Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch makes it easy to take a closer look
Following up on my most recent post about LightSwitch I thought I’d keep you in the loop on a valuable LightSwitch resource. The Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch provides a jump start to get you and the department-level-typical-Ac... rolling with LightSwitch in no time. The guide is broken down into 4 easy to follow parts. Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch (Part – 1) – Working with New Data Entry Screen Beginners Guide to Visual Studio LightSwitch ......
Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:01 AM | Comments (1)
Visual Studio LightSwitch: Yes, these are the droids you’re looking for
With all the news and focus on the new features coming in Silverlight 5 I thought I’d take a few minutes to remind folks about the work that Microsoft has done on LightSwitch since the applications created by LightSwitch are Silverlight applications. LightSwitch makes it easier for non-coders to build business applications and easier for coders to maintain them. For those not familiar with LightSwitch, it is a new tool that provides a easier and quicker way for coder and non-coder types alike to ......
Posted On Monday, December 6, 2010 8:48 AM | Comments (2)
Silverlight Firestarter 2010 Keynote with Scott Guthrie: Silverlight has a bright future!
If you didn’t get chance to watch the Silverlight Firestart event live during the webcast it is available online to view now. If you’re a Silverlight developer or perhaps a shop actively planning on developing a Silverlight application then you’re going to want to watch this video. The Silverlight 5 feature set unveiled during the keynote is fantastic! I particularly like Scott’s approach and comments on the future of Silverlight. I appreciated his open and direct acknowledgment that there has “been ......
Posted On Saturday, December 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Comments (0)
Silverlight Firestarter Today!! Local viewing event in Research Triangle Park!
What is the Silverlight Firestarter is all about? It is a one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie. It begins at 9am Pacific time. Yes, that noon for us east coasters here in the U.S. It provides new self-paced labs and walk through videos. It is interactive and you can ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. To me the really interesting part is going to be the opening keynote by Scott Guthrie. Keynote : The Future of Silverlight Be first to ......
Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2010 10:29 AM | Comments (0)
Very Cool – Miami 311 System for tracking citizen service requests (Windows Azure, Silverlight & Bing Maps)
Having grown up in South Florida this short, but very enlightening, video explaining how the City of Miami has implemented a 311 citizen service request system using Windows Azure, Silverlight and Bing Maps definitely caught my attention. Miami311 The Miami311 System is a Windows Azure/Silverlight-based solution which enables City of Miami citizens report and track issues reported to city management. The system uses Bing Maps to plot the location and relevant information about each issue reported. ......
Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 8:02 PM | Comments (0)
MSDN Video: Windows Phone 7 in 7: Silverlight and Windows Phone 7
Looking for a quick introduction to developing applications on Windows Phone 7? I found just the thing then. Check out this short 7 minute MSDN Video titled Windows Phone 7 in 7: Silverlight and Windows Phone 7. I liked the direct and to the point nature of the video. Like the title implies, it’s less than 7 minutes long and provides just enough information to start laying a solid foundation to start learning more about Windows Phone 7 development. Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:46 PM | Comments (0)
The Future: Web or Windows Client Development, your thoughts?
A question I have for you is with all the focus on web or cloud-based applications (Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, etc.) is there still a vibrant future out there for Windows Client desktop applications? Will Windows 7 do much to swing the focus back to desktop applications? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying desktop based application development is dead, it’s not by a long shot. With development tools like WPF and ClickOnce deployment desktop applications still rock. I’m just saying that it appears ......
Posted On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:10 PM | Comments (0)
Sample .NET RIA Services Application Available

During my Building Line of Business Applications with Silverlight 3 presentation I walk through the creation of a sample application. The complete code for that sample application is available for download on the TakeNote Technologies website. Scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and you’ll find the Presentations section.

If you have any trouble getting it running please let me know.

Have a  day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, November 8, 2009 10:06 AM | Comments (0)
.NET RIA Services Community Website Now Online!

The crew over at Microsoft have been working on putting together a RIA Services Community site where everyone can contribute resources and engage in discussions about .NET RIA Services.  It’s live now and ready for you to check out. You’ll find downloads, overview documentation, blog post references, and other resources.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, November 8, 2009 9:58 AM | Comments (0)
One Question Silverlight Poll – Let your voice be heard!

Here’s your chance to let Microsoft know what’s important to you when it comes to Silverlight tweets and blog posts. What information are you interested in? What’s more important, information on getting started or what was just released? Deep dive information or what’s coming?  Jump on this simple survey and let your voice be heard.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, November 2, 2009 9:30 AM | Comments (0)
Silverlight Toolkit October 2009 Released
The Silverlight Toolkit October 2009 release was posted on CodePlex this week. You will find a complete list of changes between the October 2009 release from the July 2009 release here. Among the significant changes are support for Visual Studio 2010 and drag & drop support. Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:23 AM | Comments (0)
The FREE Raleigh Code Camp (September 19th) is Right Around the Corner!
Just a reminder that the FREE Raleigh Code Camp is coming up quick! Mark your calendar! Saturday, September 19th, is the day, ECPI in Raleigh is the place and FREE is the price!! Never been to a Code Camp??? Oh well then you haven’t lived! From the Raleigh Code Camp site: “Code Camp is a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. This community driven event has become an international trend where peer groups of all platforms, programming languages and disciplines band together to bring ......
Posted On Monday, September 7, 2009 5:40 PM | Comments (0)
Raleigh Code Camp Taking Session Submissions Until Next Week
Listen up people… come Saturday September 19, 2009 I expect to see you at the Raleigh Code Camp. Fortunately for you I will be accepting a selected number of excuses for not being able to attend though. Should you find yourself scaling Mt. Everest that weekend, you’re excused from attending. Should you find yourself scouring Area 51 searching for signs of extraterrestrial life, you’re excused from attending or should you find yourself living in a shotgun shack or should you find yourself in another ......
Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:47 PM | Comments (0)
MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow - September 2009 Edition
My two favorite southern Microsoft Evangelists, Glen Gordon and Brian Hitney, will be touring the south in September disseminating nuggets of software development goodness with them in the form of the MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow. I’ll make sure I let the the police in these five lucky cities know they’re coming and when. :-) September 1 - Huntsville, AL September 2 - Atlanta, GA September 11 - Raleigh, NC September 21 - Augusta, GA September 22 - Charlotte, NC The best part, well besides seeing ......
Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:21 PM | Comments (1) – Virtual Online Operating System

Thought some of you might find this interesting.

“ is a Silverlight based online virtual operating system. It is is a website that simulates an operating system inside your web browser.”

More information here:

Live demo here:


Posted On Friday, July 17, 2009 9:51 AM | Comments (0)
Silverlight 3 streaming video feels the love from CNET

Great quote from CNET:

“It's early days, of course, but we're so impressed by Silverlight 3 we can't help wondering if we'll all be using it to watch streaming video in the very near future, while Flash sits in a corner, drinking a can of cider, thinking about what could have been.”

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 11:47 AM | Comments (0)
Scott Guthrie Discussing Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 RC

Here’s a video added today on Channel 9 with Scott Guthrie and Laurence Moroney discussing the availability of Silverlight 3 and the Release Candidate of Expression 3.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 6:05 PM | Comments (0)
Developer vs Designer… “he never listens to me!”

Here’s a funny bit on Channel 9 to coincide with today’s launch of Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3. Nicely done gentlemen but I like to think I’m the creative one! :-)

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 6:00 PM | Comments (0)
What is significant about the Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 Releases?
While I know I’m not the first person to share the news of the Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 release with you I want to take just a few moments to mention what I see as being significant. What I find most significant of all has nothing to do with either tool specifically. I think that with this release of Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 Microsoft is once again continuing to innovate in the user experience (UX) design and related software development areas. With new design tools like SketchFlow I ......
Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 12:59 PM | Comments (1)
Raleigh Code Camp - Saturday, November 15th
Attention southeastern U.S. software developers! If you're in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, or anywhere else in the southeast U.S. don't forget to mark your calendar for next Saturday! Not sure what a Code Camp is? Check out this link and find out! Raleigh Code Camp Saturday, November 15, 2008 , 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: ECPI I'll be presenting a session on integrating Microsoft Virtual Earth into your web applications. Hope to see you Saturday! Have a day. :-| ......
Posted On Sunday, November 9, 2008 11:34 AM | Comments (2)
Silverlight How-Do-I Videos With VB Sample Code!

I have good news for the VBers interested in making the leap into the world of Rich Internet Applications (RIA). In additon to being available in C#, the Silverlight team has posted VB sample code for all of their How-Do-I videos

Thanks Silverlight team!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, October 5, 2008 4:01 PM | Comments (3)