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In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth(-2-), Dave Relyea, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Peter Kellner, David Anson, Andy Beaulieu, Pete Vickers, and Peter Foot. Above the Fold: Expression Blend: "Creating a Simple Action" Kirupa Chinnathambi WP7: "Architecting WP7 - Part 4 of 10: Client-side Data" Shawn Wildermuth Lightswitch: "Building Job Ads Management Module With LightSwitch Beta 1 For Silicon Valley Code Camp" Peter Kellner Shoutouts: Congrats go out to Jonathan van de ...
Light up your Silverlight skills with the all-new Global Silverlight Firestarter! What is the Silverlight Firestarter? An Event: A one day, global, live streamed and on demand event keynoted by Scott Guthrie Training: New self-paced labs and walk through videos Interactive: Got questions? Get your answers! Watch live and ask the Silverlight product team questions during the event. Why Silverlight? Silverlight is Microsoft’s strategic development platform for building interactive applications across ...
Jennifer Kavur recently published an article on IT World Canada’s website stating “Don’t use the Patriot Act as an excuse.” Let me sum up the article: You shouldn’t worry about it because Canada has their own anti-terrorism act that is close to the Patriot Act, so really Canadians are under similar scrutiny. Data isn’t guaranteed to travel only in Canada and could cross over wires to the US, putting it under US laws (i.e. Patriot Act). So it could go there anyway. Canadian and US authorities share ...
At the beginning of September, we launched All-In-One Code Framework Customer Polling Survey. 62 customers filled out the survey in September, and provided lots of constructive suggestions. Thanks to all of you who shared your invaluable feedback! The project can become better and better because of you. Please continue to input your comments. Here is a summary of feedback that we collected in September, and the project team's follow-up action. ------------------------ The top five areas that the ...

OK this one is really funny… we got hit by it on one of the projects I was working on for Windows Phone 7, and we didn’t quite understand what was happening until my esteemed colleague John Zolezzi dug in and found the bug… So here it is:

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In this Issue: Dennis Doomen(-2-), Felix Corke, Kunal Chowdhury, Michael Bach, Jeff Blankenburg, Shawn Wildermuth(-2-), Jeff Handley, David Anson, and Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight as an alternative to PowerPoint" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Architecting WP7 - Part 1 of 10: Navigation Framework" Shawn Wildermuth Themes: "Silverlight 4 theme brush packs" Felix Corke Shoutouts: Robby Ingebretsen never wastes our time, so check out his latest post: The New “App” Sara Summers has ...
In the past few weeks, I have not been the most prolific blogger. In fact, I have been so busy with work and book writing that it feels like the past few months have been a very concentrated whirlwind of activities. However, the good news is that I will get a welcomed respite very soon, and am very excited to resume blogging on a regular basis. And believe me, I have tons of content on Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 development, Expression Blend, integration, developer-designer workflow, MVVM and other ...
In this Issue: Martin Krüger, Viktor Larsson, Peter Brady, Colin Eberhardt, Jeremy Likness, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), and Jesse Liberty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Quick Fix for Silverlight HyperlinkButton Rendering" Peter Brady WP7: "iPhone to Windows Phone 7 – XNA, Animation and Games" Jesse Liberty Blend: "Expression blend 4 Add-in for access to a Silverlight XAML source code 4 project" Martin Krüger Shoutouts: My buddy András Velvárt posted a link to one of his company's latest creations... a ...
It's been so long since I posted on the blog that doing it now makes me a bit feel a bit weird. In my defense, i've been quite busy these past months: I left my previous company, got married, moved to a new country, started work for a cool company here... in this order :) More recently I've been working on a small app for Windows Phone 7 and one of the app's needs is some (fancy) charts...you know, the bar/pie/gauge kind. While there are some nice control libraries out there for bar and pie charts, ...
Just finished watching the Windows Phone 7 launch event that streamed live from NYC this morning. Was a great event that really set the stage for the platforms launch next month. My general thoughts are that the platform looks very promising and Microsoft is definitely leveraging lessons learned from Apple and Google’s phone offerings as well as the various platforms that they’ve developed (.NET, Silverlight, XNA, Zune, etc.). Of course, until people actually get their hands on the devices and put ...
With the upcoming announcements around Windows Phone 7, I thought now would be a good time to dive into the platform and see what its all about. For those thinking that writing apps for the WP7 platform would be like writing apps for any other platform, prepare for a reality check (unless you’ve written XNA apps for the XBOX Live marketplace…I’m assuming the process is somewhat similar). A key aspect of the WP7 experience is the Marketplace – a Microsoft controlled gateway to getting your mobile ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Alex Knight, Walt Ritscher(-2-), Glenn Block, Robert Garfoot(-2-), Michael Klucher, Silverlight WP7 Performance Team, Mike Ormond, and James Ashley(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using The Silverlight Data Pager Control With View Model / MVVM" Michael Washington WP7: "Simulated Push Notifications on Windows Phone 7" Robert Garfoot Blend: "How to: design a Windows Phone 7 listbox" Alex Knight Shoutouts: Mike Ormond posted his material that he used for some presentations ...
In this Issue: Jeff Handley, Jeff Blankenburg, Kunal Chowdhury, Abhijit Jana, Larry Schoeneman(-2-), Michael Crump, Kevin Marshall, Derik Whittaker, Victor Gaudioso(-2-), and Mohamed Mosallem. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4.0 Tutorial (9 of N): Using the WebCam as a Barcode Scanner" Mohamed Mosallem WP7: "Profile your Windows Phone 7 Application for Free" Michael Crump MEF: "Fun with the Microsoft Managed Extensibility Framework Part 1" Larry Schoeneman Shoutouts: I've mentioned Shan ...
In this Issue: Bart Czernicki, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Dragos Manolescu, Peter Kuhn, Victor Gaudioso, John Papa, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Ning Zhang, Paul Seriff, Dennis Doomen, and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "My Silverlight 4 Reference Architecture: Commanding" Dennis Doomen WP7: "Windows Phone 7 RTM charting using the Silverlight Control Toolkit" Bart Czernicki Sketchflow: "Silverlight TV 48: Creating Rich Interactive Prototypes with Sketchflow - Part 1 " John Papa Now pulling Silverlight ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Joost van Schaik, Rudi Grobler, AfricanGeek, Mike Talbot, Jeff Blankenburg, Shawn Wildermuth, and Victor Gaudioso. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Automatic Grid Layout for Silverlight" Mike Talbot WP7: "On Design Paradigms for Windows Phone 7" Shawn Wildermuth Shoutouts: Victor Gaudioso has posted Video of my two day Sharing in the Light Silverilght/Blend/Visual Studio Course in Dallas Jesse Liberty posted his latest Yet Another Podcast Show #4 – iPhone to Windows Phone 7 Development ...

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The thing to realize is that the destination is never the most important part of the journey. It’s the journey itself. When you start a journey, you are never fully sure where it is going to end up. We started the journey down package management for .NET three times with Nu[bular] (we in this context means the nu team, not me in particular, I was only involved in the last reboot) before we decided to try an existing infrastructure with Ruby Gems. I have always said that I would use the best tool ...
In this Issue: Khawar Yunus, Ning Zhang(-2-), blender, Michael Crump, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Animation Class Diagram" Ning Zhang WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Design Templates" blender Shoutouts: The McObject folks have posted an update to Perst, including very nice pricing for WP7 folks: McObject’s New Perst Embedded Database Licensing Promotes Silverlight & Windows Phone 7 Development A short list today because I need to post a couple of these and I need ...
Yesterday (5th Oct 2010) I delivered a short (45mins) session on the Windows Azure Platform. Big thanks to all who made it to the far side of beyond in London to attend the afternoon session. I think the event turned out rather well with my old team doing a top job as always – ably supported by our CEO Steve Ballmer doing the keynote :-). For folks wondering, Martin Beeby (IE9) is one of the two chaps that took my old role when I moved to the ISV team in August. Are you an ISV? Speaking of ISVs (Independent ...
Yesterday, I released LINQ to Twitter Beta v2.0.14. This includes entities, bug fixes, and the new Raw Queries feature. Please visit the LINQ to Twitter page for more info: http://linqtotwitter.codeplex.com/ Joe
In this Issue: David Anson, Jeff Blankenburg, Walt Ritscher(-2-, -3-, -4-), Dan Wahlin, xprblog, and Jeff Prosise. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Sizeable, yet square, content control" Walt Ritscher WP7: "Creating Windows Phone 7 Application and Marketplace Icons" xprblog MVVM: "Getting Started with the MVVM Pattern" Dan Wahlin Shoutouts: Scott Hanselman brokered a deal for 2 lucky winners: WIN a FREE Phone with like NO effort and attend the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Michael Crump posted a ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Richard Waddell, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-, -3-), Dejan Jakovic, Peter Kuhn, Domagoj Pavlešic, Thomas Martinsen, Jesse Liberty, and Joost van Schaik(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Unsaved Data Detection " Michael Washington WP7: "Extension methods for tomb stoning the Windows Phone 7 model" Joost van Schaik Expression Blend: "Simple Layout Techniques In Blend " Richard Waddell Shoutouts: Mark your calendars, because Beth Massi announced MSDN Radio on ...
Today, I added a new extensibility feature to LINQ to Twitter, called Raw Queries. The Twitter API has historically changed suddenly and without warning, leaving 3rd party libraries, such as LINQ to Twitter deficient in full support. On occasion, LINQ to Twitter encounters bugs that leave users without a means for accomplishing specific tasks. Therefore, we need work arounds to allow users to quickly adapt to changes and new features. Raw queries include two points of extensibility: the ability to ...
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 ...
This article will demonstrate how to add, edit, delete, group, sort, filtering data using ComponentWays Silverlight xamlDataGrid and RIA Services (DomainDataSource). Content Starting a New Project Exposing Data from Entity Framework Consuming Data in the Client with DomainDataSource and xamlDataGrid CRUD: Add, Edit, View, Delete data Validating Data Persisting Data and Error Handling Grouping Data Sorting Data Filtering Data Summary Starting a New Project Create a new Silverlight Application (C# ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Paul Patterson, Dragos Manolescu, Rob Tiffany, Mike Snow, Gergely Orosz, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Kirupa Chinnathambi, Alex Knight, and Nigel Sampson. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Yet Another Podcast Show #3 – John Papa on MVVM and Patterns" Jesse Liberty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Building a WCF REST + JSON Service" Rob Tiffany Training: "Microsoft Lightswitch - A Data Driven Approach" Paul Patterson Shoutouts: Tim Heuer attempts to help in your Understanding ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro The MVVM patterns is a commonly used pattern in Silverlight. Because of databinding MVVM suits perfectly for WPF and Silverlight. But use it only if appropriate. Often the pattern is used when it isn’t necessary. The usage of any pattern should be a helping tool, not an enforced ...
Writing apps for the WP7? Interested in learning more about the platform? Like beer? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, come join us at the Kings Head Pub on Thursday October 7th at 6pm.! We'll be having an informal get together to talk about the WP7, and share our collective experiences working on this platform. Joel Semeniuk (Imaginets) has offered up his loaner WP7 phone for us to hack around with, so anyone who'd like to share / show-off their applications or works-in-progress, ...
In this Issue: Sandrino Di Mattia, Kranthi Kiran Gullapalli(-2-), Mike Snow, David Anson, Jeremy Likness, Vikram Pendse, Paul Sheriff(-2-), Markus Egger, Johan Danforth, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Change Templates Dynamically in Silverlight" Paul Sheriff WP7: "Silverlight On Mobile : InputScope in Windows Phone 7" Vikram Pendse MEF: "MEF in the Wild: A Retrospective " Jeremy Likness Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty posted The Great Silverlight Competency Test #6 From SilverlightCream.com: ...
In this Issue: Dragos Manolescu, Jeff Fansler, Andy Beaulieu, John McFetridge, Kunal Chowdhury, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Mike Taulty(-2-, -3-), and Peter Bromberg. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using ASP.NET Session with Silverlight and WCF Services " Peter Bromberg WP7: "Collision Detection on Windows Phone 7 " Andy Beaulieu Shoutouts: Just in case you missed Koen Zwikstra's Document Toolkit screencast, never fear... it's available online! Document Toolkit screencast (2) Tim Heuer announced some deep ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Jeff Wilcox, Erik Mork(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Morten Nielsen, Josh Smith, Mohamed Mosallem, and Jose Fajardo. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Consuming resources from external assemblies in Silverlight 4 " Josh Smith WP7: "Using an image as a mask so that WP7 theme’s are honoured " Jose Fajardo Shoutouts: Jeremy Likness has posted his Intro to MVVM: Slides and Sample Code from his presentation at the Atlanta Silverlight Meetup group. Mark Tucker has a video up ...
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 ...
The INETA Community Speakers Program went live today. It's a good thing. It means more speakers for more user groups. I'm not going to repeat all the rules and procedures in this post. You can find the latest info on that at www.INETA.org/Speakers What I do want to talk about is the reaction I've seen so far. Mostly quite positive. People seem pretty excited about the announcement, and I think great times are ahead. On the other hand...In the popular trend of replacing the first couple letters of ...
This is the first MSKB60 video that introduces four new code samples highlighted in the All-In-One Code Framework September release. Starting from this month, MSKB60 will help us record sample code introductions every month. MSKB represents the latest information on Knowledge Base solutions from Microsoft. You can find them here: www.facebook.com/microsoftkb www.twitter.com/microsoftkb www.youtube.com/microsoftkb Please follow us and stay tuned ...
I returned just last night from a short trip to Redmond. While I was there, I learned some news that I wanted to share, but I wasn’t permitted to. But today the news was made public: Oslo, once destined to be a full fledged-wave of Microsoft technologies that would facilitate and promote model driven-development, is dead. The Oslo name summons Shakespearean images of King Hamlet slaying his Norwegian foe. But even without such literary context, the fall of Oslo is quite dramatic And it’s important ...
I'm going on tour... talking about WP7 & XNA. (Dates below) XNA Games on Windows Phone 7 DESCRIPTION Chris G. Williams will be presenting 'A Tour of Windows Phone 7 and XNA 4.0'. In this talk, he'll cover what's new in XNA 4.0, especially as it pertains to Windows Phone 7. He'll cover phone features, using the emulator and how to take advantage of the various sensors (like the Accelerometer) and features (MultiTouch, Gestures, Push Notifications, etc) in your games. Rumor has it, he may even ...
I’ve seen a lot of post describing how to customize a Silverlight Listbox during design time, but sometimes we want the user to have the ability to switch “themes” while the application is running. I originally started working on this for a project that would switch themes during different times of the day and decided to share here. Go ahead and fire up Blend 4 and select Silverlight Application + Website. Give it a name and hit OK. We are going to create sample data first. This will give us a Listbox ...
Since sometime I have been toying with the idea of publishing developer interviews on my blog. There are a large number of non-Microsoft developers(ie, developers who are not MS employees) who have been doing good work. A lot of them are largely unknown to the worldwide developer community. Some are awarded MVPs, yet are not much known outside their league/ chosen technology. And there are many who haven’t received the MVP award, even though they strongly qualify for it through their relentless support ...
In this Issue: Brett Balmer, Kirupa Chinnathambi, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, Mohamed Mosallem, René Schulte, Mahesh Sabnis, Aaron Stannard(-2-), Rudi Grobler(-2-), and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reading Excel File in Silverlight 4.0 - COM Programming " Mahesh Sabnis WP7: "Creating custom DatePicker/TimePicker experiences is easy with the Windows Phone Toolkit " David Anson Training: "Creating custom DatePicker/TimePicker experiences is easy with the Windows Phone Toolkit " ...
I bought an iPad on Labor Day at the Apple Store in Greensboro, NC. I blogged about my stored experiences with some interesting feedback. I'd like to share my experiences with the iPad thus far. Hype Yes, the iPad is hyped. But it is REALLY REALLY COOL! I admit it...I love it. I bought the least expensive version because I anticipated using it only for development. It's linked to Exchange, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, College Football scores, etc., etc. And I find myself using it a lot. ...
I had the pleasure to attend the Microsoft Mid-Atlantic Community Leadership Summit at the Microsoft Training Center in Reston, VA on Saturday. Due to logistics I was uncertain if I would be able to attend. Many thanks to Jess for enabling me to go and participate. It was a very beneficial event. There were a lot of smart people with great experience contributing good ideas to better the Microsoft development community. We started by introducing ourselves. There were around 40 in attendance so this ...
So last night I started seeing the #oow10 hashtag show up on Twitter, along with comments about cloud computing, Oracle, and how horrible the HP portion of a presentation was. Turns out that OOW10 stands for Oracle Open World 2010, Oracle’s annual conference. They were live streaming the keynote and Larry Ellison was on the stage so I thought I’d check it out. First thought of the presentation was how unpolished it seemed. Keep in mind that all the tech-related keynotes I’ve seen have been at Microsoft ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Paul Patterson, Gergely Orosz, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Kirupa Chinnathambi, SilverLaw(-2-), Sergey Barskiy, Jeremy Likness, and Sigurd Snørteland. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "CodeBox - Syntax Highlighting In Silverlight For Any Programming Language " SilverLaw WP7: "Back to Windows Phone 7 Database " Sergey Barskiy Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Student Information System (Part 2): Business Rules and Screen Permissions " Michael Washington Shoutouts: Karl Shifflett ...
In this Issue: cherylws, Wolf Schmidt, Einar Ingebrigtsen, priozersk, James Ashley, Paul Patterson, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Beth Massi, Dave Relyea(-2-), and Mike Taulty(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Just another ViewModelBase class" James Ashley WP7: "Panorama Tricks – How to eliminate blending seams in the background " Dave Relyea Lightswitch: "New LightSwitch “How Do I” Videos Released" Beth Massi From SilverlightCream.com: Content or Resource Files?…Another way to load a static XML ...
In this Issue: Johan Danforth, Michael S. Scherotter, Xianzhong Zhu(-2-), Michael B. McLaughlin, Mike Taulty, Michael Crump, Jobi Joy, Brad Tutterow(-2-), Roger Gullhaug, Tim Heuer, and Walter Ferrari. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight, Out-Of-Browser and Multiple Windows" Mike Taulty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Developer Tips and Tricks" Jeff Wilcox via Tim Heuer Training: "Windows Phone Training Kit for Developers – RTM Refresh" Yochay Kiriaty Shoutouts: Available in the Microsoft Download Center: ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Tau Sick, Rudi Grobler, David Anson, Tim Heuer, Pete Brown, Jesse Liberty, Brandon Watson, Scott Guthrie, and Miro Miroslavov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "5+ Ways to Reduce your .Xap Size" Miro Miroslavov WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Released " Scott Guthrie Shoutouts: Crocus Girl posted this contest from SilverlightShow: Announcing SilverlightShow 5-day Windows Phone 7 Quiz! John Papa posted the materials that went along with his OOB brown-bag last week: Silverlight ...
Rules Fest 2010 kicks off at the Dolce Hayes Mansion Resort in San Jose, California on Monday 11th October, just a few short weeks away. Registrations are coming in thick and fast. The early-bird discount has been extended to tomorrow (Friday 17th September), so if you have not yet registered, the time to do so is NOW. You get the best prices, and we cannot guarantee rooms at the hotel beyond the deadline. Rules Fest provides three days to solid wall-to-wall technical content for everything to do ...
Thanks to Scott Gu for Tweeting a link to this page. I also wanted to thank Chris Alcock for mentioning this on the Morning Brew #688. Feel free to subscribe to my feed for more articles like this one. You may also want to follow me on Twitter. Today, the final version of the Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 was released. To get started, download the final bits here. You may also want to go ahead and download the Silverlight Tools for Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington(-2-), Brian Noyes, Michael Ossou, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Mike Taulty, Jeremy Likness, Brad Tutterow(-2-), and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Best Practices for Themes in Modular Silverlight Applications " Jeremy Likness WP7: "Being theme aware in Windows Phone 7 Silverlight apps" András Velvárt Lightswitch: "LightSwitch Student Information System" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Erik Mork & Crew have their latest podcast up: Show 106: Jetpack themes ...