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In this Issue: Michael Washington, Teppo Kotirinta, Loek van den Ouweland, Daniel Vaughan, Adam Kinney, Peter Torr, Morten Nielsen, John Garland, Jaime Rodriguez(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Xpert360. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Debugging Data Bindings in XAML with Silverlight 4" Xpert360 WP7: "Windows Phone 7 for Designers — Cheat Sheet" Teppo Kotirinta LightSwitch: "LightSwitch Concurrency Checking" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Timmy Kokke gave a presentation at DevDays in the Netherlands and ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Nitya Ravi, Beth Massi, Xpert360, Andrea Boschin, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and John Papa. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Managing Resources with Reactive Extensions" Jesse Liberty WP7: "New Addition to Windows Phone Quickstarts- Pivot and Panorama Controls" Nitya Ravi Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: Jeremy Likness has his materials posted for his CodeStock Presentation: Silverlight 5 for Line of Business Applications Koen Zwikstra has an update to his excellent ...
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. On this post I will finish examining the System.Linq methods in the static class Enumerable by examining two extension methods Count() and DefaultIfEmpty(), and one static method Empty(). The Empty() static method How many times have you had to return an empty collection ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Khawar Yunus, Alex van Beek, David Kelley, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), Valentin Stoychev, Dhananjay Kumar, and Jesse Liberty(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Silverlight and Server Push to build a better means of debugging production applications" Khawar Yunus WP7: "Monetizing Phone 7 Application Methods and Approaches" David Kelley Shoutouts: Joe McBride has his materials up for the presentation he did: Push Notifications and Tiles – Slides & Demos Damian Schenkelman ...
Once again myself and a great group of individuals (Jennifer Mason, Sean McDonough, Nicola Young, and Michelle Caldwell) are organizing a SharePoint Saturday in Columbus, OH. The event will be on August 20, 2011 at the OCLC Conference Center, a fantastic venue that attendees (including speakers and sponsors) gave high praises on for last year’s event. Today we announced the opening of call for speakers and sponsors. If you are interested in speaking please fill out the speaker submission form (click ...
In this Issue: Alex Golesh, Walter Ferrari, Kunal Chowdhury, Rob Eisenberg, Michael Crump(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Nigel Sampson. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The ABC of streaming in Silverlight" Walter Ferrari WP7: "Switching between Windows Phone 7.1 Mango and 7.0 RTW developer tools and vice versa" WindowsPhoneGeek From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Profiler” - Part 9 of 8) Alex Golesh risks overlowing his buffer with this Mango - What's New ...
DISCLAIMER: I did not get this product for free. I’m just a guy with a debit card that has bought a product and wants to share. Last December, I decided to make the switch from using a desktop to a laptop as my primary development machine. I blogged about the experience with a post called “Searching for the Perfect Developer’s Laptop”. Fast forward almost 6 months later and the machine is still holding up great, just one problem: HEAT. It seems strange to hear about heat problems as this is usually ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Roy Dallal, Jim Wightman, Kevin Hoffman, Levente Mihály, Peter Kuhn(-2-, -3-), René Schulte, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), John Papa. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reactive Extensions–FromAsync" Jesse Liberty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Mango - Sockets" Peter Kuhn Shoutouts: Kunal Chowdhury has a list up of all the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Features From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone 7 Jump Start with Mango - 1 - Creating a Hello World Application Kunal Chowdhury ...
At IdentityMine, we had the chance to develop a few applications featuring the new Windows Phone 7 features coming up in the update codenamed “Mango”. This series will showcase a few of the new features included in Mango that we used in those apps. Part 1: Adding a secondary live tile to the start page. Part 2: Starting a Bing Maps navigation Read the rest of this entry » ...
You’re a busy developer and you have read article after article of “What’s new in WP7 Mango” but you are only interested in knowing “What does this mean for me as a developer ?”. This is where I step in and give you the “need to know” with a quick blog post. What is it? The Beta to Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools named ("Mango") was released on May 24th, 2011. This means you can download the bits right now, but as far as having Mango on your phone you are going to have to wait. Let’s hit the bullet ...
In this Issue: Alex van Beek, René Schulte(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-, -3-), Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Jeremy Likness, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Entity Framework 4.1 Code First, Silverlight, and Shared Models with REST+JSON" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Silverlight/XNA Interoperability” - Part 7 of 8)" Alex Golesh LINQ: "LINQ Deferred Execution–Oops!" Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: My friends at ...
In my previous post I mentioned a possible bug with MongoDb's MapReduce. Well, I played with it a bit further. I went ahead and added a string field to each document to hold the numeric Twitter post id as a string value. Then changed my map function to use this string value instead of the numeric id. This time the duplicate post query worked perfectly. It's results showed that there were no duplicate posts at all. So, what is the problem? Is it a bug in MongoDb's MapReduce implementation? I doubt ...
Looks like bloggers figured out I'd post the submittals first, because today I got hammered with posts. In this 2nd in a row Submittal-only Issue: Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-, -5-), René Schulte, Alex van Beek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Multiple Window Support" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Augmented Mango - SLARToolkit for Windows Phone" René Schulte WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“New Sensors & Tooling Enhancements” - Part 3 of 8)" Alex Golesh ...
With the release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta, Visual Basic joins C# as a supported development language for XNA. I’ve been busily converting my samples to VB recently. They aren’t all done yet, but quite a few are (only three remain that I plan to convert). Rather than make anyone wait, I’ll share what I’ve completed so far and will add more when I have the remainder finished. Without further ado: Content Pipeline Extension Sample: VB Source Code – Related Blog Post DragAndDropGame: ...
At IdentityMine, we had the chance to develop a few applications featuring the new Windows Phone 7 features coming up in the update codenamed “Mango”. This series will showcase a few of the new features included in Mango that we used in those apps. Part 1: Adding a new live tile to the start page. Part 2: Starting a Bing Maps navigation. Read the rest of this entry » ...
On Tuesday the 24th of May 2011, the new version of the Windows Phone 7 SDK codenamed “Mango” was released to the public in beta. This is a huge iteration with an extremely large number of new APIs. Most exciting, the version of the Silverlight framework now used in Windows Phone 7 is Silverlight 4. Thanks to this, I was able to recompile the MVVM Light Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 based on the Silverlight 4 version. This is interesting because the Silverlight 3 version had a few hacks I had to build ...
Much has been talked about the new release of ASP.NET MVC, i.e. MVC 3 and the new Razor syntax and the ability to simplify the development. Razor uses the @ prefix for switching between code and HTML and that kind of simplifies it when compared to using <%: symbol as with the case in MVC and ASPX engines. Here is a nice article from David Ebbo on how all of these fit together Not just that, Razor comes with a lot of goodies. The Helper classes simplify in doing some of the common tasks, doing ...
In this all submittal Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Rudi Grobler, Michael Washington(-2-, -3-, -4-), Victor Gaudioso. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "New Silverlight Video Tutorial: How to create a Rotating Banner" Victor Gaudioso WP7: "A Simple Windows Phone 7 MVVM Tombstoning Example" Colin Eberhardt Training: "Two Ways To Call LightSwitch From a Custom Silverlight Control" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: A Simple Windows Phone 7 MVVM Tombstoning Example This is probably the best way to learn ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...
I wanted to run a simple sanity check to make sure I didn't have any duplicate twitter posts in my database. I didn't think I had any, but you never can be too sure, so I whipped up a simple MapReduce query to check. Right now I'm storing twitter posts in MongoDb using the document schema shown below: { category post { post_id created_date from_user from_user_id geo iso_lang post_text } } Each document has two fields, a category field that holds what search was used to find the post, and a post field ...
If you work with XAML day in and day out then surely you will have your own tips/tricks for working inside of Visual Studio 2010. Here are mine. I hope that you find them useful. Tip #1 When Double Clicking on a .XAML File go directly to the XAML View and collapse the Design split view. I find it annoying how the design view opens up every time you double click on a .XAML file. I like to create my UI inside of Expression Blend instead of Visual Studio. For instance, I get the following screen when ...
Thanks to everyone who attended my Intro to F# presentation at the Cap Area Cloud Computing User Group meeting on May 19th 2011. I apologize for the slight delay in getting the presentation materials uploaded. In the Demo project source code, I have included both Normal and Async source samples. It will make it easier to understand what code changes were necessary to transform it to Async Workflow and parallelize it. In addition, I have included some F# script files (.fsx) so you can try out some ...
A couple of days ago I had the wonderful surprise to find a mention (and a link!) to MVVM Light on USAToday.com. The article talks about the new USA Today app available for Windows Phone 7. MVVM Light is mentioned as well as JSON.NET just after the high quality of the development tools is mentioned: “That same high bar for tools extends into the community as well. MVVM Light and JSON.Net were extremely useful moving past mundane tasks and instead getting to the business of building our app.” – Tim ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler(-2-), Michael Washington, Ashish Patil, Oren Gal(-2-), Andrea Boschin, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, John Papa, Mike Taulty, and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Getting Driving Directions in a Silverlight Application" Oren Gal WP7: "Creating a Windows Phone 7 Trial Application: Advanced Buy Now Implementation" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "Using The Document Toolkit for LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: SilverlightShow posted their top 5 articles ...

 

Tuesday, Jeff Julian (@StaffofGeeks) and James Hare were featured in the TOP 5 of Tech-Ed videos!  Tomorrow watch for Chris Williams!

All right this is a repeat, but it well worth you having the email I have recieved from those nice people at JetBrains. Following recent developments in the .NET decompiling tools market, JetBrains is happy to offer its own decompiler called dotPeek that brings a host of powerful ReSharper features to everyone, completely free of charge. You can download an early dotPeek build right now. dotPeek offers: Decompilation of .NET 1.0-4.0 assemblies to C# Code syntax highlighting and code insight features ...
Well not really that long ago, this is actually a brand new for me. I just decided today to start blogging about my experiences as an IT professional. Since none of you know me, I am a systems engineer for a NJ based energy company. My main areas of expertise are in Microsoft server technologies specifically Exchange, Active Directory and plane old Windows Server along with vSphere and many more. My job responsibilities entail life-cycle management, developing infrastructure standards and solutions ...
Woke up this morning and decided to finally stop by the Alumni Lounge. I had been meaning to check it out, but I had been so busy with such great presentations and hanging out in the Blogger’s Lounge that I never got around to it. I truly wish I had stopped in sooner! There’s nice bottles of soda with glasses for ice so you can have it nice and cold as well as a hot beverage bar. And this morning there were delicious cinnamon rolls (the nemesis of my beltline, alas!) and other treats and candies. ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Joost van Schaik, Xpert360, Tony Champion, Paul Sheriff, Vangos Pterneas, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, and Pete Brown. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight 5" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Debugging Windows Phone 7 device network access with just a laptop" Joost van Schaik Training: "MVPs Chat It Up on Twitter - Tony Champion's Pivot of the results" Tony Champion From SilverlightCream.com: Binding on Style Setter in Silverlight ...
This is a quick presentation I threw together for a group of developers who requested a quick primer on using lambda expressions and the more common LINQ extension methods. It seemed like a good general knowledge presentation so I decided to upload it to slideshare and reference it here as well. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion of everything that lambda expressions and LINQ have to offer, but is just sort of a very basic introduction to help those less familiar with reading and ...
I'm still getting used to this whole schema-less, document oriented database thing. I've been trying to determine out what document structure to store my Twitter data in, and I keep flipping back and forth. I've been writing software in the land of relational databases for 15 years, and consider myself pretty good at designing database schemas for enterprise class solutions. But when it comes to this whole schema-less document store thing, I'm not sure what the best approach is. With this Twitter ...
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 ...
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 I’m going to look at 5 different ways of combining two sequences together using LINQ extension methods. For the purposes of this discussion, I will split these 5 methods into homogeneous and heterogeneous methods (for lack of better terms). “Homogeneous” combinations ...
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: ...