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September 2010 Entries

VB for Windows Phone 7 CTP now public

As a complement to the already available Windows Phone 7 developer tools, templates for VB are now available.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a808a69d-6119-47b7-b858-262be5c49915&displaylang=en

Here is the full announcement from the VB team and a walk through of how to use it: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2010/09/23/announcing-microsoft-visual-basic-ctp-for-windows-phone-developer-tools.aspx

You need to have the release tools installed and then this is a very small download and installs very quickly.

You will get the same “Silverlight for Windows Phone” under the VB templates and be able to easily bring up a VB based phone application. No XNA at this time.

 

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Why I like IE9

As I start to use IE9 I’m going to point out things I like (and don’t like) in this blog entry.

I like:

  • The download/open/save bar at the bottom allows me open, save (never use because I have no idea where it goes and if I’m downloading a file I always have a place for it.), save as and view downloads.
  • I like the space saving tab placement but need a couple of other toolbars like command and favorites. This is my main navigation so to me is not in the way. I may not keep the windows live toolbar, it does not play nice and will not share space with other toolbars:. I would like to put the command toolbar to the right of translator.

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Book Review – ASP.NET MVC Unleashed – Stephen Walther

I’ve been making my way through a few MVC books recently and was looking forward to reading Stephens book.

Stephen does a lot of videos on the Microsoft asp.net site that I like and I was not disappointed by the book.

Although not really targeted at MVC2 and VS 2010 all the basics are the same. He does an excellent job of stepping through the components of MVC… controllers, views, models and routing. He also digs into HTML helpers, binding, caching, authentication, testing and jquery.

All the examples are in both C# and VB which adds to the bulk of the book but is useful to see for me as I need to do both.

The second part of the book is building an actual blog application staring with a test driven design and incorporating a repository pattern, refactoring step by step as new use cases are added.

This is a very useful book and although he touches on other tools and shows some examples in Part III, the Appendixes, he mostly sticks to using Visual Studio…

A good book I’ll keep around!

http://www.amazon.com/ASP-NET-Framework-Unleashed-Stephen-Walther/dp/0672329980/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284511442&sr=8-5