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Columbus, OH September 7 Waukesha, WI September 14 Grand Rapids, MI September 14 Little Rock, AR September 15 Cleveland, OH September 15 St. Louis, MO September 16 Downers Grove, IL September 21 Southfield, MI September 21 Austin, TX September 22 Chicago, IL September 23 Des Moines, IA September 23 Tulsa, OK September 28 Memphis, TN September 29 Houston, TX September 30 Knoxville, TN September 30 Technorati Tags: Windows Phone 7,Silverlight I'm registered for the St. Louis boot camp on September ...
Microsoft announced that they going to change the Windows Live Sync service in the future, answering one of my complaints from my earlier post. After the beta, Microsoft is going to rename Windows Live Sync to Windows Live Mesh, but more importantly, increase the size of the SkyDrive size from 2GB to 5! (Courtesy of Paul Thurrott and the Inside Windows Live blog) ...
We’ve got TFS installed now, and we’re beginning to test it in the team… At present we’re only using it as a BugTracker / Doc share – and the reason for this is that in 4 weeks (or so) we plan to update the solution to VS2010 (from VS2008) and quite frankly, we can live with our current source control until that point. Aanyhews, so far – so good, aaand (of course) so bad… Coming from the current solution here (Service Desk) it’s a vast improvement, the bugs are (in my opinion) easier to read and ...
I’m not pretty sure how many users are using the standard SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 2008 R2 to manage your SQL Azure database. I was one of them until I found the Houston project provided by Microsoft in its SQL Azure Labs. SQL Azure Labs is a place where we can try the latest CTP features of the SQL Azure. They might not be included in the production SQL Azure but I think most of them will be launched in the future. So it’s a good place for us to play with the newest stuff of SQL Azure. ...
Increasingly I find myself building web applications that rarely, if ever, reload the page. Ajax is used to communicate with the server and to update parts of the page as required. After much trial and error I have come upon a technique for organising the javascript on such pages. Consider an application that has three buttons: red, yellow and green. When one of the buttons is clicked an rectangle is coloured according to the selection. The UI design will be as follows: Here is the demo. The basic ...
I decided to install the new beta of Windows Live Essentials, mostly for the new Sync app. I also got Live Writer, which has the newer Office style ribbon User Interface. (Here’s the Windows Live blog announcing the beta in June. There was a beta refresh last week.) I’ve been using sync apps for a while now, starting as far back as 2004 (IIRC) with Folder Sync (a company/app which was later purchased by Microsoft). When Live Mesh appeared, I switched to it, primarily so I could not only sync to other ...
I've been running various versions of Live Mesh and Live Sync on my Mac over the past year. So far I haven't been terribly happy with Live Mesh, but it got the job done, albeit very slowly at times. I'm am very exited at what I am seeing though in the latest Windows Live Sync beta for both Windows and Mac OS X. When installing the latest version of Live Sync, which is still in beta I ran across the following error on start: "Sorry, there is a problem with Windows Live Sync. Please quit Sync, make ...
I was sitting watching my son play Transformers:War for Cybertron today (it’s 4x XP points today you know, so he’s got to play 24x7 this weekend…) and I saw an email come in from GoDaddy. I immediately clicked just in case it was one of those titillating GoDaddy girl commercials but instead it was an automatic renewal notice for one of my websites. That’s right XNADevelopment.com was renewed today for another year! It’s really hard to believe that I’ve been writing tutorials and been part of the ...
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 ...
Announced today during gamescom 2010 in Cologne Germany was some huge news for those of us looking forward to Windows Phone 7 and mobile gaming on Xbox Live. Not only do we now have an extensive list of games coming out at launch, but they have also given us some solid details on what to expect from the Games Hub and Xbox Live as well. One of the best features I’m happy to hear about is that Live Messaging between your Gaming friends will be available via the WP7 device. That means we can stay in ...
One of the toughest things for an Indie game developer is getting exposure. For many Xbox Live Indie Games (“XBLIGs”), the time they spend on the “New Releases” list is critical to their success (or failure). Most games can expect a couple of days to a week before dropping off the end of the list. At that point, if they haven’t jumped up to either the “Top Downloads” or the “Top Rated” list, they will often fall off the radar of many gamers. Recently, though, a very fine gentleman from Germany, Mr. ...
For me, its the smart phone that really speaks to me. When news about this device came out this past February and they showed off the interface and what was planned, I had a huge smile on my face and said, "I just can't wait!" The last time I was all over something like this, was when news came out about the Xbox 360 Elites and luckily for me, that was a shorter wait. So what is so cool about this device? For me, it takes a lot of the things I currently enjoy and packages them into one single device ...
Why is it important you attend the Best Practices Practices Conference? I can’t vouch for everyone, but I think my sessions will be great (and all the other speaker’s sessions as well). One of them is something I’ve been working on in concept for at least 6 months. This session is called Building A Rich Media Application in Silverlight. The second I saw the tools for webcam and video integration I thought how can we incorporate this into SharePoint? How cool would it be if you could record a netcast ...
Las aplicaciones de Windows Azure se ejecutan en los centros de datos de Microsoft y son accedidas a través de Internet. Different kind of applications can be built on Windows Azure: · An independent software vendor (ISV) could create an application that targets business users, an approach that’s often referred to as Software as a Service (SaaS). ISVs can use Windows Azure as a foundation for a variety of business-oriented SaaS applications. · An ISV might create a SaaS application that targets consumers. ...
En el artículo anterior se definieron los conceptos de la Nube y Cloud Computing, y se repasó rápidamente la evolución de tecnologías que favorecieron el surgimiento de dicho paradigma. En el presente artículo se definirán los diferentes conceptos “*aaS” relacionados con el concepto de cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.). SaaS digamos que ya es un término hasta cierto punto conocido, pero ¿y los demás? Eso es lo que se aclarará en este artículo. Los servicios de computación en la Nube, así como ...
Any ramblings and blog posts associated with the UNISA ICT 2621 tag should be considered study notes for my lectures... Objectives of Chapter 4 Describe the activities of system analysis. Explain the difference between functional and non-functional system requirements. Describe three types of models and reasons for creating models Identify and understand the different types of users who will be involved in investigating system requirements Determine the kind of information that is required to model ...
I’ve been quiet lately for many reasons, such as SharePoint Saturday New York and heavy amounts of travel due to funerals and family events and life. So I think a lot of you have been wondering what is this Women in SharePoint thing? How does it fit into the community? Well, there are five of us, Kathryn Birstein, Cathy Dew, Lori Gowin, Karuana Gitamu, and myself. A year ago from this past June I wrote a blog post how I felt being a woman in SharePoint. It feels great to live in this era, because ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... In my previous post, Cloud Services and Command-Query Separation: Part 2, I walked through a sample Command-Query Separated service bus solution using readily available cloud services for communication. In this one, I'll look at some of the implications of shifting systems integration to the cloud, compared to an on-premise ESB. The focus here is mainly on Amazon Web Services, but I'll cover Azure with a dedicated sample project. Cost & Non-Functional ...
I have decided to try and put together a top notch online conference delivered predominantly via UK based speakers, inspired by the very enjoyable and useful community driven MVC Conference http://mvcconf.com/ (see my write up) What I need now is top notch session proposals from folks who know what they are talking about and ideally are UK based. Which means – you! Possibly :-) The plan is: The conference will take place 10am to 5pm UK time, delivered using Live Meeting and recorded for on-demand ...
I am working on a project testing some cool features and stuff that have to be done on a Mac. While I have been back and forth with MacBook Pros, this time I decided I should expand and extent my testing to the stuff that I do on a daily basis. Blogging is a challenge, tools available are not really all that flexible or feature rich. I have MarsEdit and Blogo. I do think Windows Live Writer is the best thing since ... sliced bread, seriously, I love that tool! But in order for this to work I had ...
Some of you may have come across this helpful blog post recently, discussing when the garbage collector (a/k/a the GC) runs on Windows Phone 7 devices. Anyone who has programmed in XNA for the Xbox 360 before knows the GC well. For those of you new to XNA, there are several tricks and tips for slaying the evil GC monster that eats frames. This applies to Silverlight apps too, though since Silverlight does quite a lot for you automatically, there’s only so much control you have. First, you must leave ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Ezequiel Jadib, Kunal Chowdhury, Ernesto Herrera, Levente Mihály, Rob Davis, Sergey Barskiy, Jeremy Likness, Victor Gaudioso, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutout: Right on cue, Erik Mork and company posted This Week In Silverlight 7.23.2010 – Early Windows Phone 7 Reviews From SilverlightCream.com: Using The Silverlight DataGrid with View Model / MVVM Michael Washington has posted a tutorial on a pretty-much all-singing, all-dancing DataGrid (i.e. inline edits, button ...
Yesterday (22nd July 2010) was mvcConf – “the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference”. This was an ambitious undertaking by the community to deliver a three track, 20+ session conference for FREE using Live Meeting. And… it worked great. A big well done to everyone involved. It was particularly interesting to me and my team as we are hoping/planning to do similar online conferences in UK time around technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform and Windows Phone 7 – and attending yesterday gave me the ...
Technorati Tags: ASP.NET MVC,mvcconf I took the day off work today to "attend" mvcConf: the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference, and had a great time. Thanks to all of the presenters and organizers of the conference. It was a huge success, and I'm sure that like me, most of the attendees hope there will be another soon. It was amazing how smoothly everything went. There were only one session cancellation and very few technical difficulties (I experienced none, but people in the chat rooms reported a few ...
In this Issue: Ian Walker, Delordson Kallon, Anton Polimenov, Gill Cleeren, Tau Sick, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jag Reehal, Rob Eisenberg, Shawn Wildermuth, Alex Yakhnin, Slobodan Pavkov, and Deborah Kurata. Shoutouts: Jeremy Alles has an MVVM comparison chart up that's very complete: MVVM Frameworks Explorer updated be sure to let him know if something is missing No discussion or code, but this demo code shares between Silverlight and WP7: Shove HalfPenny (Shove Ha'penny) New and untested: ...
23 July I will have a Silverlight intro session "Silverlight Rompiendo La barrera de la web" (will be 100 % in Spanish :)), via live meeting. Agenda: Register: https://msevents.microsoft.... Silverlight Intro Express Ventanas y navegación Básicos enlace a datos Básicos acceso a servicios web Básicos RIA Services Patrón MVVM RIA Services con MVVM ...
On Thursday, a scathingly bad review of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) was published by InfoWorld. I had considered writing a post to refute some of its points, but Paul Thurrott did just that, and did it masterfully. There's little value that I can add to his post, other than to link it and suggest that you read it. Meanwhile, Sunday and Monday, much more fair reviews were posted at Cnet, ZDNet, Gizmodo, Engadget and MobileCrunch. All of these reviews were based on actual hands-on experience with a prototype ...
So today I finally got around to playing a bit more with Silverlight. F# has been taking most of my spare time and I felt I needed to branch out into something different for a day or two… Now, before I go into this post… my disclaimer… I am a Silverlight noob – in fact I have focussed most of my development time at normal applications so the whole internet is a bit of a mystery to me… that being said I had some very definite goals for this posting… Setup my server so that it would work with the services ...
This took me a little bit to figure out, so hopefully this will save someone else some work. Your mercurial configuration file should be named "mercurial.ini" and should live in %userprofile%, e.g. C:\Users\Rob\mercurial.ini. You may name your global ignore file anything you want, e.g. hgignore.ini, and place it anywhere you like. I prefer to keep it with my mercurial.ini file, so it also lives in %userprofile%, e.g. C:\Users\Rob\mercurial.ini. Then you place a line in your mercurial.ini file that ...
Jump start your development of Windows Phone 7 applications by attending Windows Phone 7 JumpStart. This free virtual live class, comprised of four instructor-led 3 hour sessions, will guide you in developing applications for the Windows Phone 7 platform using Silverlight and XNA. Register today by visiting: https://msevents.microsoft.... Course sessions: July 20 – 8am: Session One: Getting Started ...
A couple of weeks ago I went out and bought myself a HTC HD2. Yes, the 4.3inch monster running windows mobile, probably the best windows mobile device ever; this one running Windows Mobile 6.5. Did you just wince in pain on hearing windows mobile? Well, if it makes you feel any better let me assure you that I’ll buy a Windows Phone 7 device as soon as one is available in market. Ok? I haven’t tweaked around with it too much yet but this week I had some time to look into the accelerometer. The Accelerometer ...
Exciting news. There will be a “mini” PDC this year – which reflects (IMHO) that the pace of technology coming out of the good ship Microsoft just keeps increasing. Even better than that, this year’s event will include live streaming of the keynotes, as well as concurrent live streaming of sessions. Awesome! I am blocking out both evenings right now (I’m UK based). Even better than that, if you can attend in person you will actually be at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. We’re opening the doors to ...
IDE Must have Visual Studio 2008 Visual Studio 2010 Nice to have Sharp Develop Eclipse Editor Must have Editor with high functionality and high usability (like WScite, UltraEdit, PSPad, ..) Nice to have Microsoft XML Notepad 2007 Notepad++ Windows Live Writer WScite Visual Studio Add-Ins Must have AnkhSvn GhostDoc PowerCommands PowerToys for Visual Studio ReSharper VsCommands Nice to have CopySourceAsHtml Clone Detective for Visual Studio CR_Documentor, Documentor Agent Johnson (R# Plugin) Agent ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Sl.ayer, András Velvárt, Jag Reehal(-2-), Einar Ingebrigtsen, Robby Ingebretsen, Shawn Wildermuth, Pete Brown, Tim Heuer(-2-), Rob Eisenberg(-2-), Roger Peters, snoutholder, Wolf Schmidt, Kyle McClellan Shoutouts: Davide Zordan lists the Slides and Code from my Silverlight 4 – MEF webcast I have an Open Letter to (and deal for) Silverlight Bloggers discussing possible broken links at SilverlightCream.com From SilverlightCream.com: Basic Silverlight View Model Validation ...
For a long time we haven’t had any kind of paid television service at home. No cable, no satellite, nothing. We live in the St. Louis metro area so we get all the basic stuff over the air for free – all the major channels including PBS. That also means we don’t have any of the fancy gadgets – no HD receivers or monitors – and especially the DVR. One of those would be really handy around our house. When the digital transition happened, I just got one of the cheap boxes and put on the TV in the bedroom ...
*Moved to: The search for a single point of truthIt may be a trivial matter to get your contacts on your phone, but if you do the social network thing, then you need to do a little jiggery pokery to get everything to sync so you have the same contacts everywhere. Over the last couple of weeks I have vowed to get them sorted. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Some commonly asked questions about Silverlight. These aren't deep, but are often asked by beginners. What is Silverlight? Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform software framework to create Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that can be embedded in Web pages. What is meant by RIA? RIA stands for Rich Internet Applications, which are Web applications with rich user interfaces including media elements such as audio, video and so forth. You can think of them as being similar to powerful and rich ...
One of the best ways for developers to learn from each other is "brown bag meetings", where they bring their lunch to a conference room and share tips & tricks. That's something I've always wanted to do, but there aren't a lot of others at my organization who are interested in doing that. I've been lurking at "Virtual Brown Bag" meetings organized by Claudio Lassala the last couple of months, and have enjoyed them a lot. They're held every Thursday from noon until 1PM U.S Central time via LiveMeeting. ...
Technorati Tags: .NET,St. Louis That's right - The St. Louis Day of .NET is a two-day event! That's how we do things in "the Lou". Over 500 developers attended last year's event, and we're expecting to break that record this year. I've been to DevLink and the Heartland Developer's Conference, and I thought that the 2009 St. Louis Day of .NET was at least as good as those events. Nearly 100 national and regional speakers have submitted sessions, and the organizers are currently posting announced sessions ...
I read somewhere that Kent Beck likes to apply a strategy of taking a technique that works and exaggerating it, to see if the results are likewise exaggerated. He found that specifying the behaviour of components prior to implementation, and in small increments, produced good design, so he exaggerated it and now we have TDD. He found that strong engineering practices, rich communication and delayed decision making was a good way to run projects, so he exaggerated it and now we have Extreme Programming. ...
As many of you know, I have a passion for music. And after being gone 3 weeks, it’s nice to be home and discover the new music that has hit the scene over the past few weeks. One song in particular struck a cord with me and in a matter of a few weeks while I was gone, it went from being unheard of to being ranked number 3. So the chorus of the song is about “Can we pretend that airplanes, In the night sky, Are like shooting stars” so I can have all the wishes, as there are planes in the night sky. ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Martin Naughton(-2-), Antoni Dol, SilverLaw, Jeff Handley, Pete Brown, and Ozymandias. Shoutout: snoutholder at the Silverlight SDK announced Get Started with Silverlight (New QuickStart Articles) From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Business Application Themes - ErrorWindow Issues Martin Naughton has a post up discussing Themes in RIA Services and problems with the new themes. He has those problems fixed and zipped up, plus a fix for binding to text resources and a change for the ...
This question has come up a lot in recent weeks as early adopters move from prototyping with the platform to actually needing to deliver real applications. Whilst fundamentally you are using the same approaches and best practices for the Windows Azure Platform as you would use for a Web application or service (A good IIS7/ASP.NET based architecture is likely a good Windows Azure Platform architecture), there is still plenty of differences which impact on architecture. The good news is we are now ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Anton Polimenov, Michael Washington, Phil Middlemiss, Sergey Barskiy, Damon Payne, Jeff Prosise, and Mike Snow. Shoutout: Laurent Bugnion is looking for beta testers for WP7: Windows Phone 7 multitouch behavior: beta testers needed (#wp7dev)! Erik Mork and they crew have a new podcast up: This Week in Silverlight – Windows Phone 7 and Bus Tracking IdeaBlade has a video tutorial series up: The Developers Tour of DevForce Silverlight ... download the walkthrough and code ...
On Monday (21st June) we had our last Live Meeting for the 6 weeks of Windows Azure training virtual training we have been running out of Microsoft UK. Monday pretty much hit the mark of what we were after for the final day – good technical content mixed with a fair old sprinkling of fun. As a reminder, Adrian lost 3-1 in the “Students vs the SME” homework battle. Admittedly I was determine to make sure Adrian lost :-) This may sound a little corny, but I did want to thank all those who took part ...
My rule of thumb for storing configuration settings is: if it does not need to change hard code it if it needs to change but the user of the application can’t change it, store it in the configuration file if the user can change it, store it in a database This post discusses configuration data stored in the configuration file. To make my applications robust and testable I like to write a service that wraps appSettings. What I mean by robust is that it provides useful error data in the event that the ...
Microsoft has released Windows Live Messenger for iPhone. It looks pretty nice! http://itunes.com/apps/wind... ...
Saw this on Twitter tonight: Rob’s blog posts always generate some colourful comments, so when I see a tweet with his name and “Bridges were burnt”, I’m thinking this is going to be quite the talk. The talk in question is titled “The Next Big Thing or Cool-Kid Koolaid? Slicing Through the Rhetoric of MVC vs. WebForms”. Since Rob was part of the MS-MVC team at one point, getting his view of the MVC vs. Webforms debate does sound intriguing and I’m sure many attended thinking that’s what they were ...
This week I had cause to check the rule on event log uniqueness. I was aware that only the first 8 characters were treated as unique. Did this rule still apply or did Windows Server 2008 relax the rule? I looked up my FAQ on forums at http://forums.asp.net/p/133... and found the catchall MSDN forum at http://social.msdn.microsof... You can see the thread of my question at: http://social.msdn.microsof... ...