July 2008 Entries

Notes from the field - InitializeError error #2104 in control 'Xaml1': Could not download the Silverlight application.
So I got this yesterday as I went to do a test deployment to a clone of our production server and couldn't for the life of me figure out what was wrong...until I remembered getting this months ago when we first started developing this app on VPC. The fix in this case was pretty simple - assuming the XAP file is named correctly and doesn't have any non-DOS friendly characters in it, just remember to add the new MIME type to IIS to handle the XAP extension. I must have scratched my head for about 20 ......

Posted On Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:07 AM | Comments (4)

Richmond Code Camp
I had such a great time up in Richmond last year for Richmond Code Camp that I'm planning to head back there again this year. The folks up in Richmond are planning this event for Saturday, October 4, 2008. You can find out more at their web site: http://richmondcodecamp.org... as they continue to post information. Although last year I "just attended" (for the very first time actually!), this year I plan on giving a presentation on Windows Mobile development. Hope to see you there ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 30, 2008 7:52 AM | Comments (0)

Fire up the grill! GC.NUG Annual Cookout
It's time to give our brains a break!! We are hosting our Annual GCNUG Cookout in appreciation of your participation this past year. We won't take a break from some sweet prizes though, so make sure you join us for a chance to win some free software, including a copy of Visual Studio 2008! So come on by Benefitfocus and join us for hot dogs and burgers and relaxation on the patio. We will be holding the event in the outside patio area on the left side of the building. Please go ahead and sign in ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 22, 2008 7:41 AM | Comments (0)

5 Reasons Why my Windows Mobile powered Tilt is better than the new Iphone 3G
I'm pretty tired of hearing about how "great" the Iphone 3G is. So here's a short tribute to my trusty Windows Mobile powered Tilt. My Tilt already had GPS, Bluetooth, and 3G capability when I bought it. I didn't have to wait hours overnight for a sales clerk to tell me "here's your phone, it doesn't work all the way, but good luck activating it at home!" My Tilt has MMS capability - Granted I don't use it as much as others do, but for such a "great" phone you'd think Apple would have included such ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 11:20 AM | Comments (6)

A neat trick with Windows Mobile Live Search and Community Megaphone

Glen Gordon just posted an entry on his blog about this and it's pretty neat. He can explain it far better than I can, so just read his blog post on this.

Posted On Thursday, July 10, 2008 3:08 PM | Comments (0)

Silverlight Control Builder Contest 2008
I was talking with Page Brooks last night about the Silverlight Control Builder Contest he's currently running. If you're into Silverlight, you really need to check this out. I'm not even a "Silverlight" dev and I'm thinking about trying to put together a control to enter based on the sheer number of way cool prizes up for grabs. Find out more by either clicking the logo below or catch Page tonight at the Columbia Enterprise Developer's Guild meeting ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 9, 2008 2:02 PM | Comments (0)

Win an Xbox or an MSDN Subscription....sweet!
As I was driving home from giving a presentation at the PDANUG last night, I got a call from David Silverlight and he reminded me about this cool new program INETA has to recognize those involved in user groups. He's written up an excellent blog about it on Community-Credit you can read http://www.community-credit... I know a number of you reading this help run user groups in your area and as someone who helps ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 9, 2008 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

Speaking tomorrow at Pee Dee Area .NET User's Group

I've been invited to speak tomorrow at the Pee Dee Area .NET User Group (PDANUG). The meeting starts at 6PM and I'll be covering Windows Mobile topics to include the State & Notifications Broker and how I built the call blocking application I blogged about earlier this year.

Posted On Monday, July 7, 2008 10:57 AM | Comments (0)

31 Days of Visual Studio 2008 Tips & Tricks
Fresh from the successful completion of his "30 Days of .NET Windows Mobile Applications" (quite an impressive feat I might add), fellow Mobile Geek Chris Craft has started a new series based on one of his well received Code Camp presentations focusing on Visual Studio Tips & Tricks...he now presents "31 Days of Visual Studio 2008 Tips & Tricks". Check it out if you haven't had a chance to catch him at a Code Camp near you ......

Posted On Thursday, July 3, 2008 10:19 AM | Comments (1)

Thanks! Microsoft MVP Award - Device Application Development
So today starts a new month and with it comes some pretty awesome news especially with all that's gone on in my life recently. I received an e-mail this morning (around 11:30) congratulating me on being awarded Microsoft MVP for Device Application Development. Oddly enough in this day and age of rapid information exchange via Twitter, I had folks congratulating me via Twitter and E-mail before I had even finished going through the MVP registration site. There are certainly a number of people who've ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 1, 2008 1:33 PM | Comments (1)