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As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Sumit Dutta, Morten Nielsen, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Brian Noyes, and Tony Champion. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "PV Basics : Client-side Collections" Tony Champion WP7: "Pushpin Clustering with the Windows Phone 7 Bing Map control" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily is up From SilverlightCream.com:Pushpin Clustering with the Windows Phone 7 ...
A week or so ago, I mentioned my gear was evolving. The newest member of my gear arrived yesterday, an Alienware M11xR3. Here are the specs: Intel Core i7-2617M 1.5GHz (2.6GHz Turbo Mode, 4MB Cache) NVIDIA GeForce GT540 graphics with 2.0GB Video Memory and Optimus 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz 11.6in High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight 750GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s Soundblaster X-Fi Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled Intel Advanced-N WiFi Link 6250 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO Technology with WiMax Gobi Mobile ...
At http://www.codeproject.com/... there is a hilarious list of ways to shoot yourself in the foot in various programming languages. C You shoot yourself in the foot. C++ You accidently create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying "That's me, over there." FORTRAN You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, ...
At IdentityMine, we had the chance to develop a few applications featuring the new Windows Phone 7 features coming up in the update codenamed “Mango”. This series will showcase a few of the new features included in Mango that we used in those apps. Part 1: Adding a secondary live tile to the start page. Part 2: Starting a Bing Maps navigation Read the rest of this entry » ...

Kids really catch onto technology fast now a days.  Somehow he found the On button on the phone, and then started moving the lock slider around.  Finally he was able to drag it to the bottom of the screen, and baam!  Unlocked! 

He then moved my GPS on/off icon to a different screen.  I couldn't find it until I took a few minutes to track it down.  Now we'll see how long before my 7 year old figures out my Apple password for the App Store...

In this Issue: Dave Davis, Oren Gal, Colin Eberhardt, Dan Wahlin, Jeff Prosise(-2-), @yuriylsh, Bill Reiss, Richard Waddell, Andrea Boschin(-2-), András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Working with User Names and Roles in Silverlight Applications" Dan Wahlin WP7: "Silverlight for Windows Phone Programming Tip #7" Jeff Prosise MIX11: "MIX11 Mass Download Tool" @yuriylsh From SilverlightCream.com: Controlling Silverlight Child Windows Using MVVM Dave Davis has a post up that revisits a subject ...
(these are lifted verbatim from Microsoft here, here and here and are presented below only because it’s convenient to have them lumped altogether…) Getting Started with Windows Phone Windows Phone development platform supports both XNA Framework and Silverlight. This unit takes you through the step-by-step creation of your first Windows Phone Silverlight application. Hands-On Labs · Hello Windows Phone This lab intends to be the classic "Hello World" application, introducing you to the tools and ...
In this Issue: Ollie Riches, Colin Eberhardt, Andrej Tozon, Arik Poznanski, Deborah Kurata(-2-), Jay Kimble, Yochay Kiriaty, Peter Kuhn, Mike Ormond, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), and Matthias Shapiro. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Missing Chart Legend" Deborah Kurata WP7: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 2 - Text rendering" Peter Kuhn Shoutouts: Timmy Kokke has a post up discussing What’s new in the Expression Design January 2011 preview? From SilverlightCream.com: WP7Contrib: Thread safe ObservableCollection<T> ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, Domagoj Pavlešic, Peter Kuhn, James Ashley, Sara Summers, Morten Nielsen, Peter Torr, and Tau Sick. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4 – Coded UI Framework Video Tutorial" Michael Crump WP7: "Windows Phone From Scratch #12–Custom Behaviors (Part I)" Jesse Liberty From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 4 – Coded UI Framework Video Tutorial Michael Crump posted a video tutorial today on the Coded UI Test Framework that we got with ...
I wanted to take some time off from my usual (or less than usual) technology blog to post a review of my road bike, the Trek 7.7 FX. I wanted to wait and get some miles on the road before posting any type of review to ensure I’m not in some sort of honeymoon period with the bike. My goal was to post the review after 100 miles, but I am happy to say that tonight, I crossed 200 miles! Before getting into the specifics of the bike itself, let me tell you how I got here. I knew I needed to do something ...
In this Issue: John Papa, John McFetridge, Andy Schwam, Tim Heuer, Nigel Sampson(-2-, -3-), Shawn Wildermuth, Dave Relyea, Jesse Liberty, and Sigurd Snørteland. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4: Drag and Drop DataGrids with Access to the Data Being Dropped" Andy Schwam WP7: "Windows Phone 7 For Silverlight Developers: Life Cycle " Jesse Liberty Shoutouts: Ian Griffiths announced free Silverlight Printing Video training at PluralSight until Sunday. From SilverlightCream.com: What’s Wrong ...
Update 2: Excellent news! The $99 per app was wrong. See: http://windowsteamblog.com/... Thank you, Fred! Update 1: It's possible that somebody who didn't read closely looked at the old WM 6.X app cert docs, saw the $99 per app fee there, and thought it applied to WP7. I know people who "know people" and are investigating it. I'm very hopeful it's a mistake - see the end of my next post for how someone might ...
In this Issue: René Schulte, Haruhiro Isowa, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Shawn Wildermuth, Evan Hutnick, Don Burne, Mark Tucker, On Ali Tinwala, Derik Whittaker, and Mark Arteaga. Shoutouts: Chris Cavanagh has converted his Soft Body Physics Demo to WP7: JelloPhone for Windows Phone 7 Joe Healy has his list of 7 Steps to Get You Going on Windows Phone 7 Dev ... I might add a couple more links to item 5, but I'm prejudiced :) If you're in the mood for purchasing a WP7 Toolkit for building apps, ...
This past Monday, June 21st, The New York City Council Committee on Technology in Government held a hearing on its proposed legislation, known as Introduction 029-2010, that would require all City agencies to publish their data online, in “raw” form. The data would be available to private citizens who wished to analyze it, hobbyist developers who wished to work with it, and commercial entities looking to utilize it internally or create products that use and add value to it. Such initiatives have ...
I did it and i am going to explain step by step. The explanatination may appear long but its simple if you follow. Note: All the softwares i have used are the latest and i have packaged them and provided them in the link below. I use Nokia N96 1) RootSign smartComGPS and install it on your phone(i havent provided the signer so that u wuld do some little work. i used Secman' rootsign). 2) Install Universal Maps Downloader, SmartCom OGF2 converter and OziExplorer 3.95.4s on my PC. a) UMD is used to ...
I'm migrating my blog that is currently hosted over at vbCity.com (which is an outstanding developer community!) to a new home at geekswithblogs.net. I truly appreciate the comradery of Serge B, Ged Mead, and the other team members at the "City". What you can expect to find here (my interests): Most .NET programming topics General computing Language examples in C#, VB.NET, and Boo WCF WPF Mathematical / GPS solutions F# (in progress... if you can say that much) Obsessed with code performance (speed) ...
…or an excuse to write about my cool new phone. I got a new phone this past week. One which I think is really cool, but before I talk about it, I want stroll through the previous cell phones I’ve owned. Almost nine years ago, my wife and I bought a pair of cell phones. These were our first phones, and the excuse to get them was that my wife was pregnant with our first child at the time. We thought it might be useful to have cell phones so she could get a hold of me if or when something was up. The ...
I stumbled across this series of posts by Maarten Struys and Dougturn on "Getting started with windows mobile development with Visual C#". I remember Joel too having mentioned it in one of his posts. I went through a couple of articles and was able to create a few basic applications in C#. I must mention that creating a basic application with your menus and a few controls takes no time at all in visual C#. The visual designer is nice, supports a lot more controls and takes care of things that you ...
What is Windows CE? Microsoft says that Windows CE is “Componentized, real-time operating system for a wide range of small footprint devices” on their WEB site. That is a very precise description, but what does it really mean? Windows CE is designed for embedded systems. An embedded system is typically a device that doesn’t necessarily look like a computer, but provides some special functionality. Examples of embedded computers are GPS systems, voting machines, Automated Teller Machines, Point Of ...
Since I was 8 years old I’ve always been fascinated by technology. I probably was before that as well but I didn’t get a computer until I was 8 and then I think I felt like I now belonged to a “club” and started to keep an eye on technology even more (hey, I lived in central Nebraska and, in terms of computer owners in my town, I was a club of 1). When I say I like technology I’m talking about all the software and hardware that has become commonplace in our lives and we have slowly began to rely ...
Some time ago, I wrote a blog post titled “Geocoding pictures automatically with Nokia E71 and gpicsync” which was explaining how to use the built-in GPS in your mobile phone (in my case a Nokia E71) and a utility program called gpisync to enter geographical tags into your pictures. This is useful because using a program supporting this feature (such as Flickr for example), you can then see all your pictures on a map, and remember where you took the pictures. Read the rest of this entry » ...
There is a compilation of quite a few "How Do I?" videos related to windows mobile here. Take a look in your free time, some videos might be of interest to you. Videos I liked: How Do I: Use Bing inside a Windows Mobile Application? How Do I: Create Localized Applications on Windows Mobile Devices? How Do I: Use the GPS Intermediate Driver to Retrieve Location Information? How Do I: Associate an Application with the Hardware Buttons on a Windows Mobile Device? How Do I: Schedule an Application to ...
It’s been a couple weeks since it was first announced that the Engineered Experiences team won Microsoft’s newCloudApp() contest and it’s about time I got around to blogging about it. First things first, I couldn’t start this post without congratulating the other team members: Scott Densmore and Dwayne Brown, you guys rock! What Is IMPULSE? Check it out: http://www.myimpulselive.com As a software developer I am all about reuse so here’s the copy+paste from our newcloupapp.com description: IMPULSE ...
I rarely find Google’s product as exciting or as innovative as other people think they are. BUT… [I’ll come back as to why later on, don’t worry it’s only one feature that I need, but it’s important] I was driving yesterday, and needed to quickly look up an address, as I know the destination moved addresses recently and did not want to drive the wrong way. So I decided to use Google Maps for Mobile, as it seems to fixate on GPS in my BlackJack II faster. [To note I use my phone’s Internet and GPS ...
Cool article.  Looking forward to the applications of this. 

Food for thought:  What would faster, more reliable connections in vehicles enable us to do?  Could cars detect traffic patterns faster or with better fidelity?  Could we upload GPS maps on the fly (some cars already do this I imagine)?   Perhaps the Google maps vehicles can start uploading their street view data as they are taking it. :P
For those of you unfamiliar with the Nike+iPod, it's a "device which measures and records the distance and pace of a walk or run." Sensor goes in your shoes, connect the receiver to your iPod and the iPod displays how fast and how far you have been running. When you sync your iPod with your PC the data is automatically uploaded to the Nike+ website and you can easily track your runs on a easy to use web interface. One of my biggest concerns before purchasing was how to replace the battery and how ...
Continuing The Project that Time Forgot, a UML case study. (Click images for larger versions.) On the surface, this Episode may seem almost social. Demented and sad, but social. But if you could join Hacker Girl, reading Geek Girl’s Tablet PC over her shoulder, you might see a different picture: And you would also see this diagram: You saw a conversation. Geek Girl hopes that Pilot saw a conversation. But she saw an interview, and a chance to capture and model requirements. Let’s review the notation ...
I thought, it would be a really great idea to port the GPSd server over to the .Net Micro Framework. For those unfamiliar with .Net MF, have a look at http://www.microsoft.com/ne... What I was trying to achieve is a low cost hardware solution to proving a GPS that broadcasts itself on a network. I needed to build something that would run on a low power device with no screen just an Ethernet connection and connectivity to the GPS. Porting the GPSd, was very straight-forward. I produced ...
2009, Day 10 (Saturday): The weekend went well. Picked up a 4x8 sheet of MDF board for the gaming table for Sunday's Twilight Imperium game. Later that day I picked up Jason Olson at the airport. The weather was mostly cooperating, though we did have some snow and slick roads on the way home. Spent a couple hours parting out all the cards and minis and tiles for TI into baggies for easy/quick startup on Sunday. 2009, Day 11 (Sunday): Twilight Imperium!! We got started around 10am (mostly) and after ...
Update: Since then I found a much better tool to geocode pictures and edit other information encoded directly within the picture: Microsoft Pro Photo Tools. I wrote a new blog post about this tool. Read the rest of this entry » ...
As promised yesterday, here is the complete source for the moving map solution. It is arranged as two visual studio solution (GPSd, GPSdMovingMap). The project files within the solutions are as follows. - GPSd Solution -- GPSd - Windows Service, that connects to and broadcasts a GPS. Configure the COM port of the GPS you wish to attach to in App.Config. In addition a fake file can be specified if you wish to test without real GPS hardware. The service writes to the application event log, if you wish ...
So I thought, ahead of new year, I should just prove end-to-end the components of the GPSd service. What better way than to plot our current position on a map. Using a converted version of the GPSd client, that we talked about previously, I parse the NMEA data coming from the GPS and produce an XML file of the following - <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> <movingmap> <latitude>51.267</... <longitude>-1.108<... <bearing>182</bear... ...
Just to prove that it can be done. Here is a GPSd client running on a mobile device. I'm just getting the raw stream of NMEA data out of the GPS (which is the whole point of GPSd). Obviously the client can then use this data for its own purposes. To make the example shown work, I have laptop connected to home wireless network and in turn connected to GPS via BlueTooth. The Windows Mobile device is also on my wireless network and picks up the GPSd server running on the laptop. The fun part of the ...
So back on the topic of GPSd, I thought it was pretty wasteful to have the GPS device broadcasting to the world if no machines are connected to the service. So today I implemented a feature that monitors the number of connections to the service and only starts the GPS connection when the first client connects. New version HERE ...
Ok, last post I talked about the possibility of being able to subscribe to a published GPS. Well I've only gone and done it. I've built a small GPS server that broadcasts the data from a connected GPS. This is the server running - To attach type TELNET localhost 2947 at your favourite command prompt. You'll see the GPS being broadcast like so - (looks about the same doesn't it, which I guess is the whole point) Full Visual Studio project - Here Let my know what you think? Its a multi-threaded server, ...
Continuing The Project That Time Forgot, a UML case study in comic strip form... (Click pictures for larger images.) And just in case you can't read that sign above the gate, here's a larger view: So Editor Bill looked at this strip and said, "Geez, Martin, what happened? You spent so much time drawing that volcano cone, you didn't have time for any UML?"* "What?" I said, "You don't see the UML content in this Episode?" "Well, yeah, there are a couple new systems mentioned, I guess." "Ah," I said, ...
Continuing The Project That Time Forgot, a UML case study in comic strip form... (Click picture for a larger image.) This is the first we've seen of Deployment Diagrams in the Lounge; but they're enough like Class Diagrams that I think you should find them easy to read. Here's the diagram above, larger and more readable: The cubes represent nodes within the system. By default, they represent Processors: computers where you'll deploy code. The <<device>> stereotype here indicates devices ...
First up, if you don't know what Geocaching is, then please do yourself a big favour and look at www.geocaching.com So..., Yes its an iPhone app, andI've been looking/building something similar for a while. Lots of GPS systems promise Geocaching options but they all seem to fall a little wide of the mark (or the ones that I can afford do) This could be the answer? http://www.geocaching.com/i... ...
If you are a BlackJack II user you are familiar with two buttons at the bottom of your keyboard next to caps/shirt. And you most likely are familiar with hitting those two buttons while typing or by accident. Both start apps and 3G connections, which I have to go disconnect from to not waste battery, as well as the app itself that the button lunched through task manager. I wanted this “feature” gone for so long. It’s easier then ever to do so, once you update to WM 6.1 [which is amazing btw! no GPS ...
After the PDC closed at 3PM, a group of us went over to the Liberty Grille again for a bite to eat. We’d been there the night before and had a really good experience, so thought we’d try it again. Everything was going fine until 5:00 came around and I had to leave. First, our waiter was nowhere to be found and I asked another waiter to get him for us and if he could bring my bill that would be great. Our waiter shows up with the bill for the entire table. I explain that I only am paying for my portion. ...
I just got a 30-day demo of the new Palm Treo Pro with Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 to test out. I will add this to my current pending reviews in the next couple of days. Any questions? Specs: Unlocked GSM device – not available from a carrier at the moment Platform Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional Edition Processor Qualcomm® MSM7201 400MHz Display 320x320 transflective color TFT flush touchscreen Radio HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM radio Tri-band UMTS – 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz Quad-band ...
Just got back from HDC - Omaha last night and it was a blast. (The drive home was a little crazy... apparently my GPS has developed a crack habit, but that's a whole other story.) Wednesday - Jason Bock and I arrived in Omaha around 11:30am and after a quick lunch at the hotel with Amanda Laucher, the three of us piled into the jeep and were off to meet Joe Olsen and the GeeksWithBlogs crew at the PhenomBlue office for a Microsoft Surface demo. We hung out there for a bit and chatted up some of the ...
Picked up a new toy over the weekend (I love gadgets, the gods helps me). I was going to dinner for a friend's birthday and had to miss my turn. We found the place ok, but I was reminded how much I don't like being lost. As a matter of fact, I hate it. I decided I'd had enough of this (after ending up in what I refer to as "Banjo, South Carolina" the week prior for the mud run), so went a found one. I decided on the 260. It's sweet. It has none of the extra features (like phone bluetooth or MP3 player...stuff ...
Matthieu Laban with 3D graphics, Denis opens "SilverlightBooks", Tim Heuer on the mouse wheel, Koen Zwikstra on Custom Controls, Manish Dalal on Attached Properties, Terence Tsang with Random Moving Rotator, Jordan Knight on Snapshotting your data, and Gerard Leblanc with more Image Effects. Emil Stoychev a SilverlightShow reports that LinkLabel control is now live on CodePlex!. I posted about the control, but now it's on CodePlex, so go have at it... others already are! From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Shiffin.Com has come-up with an exciting tool for GPS tracking of BIAL Buses over Google Maps. This tool is very good and provides not just the location of the bus, but also keeps the pin moving in real-time as per speed of the bus. You can highlight the route (path) of individual bus and even Zoom-in to check the Satllite Image (static) of the location where the bus currently is. More-over it shows the Bus No. and even speed of the bus also. Bravo, Great Work guys!!! Some screenshots: ...
Well, we are on the road, left ~ 5:30 am from Deerfield Beach, FL. Marc, Lindsey the golden retriever and I. Lindsey is very excited but has no idea that we have something like 60 hours of driving to go! Here we are about to go! Downloaded the latest streets and trips and will keep a gps trail gong much of the time: ...
My son, "Dr Marc" as he likes to be called now, a newly minted dentist, is headed to Vancouver, BC for his first job. If all goes well, Marc, his golden retriever Linsey and I will take off in his 1999 Chevy Blazer for the 3500 mile drive to Canada. Planning the trip, this looks like the fastest route: If all goes well we will leave very early on Monday, September 22, 2008. I'm going to try and gps track it with Streets and Trips all the way and post our progress. I'll find out how much of the way ...
I have decided to start a blog, I plan on posting solutions & tips for other developers to use in all things .NET and also post any other interesting facts and activities that I feel would be of importance to others. I also hope that readers of this blog may be able to help with providing answers to my questions too. Anyway, I am currently working on 2 projects over on Code Plex (there is a 3rd in the pipeline-that uses these 2 libraries): www.codeplex.com/DotNetLibrary The Dot Net Library contains ...