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After I released the MVVM Light installer, I got a note saying that parts of the installation failed on non-English systems (in that case a German installation of Expression Blend and Visual Studio). Specifically, what failed was the code snippets on Visual Studio, and the project and item templates in Expression Blend. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Introduction By now, most of you have heard that Windows Phone 7 – Mango release will support Local Databases (SQL CE) using Linq to SQL. But what you probably haven’t heard much about is how to extract the .SDF that is created in isolated storage to your local computer and view the contents. I find this extremely important for debugging application and making sure my database is setup exactly like I want it. So, that is what we are going to do today. Getting Started with a sample application: For ...
In this Issue: Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-), Andrea Boschin, Peter Kuhn, Shawn Wildermuth, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Pete Vickers, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Chad Campbell, Vikram Pendse, Michael Crump, and David Kelley. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 : Low-Latency Sound Effects" Vikram Pendse WP7: "Windows Phone codenamed "Mango" Training Course" Alex Golesh Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up My friends at SilverlightShow posted their top 5 for ...
Today, I was testing a Web site for deployment and encountered the problem described in the subject of this post. However, the process leading up to realizing the true problem was far from clear. This post describes my initial experience, steps I took to isolate the true problem, and what I did to fix it. To put this in context, My project is an ASP.NET 4.0 Website. Bump! While testing, I encountered a System.Web.HttpException with the following message: File does not exist. with the following stack ...
Introduction Have you ever wondered how to update the Application Tile in your Windows Phone 7 Mango application? Me too. But before we dig in, let’s look at the properties of a Tile. Microsoft defines each one as listed below: Title. A string indicating the title of the application. The Title must fit on a single line of text and should not be wider than the actual Tile. Approximately 15 characters will fit in the title before being truncated. BackgroundImage. An image displayed on the front of ...
In this Issue: Gill Cleeren, Shawn Wildermuth, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, and Asim Sajjad. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Post Comments Using Silverlight" Asim Sajjad WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Navigation" Erno de Weerd LightSwitch: "Developing real-world applications with LightSwitch - Part 4: To query or to code, that is the question!" Gill Cleeren Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up From SilverlightCream.com: Developing real-world applications ...
In this Issue: Asim Sajjad, Thomas Martinsen, Johan Danforth, Kunal Chowdhury, Loek van den Ouweland, XAMLNinja, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Sumit Dutta, and David Yack. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Update XAP file" Thomas Martinsen WP7: "WP7 Ad Control and OutOfMemoryException" David Yack Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Den Delimarsky is working on an 'alternative non-approval based Marketplace for Windows Phone': [Weekend coding] MetroPack – desktop Cydia ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Shawn Wildermuth, Kunal Chowdhury, Peter Kuhn, Loek van den Ouweland, XAMLNinja, Ollie Riches(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Den Delimarsky, and Sumit Dutta. Above the Fold: WP7: "Fun With New Live Tile API" Shawn Wildermuth Expression Blend: "Icons or other visuals with XAML instead of bitmaps" Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Gill Cleeren posted his SilverlightShow Advanced Silverlight 5 webinar files From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders post can be found here. Today we will look at five easy ways to aggregate sequences. Often times when we’re looking at a sequence of objects, we want to do perform some sort of aggregation across those sequences to find a calculated result from the sequence. The methods we will be looking ...
Introduction: One of the concerns that I keep hearing from customers is, “We can’t deploy Silverlight because it won’t run on a tablet.” I usually reply to that question stating, “What do you mean it can’t run on a tablet?” They usually looked puzzled and say, “You mean Silverlight *CAN* run on a tablet?” Yes, there are many devices that Silverlight can run on. Today we are going to take a look at the Motion CL900 Tablet. FYI: I have no affiliation with Motion Computing. Why this tablet? When I first ...
Official Site | Samples | Download | Documentation | Forum | Twitter Introduction jqChart takes advantages of HTML5 Canvas to deliver high performance client-side charts and graphs across browsers (IE 6+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari) and devices, including iOS and Android mobile devices. Some of the key features are: High performance rendering. Animaitons. Scrolling/Zoooming. Support for unlimited number of data series and data points. Support for unlimited number of chart axes. True DateTime ...
In this Issue: Sigurd Snørteland, Kunal Chowdhury, Todd Brix, MIke Ormond, XAMLNinja, Ollie Riches(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Morten Nielsen, and Gill Cleeren. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "apps portal – a silverlight based app store" Sigurd Snørteland WP7: "Windows Phone: Adding Mango features to a 7.0 WinPhone App" Morten Nielsen Expression Blend: "Expression Blend Drawing Tips" John Papa LightSwitch: "Cleaning a LightSwitch solution" Gill Cleeren Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Gill Cleeren, Chris Koenig, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Ryan Alford, and Shawn Wildermuth(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Relative Source Binding in Silverlight" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Maintaining a Project with Two Windows Phone Versions" Shawn Wildermuth LightSwitch: "Tree Control: Hierarchical Data with LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's got his latest Desert Mountain Developers up From SilverlightCream.com: Tree Control: Hierarchical Data ...
In this Issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Beth Massi, Ryan Alford, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jeremy Likness, John Papa(-2-), Jeff Wilcox, Mike Ormond, Ollie Riches(-2-), and Mijail Cisneros. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Incompatibility: Play by the Rules" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango Custom application Theme Step by Step" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "How to Allow Adding of Data to an Auto-Complete Drop-down Box in LightSwitch" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Mike Ormond posted about the next ...
In this Issue: AfricanGeek, Dhananjay Kumar, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Den Delimarsky, Austin Andrews, John Papa, Morten Nielsen(-2-), Andrej Tozon(-2-), and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Papa's Perspective: Fundamental MVVM" John Papa WP7: "Connecting Windows Phone 7, Zune, a Proxy Server and an Intranet Web Service" Erno de Weerd LightSwitch: "Using WCF RIA Services With LightSwitch: I Know You're Scared, I Understand" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Crump is ...
On August 19th 2011 I gave a presentation at devLINK titled, “Producing and Consuming OData in an Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 Application”. As promised, here is the Slides / Code / Resources to my talk. Slides – The query slide in this deck was taken from a slide in Mike Taulty’s talk. This is the first time that I used Prezi in a talk and it worked out wonderful! I want to apologize in advance for embedding a flash player in my blog. It is all that Prezi supports at this time. =( Producing and ...
In this All Submittal Issue: Michael Washington, SilverlightShow(-2-), Mark Monster(-2-), Oren Gal, Andrea Boschin, Sigurd Snørteland, Peter Kuhn, Mijail Cisneros, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Gill Cleeren Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Why Visual Studio Debugger is not working for my Silverlight Application?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Cache as Fallback using Reactive Extensions" Mark Monster LightSwitch: "Using WCF RIA Services In LightSwitch To Simplify Your Application UI" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael ...
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. The index of all my past little wonders post can be found here. Today we’re going to look at a very small, and sometimes helpful static method of the object class. Of course, we know most of the key methods of the object class by heart, especially the ones we tend to override often such as Equals(), GetHashCode(), and ToString(). ...
A new blog has appeared from the engineering team to have a two-way dialog with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8. We showed you a preview of Windows 8 in June, demonstrating the user experience and providing an update on ARM SoC support. The next major event for Windows is our BUILD conference in September, where we will provide developers with more details about the full spectrum of tools and capabilities available to make the ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Michael Crump, Nigel Sampson, Ben Gracewood, Jeremy Likness, Den Delimarsky, Austin Andrews, Morten Nielsen(-2-), and Alex Sorokoletov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Attribute Validation in Silverlight with WCF RIA Services Example" Jeremy Likness WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 3–Share on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn" András Velvárt LightSwitch: "How To Create a Simple Control Extension (Or How To Make LightSwitch Controls You Can ...
In this Issue: Mike Taulty, Derik Whittaker, Den Delimarsky, Oscar Agreda, and Morten Nielsen(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "FlickR Searching with Silverlight & Rx" Mike Taulty WP7: "New Video – Windows Phone 7 Guide – Part 7 – Unlock apps in a locked emulator" Den Delimarsky Shoutouts: Michael Palermo has the latest up: Desert Mountain Developers for August 11 From SilverlightCream.com: FlickR Searching with Silverlight & Rx Mike Taulty posted a live demo and write-up on a FlickR search ...
In this Issue: Morten Nielsen(-2-), Mike Gold, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Den Delimarsky, Austin Andrews, and Oscar Agreda. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight MVVM Code Smith Templates" Oscar Agreda WP7: "Working with a simple ViewModelLocator from MVVM-Light" Mike Gold From SilverlightCream.com: WPF vs. Silverlight - Part 4 - Animations Part 4 of Morten Nielsen's WPF and Silverlight comparison yeields this post on Animations... the launching thereof to be exact WPF vs. Silverlight - ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi(-2-), Gill Cleeren, Rajat Jaiswal, Mike Taulty, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Den Delimarsky, Austin Andrews, and Oscar Agreda. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to Close Browser Window from Silverlight Application?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "How to access blacklisted apps in the Windows Phone emulator ROM (with the locked BIN image)" Den Delimarsky LightSwitch: "Getting Started with the LightSwitch Starter Kits" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's Desert ...
Occasionally I write a rant or two and this one has been boiling for ages. First off you need to read Mike Watson’s Blog Post on Silverlight Ambiguity in Office 365: http://jmikewatson.wordpres... So now let’s get started. First off this post has been boiling since I have heard the question in one of my sessions last year “What do you think will happen to Silverlight now that HTML 5 exists?”. I brushed it aside. I ignored it when ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Ollie Riches, Morten Nielsen(-2-), Mike Taulty, Den Delimarsky, Derik Whittaker, Oscar Agreda, Austin Andrews, Manas Patnaik, and Jesse Liberty(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Conditional CellTemplete controls at Runtime in Silverlight DataGrid" Manas Patnaik WP7: "Implementing a Windows Phone 7 Conversation View Part Two" Colin Eberhardt Expression Design: "Tutorial: Creating an Icon" Austin Andrews Shoutouts: SilverlightShow has their top 5 from last week listed: ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Pontus Wittenmark(-2-), Derik Whittaker, Peter Kuhn, Michael James, XamlNinja, Adam Kinney, Morten Nielsen(-2-), Alex Sorokoletov(-2-), and Den Delimarsky. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "WPF vs. Silverlight - Part 1 - Custom Controls Theme" Morten Nielsen WP7: "New Windows Phone “How Do I” Video Series" Adam Kinney LightSwitch: "The LightSwitch Control Extension Makers Dilemma" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Palermo has his latest Desert Mountain Developers ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Mike Talbot, Michael Washington, Davide Zordan, Pontus Wittenmark(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Pete Brown, Dhananjay Kumar, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Peter Torr, Derik Whittaker, and MIchael Crump. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating a Silverlight 5 Helper for ASP.NET MVC3 Razor" Pete Brown WP7: "Page State–Step by Step" Jesse Liberty LightSwitch: "Using the Telerik Rich Text Editor In Visual Studio LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Laurent Bugnion ...
For a very (too) long time, the installation procedure for MVVM Light sucked. It involved downloading and unzipping files in various locations. Unfortunately, creating an automated installer is not completely trivial because of the variety of files that are getting installed: Binaries, Code Snippets, Project and Item Templates, all require different locations, and all that for VS2008, VS2010, Blend 4 and Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4, WPF3.5 SP1, WPF4, WP7.0 and now WP7.1 “Mango”. Read the rest of ...
In this Issue: Oren Gal, Oscar Agreda(-2-), Michael Washington, Mike Gold, John Papa, Paul Sheriff, Jesse Liberty(-2-), András Velvárt, and Derik Whittaker. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "here is a Complete Silverlight Business Application using MVVM" Oscar Agreda WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 2– The SystemTray" András Velvárt LightSwitch: "WCF RIA Service: Combining Two Tables" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Crump's articles on OData at Silverlight show have been pulled into an eBook: My eBook ...
This Friday and Saturday I will be giving my C#/.NET "Little Wonders" and "Little Pitfalls" presentations to the St. Louis Day of .NET Conference in St. Louis, Missouri at the Ameristar Casino and Conference Center. I'm including the presentations here for the attendees and anyone else interested. The C#/.NET Little Wonders presentation has been touched up a bit. C#/.NET Little Wonders View more presentations from BlackRabbitCoder The C#/.NET Little Pitfalls presentation is brand new, let me know ...
Introduction One of the things that I recently had someone show me was using the “Copy Xaml” feature in Expression Design to create HTML5 SVG Path Data. I later found out that this was demoed at MIX11 in a session called HTML5 for Silverlight Developers. So with that said, I don’t take credit for discovering this, just documenting it for others to use. If you want to see the final product then click here. Go ahead and right click on the page and you will see it’s just path data (no image – just straight ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), XAMLNinja, Jonathan Marbutt, Rob Eisenberg, Jeremy Likness, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Derik Whittaker. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reflection, Lambda, and Expression Magic" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Working with Live Tiles in WP7 Mango–Creating, Updating and Deleting them" Derik Whittaker LightSwitch: "Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 Released - Download the Final Version Now" Kunal Chowdhury Shoutouts: Beth Massi has a link post up for lots of good LightSwitch resources: ...
In this Issue: Mike Talbot, Michael Crump, Kunal Chowdhury, Cheryl Simmons, Joost van Schaik(-2-), Shantimohan Elchuri, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Peter Torr, Pete Vickers, Derik Whittaker, and Den Delimarsky. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Wordle Like Tag Cloud for Silverlight" Mike Talbot WP7: "Speed and distance calculation extension methods for Windows Phone 7" Joost van Schaik Shoutouts: Check out Pete Brown's interview on .NET Rocks: My .NET Rocks Interview Koen Zwikstra announced a July update: Silverlight ...
C# is a wonderful language for modern programming. While everything in C# has a reason and a place, occasionally there are things that can be confusing for a developer who isn’t aware of what is happening behind the scenes. This is my fifth post in the Little Pitfalls series where I explore these issues; the previous Little Pitfall post can be found here. Side Note: I’ll be presenting sessions on the Little Wonders and the Little Pitfalls at the St. Louis Day of .NET conference on August 5th and ...
Introduction I’m proud to announce my first eBook and update to my article series on OData for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 is complete. I have worked very hard on this series and am pleased with the work. I may be a little biased, but I believe this is the best step-by-step guide ever created for OData and Silverlight/WP7 Mango. In the series, I walk you through every step with detailed screenshot and code snippets. From creating the OData data service to consuming it in an Silverlight application ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Ollie Riches, Derik Whittaker, John Garland, WindowsPhoneGeek, Manas Patnaik, Xianzhong Zhu, John Papa, Dhananjay Kumar, Jesse Liberty, Peter Torr, Gill Cleeren, and Jonas Follesø. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Multiple MonthView DatePicker Control in Silverlight" Manas Patnaik WP7: "Silverlight TV 79: Data Binding Debugging" John Papa From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone (Mango) DB Engines Performance Testing Max Paulousky's latest post is on performance testing ...
In this Issue: XamlNinja(-2-), Ollie Riches(-2-), Michael Washington, Bart Czernicki, Chris Craft, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jasim Schluter, Pete Vickers, Samuel Jack, and Mike Ormond. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating Inner Shadow Effects for WPF and Silverlight" Samuel Jack WP7: "WP7Contrib: Transient caching with In Memory Cache Provider" Ollie Riches LightSwitch: "Using OLAP for LightSwitchUsing OLAP for LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: The folks at SilverlightShow have ...
Official Site | Samples | Download | Documentation | Forum | Twitter With jqChart jQuery Plugin is easy to create real-time web charts using only HTML and JavaScript. Visit our live Live Data Chart sample. Official Site | Samples | Download | Documentation | Forum | Twitter ...
So, I wanted to build a simple display for the foyer of our building that would display in real-time the zeitgeist of the nation. What better way of testing the pulse of the UK, than pulling down the latest list of Twitter Trends. Twitter exposes this as a nice bit of JSON XML If you call - http://api.twitter.com/1/tr... You get a nice JSON response explained fully here https://dev.twitter.com/doc... .Net 4.0 has a great JSON deseriliser that can quickly read inbound ...
When I first started using Twitter, I had some basic rules for reducing the noise and increasing the value... following them made it a better experience for me. After scanning through this mornings feed on G+, it seems like I need to bring back those rules (as applicable to G+.) 1) If I mute 3 of your posts in a single day, you're gone. 2) If you post about religion or politics more than anything else, you're gone. 3) If you post incessantly about the latest world crisis more than anything else, ...
Continuing my “From Soup to Nuts” series or sometimes referred to as “The Busy Developers Guide” series, I will take a look at the Surface 2.0 SDK recently released by Microsoft. Before you read ahead, here are the other articles in this series: The Busy Developers Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta. The Busy Developers Guide to Mango. What is it? With the Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK, you can easily create applications to take advantage of the next generation Surface computing device or any Windows touch-enables ...
Today I'm going to talk about Dropbox. Just to first let you know the link will go to http://db.tt/JDiRA3v to give you AND me a bonus 250MB storage. First Dropbox is a online synchronization/backup service. Dropbox provides you with a start of 2GB plus an extra 250MB if you use the links in this page. The first step you can use to get an extra 250MB after using my link is to completed the getting started tab after completing five out of the seven steps you get another 250MB to get your total up to ...
C# is a wonderful language for modern programming. While everything in C# has a reason and a place, occasionally, there are things that can be confusing for a developer who isn’t aware of what is happening behind the scenes. This is my fourth post in the Little Pitfalls series where I explore these issues; the previous Little Pitfall post can be found here. Today we are going to look at a potential pitfall that can bite developers who expect the default behavior of declaring the same method (with ...
In this Issue: Gill Cleeren, Adam Kinney, Peter Torr, John Garland, Kunal Chowdhury, Telerik, WindowsPhoneGeek, Xianzhong Zhu, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Showing the Onscreen Keyboard in Silverlight OOB Applications" John Garland WP7: "Check if your WP7 app is a Bing Instant Answer" Adam Kinney LightSwitch: "The Visual Studio LightSwitch Economy" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Pete Brown announced a sweet deal on his next book: My Next Book: Silverlight ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Xianzhong Zhu, John Papa, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight TV 78: Designing Tiles and Splash Screens for Windows Phone (Design Tips Mini Series)" John Papa WP7: "Implementing a Windows Phone 7 Conversation View" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Kunal Chowdhury gave a "MVVM from Scratch using Silverlight" session at Pune User Group's (PUG) Monthly meet, and has posted his material: Recalling ...
In this All Submittal Issue: Michael Washington(-2-), András Velvárt(-2-), Gill Cleeren, and Kunal Chowdhury(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Tip: Network change events in Silverlight" Gill Cleeren WP7: "Windows Phone 7 for Silverlight Developers: Portrait and Landscape & Themes" András Velvárt LightSwitch: "Creating Visual Studio LightSwitch Custom Controls (Beginner to Intermediate)" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: Creating Visual Studio LightSwitch Custom Controls (Beginner ...
C# is a wonderful language for modern programming. While everything in C# has a reason and a place, occasionally, there are things that can be confusing for a developer who isn’t aware of what is happening behind the scenes. This is my third post in the Little Pitfalls series where I explore these small pitfalls; the previous Little Pitfall post can be found here. In the last Little Wonders post, we talked about the Nullable static class (not to be confused with the Nullable<T> struct) and ...

Just a short note to say

I’m back on this blog…

I’m back on twitter

I never left LinkedIn

except… I have buggered up my eyes and optician has told me to dramatically reduce my pc usage for a couple of days.

Catch you all soon.

In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Roy Dallal, Hannah Watkins, AfricanGeek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Beth Massi, Mohamed Mosallem, Michael Crump, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Communicating between two local Silverlight Applications" Michael Crump WP7: "Designing for Steam Achievements, a Windows Phone 7 app" Hannah Watkins LightSwitch: "Relating and Editing Data from Multiple Data Sources on the Same Screen" Beth Massi Shoutouts: My Friends at SilverlightShow have their top 5 posts from ...
I was informed on July 1st, 2011 that I was awarded a Microsoft Visual C# MVP recognition for 2011. I'm very thankful to have been nominated and selected, and thankful that you guys all find my posts informative and useful! I'll try my best to keep up the good work! Thanks to everyone! Tweet Technorati Tags: .NET, C#, MVP ...