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On Thursday, a scathingly bad review of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) was published by InfoWorld. I had considered writing a post to refute some of its points, but Paul Thurrott did just that, and did it masterfully. There's little value that I can add to his post, other than to link it and suggest that you read it. Meanwhile, Sunday and Monday, much more fair reviews were posted at Cnet, ZDNet, Gizmodo, Engadget and MobileCrunch. All of these reviews were based on actual hands-on experience with a prototype ...
There has been a lot of response in the community about this gems idea we’ve been talking about. I even had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Quaranto, the guy behind Rubygems.org, over coffee Sunday and talk about where we think we are going and what it will take to get there. One of the biggest things that everyone wants to see carrying this idea forward is that we migrate off of Rubygems.org and have our own gem server. And we all agree this is a great idea. There are just two things that ...
In this Issue: Kirupa Chinnathambi, Sergey Barskiy, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth, Djonatas Tenfen, Yochay Kiriaty(-2-), Jason Zander. Shoutouts: Jeremy Likness follows up his Silverlight Profiling post with this one: Silverlight Profiling Part 2: The Easy Way Jeremy Likness also announced a release: Sterling OODB v0.1 Alpha Released! The Silverlight Team Blog announced Ooyala and Silverlight Bring the Beach Volleyball Open to You, Live! From SilverlightCream.com: Optimizing the On-Screen ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Kunal Chowdhury, Mark Arteaga(-2-), Shawn Hargreaves(-2-), Steve Strong, JOSUEYERAY, and Kyle McClellan. Shoutouts: Mason Brown has a post up that's a great read: Thoughts on User Exerience Yochay Kiriaty announced Windows Phone Developer Training Kit – Beta Refresh From SilverlightCream.com: Understanding control customization with templates: part #2 Andrea Boschin has the 2nd of his tutorial series on writing a templated control up on SilverlightShow How to Create ...
These days, JetBrains (the manufacturer of ReSharper (R#)) released the beta version of a new code coverage tool – dotCover. Because I’m a big fan of the R# add-in, I was particularly curious about having a first look at the newest JetBrains child. Notably, I wanted to see how it would take advantage of its deep R#/VS integration to make code coverage an integral part of a developer’s working experience. Here are my first impressions about it… Note: Because I’m using NCover for Code coverage analysis ...
The Ruby community has enjoyed a great user experience with a package management system they use called Gems. A gem is a package (or a library), compressed with some additional metadata, and can be either source files or binaries. Let’s focus on binary gems. We have the same concept in .NET (DLLs/EXEs). You may have references to other DLLs. When you want to update a reference you are using on a project, you may also need to update its dependencies as well. And so on and so forth. A package management ...
In this Issue: Charles Petzold, Nick Gravelyn, Andrea Boschin, John Papa, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Timmy Kokke, and Jeremy Likness. Shoutouts: Erik Mork and Co. have had this week's post up for a bit: This Week In Silverlight – Phones are here! Einar Ingebrigtsen announced the result of some of his vacation tim: Balder on Windows Phone 7 Very useful app if you're doing anything Pivot, Andrew Cox has A tool to help diagnose problems setting up your PivotViewer app PhaniRajuYN blogged that the Windows ...
In this Issue: Jim Jackson(-2-), Alex Golesh, Dustin Horne, Sl.ayer, xprblog, Mike James, and David Anson. Shoutouts: John Papa is on Deep Fried Bytes: Silverlight 4 Tools and RIA Services as Heard on Deep Fried Bytes Jaime Rodriguez has some help up for those that are having problems moving from the CTP to Beta bits: Tips for uninstalling the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTPs and moving to beta Koen Zwikstra reports an update: Document Toolkit 2 Release Candidate ... check out the feature list ...
I’m prepping this week for the 70-515 exam I’m taking on Friday, and I thought I’d go through some VS.NET 2010 labs as part of my prep. One of them has to do with setting up a WCF service, where you create a web application and then add an Entity Framework model file to the project. Right click, Add New Item, Entity Framework file, and… Huh. Well that’s weird, considering that this is a .NET 4.0 web application project in Visual Studio.NET 2010…how can it not resolve to the target framework? So I ...
An article was published at JupiterJS.com (titled “JavaScript vs Silverlight”) arguing that JavaScript is better than Silverlight. Unfortunately, there is no way to post comments on that page (weird, really) so I decided I would post my answer here. Read the rest of this entry » ...
In my last fundamentals post, Chuck had requested an example of how to translate between enum and int without resorting to casting or other hard-coded mechanisms that depend on the actual values of the enum. One of the problems, of course, with casting between enum and int (for example to represent the enum as an int in database) is that it is a very tightly-coupled bond. Any changes to the underlying data or to the enum could have disastrous consequences. Thus, it is often more desirable to have ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Andrea Boschin, Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-), Jaime Rodriguez, Brandon Watson, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Scott Guthrie. Shoutouts: Walt Ritscher announced a new Shazzam is shipping today, but haven't seen a notice yet. As a teas, here's a post from Walt: Oh, shiny! Animated Mandelbrot shader effect If you plan on any wp7dev work, check out this training: Windows Phone 7 Jump Start: Session One - Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight ... this is a ...
Update: The second video (10’ tutorial) is now ready (see below). Update 2: The code is on Codeplex (V0.5.1). I just published an updated videos (Highlights) showing the MultiTouch Behavior for Windows Phone 7 working with the new emulator. The big change is that the multitouch action now works great with the emulator (with the April CTP it was flaky, so I was using the mock mode a lot more). Another 10’ long tutorial is available. Read the rest of this entry » ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Sl.ayer, András Velvárt, Jag Reehal(-2-), Einar Ingebrigtsen, Robby Ingebretsen, Shawn Wildermuth, Pete Brown, Tim Heuer(-2-), Rob Eisenberg(-2-), Roger Peters, snoutholder, Wolf Schmidt, Kyle McClellan Shoutouts: Davide Zordan lists the Slides and Code from my Silverlight 4 – MEF webcast I have an Open Letter to (and deal for) Silverlight Bloggers discussing possible broken links at SilverlightCream.com From SilverlightCream.com: Basic Silverlight View Model Validation ...
For Issue 900, I wanted to do another "best of" and it's a little tricky. I can't do best of from 800 to 900 because it will be heavily weighted to the early posts. So what I did was best of for 2010 so far. I also did best of 2009 to put that one to bed. In the lists, Number 01 is the top hit, and they go on from there. Just a note to bloggers... if you reorganize your blog, don't break your links! ... there are a couple on these two lists that I had to go find, and that means that other links on ...
On July 21st I received a tweet on Twitter from Engadget pointing to an article entitled “Build a Blu-ray / TV Tuner-equipped HTPC for under $1,000” That day I essentially used the shopping list from that article to load my shopping cart on Newegg.com. I slept on it and finally completed the order the next day – July 22nd. No fancy shipping. (As a matter of fact most of the items had free shipping.) My boxes arrived on my doorstep last night – July 23rd. nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Steel HTPC 2000B ...
This week, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft’s Developer Division, announced, via blog post, the early Beta release of a new tool called WebMatrix. WebMatrix is a free developer tool that enables Web development geared toward what might I might call Markup-and-Script developers (more on that in a minute). And although WebMatrix draws upon technologies already, or soon to be, present in the fuller ASP.NET Web development platform and the Visual Studio integrated development environment ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Jim Lynn, Martin Duffy(-2-, -3-), Jonas Follesø, Ofir Shemesh, Karl Shifflett, Sergey Barskiy, Chris Klug Shoutouts: Chris Koenig posted an announcement for a WebCast next week: XNA Game Development for Windows Phone 7 ... I'm registered, are you? Erik Mork and crew have their latest Weekly podcast up: This Week In Silverlight – Kin RIP and Welcome new MVPs Manning Press has pushed an excerpt from Pete Brown's upcoming book: Silverlight out of the browser From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Technorati Tags: Scott Hanselman,diabetes Scott Hanselman is on a mission to raise $50,000 dollars for the ADA Diabetes Walk 2010. $30,000 has been raised so far. He needs our help to raise the remaining $20,000. Are you a "Hanselfan"? If you: have been entertained and educated by the Hanselminutes podcast have a well-thumbed copy of "Professional ASP.NET" on your desk (heck, you could use the dang thing for a desk, it's so huge) ==> or have read one of Scott's other books have learned about a ...
Continuing on the same vein as my last topic where I discussed differences between C# const and readonly keywords (here) and their uses, today I’m going to look at C# enums and their pitfalls. I will only be discussing the basic enums today (the post got kind of long so I’ll discuss enums marked with the [Flags] attribute next post). Quick Recap of Enums First, a quick recap of enums for those who are brand new or less familiar with them. Basically, enums a great way to declare a variable of a type ...
I recently had the privilege of taking part of a conversation about available blog engines with some of our Microsoft Community Leaders. I since got interested in finding out more about available .Net-based extensible blogging engines. Two days ago, I came across a link about Oxite, a codeplex ASP.Net MVC-based mature open source blogging engine (http://oxite.codeplex.com). While the Oxite project is no longer active, its source remains available and downloadable. Additionally, the future holds great ...
In this Issue: Timmy Kokke, Damon Payne, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Giorgetti Alessandro, Dinesh Sodani, David Anson, Kunal Chowdhury, haruhiro isowa, Max Paulousky, Rénald Nollet, and Rob Tiffany. Shoutouts: Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 1: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on Silverlight activities in MEA, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Series Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 2: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on upcoming Silverlight releases, the Silverlight ...
Yesterday, I published the source code of the MultiTouch Behavior for Windows Phone 7 on Codeplex (http://multitouch.codeplex... Meanwhile, Davide Zordan (the founder of this project) started to modify the Silverlight 4 version of the behavior to make it API compatible. Eventually, the goal is to share all the API signature, and as much code as possible. We would like to extend this to the WPF version as well, in order to have a consistent landscape of multitouch on all 3 platforms. Read the rest ...
This year, for the first time, St. Louis Day of .NET is excited to have a major keynote address delivered to the conference. We are pleased to welcome Brian Goldfarb, Microsoft Director of Product Management for Developer Platforms to the stage on Friday, August 20, 2010. Most recently, Brian has been seen on stage at PDC 2009 with Scott Guthrie, demonstrating the Microsoft Silverlight 4 client for Facebook. He was heavily involved in MIX10 in Las Vegas, and spoke at the Open Source Business Conference ...
Remember when the internet was like the wild west, you could do and say anything you wanted and no one could track you or stop you? It's not like that anymore and it's getting worse: seems every week there's another story of someone getting fired over a personal blog or twitter or facebook. Google has 282,000 results for "fired for blogging". So what can you do? How do you protect yourself? Read on to find out. What NOT to do I read an article recently on the popular blog lifehacker about using a ...
In this Issue: Davide Zordan, Alex van Beek, Michael Washington, Jag Reehal, Gill Cleeren, Rob Eisenberg, and Laurent Bugnion. Shoutouts: András Velvárt has a video of an awesome demo of his MIX10 Zoomery app running on WP7: Windows Phone 7 - Mix App John Papa posted all this material from the Tamp Silverlight User Group meeting: Blend, PathListBox, OOB Samples and More from Silverlight Night at Tampa SLUG It wasn't clear from his email, but Rudi Grobler's Mahhala looks like something on-going, so ...

I just published two videos on Vimeo (see the embedded videos at the end of this post)

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In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Phil Middlemiss, Jag Reehal, Senthil Kumar, Andrew Marshall, Chris Koenig, Jimmy, Lee, Pete Brown, Brian, Mike Taulty, and Jeremy Likness(-2-). From SilverlightCream.com: Prism Training Kit: Beta Version Available Damian Schenkelman announced the release of a Prism Training Kit he and Matias Bonaventura have put together. Read his description on the post, then go download the kit. Create a Custom Control - Inheriting from TextBox Phil Middlemiss has another great ...
In this Issue: Sl.ayer, Emiel Jongerius, Andrea Boschin, KunalChowdhury, Charles Petzold, Kathleen Dollard, Jag Reehal, Saschac, Versant, Karl Shifflett, and John Papa. Shoutouts: Michael S. Scherotter reported an update: Word to XAML Converter Updated for Word 2010, WPF4 and Silverlight 4 The Silverlight Team Blog announced Microsoft, NVIDIA and iStreamPlanet Stream NASCAR in 3D The Silverlight Team Blog also announced Silverlight and Wimbledon. Game, Set and Match SilverlightShow has announced ...
Once again we delve into the world of C# Fundamentals. Those hints and gotchas that tend to bite folks newer to the language. Today I take another look about the differences between const and readonly and the uses for each. For the purposes of this entry, whenever I say constant i mean a const or readonly. Const – Compile-Time Constant Values First of all, for those of you who came from the C++ and C# world, const in C# is not the same as const in that language. A const in C# can be closest considered ...
I’ve gotten a chance to present at MSDN Event in Tampa, FL on 6/30 a session called “Windows Phone 7 Development Overview.” As promised - here are the contents of the resources slides. Resource slide: http://developer.windowspho... http://windowsteamblog.com/... http://channel9.msdn.com/le... http://blogs.msdn.com/ckindel http://blogs.msdn.com/ptorr @wp7dev http://delicious.com/chrisk... http://www.reddit.com/r/wp7... Call to Action slide: Watch the ‘Windows ...
I'm sure the twitter-verse is congested with all this, but since I can't get on twitter from this place, I had to wait until someone else posted a list. Here's a list of all the folks awarded/reawarded Silverlight MVP today by Mamta If you know any of these folks personally, send them an email of congratulations... this is the end-product of a LOT of work for everyone ...
In this Issue: Ben Hodson, Marcel du Preez, Karl Shifflett(-2-), Rishi, Chris Koenig, Adam Kinney, Xianzhong Zhu, Jeremy Likness, and CrocusGirl. Shoutouts: Victor Gaudioso posted an inteview: Checkout my Interview with Bytes on MSDN (Microsoft) The Silverlight Web Services Team poses this question: How can we make WCF support in Silverlight better? ... read and give feedback in the comments. Timmy Kokke has announced the opening of a new XAML resource site to bookmark: XamlResource.com Chris Bowen ...
In this Issue: Joseph Cooney, Matthias Shapiro, Ramani Sandeep, Andy Wigley(-2-), Chris Rouw, Michael Washington, Brian Noyes, Roger Peters, Sergey Barskiy, Timmy Kokke, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra announced Document Toolkit 2 Beta 2 available Rob Eisenberg announced Caliburn v1.1 Released! I missed this post by Andy Wigley of his material from TechEd: Programming Silverlight for Windows Embedded from .NET I hope you didn't miss the release of the Silverlight PivotViewer Control ...
Since today XamlResource.com is officially in beta. Its purpose is to create a platform to find and share resources for Silverlight and WPF, resources in the form of Xaml. Have a look around and if you run into issues, please let us know at xaml@hotmail.nl. Beta 1: In Beta 1 only a few of the final categories are supported: Colors; Resources of type SolidColorBrush Gradients; Resources of type GradientBrush Color sets; 2 to 5 resources of type SolidColorBrush Vectors; Resources of type StreamGeometry ...

As I am reaching the end of the writing phase of Silverlight 4 Unleashed (to be published at Sams), I thought I would give a little more information about this book.

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In this Issue: Michael Washington, Teresa Burger, Kunal Chowdhury, Jeff Prosise, Yavor Georgiev, and Jeremy Likness. From SilverlightCream.com: RIATasks: A Simple Silverlight CRUD Example (using View Model and Rx Extensions) Michael Washington has a tutorial up on ViewModel style programming, check out Michael's code and and let him show you how to write less code using ViewModel... and grab the source while you're at it. TextBox with Strikethrough in Silverlight by modifying the TextBox template ...
I attended my first CodeStock this year and in short it was awesome. Like 100 billion hot dogs awesome. The travel there was crazy to say the least, but I met lots of new people, had a session go well and recorded 3 podcasts. So that is the short version. If you are on twitter and either follow me or followed the #codestock hash tag, you probably saw my airline craziness in Philly. It all started on Monday. We had a client deliverable on Wednesday morning and due to some things that happened I only ...
In this Issue: Mike Taulty, Joshua Holt, and Timmy Kokke. Shoutout: Jesse Liberty has a post up that should be required reading for anyone blogging or thinking about starting one: Creating A Silverlight Blog That Doesn’t Suck From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight and WCF RIA Services (4 – RIA Services Libraries) The 4th part of Mike Taulty's RIA Services series is a nice tutorial on the RIA Service Class Library... what it is, how to build one and how to use it. Debugging Silverlight with Firefox ...
Just a reminder to tune in all weekend, here is the published schedule: http://www.dotnetrocks.com/... Twitter Hash Tag: #dnrlive Saturday, June 26 Time Content 8am-9am Patrick Hynds 9am-10am Michele Leroux Bustamante 10am-11am Rob Howard 11am-12pm Stephen Toub 12pm-1pm Music, Comedy 1pm-2pm James Kovacs 2pm-3pm Don Demsak 3pm-4pm Daniel Egan 4pm-5pm Brian Randell 5pm-6pm Tim Huckaby 6pm-7pm Chris Sells 7pm-8pm Music, Comedy 8pm-9pm Daniel Simmons 9pm-10pm Brian Noyes 10pm-11pm Patrick ...
While there are many programmers moving their infrastructures to platforms like .NET and away from VB6 and COM, there are still applications out there that are written in VB6 and possibly a plethora still using COM. And, it is likely that we’ll be seeing and supporting VB6 and COM-based applications for the foreseeable future. As a result, maybe you shouldn’t file away your VB6 and COM troubleshooting skills just yet. Even if you have a good strategy for preserving binary compatibility from version ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Richard Waddell Marcel du Preez, Rudi Grobler, Shawn Wildermuth, David Anson, and John Papa. Shoutout: Michael Scherotter announced Recording Available from LiveMeeting on Creating an Entry for the Ball Watch Silverlight Contest From SilverlightCream.com: INotifyPropertyChanged implementations: An Overview Emiel Jongerius has a very nice compilation of various INotifyPropertyChanged implementations, with hints and tricks about each. Physics Helper for Silverlight 4 ...
C# Fundamentals Genesis I’ve decided to begin a line of back-to-basics blogs that I hope to post regularly. I used to teach C++ Programming, Algorithms, and Data Structures courses at Webster University in the evenings here locally, and have missed those teaching and mentoring moments when I had to stop teaching after the birth of my twins (no more free time for me!). While some of these fundamentals will be obvious to those who know the languages well (I hope to post C# and C++ tidbits), I’m hoping ...
This past Monday, June 21st, The New York City Council Committee on Technology in Government held a hearing on its proposed legislation, known as Introduction 029-2010, that would require all City agencies to publish their data online, in “raw” form. The data would be available to private citizens who wished to analyze it, hobbyist developers who wished to work with it, and commercial entities looking to utilize it internally or create products that use and add value to it. Such initiatives have ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Brian Noyes, Michael Klucher, i-programmer, and Mike Snow. From SilverlightCream.com: Capture usage information of a Windows Phone 7 application using Google Analytics Google Analytics with WP7? ... Mark Monster leverages his experience in this area to to work out a way to get to a web page to track analytics ... pretty clever Mark, and all the code is there for us! WCF RIA Services Part 2: Querying Data Brian Noyes has part 2 of his RIA Services series up at SilverlightShow. ...
In this Issue: Martin Naughton(-2-), Antoni Dol, SilverLaw, Jeff Handley, Pete Brown, and Ozymandias. Shoutout: snoutholder at the Silverlight SDK announced Get Started with Silverlight (New QuickStart Articles) From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Business Application Themes - ErrorWindow Issues Martin Naughton has a post up discussing Themes in RIA Services and problems with the new themes. He has those problems fixed and zipped up, plus a fix for binding to text resources and a change for the ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Anton Polimenov, Michael Washington, Phil Middlemiss, Sergey Barskiy, Damon Payne, Jeff Prosise, and Mike Snow. Shoutout: Laurent Bugnion is looking for beta testers for WP7: Windows Phone 7 multitouch behavior: beta testers needed (#wp7dev)! Erik Mork and they crew have a new podcast up: This Week in Silverlight – Windows Phone 7 and Bus Tracking IdeaBlade has a video tutorial series up: The Developers Tour of DevForce Silverlight ... download the walkthrough and code ...
You get 21Scrum! Andrew Woodward (@andrewwoody) has been working hard at getting his passion for process and development into a solution that drives the principles of Scrum. He and Sam Dolan (@pinkpetrol) have worked on a look that is functional and appealing. Good job, Andrew! 21Scrum is now live! Go check it out … http://www.21scrum.com Give the Tour section a go. Explore and enjoy ...
Saw this on Twitter tonight: Rob’s blog posts always generate some colourful comments, so when I see a tweet with his name and “Bridges were burnt”, I’m thinking this is going to be quite the talk. The talk in question is titled “The Next Big Thing or Cool-Kid Koolaid? Slicing Through the Rhetoric of MVC vs. WebForms”. Since Rob was part of the MS-MVC team at one point, getting his view of the MVC vs. Webforms debate does sound intriguing and I’m sure many attended thinking that’s what they were ...

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

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