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This article is Part 3 of the series “Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application.” You can read any of the parts you may have missed by clicking on the links below. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 1) – Creating our first OData Data Source and querying data through the web browser and LinqPad. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 2 ) – Consuming OData in a Silverlight ...
In this Issue: Kevin Hoffman, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, Rudi Grobler, Michael Washington, WindowsPhoneGeek, Nigel Sampson, Jeff Prosise(-2-), and Andrea Boschin(-2-, -3-, -4-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How to create a Custom Control in Silverlight?" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Metro In Motion #3 – Flying Titles!" Colin Eberhardt Lightswitch: "A LightSwitch Home Page" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Normally you wouldn't see me listing something like this, but hey, it's on Silverlight.net: ...
Yesterday I found out that I have received a Microsoft MVP Award for XNA/DirectX for 2011. It is a distinct honor and quite humbling. I join the ranks of many great individuals whose contributions, encouragement, and help have had a profound impact on my life. I have greatly enjoyed my time helping others in the App Hub forums, on Twitter, and through this blog since I first discovered XNA a little more than a year ago. I look forward to the expanded opportunities I will have to help you realize ...
Today is April Fool's day...and apparently I fooled quite a few people with my post earlier today! Sorry if you were outraged, concerned (or maybe you were happy and elated?) but I am not losing my MVP status. I'm still an XNA MVP and hope to remain one for as long as XNA is around. I really love the technology and this community! Something that was NOT an April fool's joke however, there are now two new XNA MVPs (well only two knew that I'm aware of, if there's more, please make yourself known!). ...

Twitter’s welsh head of development - Ebrill Ffola annouced today the setting up of a new project.

The idea is based on Twitter but restricted to humour only. “140 characters will give us some great one liners’ Ebrill announced in his launch speech. The site of course will be called Titter and users are expected to provide Titters. A spokesman for Ken Dodd has informed us that he has already signed up for the new service.

In this Issue: John Papa, Rudi Grobler, Michael Washington, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Xianzhong Zhu, Nigel Sampson, Martin Krüger, WindowsPhoneGeek, Vinit Yadav, András Velvárt, and Alex Sorokoletov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Response.MVVM is now available via NuGet!" András Velvárt WP7: "BounceBall - XNA Farseer Magic" Vinit Yadav Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Online Ordering System" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Cigdem Patlak has a post up about the ROCK! event beginning next weekend in LA: Microsoft ...
This post is another in a series that will just contain little GUCs (Generic Utility Classes) I’ve developed along the way. If these already exist as part of the framework and I’ve overlooked them, feel free to let me know! And if you know of a better way to implement them, do the same! I’m never too old to learn something new (I hope!). I've blogged in the past about how useful the overlooked HashSet class can be (here) and about the very useful ToDictionary(), ToList(), and ToLookup() LINQ extension ...
In this Issue: Roy Dallal, Rudi Grobler, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Morten Nielsen, Derik Whittaker, Peter Torr, Xianzhong Zhu, and Adam Kinney. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight: Adding Google Streets View" Roy Dallal WP7: "Using the accelerometer to control planar transforms on Windows Phone 7" Morten Nielsen Shoutouts: Andy Wigley posted this today from appamundi: Want a FREE Windows Phone?? From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Adding Google Streets View Roy Dallal posted an ...
Are you looking for Unlocked Windows Phone 7? Are you being nagged by someone who is looking for one? Wondering where your update to Windows Phone 7 is finally coming? You are in luck, read on! As many of you are aware there is been a slight delay in the first minor update to Windows Phone 7… So I am going to use some strong language here, because it needs to be said. Why? Because we all want more customers acquiring more Windows Phone 7 devices and downloading many and many applications. Everyone ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Michael Crump, Alex Knight, Benjamin Roux, Nigel Sampson, and Jeff Prosise(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "[Silverlight] How to watermark a WriteableBitmap with a text" Benjamin Roux WP7: "My 10 tips for designing phone apps" Alex Knight Lightswitch: "LightSwitch and HTML" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: LightSwitch and HTML Michael Washington's latest Lightswitch post is up on CodeProject... and he's creating an ASP.NET page that communicates ...
This article is Part 2 of the series “Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application.” Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 1) – Creating our first OData Data Source and querying data through the web browser and LinqPad. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. (Part 2 ) – Consuming OData in a Silverlight Application. Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone ...
In this Issue: Michael Wolf, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Benjamin Roux, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Jeff Prosise(-2-), Jeremy Likness, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Useful Value Converters" Nigel Sampson WP7: "A Smarter TextBlock Control for WP7" Michael Wolf More WP7: "Metro In Motion Part #2 – ‘Peel’ Animations" Colin Eberhardt From SilverlightCream.com: A Smarter TextBlock Control for WP7 Michael Wolf's latest post is about a "Smart" textbox for WP7, meaning if it looks like a phone ...
In this Issue: Pontus Wittenmark, Vikram Pendse, Paul Sheriff, Nokola, Peter Kuhn, Jesse Liberty, and WindowsPhoneGeek. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "That Time App" Pontus Wittenmark WP7: "New Fantasia Painter, Windows Phone 7 Source Code Pack 1, New License" Nokola Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty announced that he is Keynoting at Pre-Mix ROCK in SoCal ... check out that link and you'll find other folks there as well :) Karl Shifflett announced New Book Available: Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Prism 4 ...
For the past few weeks now there’s been a persistent “Zune is dead!” rumor. There was one a few months ago as well speculating about the name itself. The most recent one focuses on the hardware. It’s been “we have nothing to announce”-ed by Microsoft, which is Microsoft code for… having nothing to announce. As tech companies go, Microsoft doesn’t really go in for the whole rumor mill thing. The merits of that policy is a different discussion. I don’t have any insider knowledge. I don’t know anyone ...
In this post I present a script that will display all of the site collection administrators for a given web application. This script will work for SharePoint 2007 or 2010 as it uses the object model rather than the new SharePoint 2010 commandlets. Special thanks to Tasha Scott (Twitter) for posting a request for this script. It took less than 15 minutes to come up with and formalize. Solution The solution is fairly straight forward. First you grab a reference to a site collection. Get the web application ...
This week was a busy one for the XNA Community and one that had a series of ups and downs. You might have noticed by now (or maybe you haven’t and I shouldn’t be pointing this out..) that I tend to only point out the ups. That’s very much on purpose and something I thought long and hard about before I started doing XNA Notes. It’s too easy to let the bad stuff spread like a virus and seem overwhelming (something to do with human nature and there’s probably a science and psychology behind it). When ...
In this Issue: Roy Dallal, Mike Snow, Jesse Liberty, Chris Koenig, John Papa, Jeremy Likness, Michael Crump, Chris Rouw, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Clean Design-Time Friendly ViewModels: A Walkthrough" Jeremy Likness WP7: "WP7 Insights #3: Storing User State - Activating and Deactivating" Chris Rouw Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth announced a new version of his "Phoney Tools": Phone Tools v0.6 Released - Breaking Change! ... breaking changes and some new stuff too. Takeshi Eto at DiscountASP.NET ...
Once again, in this series of posts I look at the parts of the .NET Framework that may seem trivial, but can really help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. LINQ has added so many wonderful extension methods to our .NET toolbox! In particular, there are a few methods that are useful for creating a collection from an IEnumerable<T> instance. The ToDictionary() and ToList() extension methods, for example, are handy for taking an IEnumerable<T> and creating a Dictionary ...
Quick announcement: I just had the extreme pleasure to talk at the UK TechDays online conference (organized over LiveMeeting) and had about 100 persons in the session, thanks to all for allowing me to talk to you about MVVM! I just pushed the whole sample code as well as the slides to a SkyDrive folder, so feel free to download and experiment. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I have started a new series on SilverlightShow.net called Producing and Consuming OData in a Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 application. I decided that I wanted to create a very simple and easy to understand article that not only guides you step-by-step but includes a video and full source code. I personally believe this is the best way to teach someone something and I hope you enjoy the series. I also want to thank SilverlightShow for giving me this opportunity to help other developers get up to ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, XamlNinja, Andrea Boschin, Michael Washington, Michael Crump, Alex Knight, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Damon Payne. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "7Metro: Silverlight Theme" Alex Knight WP7: "Metro In Motion – Fluid List Animation" Colin Eberhardt Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Online Ordering System" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Laurent Bugion announced MVVM Light V4 preview 2 (BL0015) #mvvmlight Max Paulousky posts that The Prism Team Needs Your Help From SilverlightCream.com: ...
So the first day of MMS 2011 is now behind us. It went really well. It focused mostly on Instructor Led Labs, with some break-out sessions. I attended the session on SCOM MP Design, as well as using Data Protection Manager to bring back your Datacenter. Both sessions were delivered very well, and I learned some cool content in both. Last night was also the opening expo. Infront has a booth (#346) at the show, and all of us were out in force to talk to customers and let them know all the ways that ...
I have always been interested in learning which features of my application users are using as well as if they are using it. I have done this with other applications by using my own “home-grown” version of web services, etc. Since I have been working a lot with Windows Phone 7 lately, I decided to learn how to do this and share with the community. Before you get started you will be pleased to know that you won’t have to spend any money *at least until 2012* to do this with your existing phone apps. ...
First entry in a new neighbourhood . Whether it be cheating or whatever I’m giving Windows Live Writer a try as an editor interface for this new blog. In the process I’ll also give these plug-ins a try: Source Code Formatter Amazon Book Linker Insert Code for Windows Live Writer Syntax4Writer For Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter Paste As Visual Studio Code Twitter Notify ...
In this Issue: Ollie Riches, Damon Payne(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth, John Papa, Beth Massi, Michael Crump, Mike Taulty(-2-), Jorge Peraza, and Peter Kuhn(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Delay Binding Updates within a certain Context" Damon Payne Blend: "Phone Tools reaches Beta!" Shawn Wildermuth Blend: "Blend Bits 26–Use Libraries for Assemblies" Mike Taulty Shoutouts: If you're in the UK, Mike Ormond announced a new set of WP7 Workshops: New Windows Phone 7 Workshops I met Gregor ...
Recently we had a contest to see who could beat my time to get from no code to deployed. Thanks to everyone that participated and everyone that thought about participating in the contest. Most Creative From Zero To Deployed Contest Extended! Unfortunately there were not enough entries to award the most creative video for ZtD. So what we are doing is extending the most creative until May 15, 2011 @ 11:59 PM CST. This gives you almost two months to get your videos in! If you entered before, you are ...
I have written about adding support for specifications to NHibernate’s ISession type. Shortly afterwards Paul Stovell moaned on twitter that no one had demonstrated how to mock ISession. Since my implementation relied upon an extension method (QueryBySpecification) I googled how to mock extension methods – and discovered that you can’t. What I did find was Daniel Cazzulino’s post about converting extension methods to methods that return a Func that exposes your extension method. That way you can ...

I just published an article describing how to get the source code from Codeplex, build it, unit test it, get all the DLLs and install them to replace a previously installed version. It’s not very complicated, but it is good to have this information in one location.

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Over the past few weeks, I have worked hard on a few new features for MVVM Light V4. Here is a second early preview (consider this pre-alpha if you wish). The features are unit-tested, but I am now looking for feedback and there might be bugs!

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If you've been a loyal Reflector user, you've probably been exposed to the debacle surrounding RedGate's decision to no longer offer a free version. Since then, the race has begun for a replacement with a provider that would stand by their promises to the community. Mono has an ongoing free alternative, which has been available for a long time. However, other vendors are stepping up to the plate, with their own offerings. If Not Reflector, Then What? One of these vendors is Telerik. In their recent ...
Even with a lot of the XNA community working on Dream Build Play entries ( I swear I’m going to finish mine this year!) people are still finding time to do side projects and be amazingly active in the XNA and XBLIG community. With my one eye on my code and one eye on the community, here’s what I noticed these over achievers doing this past week! Time Critical XNA News: Xbox LIVE Indie Games sales data will be delayed March 17-20th due to some schedule maintenance http://create.msdn.com/en-u... ...
Not too long ago, Microsoft released, NuGet, an automated package manager for Visual Studio. NuGet makes it easy to download and install assemblies, and their references, into a Visual Studio project. These assemblies, which I loosely refer to as packages, are often open source, and include projects such as LINQ to Twitter. In this post, I'll explain how to get started in using NuGet with your projects to include: installng NuGet, installing/uninstalling LINQ to Twitter via console command, and installing/uninstalling ...
Update: I have received a great response from the community, and have now enough data to create my demos. Thanks to everyone!!

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In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Emil Stoychev, Viktor Larsson(-2-), Kevin Hoffman, Rudi Grobler, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Image comparison using a GridSplitter" Martin Krüger WP7: "Using WP7 accent color effectively" Viktor Larsson XNA: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 7 - Collision detection" Peter Kuhn From SilverlightCream.com: XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 7 - Collision detection Peter Kuhn has part 7 of his XNA for Silverlight ...
One thing that I’ve noticed in several apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace is the ad chopping off on the right hand side. I decided that my next Windows Phone 7 app will be ad supported so why not sign up for the Advertising SDK and investigate this issue. *Note: If you want to see this in an actual app then download the free app called “Road Rage”. So here is an example of what I am talking about: You will notice that the right hand side of the AD is chopped off using the default ad banner. ...
MVPs are well known for their good heart (like the GeekGive initiative shows) and Client App Dev MVP Gregor Biswanger is no exception. At the latest MVP summit (beginning of March 2011), he took over a DVD about WPF 4 and Silverlight 4 and asked a few Microsoft superstars to sign it. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I've been wanting to write this post summarizing my thoughts about the MVP summit but have been dragging my feet since it's a very difficult one to write. However seeing Andy (http://forums.create.msdn.... and Catalin (http://www.catalinzima.com... and Chris (http://geekswithblogs.net/... post about it has encouraged me to finally take the plunge. I'm going to have to write carefully though because I'm going to be dancing ...
In this Issue: Lazar Nikolov, Rudi Grobler, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Pete Brown, Jessica Foster, Chris Rouw, Andy Beaulieu, and Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "A Silverlight Resizable TextBlock (and other resizable things)" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Retrofitting the Trial API" Jessica Foster Shoutouts: Rudi Grobler has a post up that's not Silverlight, but it's cool stuff you may be interested in: WPF Themes now available on NuGet From SilverlightCream.com: Simulating rain in Silverlight ...
In this Issue: András Velvárt, WIndowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Victor Gaudioso, Kunal Chowdhury, Jeremy Likness, Michael Crump, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Application Library Caching in Silverlight 4" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Handling WP7 orientation changes via Visual States" András Velvárt Shoutouts: Joe McBride gave a MEF Head User Group presentation and has posted How to Become a MEF Head – Slides & Code From SilverlightCream.com: Handling WP7 orientation changes ...
I was very excited when Microsoft released the Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate. As far as I was concerned, this was another nail in the coffin for IE6 and step in the right direction for us .NET web developers as our base camp was finally starting to support the latest and greatest future-web standards. Unfortunately, my celebration was short lived as I soon hit a snag while loading up an HTML5 site I was building in Visual Studio 2010. The Mystery After updating Internet Explorer, I ran my ...
With GDC 2011 wrapping up there were a LOT of great interviews and posts with and about XNA and XBLIG and some of our more notorious developers. Definitely worth spending many, many hours watching, listening and reading all those. Very inspiring! Also, don’t forget to get signed up for Dream Build Play! And just as an early warning reminder do NOT, I repeat do NOT wait to submit your game the last day. There are major issues submitting the last day every year and you do not want all your hard work ...
Introduction Now that the dust has settled and everyone has downloaded and installed Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1, its time to talk about a new feature included that will help Silverlight Developers profile their applications. Let’s take a look at what the official documentation says about it: Performance Wizard for Silverlight – taken from VS2010 SP1 KB. Visual Studio 2010 SP1 enables you to tune the Silverlight application performance by profiling the code. A traditional code profiler cannot ...
In this Issue: Ian T. Lackey, Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, John Papa, Jeremy Likness, Karl Shifflett, and Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight TV 65: 3D Graphics" John Papa WP7: "Developing a Windows Phone 7 Jump List Control" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Telerik announced a special sale on their RadControls for WP7... check it out: RadControls for Windows Phone 7 - on Sale from March 16th at a Special Promo Price! 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 really help improve your code by making it easier to write and maintain. This week, we look at the System.Tuple class and the handy factory methods for creating a Tuple by inferring the types. What is a Tuple? The System.Tuple is a class that tends to inspire a reaction in one of two ways: love or hate. Simply put, a Tuple is a data structure that holds a specific number of items of a specific ...
I had always been a fan of ANTS products (Reflector is absolutely invaluable, and their performance profiler is great as well – very easy to use!), so I was curious to see what the ANTS Memory Profiler could show me. You can check out more information about the profiler at Red Gate's web site at www.red-gate.com/products/d... Background While a performance profiler will track how much time is typically spent in each unit of code, a memory profiler gives you much ...
In this Issue: Dennis Doomen, Peter Kuhn, Michael Crump, Joe McBride, Martin Krüger, Jeremy Likness, Manas Patnaik, Jesse Liberty(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "A highlighting AutoCompleteBox in Silverlight" Peter Kuhn WP7: "WP7 WatermarkedTextBox custom control" WindowsPhoneGeek Training: "" Shoutouts: Karl Shifflett announced that he and Josh Smith have heard the developers and released a demo: Mole 2010 Demo Released This is a somewhat older post, but the material is ...
In this Issue: Joost van Schaik, Manas Patnaik, Kevin Hoffman, Jesse Liberty, Deborah Kurata, Dhananjay Kumar, Dennis Delimarsky, Samuel Jack, Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek, and Jfo. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How I let the trees grow" Peter Kuhn WP7: "Simple Windows Phone 7 / Silverlight drag/flick behavior" Joost van Schaik Shoutouts: SilverlightShow has their top 5 from last week posted, plus the ECOContest is ready to be voted on: SilverlightShow for Feb 28 - March 06, 2011 Drew DeVault is ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Chris Rouw, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, Simon Guindon, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Faster Databinding in WPF and Silverlight using OptimizedObservableCollection" Simon Guindon WP7: "Phoney Tools Updated (WP7 Open Source Library)" Shawn Wildermuth From SilverlightCream.com: Problems With Sharing Windows Phone 7 Applications Within A Large Group Of Beta Testers Max Paulousky has a post up discussing the issues surrounding beta testing ...
In this Back from the Summit Issue, I am overloaded with posts to choose from. Submittals go first, but I'll eventually catch up... hopefully by MIX :) : Ollie Riches(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, John Papa, Jeremy Likness, Martin Krüger, Joost van Schaik, Karl Shifflett, Michael Crump, Georgi Stoyanov, Yochay Kiriaty, Page Brooks, and Deborah Kurata. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "ClassifiedCabinet: A Quick Start" Georgi Stoyanov WP7: "Easy access to WMAppManifest.xml App properties like version and title" ...