excited to resume blogging on a regular basis. And believe me, I have tons of content on Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 development, Expression Blend, integration, developer-designer workflow, MVVM and other ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Viktor Larsson, Peter Brady, Colin Eberhardt, Jeremy Likness, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Quick Fix for Silverlight HyperlinkButton Rendering" Peter Brady WP7: "iPhone to Windows Phone 7 – XNA, Animation and Games" Jesse Liberty Blend: "Expression blend 4 Add-in for access to a Silverlight XAML source code 4 project" Martin Krüger Shoutouts: My buddy András Velvárt posted a link to one of his company's latest creations... a ...
So, I thought of another thing I’d like in my wish list of features I’d love to see in C# 5.0 and beyond. I’d like a format specifier to put the upper or lower case converted format argument into a formatted string. That is, let’s say you are building a distributed cache key that takes as part of the key the host name, but sometimes you may get the same host name in upper, lower, or mixed case on your distributed cache provider is case sensitive in its comparison and you have no control over that. ...
It's been so long since I posted on the blog that doing it now makes me a bit feel a bit weird. In my defense, i've been quite busy these past months: I left my previous company, got married, moved to a new country, started work for a cool company here... in this order :) More recently I've been working on a small app for Windows Phone 7 and one of the app's needs is some (fancy) charts...you know, the bar/pie/gauge kind. While there are some nice control libraries out there for bar and pie charts, ...
Just finished watching the Windows Phone 7 launch event that streamed live from NYC this morning. Was a great event that really set the stage for the platforms launch next month. My general thoughts are that the platform looks very promising and Microsoft is definitely leveraging lessons learned from Apple and Google’s phone offerings as well as the various platforms that they’ve developed (.NET, Silverlight, XNA, Zune, etc.). Of course, until people actually get their hands on the devices and put ...
With the upcoming announcements around Windows Phone 7, I thought now would be a good time to dive into the platform and see what its all about. For those thinking that writing apps for the WP7 platform would be like writing apps for any other platform, prepare for a reality check (unless you’ve written XNA apps for the XBOX Live marketplace…I’m assuming the process is somewhat similar). A key aspect of the WP7 experience is the Marketplace – a Microsoft controlled gateway to getting your mobile ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Alex Knight, Walt Ritscher(-2-), Glenn Block, Robert Garfoot(-2-), Michael Klucher, Silverlight WP7 Performance Team, Mike Ormond, and James Ashley(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using The Silverlight Data Pager Control With View Model / MVVM" Michael Washington WP7: "Simulated Push Notifications on Windows Phone 7" Robert Garfoot Blend: "How to: design a Windows Phone 7 listbox" Alex Knight Shoutouts: Mike Ormond posted his material that he used for some presentations ...
In this Issue: Jeff Handley, Jeff Blankenburg, Kunal Chowdhury, Abhijit Jana, Larry Schoeneman(-2-), Michael Crump, Kevin Marshall, Derik Whittaker, Victor Gaudioso(-2-), and Mohamed Mosallem. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4.0 Tutorial (9 of N): Using the WebCam as a Barcode Scanner" Mohamed Mosallem WP7: "Profile your Windows Phone 7 Application for Free" Michael Crump MEF: "Fun with the Microsoft Managed Extensibility Framework Part 1" Larry Schoeneman Shoutouts: I've mentioned Shan ...
In this Issue: Bart Czernicki, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Dragos Manolescu, Peter Kuhn, Victor Gaudioso, John Papa, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Ning Zhang, Paul Seriff, Dennis Doomen, and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "My Silverlight 4 Reference Architecture: Commanding" Dennis Doomen WP7: "Windows Phone 7 RTM charting using the Silverlight Control Toolkit" Bart Czernicki Sketchflow: "Silverlight TV 48: Creating Rich Interactive Prototypes with Sketchflow - Part 1 " John Papa Now pulling Silverlight ...
In the past I’ve used things like ANTS performance profiler to identify performance bottlenecks and to optimize my applications performance. It was always a great way to give an application that final boost that makes it run faster/slicker than my competitor. Now that I’m developing for the WP7 series, I wanted a way to profile those applications as well. I noticed that EQATEC was offering WP7 developers a way to profile their WP7 applications for free and I jumped on the chance. The best thing about ...
In this Issue: Joost van Schaik, Rudi Grobler, AfricanGeek, Mike Talbot, Jeff Blankenburg, Shawn Wildermuth, and Victor Gaudioso. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Automatic Grid Layout for Silverlight" Mike Talbot WP7: "On Design Paradigms for Windows Phone 7" Shawn Wildermuth Shoutouts: Victor Gaudioso has posted Video of my two day Sharing in the Light Silverilght/Blend/Visual Studio Course in Dallas Jesse Liberty posted his latest Yet Another Podcast Show #4 – iPhone to Windows Phone 7 Development ...
Update: I have now placed the zip containing the source for the end result of part 1 and 2 of this service template here. Two weeks ago I began the series with a discussion on how to make a new C# Windows Service template that is “debuggable” (you can find the article here). I had then intended the next week to follow up with a discussion on how to modify that template to make the service “self-installing”. Unfortunately, with my work schedule I wasn’t able to complete the series last week due to ...

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The thing to realize is that the destination is never the most important part of the journey. It’s the journey itself. When you start a journey, you are never fully sure where it is going to end up. We started the journey down package management for .NET three times with Nu[bular] (we in this context means the nu team, not me in particular, I was only involved in the last reboot) before we decided to try an existing infrastructure with Ruby Gems. I have always said that I would use the best tool ...
In this Issue: Khawar Yunus, Ning Zhang(-2-), blender, Michael Crump, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Animation Class Diagram" Ning Zhang WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Design Templates" blender Shoutouts: The McObject folks have posted an update to Perst, including very nice pricing for WP7 folks: McObject’s New Perst Embedded Database Licensing Promotes Silverlight & Windows Phone 7 Development A short list today because I need to post a couple of these and I need ...
Yesterday (5th Oct 2010) I delivered a short (45mins) session on the Windows Azure Platform. Big thanks to all who made it to the far side of beyond in London to attend the afternoon session. I think the event turned out rather well with my old team doing a top job as always – ably supported by our CEO Steve Ballmer doing the keynote :-). For folks wondering, Martin Beeby (IE9) is one of the two chaps that took my old role when I moved to the ISV team in August. Are you an ISV? Speaking of ISVs (Independent ...
Yesterday, I released LINQ to Twitter Beta v2.0.14. This includes entities, bug fixes, and the new Raw Queries feature. Please visit the LINQ to Twitter page for more info: http://linqtotwitter.codeplex.com/ Joe
In this Issue: David Anson, Jeff Blankenburg, Walt Ritscher(-2-, -3-, -4-), Dan Wahlin, xprblog, and Jeff Prosise. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Sizeable, yet square, content control" Walt Ritscher WP7: "Creating Windows Phone 7 Application and Marketplace Icons" xprblog MVVM: "Getting Started with the MVVM Pattern" Dan Wahlin Shoutouts: Scott Hanselman brokered a deal for 2 lucky winners: WIN a FREE Phone with like NO effort and attend the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Michael Crump posted a ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Richard Waddell, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-, -3-), Dejan Jakovic, Peter Kuhn, Domagoj Pavlešic, Thomas Martinsen, Jesse Liberty, and Joost van Schaik(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Unsaved Data Detection " Michael Washington WP7: "Extension methods for tomb stoning the Windows Phone 7 model" Joost van Schaik Expression Blend: "Simple Layout Techniques In Blend " Richard Waddell Shoutouts: Mark your calendars, because Beth Massi announced MSDN Radio on ...
Today, I added a new extensibility feature to LINQ to Twitter, called Raw Queries. The Twitter API has historically changed suddenly and without warning, leaving 3rd party libraries, such as LINQ to Twitter deficient in full support. On occasion, LINQ to Twitter encounters bugs that leave users without a means for accomplishing specific tasks. Therefore, we need work arounds to allow users to quickly adapt to changes and new features. Raw queries include two points of extensibility: the ability to ...
I’ve blogged about the tools and have played with the hardware, now its time to put an application on the actual Windows Phone 7 hardware. I will guide you through the entire process step-by-step. Please note that I have an early version of the phone and had to get a Connect Login to download Zune 4.7. If you are reading this after the phone has launched then you can probably just go to the Zune web page and download it directly. You will also want to skip down until the next section that starts ...
This article will demonstrate how to add, edit, delete, group, sort, filtering data using ComponentWays Silverlight xamlDataGrid and RIA Services (DomainDataSource). Content Starting a New Project Exposing Data from Entity Framework Consuming Data in the Client with DomainDataSource and xamlDataGrid CRUD: Add, Edit, View, Delete data Validating Data Persisting Data and Error Handling Grouping Data Sorting Data Filtering Data Summary Starting a New Project Create a new Silverlight Application (C# ...
I apologize in advance to those waiting for part 2 of the Windows Services post I did last week. I will have a follow-up post next week, this week at work has just been crazy and I haven’t had as much time to devote to the code examples as I’d like to polish it. So instead I thought I’d throw a quick post out on what I’d like to see in the future versions of C#. A lot of folks are posting things they would like to see in C# 5.0 and beyond. There’s a great list on Stack Overflow (here) and a great ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Paul Patterson, Dragos Manolescu, Rob Tiffany, Mike Snow, Gergely Orosz, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Kirupa Chinnathambi, Alex Knight, and Nigel Sampson. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Yet Another Podcast Show #3 – John Papa on MVVM and Patterns" Jesse Liberty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Building a WCF REST + JSON Service" Rob Tiffany Training: "Microsoft Lightswitch - A Data Driven Approach" Paul Patterson Shoutouts: Tim Heuer attempts to help in your Understanding ...
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 The MVVM patterns is a commonly used pattern in Silverlight. Because of databinding MVVM suits perfectly for WPF and Silverlight. But use it only if appropriate. Often the pattern is used when it isn’t necessary. The usage of any pattern should be a helping tool, not an enforced ...
Writing apps for the WP7? Interested in learning more about the platform? Like beer? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, come join us at the Kings Head Pub on Thursday October 7th at 6pm.! We'll be having an informal get together to talk about the WP7, and share our collective experiences working on this platform. Joel Semeniuk (Imaginets) has offered up his loaner WP7 phone for us to hack around with, so anyone who'd like to share / show-off their applications or works-in-progress, ...
A few days ago I mentioned that I had been busy recently writing a guest blog post for a fairly high profile blog. Today I can happily announce the details. My article “Deploy a PowerShell Module with SharePoint Cmdlets” was published on the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog this morning. Click here for the link. Anyone familiar with Windows PowerShell will most likely know the Scripting Guy Ed Wilson and his teammate Craig Liebendorfer. A little over a month ago Ed asked if I would submit a guest blog post ...
In this Issue: Sandrino Di Mattia, Kranthi Kiran Gullapalli(-2-), Mike Snow, David Anson, Jeremy Likness, Vikram Pendse, Paul Sheriff(-2-), Markus Egger, Johan Danforth, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Change Templates Dynamically in Silverlight" Paul Sheriff WP7: "Silverlight On Mobile : InputScope in Windows Phone 7" Vikram Pendse MEF: "MEF in the Wild: A Retrospective " Jeremy Likness Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test #6 From SilverlightCream.com: ...
In this Issue: Dragos Manolescu, Jeff Fansler, Andy Beaulieu, John McFetridge, Kunal Chowdhury, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Mike Taulty(-2-, -3-), and Peter Bromberg. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using ASP.NET Session with Silverlight and WCF Services " Peter Bromberg WP7: "Collision Detection on Windows Phone 7 " Andy Beaulieu Shoutouts: Just in case you missed Koen Zwikstra's Document Toolkit screencast, never fear... it's available online! Document Toolkit screencast (2) Tim Heuer announced some deep ...