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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. October 2010 Entries
Visual Studio Async CTP for the rest of us…
Today at PDC 2010, they announced Asynchronous functions in C# and VB.NET. So what exactly does that mean? I’ll give you the definition first: Asynchronous operations are methods and other function members that may have most of their execution take place after they return. In .NET the recommended pattern for asynchronous operations is for them to return a task which represents the ongoing operation and allows waiting for its eventual outcome. You completely understand right? Me neither! I have been ......

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:15 PM

How to Host your Silverlight application on Amazon S3 for Free
In the past people could use services like the Microsoft Silverlight Streaming to host their Silverlight applications for free. This worked well in the past but it is now closed. What are the other alternatives? You can host your .XAP on Google App Engine but the process takes time and can be confusing. You could also find one of those free HTML host, but they could die tomorrow . This is where DropBox comes into play. Let me go ahead and stop and say, you probably don’t want to do this for a production ......

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2010 7:51 AM

WP7 Developer Launch Event: Question & Answer.
Microsoft is having a Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch right now across the USA. I attended the event in Atlanta and tweeted about it. Since the tweets, I’ve had several people ask me about it. So here goes: The unofficial Q&A to the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch. ---------------------------... What are the topics? Do you have the PowerPoint slides from the sessions? Where did ......

Posted On Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:20 AM

15 Things I’ve discovered about Silverlight.
I love Silverlight and have written / talked about it a lot. I can’t help but notice that a lot of people are new to Silverlight or may have played with it a few times. Well this post is for you. It is a list of 15 things that I’ve discovered since I started developing for Silverlight. If you are a full-time Silverlight developer than I would hope you know most of these. I promise not to scare off anyone with talks of MVVM, Prism or MEF. 1) The line highlighted below represents the MIME type and ......

Posted On Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:10 AM

Book Review: Foundation Expression Blend 4 by Victor Gaudioso
Purchase at Amazon I wanted to talk for a minute about the author, Victor Gaudioso. I met Victor on Twitter earlier this year and ever since meeting him, I’ve seen how involved he is in the Silverlight/Blend community. He has always been willing to help or share knowledge of Blend with anyone – including me. I recently read a blog post about someone that went to one of his book signings and did not win anything. Victor found out that this person was disappointed and sent him a free year subscription ......

Posted On Saturday, October 16, 2010 11:01 AM

Profile your Windows Phone 7 Application for Free
In the past I’ve used things like ANTS performance profiler to identify performance bottlenecks and to optimize my applications performance. It was always a great way to give an application that final boost that makes it run faster/slicker than my competitor. Now that I’m developing for the WP7 series, I wanted a way to profile those applications as well. I noticed that EQATEC was offering WP7 developers a way to profile their WP7 applications for free and I jumped on the chance. The best thing about ......

Posted On Saturday, October 9, 2010 8:16 AM

Deploying your Windows Phone 7 Application to the actual hardware.
I’ve blogged about the tools and have played with the hardware, now its time to put an application on the actual Windows Phone 7 hardware. I will guide you through the entire process step-by-step. Please note that I have an early version of the phone and had to get a Connect Login to download Zune 4.7. If you are reading this after the phone has launched then you can probably just go to the Zune web page and download it directly. You will also want to skip down until the next section that starts ......

Posted On Saturday, October 2, 2010 8:43 AM

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