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When using the Twitter Search API, the returned posts contain a "created_at" date time stamp with the time set to GMT time. This becomes an issue when using pymongo to store the datetime object in MongoDB. When a datetime object gets stored in MongoDb, mongo (or the pymongo library) updates the datetime object to reflect the current timezone. So in my case, since I live in Seattle, the datetime values get offset by 8 hours. For example, a Twitter post with a timestamp of "12/21/2010 06:07:56" gets ...
In this Issue: David Catuhe, Andrea Boschin, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, Mike Ormond, Doug Rathbone, John Garland, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "ItemsControl from scratch to your own controls" Andrea Boschin WP7: "Metro In Motion #5 – SandwichFlow" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Alan Cruz sent me a link to his Social Network site he's developed in Silverlight... this is another 'sign yourself up' thing... I did it, nothing bad happened :) ... Alan ...
I used to be envious of those people who could go to every conference. I would look on twitter and I would watch the streaming keynotes. I wondered how can I get to these events? Somehow I did it I’ve been to SharePoint Conference, The Expert’s Conference, and Best Practices Conference plus 31 or so SharePoint Saturdays. So now what? Well I finally got to go to TechEd in Atlanta as a HOL instructor. It’s kind of nice not speaking for once and just helping other people out. I don’t have as much pressure ...
Wow, where does the time go? Here I am, sitting in the Memphis airport on Sunday evening, waiting for my flight to Atlanta for Tech Ed 2011 – North America. I love going to Tech Ed, as it is the conference that really re-energizes me for the year. And this year especially, as I’m speaking again on one of the biggest stages in the world. This year I am speaking on IntelliTrace, formerly known as “Historical Debugging”. The main idea behind IntelliTrace is that you no longer run into the “un-reproducable ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Kunal Chowdhury, Mick Norman, Mike Hole, John Garland, Jeff Prosise, Jobi Joy, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Mike Taulty(-2-), and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Enhanced Touch Manipulations for Silverlight and Windows Phone" John Garland WP7: "Tile Maker" Mike Hole LightSwitch: "This Is How LightSwitch Does MVVM" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: This Is How LightSwitch Does MVVM Michael Washington's latest LightSwitch post ...
John Alexander and I made it to Atlanta just in time today to get to the Georgia World Congress Center and see the Blogger Hub. Wow, this is a huge area we have to spread the news about Geekswithblogs.net and blogging about IT related topics. Here is a little of what we have in store for you if you are here at #MSTechEd. Reserved Seating for Influential Bloggers (If you don’t have a seat, talk to us about how you might be able to next year). Two Conference Room Tables dedicated to blogging by Attendees ...
Introduction In the first part of the “Game-changing Features in the Silverlight 5 Beta,” I investigated how to debug XAML in Silverlight 5. Now, it is time to explore another feature called Multiple Window Support, where I will review its abilities within a Silverlight 5 application. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. The full source code for the project is available as a separate download with this article. The full article is hosted on SSWUG and you ...
This has been a fantastic week of XNA activity and news. Standing ovation the the XNA Team for the interaction they’ve been having with the community as well as the new features they’ve been rolling out for Xbox LIVE Indie Game developers. Simply outstanding and I can’t wait to see what might be coming next. It’s also been a fun week to watch people’s Dream Build Play projects inch ever closer to completion. With the submission deadline coming up in June this is the crunch time for many developers. ...
In this Issue: Morten Nielsen, Kunal Chowdhury, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty(-2-), and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Custom Cursors in Silverlight" Morten Nielsen WP7: "Coming in Mango–Sql Server CE" Jesse Liberty Silverlight 5 Beta: "Silverlight 5: Using the SoundEffect Class for Low-Latency Sound (and play WAV files in Silverlight)" Pete Brown Shoutouts: Khawar Yunus sent me this link to his app... I'm not going to tell you to make a login, but I did.. and the app is a pretty ...
In this Issue: Chris Rouw, Kevin Dockx(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Telerik Phone Team, Mike Taulty(-2-), Pete Brown, and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Locking and Unlocking controls in a Silverlight LOB Application" Chris Rouw WP7: "WP7 ToDo Lists App Built with RadControls" Telerik Phone Team Just too cool not to list: "Kinect + Bing Maps–the gestures" András Velvárt Shoutouts: The SilverlightShow folks sent me their top 5 from last week: SilverlightShow ...
Michael’s “Mega Collection of Silverlight 5 Beta” Demos I’ve decided that today I would release a set of Demos for the Silverlight 5 Beta to help the community get up to speed quickly with the new features. In order to make the Silverlight 5 developer-base grow I will be creating demos of every feature as it is available. Here is my first set of contributions to make this happen. To download all the demos in one file then click here. For separate downloads then click below. Please note: All of these ...
Next week is a huge week for us at @StaffOfGeeks. We will be at what we think is the best tech conference of the year, Microsoft TechEd. John and I have been going to this event for years and now we have the honor of running the Blogger Hub (formerly the Blogger Lounge) to help generate some buzz around the event, sessions, and experience. So if you are attending, how do you find us? To the cloud….just kidding. We will be in Atlanta! Then we will be at the Georgia World Congress Center: Then we will ...
In this almost entirely submittals Issue: Andrea Boschin, Manas Patnaik, Alex van Beek, Michael Washington, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Michael Crump, Richard Waddell, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, Alexandra Rusina, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight 5 Beta: "Silverlight 5: Debugging Bindings with Xaml Breakpoints" Pete Brown Silverlight: "Dynamic Types to Simplify Property Change Notification in Silverlight 4 and 5" Jeremy Likness LightSwitch: "Using The LightSwitch Filter Extension" Michael ...
Last saturday I participated the Code Retreat organised by Agileminds.be There were 6 code retreats at the same moment arround the world. In Belgium, UK, Spain, USA and 2 in Romania. We all had the same challenge, to implement the Conway's Game of Life. By writing beautiful code, using TDD . For me, TDD is a new thing. I allready read about it, but thinking in a TDD way is really different and difficult. I met interesting people, and it was great to skype with the other Code Retreat around the world. ...
There was already a version of MVVM Light on Nuget before. However the old version did not support Windows Phone 7. This is now corrected. Also the new version now adds a ViewModelLocator to your project and includes it in App.xaml. What is NuGet? NuGet is a mechanism allowing to add packages (assemblies, source code…) to an existing project. All versions of MVVM Light are supported (WPF3.5, WPF4, Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4, Windows Phone 7). In order to install NuGet and learn more about this ...
It’s not often I let my personal life creep into affecting the things I’m involved in and doing. I usually let my hobbies kind of get me through the tough parts. And while I’ve been having fun distracting myself with playing games and coding this week, I’ll admit my eye wasn’t on the community like it normally is. I apologize for the late posting of the notes and for how light and sparse they are. I’m sure there was more going on in the XNA community (and if you were missed in this weeks notes, shoot ...
Introduction Now that the MIX 11 conference is over and we have heard the news of the Silverlight 5 Beta being released, it’s time to explore some of the new features. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. In this piece, I am going to provide information about one of the most important and game-changing features in the Silverlight 5 Beta. - XAML Debugging. In my opinion, this is one of the most important features in the Silverlight 5 beta. In a future article, ...
I had a blog reader ask me this question: I see the INotifyPropertyChanged in demos all of the time, most of the time it is in a huge MVVM project and I cannot wrap my head around why it is important and why should I use it. Can you create a simple demo that shows off the feature? I looked around on the net but couldn’t find something simple. I decided to write a quick demo and hopefully it helps clear things up. If you want to go ahead and grab the source code then it is provided here. (Please note: ...
You guys know I'm all about Windows Phone 7 these days, and being a self-proclaimed recovering social media addict, I found this to be a pretty interesting tool. Give it a download, try it out and let me know what you think! Once I've had a chance to play with it some more, I'll post some more comprehensive thoughts on it. From the site: If you want to jump start your Windows Phone application development, why not download the Social Viewer template available at http://socialviewer.codeple... ...
I published the sample code from my presentations about Windows Phone 7 at TechDays Switzerland. I also published the Powerpoint slides on Slideshare (Windows Phone 7 Overview / Windows Phone 7 Deep Dive). One of the talks is available as a video on Channel 9. I expect the other one to be made available soon, stay tuned for an update. Read the rest of this entry » ...
In this Issue: Pete Brown, Victor Gaudioso, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, John Papa, David Anson, Mike Taulty(-2-), Lazar Nikolov, Alex Knight, Deborah Kurata, and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Simulating rain in Silverlight Part 2 - Optimization" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "Creating a Windows Phone 7 Trial Application: Implementation and Best Practices" WindowsPhoneGeek Lightswitch: "LightSwitch: 10 Times As Many Silverlight Developers As Today" Michael Washington ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Peter Kuhn, David Anson, Rob Tiffany, Paul Sheriff, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty(-2-), and Andrea Boschin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Performance Optimization of Silverlight Applications using Visual Studio 2010 SP1" Jeremy Likness WP7: "The Reactive Snake for Windows Phone 7" Andrea Boschin From SilverlightCream.com: Step-by-Step Using ImplicitDataType in Silverlight 5 Beta Kunal Chowdhury has a good tutorial up on Silverlight 5 Beta's ImplicitDataType ...
In my quest to dig into how people use social media to communicate about wine I ran into a snag. One of the things I really wanted to do was collect geographic data about each post. When you do a twitter search, a post can contain latitude and longitude data if the source supports GPS, but so far almost none of the posts about wine actually have this data. So the next best thing is to figure out where the user lives. A twitter user profile has a location field. Its free text unfortunately, but its ...
Looks like I'm going to TechEd 2011, thanks to GeeksWithBlogs.net and all of you that helped get me there by clinking the Tech Ed link in my previous posts. I'm really looking forward to going, and I wouldn't be if not for your help, so seriously... THANKS!! If you're going too, hit me up on Twitter (@ChrisGWilliams) or Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/2atcqbg) or maybe catch me at the INETA booth or the Blogger Hub (run by the fine folks at GWB.) ...
One of the recent perks we have added to the Geekswithblogs.net community is an influencer program made up of those bloggers who have the most influence on the site. Being apart of this program gets you access to some awesome products for review and special contests we run. The latest contest was a free attendee badge for one of our influencers to join @StaffofGeeks at TechEd and as you see from title Chris Williams is our winner. This means Chris will be having the time of his life (well hopefully) ...
I just finished delivering 4 sessions for www.sswug.org at the end of April 2011. Above is a screenshot that was taken inside of the studio. Now, I am going to do a webinar on Silverlight 5 then head to Knoxville, TN and finally Chattanooga, TN. Keep reading for details on the events: SilverlightShow.net Webinar on “Getting started with the Silverlight 5 Beta.” Wed, May 11th, 10 am PST (check your local time) Register for this webinar This webinar is designed for people who want to quickly understand ...
Ok lesson learned. I now know why twitter data gives all ids as numeric and string data format. When I first saw this, I thought "what a waste of data, repeating all numeric fields as both strings and numeric. Thats stupid". Then I started noticing something odd. In my python script, my twitter ids weren't matching up to what I had in MongoDB. Turns out Python (simplejson to be exact) takes all numerics from the Twitter json document and turns it into an int. But if the number is too big, it overflows ...
Hi there, After the successful launch of the new website for Tellago, today we announce the new series of webinar’s called the Tellago Technology Updates. Today in the fast growing IT Industry it is very difficult to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest Technologies out there in the market. Doesn’t matter if you are a Developer or an Architect or CTO for a company but you are every now and then challenged to evaluate new technologies and implement them. Understanding that challenge, we at ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Roy Dallal, Colin Eberhardt, Deborah Kurata, David Anson, Mike Taulty(-2-), Jesse Liberty, and Jeremy Likness. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The BestFitPanel collection of layout containers provides flexible, easy-to-use options for Silverlight, WPF, and Windows Phone applications" David Anson WP7: "Metro In Motion Part #4 – Tilt Effect" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: John Papa has a 3rd part up on his blog conversion to Orchard CMS: Walking Through the Orchard Part 3 - ...
In this Issue: René Schulte(-2-), John Papa(-2-), Jeremy Likness(-2-), Andy Beaulieu, Arik Poznanski, Page Brooks, Deborah Kurata(-2-), Microsoft, and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "WriteableBitmapEx goes NuGet" René Schulte WP7: "Windows Phone Developer Resources" Microsoft Shoutouts: SilverlightShow posted their top 5 from last week: SilverlightShow for April 25-May 01, 2011 Koen Zwikstra has announced an update of Silverlight Spy... read his note about Silverlight 5 Beta... Silverlight ...
I've been playing with a new side project; wine data analytics mined from Twitter, and stored in MongoDb. I took a first stab at writing a Python celery service to search for wine related twitter posts and dump them in MongoDb. First lesson learned is that a ton of people post about the word 'Wine' on Sunday afternoons. I wrote the service to pull 100 posts, then search again using the lowest post id as the max id to return. After storing 11K posts in MongoDb I looked at the earliest date and realized ...
In this Issue: David Catuhe, Paul Sheriff, Bill Steele, Den Delimarsky, Bill Burrows, Doug Rathbone, Matthias Shapiro, Jason Alderman, Jessica Fosler, John Garland, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, and Jeff Prosise. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5’s New and Improved Threading Architecture" Jeff Prosise WP7: "Silverlight Game Development webcasts" Bill Steele Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has a short post up describing some of the features we can expect with the Tooling in Mango From SilverlightCream.com: ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Michael Crump(-2-), Gill Cleeren, Peter Kuhn, John Papa(-2-), Nigel Sampson, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Application Events in Silverlight" Gill Cleeren WP7: "Creating a delete animation using Expression Blend" Nigel Sampson Lightswitch: "It Is Easy To Display Counts And Percentages In LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: John Papa has a 2-part series up on rebuilding his blog in Orchard... Part 1: Walking Through ...
This week has been an interesting one. Lots of ups and downs in the XNA Community and lots of things that we’re not sure yet if it’s an up or down. One of the biggest changes that happened was that the Top Downloads list on Xbox.com and on the Xbox dashboard is now calculated differently for Xbox LIVE Indie Games. It’s still not clear what impact this is going to have (although I know it feels pretty clear to some of you in the community!) but this lead to some interesting things. One, we got to ...
I try, I really try, to keep this blog as much about technology and as little about other topics, but honestly its too annoying to try and keep multiple blogs. So, here we are. As you can tell by the title, this will be a religious-based post. If you’re not down with that, that’s kewl…please view another of the fantastic tech-themed posts on my blog or on another GeeksWithBlogs contributor’s blog. Rob Bell. Rob Bell is the pastor of a church in Michigan. I actually used to mock Rob Bell because (sorry ...
Sometimes, the way that LINQ to Twitter materializes queries into entities isn’t immediately clear. It’s easy to get confused until you see the patterns or make a correlation between the Twitter API results and their representations as LINQ to Twitter entities. In this post, I’ll explain some of the logic behind the design of LINQ to Twitter entities and demonstrate an example of one of the more oddly designed entity types, Search. Note: They'll be talking about MVC3 during multiple sessions at Tech-Ed. ...
Intro I’m sure by now you have heard that the Silverlight 5 Beta has been released. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for SSWUG on “Getting Started with the Silverlight 5 Beta” Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at a few new features: What is new in the Silverlight 5 Beta? Multiple Window Support - Trusted app can create additional Windows. Ancestor RelativeSource Binding – Enables a DataTemplate to bind to a property on the control that contains it. Implicit DataTemplates ...
It has been too long since I have last posted to this blog. Life has a way of taking over and the next time you put your head up it is 2011. I have been in a long long Exchange 2010 migration as well as some other family related things. Kids growing up, sports, travel, etc. I am sure Twitter and Facebook have also eaten in to my formal blogging activities. I have been posting there when I have had time. They lend themselves much easier to three sentence updates of the hectic lifestyle. I would feel ...
In this Issue: Tony Champion, Oren Gal, David Catuhe, Anuj Seth, Shawn Wildermuth, Jeff Prosise(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), and Jesse Liberty(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reverse geocoding in a Silverlight application" Oren Gal WP7: "Phoney Tools 1.0 Released!" Shawn Wildermuth Shoutouts: My friends at SilverlightShow made their top 5 from last week available: SilverlightShow for April 18 - 24, 2011 From SilverlightCream.com: PivotViewer Lessons Update Tony Champion added a new lesson to ...
In this Issue: Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Harold Martinez, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, and Xianzhong Zhu. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Multithread Programming in Silverlight 4" Xianzhong Zhu WP7: "Silverlight for Windows Phone Programming Tip #8" Jeff Prosise XNA: "Basic XNA" Harold Martinez From SilverlightCream.com: Adding Runtime Intelligence to your Windows Phone 7 Application Derik Whittaker has a post up that all the WP7 devs should be interested ...
The list provided below is my “Best-Of” FREE Frameworks, Tools and Controls for Windows Phone 7. I have used everything listed below in an my WP7 applications. Most of them are in the marketplace at this point and some are still in development. Let’s get started. If you are developing WP7 Applications, this is one that you have probably heard of already. It is Microsoft’s official set of controls that comes complete with full source code of course. Project Description: Welcome to the Silverlight ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Morten Nielsen, John Garland, Bil Simser, Adam Nathan, András Velvárt, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, Damon Payne, and Xianzhong Zhu. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using ICustomTypeProvider in Silverlight 5" Damon Payne WP7: "Hardware Back Button + Marketplace Certification" Adam Nathan Lightswitch: "Deploy Your LightSwitch Application As A DotNetNuke Module" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: Deploy Your LightSwitch Application ...
Async is short for asynchronous, the ability to start a block of code and immediately return to the calling code. This is the opposite of synchronous, where the code goes off and performs a block of code and doesn’t return to the caller until it’s done. If you’re going to Tech-Ed this year, be sure to check out their sessions on language support of async. The crux of this post examines what async means to the user experience. Much of the discussion of async these days focuses on how easy the next ...
In this Issue: Dave Davis, Oren Gal, Colin Eberhardt, Dan Wahlin, Jeff Prosise(-2-), @yuriylsh, Bill Reiss, Richard Waddell, Andrea Boschin(-2-), András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Working with User Names and Roles in Silverlight Applications" Dan Wahlin WP7: "Silverlight for Windows Phone Programming Tip #7" Jeff Prosise MIX11: "MIX11 Mass Download Tool" @yuriylsh From SilverlightCream.com: Controlling Silverlight Child Windows Using MVVM Dave Davis has a post up that revisits a subject ...
This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
In this all submittal Issue: Manas Patnaik, Walter Ferrari, Kevin Hoffman, Joost van Schaik, Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), Dave Davis, Tony Champion, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler, Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Safe event detachment ‘pattern’ for behaviors" Joost van Schaik WP7: "A Fast Loading Windows Phone 7 NavigationList Control" Colin Eberhardt From SilverlightCream.com: Implicit DataTemplates in Silverlight 5, With practical case study Manas Patnaik's latest post is a Silverlight ...
I’ve recently had the requirement to allow my user to choose between two items in my Windows Phone 7 application. The first way that I thought of tackling this was using the standard MessageBox.Show that is included with the System.Windows class and seeing if the enum provided a way to allow custom text. Unfortunately, it did not. As you can see from the image above, it only includes an OK and an OKCancel. If we run this application, then we get the following: Kinda boring and doesn’t allow any real ...
In this 2nd Post-MIX11 Submittal Issue: John Papa, Pete Brown, Tim Heuer, Bart Czernicki, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Kevin Dockx, Manas Patnaik, Michael Crump. Above the Fold: Silverlight 5 Beta: "Announcing the Silverlight 5 Beta Release and the Silverlight.net Redesign" Pete Brown and "Silverlight 5 Beta–A guide to the new features" Tim Heuer WP7: "Getting started with Windows Phone 7 and Azure" Michael Crump From SilverlightCream.com: Lightning Strikes at MIX11! UX Lightning, That Is John Papa ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Michael Washington, Benjamin Gavin, Joost van Schaik, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to access Control Template parts from Code Behind?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Bing Maps control with MVVMLight on Windows Phone 7" Joost van Schaik Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Procedural Operations: “Do This, Then Do That”" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Colin Eberhardt has a post up visualizing data from a Gartner mobile smartphone sales prediction report: Gartner ...
Now that Mix11 is over, Microsoft’s next big conference is Tech-Ed 2011, which happens May 16th through May 19th in Atlanta, GA. Each of Microsoft’s conferences have a theme; Mix is about the Web, PDC is about new and upcoming technologies, and there are many more. The focus of Tech-Ed is on current Microsoft technologies. In other words, you would go there to learn about the software that you can use today to get your work done. If you haven’t been there yet, Atlanta is a nice city and the surrounding ...