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In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, David Anson, Cheryl Simmons, Ryan Alford, Peter Kuhn, Ollie Riches, Mike Hole, Allen Lee, WindowsPhoneGeek, Mike Taulty, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 PInvoke fun - System Font Dialog" Peter Kuhn WP7: "Adding a map image to a secondary live tile" Mike Hole Expression Blend: "Silverlight 4 – Custom Busy Indicator Using PathListBox" Ryan Alford Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain ...
In this Issue: Ollie Riches, Tony Champion, Kunal Chowdhury, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, Jesse Liberty, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Justin Angel, and Shawn Wildermuth(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating a Multi-Click Event in Silverlight 5" Tony Champion WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Statistics" Justin Angel Shoutouts: SilverlightShow has posted their top 5 for last week: SilverlightShow for August 29 - Sept 04, 2011 Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Tony Champion, Ollie Riches, Gill Cleeren, Koen Zwikstra(-2-), Peter Kuhn, Xianzhong Zhu, Mike Taulty, Pete Brown, Sumit Dutta(-2-), Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Spy September 2011 Update" Koen Zwikstra WP7: "Windows Phone 7 on-demand training available" Peter Kuhn LightSwitch: "Quick And Easy Data Management With LightSwitch" Michael Washington PivotViewer: "Extending your CXML Trading Cards in Silverlight 5" Tony ...
I received a surprise mail from Microsoft saying that I’ve been recognized as Microsoft Community Contributor for the year 2011. I am delighted that my contributions in TFS and ALM space have been recognised by Microsoft. Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award. The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions ...
Today the release candidate of Microsoft’s Silverlight 5 was released to the public. If you want to know “What’s new in Silverlight 5” then check out this page on Silverlight.net and continue reading the article below. Getting Started First, we are going to need to download the required tools to install the Silverlight 5 RC. Before getting started, please note that you can install the Silverlight 5 RC on top of the final release of Silverlight 4. If you have the Silverlight 5 Beta installed, then ...
From Joe Healy’s Dev Fish Blog but worth repeating!! What’s a Windows Phone Camp? For those who went to our "Windows Phone Garage" series last year, its one of those. For those new to the scene, its a free, full day event chocked full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started with phone app development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications ...

Richard brings out some really good points about BI and where it came from and why you need it.

Check out his post for details ==> BI--What is it really? » Richard's Attic

 

till later,

John

The time has come to unveil the new project for the blog. I know, I know. I can hear the excitement. I try to go everywhere I can to preach the gospel of XNA. As I do, the #1 question I get is, "Have you ever published a game?" Every time, I have to respond with, "I haven't actually published anything. I have some ideas, but I've stuck mostly with research and teaching." Over time, this wears on you. I mean, as the saying goes, those who do, teach. Thus, it's about time I practice what I preach. ...
Guy who runs the excellent DotNetDevNet user group out of Bristol posted back in June on the top speakers from the first 50 meetings and let me know I made the top 10 for knowledge (Cough! ) and presentation skills (I have skills! Wow ) Well, I’ve finally revisited his post to have a proper look and … what a great line up to be in. Above me are the likes of Steve Sanderson, Richard Campbell and Mike Taulty. I’ll take that. Sweet. Thanks Guy ...
I’ve learned, from conference sessions and user group meetings, that Agile is best learned in action – being part of a game or activity that explains Agile, having lively discussion with people, or (best yet) being part of an Agile project. We still get a large amount of learning from books though, and so while Agile books may do a good job explaining the methodologies and techniques, its never as good as having some context to stand it up against. Enter Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken ...
Oh No! Not another geek who is going to tell us how to build a virtualized lab environment! We already know all there is to know about this crap! Hah! Yes this is another geek doing this build, but rest assured, it’s not you, it’s me! This is my view and take on this subject, where this blog will function as a “diary” to log my time, remarks and build guide on how I built it. Besides, I’ve built similar environments hundreds of times so I want to add a bit of a twist J. Seeing as my move abroad is ...
MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! Microsoft Learning hosted a Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (plus an update course) last year and it was an absolute smash. Now that "Mango" has made such a huge splash, they have put together another great course. This two-day live virtual class, Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start, is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone Mango Platform. Get in the pizza/popcorn/healthy fruit, ...
At http://computer-forensics.s... there is a free specialised tool for imaging suspect PCs and exmining the image running under VMWare. Proud user ofAdvanced XML support inMicrosoft Visual Studio XML editor ...
I’ve written about Visual Studio LightSwitch several times in this blog and in my Redmond Review column, including this month’s piece, “LightSwitch: The Answer to the Right Question.” All throughout, I’ve been pretty clear in my support of the product. A little over two weeks ago LightSwitch shipped, and I think it’s off to a very good start. To help it along, I wrote a series of five whitepapers on LightSwitch for the product team, and they were just published by Microsoft. You can find them all ...
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 ...
DevProConnections and WindowsITPro are now accepting nominations for the 2011 Community Choice Awards. These awards allow you to nominate developer products and services for special recognition. We’d like you to consider nominating Visual WebGui and as a thank you, will be giving away a few licenses. All you have to is click the links below and in the “Add-In” category on the DevProConnections survey (category # 1) and “Best Cloud Computing Product or Service” category on the WindowsITPro survey ...
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 ...
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: ...
This is my first post here, and I’m really happy to be a part of this thriving community! I would like to use this post as an introduction to myself. I’m Ahmed Mohamed an Egyptian Mechanical Power Engineering student, and I’m really interested in programming, especially 2D games with Microsoft XNA. I’ve started programming 6 years ago using Visual Basic 6 as a hobby, then learned HTML, .NET, C# and C++. Slowly after getting a good grip of C#, I was very interested in XNA, and soon after it’s launch, ...
Just an update .... I'm currently working on the next presentation in the multi-part of a series on the Applied Design Patterns project called “AdventureWorksDesignPatterns” . It has been a busy summer both at work and home. Summer is "DIY" time at my house as I'm building a 16 by 20 foot raised deck. Work wise ..... Some of my team and I have been updating some of our "Demonstration" and "Proof Of Concept" applications to test out Microsoft's Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric. This is turning ...
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 ...
Initial situation If you download and install PostSharp you run the professional edition in trial mode if you don’t configure additional things – also if you want to run the community edition. There is no visual incisive hint, that informs you about that. So your assemblies gets an metainformation, that you use a PostSharp in evaluation mode. You could use the Reflector to check this: Setting a meaningful license In the start menu is the PostSharp tool “PostSharp 2.0 User Options”. With this tool ...
Though software fundamentals, patterns, and anti-patterns are by far more important and intellectually stimulating to discuss, sometimes it's difficult to move to a new set of terms. When I first learned to program, .NET was pre v1.1 and the java community was getting ready for v1.4. Naturally, I preferred java because of its price, stability, and all my college classes were java. When I got work developing .NET (a few years later) I had to interpret some of the key words from java to .NET. For instance, ...
Technorati Tags: Scala,C# to Scala Introduction This post gives an overview of Scala from a C# developer’s perspective in light of efforts for a current .Net port coming closer to fruition. By closer I mean they have the compiler done but not the Visual Studio or SharpDevelop plug-in. From what I could find there is also no CLR based REPL available. You are also unable to call CLR code with generic signatures. While all of these issues are being worked on, to have a play I suggest using the JVM implementation ...
Shervin Shakibi, Microsoft Regional Director, was our speaker at the West Palm Beach .Net User Group July 2011 meeting. Shervin’s talk was demo-centric where he showcased the power of HTML 5 by example. Issues discussed at the meeting included suggestions on mitigating security concerns with HTML 5 source code accessibility as well as the status and timeline for HTML 5 readiness. Shervin’s much anticipated talk brought us over 25 members who filled our CompTec meeting room. We appreciate Shervin’s ...
As of today, the official release of Lightswitch is now available. Visit: http://www.microsoft.com/vi... or you can download from your MSDN subscription. What is Lightswitch? It is basically a simple to use application generator that can be used to build applications within minutes in many cases. If you have an existing, well structured (primary keys, relationships) SQL Server database you are just a few clicks away from an administration tool and well on the way to a full ...
Last week I was at the Microsoft WPC conference in Los Angeles. I’ve been to other Microsoft developer conferences like Tech Ed and PDC before, but this was my first WPC and it was a great experience. For one thing, the target audience is blatantly business, sales, and marketing. It was a weird feeling attending a Microsoft conference and not knowing *anybody* (although some familiar faces were found). I have links below to notes I made for the individual days of the conference, but I wanted to point ...
I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Roger O'Dell Jr. My development training is in .NET, but my current job requires me to work with Java and Android. I have been doing mobile development now for almost a year. And what a year it has been. I had the opportunity to go to a Microsoft Conference in Overland Park, KS last year. While I was there, I was one of the lucky few who was introduced to Windows Phone 7. Coming from an ASP.NET background, I found the new Windows Phone to ...
A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on July 13th. We expect that its 17 new code samples would reduce developers’ efforts in solving the following typical programming tasks. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... Alternatively, you can download the code samples using Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. They give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, manage the downloaded samples in a centralized ...
In my last post (read here) I mentioned that I recently took a position with a new company. Starting yesterday my new position is with Microsoft as a SharePoint Premier Field Engineer (PFE). I’m very excited about this opportunity as it will provide me a new set of challenges, a great network of some of the brightest minds in the industry, and a chance to grow myself while supporting clients. I will be traveling more than I did previously, but I will still be based out of Columbus, OH. As I said ...
If you want to warnings and errors from your build events to show up in Visual Studio's Event List, you need to follow a formatting standard. Origin - Generally the name of the exe or batch file you're running SubCategory Category - Should either be Error or Warning Code - Error code specific to your application Text Bold items are REQUIRED ...
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 ...
Developers might write good code, but no matter how good they are the result will always have bugs in it. It's up to the testers in the team to make sure the final product is as bug-free as it can be. Deciding what to test Within a project there's normally no official documentation produced, no official record of what the project should accomplish. The closest thing we get to documentation is the greenlight presentation slides (I'll be covering the greenlight process in a later post). This means ...
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 ...
I hope you haven’t come here looking for an answer!!! Because I want one too!!! I have recently been playing with JQM…and initially loved it….but…. I mean, jQuery mobile is fantastic...whats been done here I think is awesome. I'm enjoying working with it. (I know its beta 1!, but the below seems odd for even a beta release) There seems to be some fundamental bugs knocking about. Links for example. I have a fixed footer toolbar...3 buttons, Home, New, Settings. Home - I wanted to be non-ajax, so I ...
Today the first stable release of the Community TFS 2010 Build Extensions shipped on the CodePlex site. Visual Studio ALM MVP Mike Fourie (aka Mr MSBuild Extension Pack) has been the leader of this project and has done a tremendous job, both in contributing functionality as well as coordinating the work for the first release. Great work Mike! I (as well as several others) have contributed a small part of the activities, I plan to be working on the upcoming releases as well. The build extensions contain ...
We are proud to announce the arrival of a key milestone through the All-In-One Code Framework project. With strong partnership, dedication and commitment, and big supports from the community, All-In-One Code Framework has now exceeded its Fiscal Year 2011 ? target of 1 million downloads - 10 times over our last year's download number! All-In-One Code Framework reduces the efforts of developers in solving typical programming tasks. Sample codes are made available for download; reducing the time developers ...
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 ...
I just got a great news from Microsoft that I’m re-awarded as Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for this year. This is my 3rd year in a row as an MVP and I’m of course very happy about and feel honored by it. Woohoo!! Here’s the Proof =} “Dear Vincent Maverick Durano, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate ...
Spoke at the session on Webforms in CTU 2011 (Community Technology Update) in Singapore. Had a good interaction with the Developer community here in Singapore. I covered the following topics during the session: *Dynamic Data *Routing *Web Form Additions *Predictable Client IDs *Programmable Meta Data *Better control over ViewState *Persist selected rows *Web Deployment The Slide Deck used can be accessed using the following URL: http://www.slideshare.net/a... ...
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: ...
As I discussed in my previous posts, divisions and project teams within Red Gate are allowed a lot of autonomy to manage themselves. It's not just the teams though, there's an awful lot of freedom given to individual employees within the company as well. Reasonableness How Red Gate treats it's employees is embodied in the phrase 'You will be reasonable with us, and we will be reasonable with you'. As an employee, you are trusted to do your job to the best of you ability. There's no one looking over ...
Well first I would like to add at the moment I have had 1174 page views. That does not count people who just browse via the homepage so add around another 200 visitors! Well back on the subject I have recently joined Ubuntu-AU (Australia) LoCo team and it is great! Basilar it is a Ubuntu loco community group and just before the my first time being at a meeting I was emailing the admin and he said that there was a stop for a team reporter and I put my hand up and he said 'yes'. He was actually going ...
Microsoft has revealed some things about Windows 8, and revealed a part of the developer story for new Windows 8 “tailored,” “immersive” applications. In retrospect, very little was shared. The bit that was revealed to us is that those applications can be developed using a combination of HTML 5 and JavaScript. Not much else was said, except that additional details would be revealed at Microsoft’s //Build/ conference in Anaheim, California in September. This has left a lot of people in suspense, and ...
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 ...

Good news for the spanish speaking community (LATAM + Spain). “La Liga de Silverlight” has translated the 27 WP7 tutorials to Spanish.

You can click this link to access the tutorials.

I bet some of you were wondering why I am not going to any events for the most part in June and July (aside from volunteering at SPS Chicago). Well I basically have no life for the next 2 months. We are approaching the 11th hour of SharePoint Saturday New York City. The event is slated to have 350 to 400 attendees. This is second year in a row I’ve helped run it with Jason Gallicchio. It’s amazingly crazy how much effort this event requires versus Kansas City. It’s literally 2x the volume of attendees, ...
I am really happy to announce that I have been accepted as a speaker at the 2011 PASS Conference in Seattle. The topic? It will be about SQL Azure scalability using shards, and the Data Federation feature of SQL Azure. I will also talk extensively about the community open-source sharding library Enzo SQL Shard (enzosqlshard.codeplex.com) and show how to make the most out of it. In general, the presentation will provide details about how to properly design an application for sharding, how to make ...