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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...

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 ...
DISCLAIMER: I did not get this product for free. I bought it with my own money. However, if Razer wants to give me a keyboard for a review then I would gladly accept it. =) Official Product Page While I have been “Searching for the Perfect Developer’s Laptop” I have discovered that PC Gamers have it pretty good. For example, check out my “A Developers Review of Cooler Master Storm Laptop Cooler SF-19” article. Did you notice that this was a Gamers product? Developers actually have something in common ...
I would like to invite you to visit us at WPC LA 2011 and learn how to move your mission-critical/Enterprise apps to the Win Azure Cloud. We will present our innovative migration solution Instant CloudMove at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)tomorrow (July 13). Find us at the Windows Azure Building Blocks demo station where we’ll be showcasing the unique tools for moving business client/server applications such as é.VISOR by Limón GmbH to Azure Cloud. The original application is a data-centric ...
I'm down in Los Angeles this week for my first ever Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference! This is the biggest industry conference I've ever attended, with more than 15000 people from around the world! It's also a bit different too because I don't know *anybody* here. WPC is more of a business/sales/marketing type of conference, not so much technical. As a result, its an entirely different crowd than the usual suspects at TechEd, PDC, etc. That's not a bad thing though! I'm meeting some great people ...
Introduction One of the features that I’m surprised to see hardly no one talk about is “Communication Between Local Silverlight-Based Applications”. This is not new to Silverlight as it has been around since Silverlight 3. In other words, this will allow you to have two Silverlight applications running on the same PC talk to one another without using Web Services, etc. I originally was looking into this for a pet project that I was going to use with Kinect, but found this very valuable and decided ...
Giovanni Bassi published the original NuGet package for LINQ to Twitter (L2T), which I'm appreciative of. Since then, I have yet to do a release myself, but that is changing now. The current version of LINQ to Twitter is stable enough for a release, so the time is right. I think there are a few aspects of a LINQ to Twitter NuGet package that aren't as simple as point at a project and your done, so I'll document my process here in case anyone else is interested. Getting Started I had played around ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Kevin Hoffman, Pontus Wittenmark, Peter Kuhn, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Stephen Price. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Color FromArgb using hex values" Stephen Price WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 1 – Passing the Smoke Test" András Velvárt Shoutouts: Pete Brown posted about the redesign of the Silverlight.net site... I like it ... check it out for yourself: he New and Improved Silverlight.net Site Michael Washington ...
In this All-Submittal (but not all current submittals) Issue: Rod Falanga, Colin Eberhardt, and Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight/VS2010: "Creating Silverlight Application on network share : The Official Microsoft Silverlight Site" Rod Falanga WP7: "Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 22 - Local Database Support, Create DataContext" Kunal Chowdhury Just plain interesting:: "From Silverlight To HTML5" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: The SilverlightShow folks announced some training ...
Mei Liang - one of the owners of All-In-One Code Framework was interviewed by Robert Green - the famous host in Channel 9 Visual Studio Toolbox, to introduce All-In-One Code Framework and demonstrate Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. http://channel9.msdn.com/Sh... All-In-One Code Framework Sample Browser and Sample Browser Visual Studio Extension give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, manage ...
UPDATE! July 8th, 2011 -- I’ve been reading Chris Poteet’s blog for a while (probably since Day of .Net Ohio in 2008 or 2009) and he recently started a new blog covering odd user interface quirks and inconsistencies with SharePoint. He’s titled the blog, Unexpected Error. Well, today Chris was kind enough to mention me for follow Friday on Twitter and I followed the link to his blog again – and was stunned to see that I had written a post this week that is pretty much the same one he wrote two weeks ...
I found out last night that I have been awarded with the Microsoft MVP Award for my contribution to the Silverlight community. It is a honor, a privilege and one of the biggest moments in my professional life. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by Microsoft for doing something that I love. According to Microsoft, this award is given by Microsoft to outstanding members of Microsoft's technical communities based on contributions made during the previous 12 months to offline ...
IE9 Toolbar’s Browser Mode allows us to test for different versions of IE. This feature has been there right from IE8 Developer Toolbar. But, I always thought that the testing was just limited to the different versions of IE i.e. IE7, IE8 and IE9. One of the advantages of having a technical boss is that, he points to the right set of information when needed. @harishV pointed out that you can test even for other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari from within the IE9 Developer Toolbar. For the ...
Official Site | Samples | Download | Documentation | Forum | Twitter In jqChart - HTML5 jQuery Chart Plugin version 1.5.1.0 we added Financial chart types - Stock Chart and Candlestick Chart. Visit our live Stock Chart sample. Visit our live Candlestick Chart sample. Official Site | Samples | Download | Documentation | Forum | Twitter ...
Introduction The official Kinect SDK has been out for a while now and I haven’t seen many people actually doing “how-to” post to get others started developing for it. I decided that I would help kick-start the movement by creating a series called, “Kinecting the Dots”. This is going to be a series of blog posts covering questions or concerns that I’ve seen in the community. I am planning on answering questions so if you have one that you want answered then please contact me by using the form above. ...
In this Issue: SLMPerf, Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Mike Taulty, Beth Massi, Andrea Boschin, and Alex Golesh. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reactive Extensions RTW" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 21 - Small Demo of Accelerometer Application" Kunal Chowdhury Training: "Using SharePoint Data in your LightSwitch Applications" Beth Massi Shoutouts: My friends at SilverlightShow released their list of the top 5 posts on SilverlightShow for June 20 - 26, ...
I was included in a very happy group of developers that yesterday was awarded (or re-awarded -- is that a word?) Microsoft MVP in their area of expertise. In my case, it was a re-award. My first was in 2007, so this is my 4th re-award. I'd like to take space in my blog to personally thank my Lead, Allen Li, and the folks on the Silverlight team for once again including me in the list with the cool kids. Also the Silverlight team for their steadfast support of the MVPs by keeping us in the loop. Re-awards ...
Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 2 was released on 6/29/2011. Are you ready for it? If not then let my guide help you get your system prepared and go through a few new features. Download links: Web Installer of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK ISO Image of Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 SDK - (723 MB) To get started you are going to need to remove the previous version of your Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta 1. This kicks off the process of uninstalling the Beta. Once it is uninstalled then you ...
In this Issue: WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Mike Taulty, Erno de Weerd, Stephen Price, Chris Rouw, Peter Kuhn, Damian Schenkelman, Michael Washington, and Manas Patnaik. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Binding to View Model properties in Data Templates. The RootBinding Markup Extension" Damian Schenkelman WP7: "Storing Files in SQL Server using WCF RIA Services and Silverlight – Part 3" Chris Rouw LightSwitch: "Saving Files To File System With LightSwitch (Uploading Files)" Michael Washington Shoutouts: ...
Official Site | Samples | Download | Documentation | Forum | Twitter The render speed of the jqChart- HTML5 jQuery Chart Plugin is optimized for handling a large set of data. Look at our live performance sample. Official Site | Samples | Download | Documentation | Forum | Twitter ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Mike Taulty, Xpert360, and Erno de Weerd. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight, HTML and the WebBrowser Control for Offline Apps" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 18 - Know about various Phone Tasks" Kunal Chowdhury LightSwitch: "How to Create a Simple Audit Trail (Change Log) in LightSwitch" Beth Massi From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone 7 (Mango) Tutorial - 18 - Know about various Phone Tasks Kunal Chowdhury has number 18 ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Peter Kuhn(-2-, -3-), Mike Gold, WindowsPhoneGeek, Nigel Sampson, Paul Sheriff, Dhananjay Kumar, and Erno de Weerd. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Debug Helper" Peter Kuhn3 WP7: "Metro In Motion #8 – AutoCompleteBox Reveal Animation" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Check out the Top 5 from my friends at SilverlightShow from last week: SilverlightShow for June 13 - 19, 2011 From SilverlightCream.com: Metro In Motion #8 – AutoCompleteBox Reveal ...
I’ve been playing with the Kinect SDK Beta for the past few days and have noticed a few projects on CodePlex worth checking out. I decided to blog about them to help spread awareness. If you want to learn more about Kinect SDK then you check out my”Busy Developer’s Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta”. Let’s get started: KinectContrib is a set of VS2010 Templates that will help you get started building a Kinect project very quickly. Once you have it installed you will have the option to select the following ...
Introduction In the second part of my “Game-changing Features” series, I investigated how to create multiple windows in a trusted Silverlight 5 application. Now, it is time to explore another set of features: SoundEffect Class for Low-Latency, Supporting Double- and Triple-Mouse Clicks and Linked Text Containers. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. The full source code for all three of the projects will be available as a separate download with this article. ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Oren Gal, Rudi Grobler, Stephen Price, Erno de Weerd, Joost van Schaik, WindowsPhoneGeek, Andrea Boschin, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Multiple Page Printing in Silverlight4 - Part 3 - Printing Driving Directions" Oren Gal WP7: "Prototyping Windows Phone 7 Applications using SketchFlow" Vikram Pendse Shoutouts: Not Silverlight, but darned cool... Michael Crump has just what you need to get going with Kinect: The busy developers guide to the ...
I have had the chance to talk at many conferences these past few years, and came up with a way to prepare them which works really well for me. Most importantly, it would make it quite easy to overcome an emergency (for example if my laptop would suddenly lose data). The whole code as well as the slides and other documents are in the cloud. I also use source control for my demos, so that I always have the latest and the greatest, but also a history of changes I made to my demos. Finally I have a system ...