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August 2010 Entries

On Tuesday August 18th, the first publicly available beta for the Microsoft Lightswitch development tool was posted on MSDN. For more information about this Silverlight application generator addition to Visual Studio 2010 visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Because it is still a beta I installed the 500mb ISO on a Windows 7 virtual pc VM which already had Visual Studio 2010. I had not spun up this VM for over 4 months so there were LOTS of updates to apply first. Although ......

I recently read the book “C# 4.0” How-To by Ben Watson, published by SAMS, ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33063-6. I’m a primarily VB.net developer (hey I”m a VB MVP) but these days I find myself using C# more and more. This is a practical book; seeing exactly how to code various patterns in C# was very useful. The usefulness was three fold. First, as C# is not my 1st language, sometimes I stumble a bit when trying to express some code in C#. There are many many examples of using a very wide range of classes ......

After a few years of development, Microsoft has finally announced Lightswitch. This was formally a very hush hush project code named Kitty Hawk that even the MVP’s only had very limited knowledge of. You can get more information at: http://www.microsoft.com/vi... and it will be generally available in Beta form on August 23rd. This tool is an add-on to Visual Studio 2010 that allows a power business user (or developer) to very quickly generate a data centric application then ......