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I was recently running into a situation where every time I opened Visual Studio 2010 SP1, the following message would appear for about 60 seconds or so: "Loading toolbox content from package Microsoft.VisualStudio.IDE.... '{2C98B35-07DA-45F1-96A3-BE... After finally get fed up with the issue, I started researching it and decided that I’d share the steps that I took to resolve it below: I first made a complete backup of my registry. I then removed ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Lazar Nikolov, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Peter Kuhn, Derik Whittaker, Chris Koenig, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Facebook Graph API and Silverlight Part 2 – Publishing data" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "Suppressing Zoom and Scroll interactions in the Windows Phone 7 WebBrowser Control" Colin Eberhardt Metro/WinRT/W8: "Tip/Trick when working with the Application Bar in WinRT/Metro (C#)" Derik Whittaker Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Andrea Boschin, Michael Sync, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Antoni Dol, Walter Ferrari, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 6 of 10)" Michael Crump WP7: "31 Days of Mango | Day #2: Device Status" Jeff Blankenburg Metro/WinRT/W8: "Lighting up your C# Metro apps by being a Share Target" Derik Whittaker Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael ...
On November 12th 2011, I gave a presentation at Chippewa Valley Code Camp titled, “Kinecting the Dots with the Kinect SDK”. As promised, here is the Slides / Code / Resources to my talk. (click image to download slides) The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich experiences by using Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor technology on computers ...
Introduction Microsoft recently released the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2. It contains many enhancements and fixes that can be found here. The only problem with it is that a lot of current demo applications no longer function properly. Today, I’m going to walk you through a typical scenario of upgrading a Kinect application built with Beta 1 to Beta 2. Note: This tutorial covers WPF, but you can use the same techniques for WinForms. 1) Fix the references Let’s start with a fairly popular Kinect ...
In this Issue: Pontus Wittenmark, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Colin Eberhardt, Charles Petzold, Dhananjay Kumar, Igor, Beth Massi, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Shawn Wildermuth, XAMLNinja, and Peter Kuhn(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Page Navigation Framework - Learn about UriMapper" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "31 Days of Mango" Jeff Blankenburg WinRT/Metro/W8: "An Introduction to Semantic Zoom in Windows 8 Metro" Colin Eberhardt LightSwitch: "Common Validation Rules in LightSwitch Business Applications" ...
This is the third of a three part series that deals with the issue of faking test data in the context of a legacy app that was built with Microsoft's Entity Framework (EF) on top of an MS SQL Server database – a scenario that can be found very often. Please read the first part for a description of the sample application, a discussion of some general aspects of unit testing in a database context, and of some more specific aspects of the here discussed EF/MSSQL combination. Lately, I wondered how you ...
In this Issue: Brian Noyes, Michael Crump, WindowsPhoneGeek, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Kunal Chowdhury, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Working with Prism 4 Part 1: Getting Started" Brian Noyes WP7: "Getting Started with the Coding4Fun toolkit Tile Control" WindowsPhoneGeek LightSwitch: "How to Connect to and Diagram your SQL Express Database in Visual Studio LightSwitch" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert ...
This is the second of a three part series that deals with the issue of faking test data in the context of a legacy app that was built with Microsoft's Entity Framework (EF) on top of an MS SQL Server database – a scenario that can be found very often. Please read the first part for a description of the sample application, a discussion of some general aspects of unit testing in a database context, and of some more specific aspects of the here discussed EF/MSSQL combination. Lately, I wondered how ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, WindowsPhoneGeek, John Papa, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Charles Petzold, Peter Kuhn, and Ollie Riches. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Display Total Records After Applying PagedCollectionView Filter" Asim Sajjad WP7: "Announcing: Phone as a Remote Control" Peter Kuhn Metro/WinRT: "Asynchronous Processing in Windows 8" Charles Petzold Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's ...
Two months ago, almost to the day, I opened Big Robot Games. This is my 4th game store (the 3rd actual Brick & Mortar store, in the 4th physical location.) I opened my first store in 1999. It was called Roanoke Hobbies and was located in Roanoke, VA. I partnered up with a buddy from the Navy to open it. It was a really small space, in a terrible location, but the rent was dirt cheap. Even then, we built up a pretty loyal group of regulars and friends. We carried all the traditional fare: Games ...
Yikes... left off all my information last night! In this Issue: Jay Kimble, Charles Petzold, Peter Kuhn, Adam Kinney, Ollie Riches, Abhinaba Basu, Mike Taulty, Erik Mork, Kunal Chowdhury, Cheryl Simmons, Beth Massi, Joost van Schaik, Timmy Kokke, David Catuhe, Igor, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "New version of Babylon engine for Silverlight 5 and Silverlight 5 Toolkit" David Catuhe WP7: "A behavior to show the Windows Phone 7 camera as background" Joost van Schaik Beth Massi: ...
About a month ago, I decided to delete my Twitter account. I didn't "rage quit" or make some tired farewell speech. I didn't even tell anyone I was going. I simply realized that I hadn't tweeted in quite some time and I also hadn't read anyone else's tweets in an equally long time. In short, I was neither contributing nor receiving any value from Twitter. It was not bringing me joy. That last sentence sounds a little silly, or maybe pretentious, but it stands. As my life and career continue to become ...
For good or bad, Microsoft’s Entity Framework (EF) has become one of the most widely used ORM tools out there. While some may state that it's not among the better ones (or that it's not even a real ORM), it’s definitely the most convenient one: its Visual Studio integration and consequently its integration with the MS SQL Server database is unparalleled. This is especially relevant to people who haven’t used the concept of object-relational mapping before - there's almost no initial learning curve ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty, Erno de Weerd, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Jounce Navigation to Create OOB Child Windows in Silverlight 5" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Video on How to work with WCF Services in Windows Phone 7" Dhananjay Kumar Metro/WinRT/WIndows 8: "Development Tip – Tab Control" Avi Pilosof LightSwitch: "Connecting To A .CSV or Excel File ...
There’s been a lot of discussion around Scott Hanselman’s recent blog post around profanity in presentations. He discusses whether the use of profanity is appropriate in conference presentations, and the feedback through comments and the Twitterverse are varied. Some say its ok, others say it isn’t. Everyone seems to be discussing about the presentation itself, the “artistic license” that presenters are granted when creating their presentation. I wanted to give a different take on the subject – the ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Mark Monster, Antoni Dol, Chaitanya Venneti, Erik Arthur and Jeffrey Ferman, David Kelley, Jose Fajardo(-2-), Andy Beaulieu, Rudi Grobler, Chad Campbell, and Andrej Tozon. Above the Fold: VS2011: "Visual Studio XAML Designer: New Grid Features" WP7: "Statistics for your Windows Phone application (Google Analytics)" Mark Monster Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Physics Games: Multi-targeting Windows 8 + Windows Phone 7" Andy Beaulieu Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert ...
In this all-submittal post-"GoLive" 3 week marathon Issue: Vikas, Rene Schulte, Ollie Riches, Alex van Beek, Kevin Dockx, Michael Crump(-2-), Michael Washington, Antoni Dol, Colin Eberhardt(-2-, -3-), and Lazar Nikolov. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Paging Data from the Server with Silverlight" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Tessellating shapes on top of Bing Maps in a WP7 app" Ollie Riches LightSwitch: "Creating a Minimal LightSwitch Shell" Michael Washington Metro/WinRT: "Photoshop in METRO style" Antoni ...
Introduction I’m sure by now you have heard that the Kinect SDK has been released by Microsoft. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog on “Getting the Most out of the Kinect SDK”. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at what it is: *Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect (originally known by the code name Project Natal),[8] is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console. Based around a webcam-style add-on ...
During the last months, I was (for some reasons that are not related to programming) working for a dev shop where software development was done the 'traditional' way: You just write your application's production code, do it as good as you can, and hopefully it will be good enough and no problems will occur in production (this is HDD: Hope-driven development). Anyway, after I had finished this contract, I felt the need to review some core aspects of what I think is Test-driven development. And while ...
Introduction In case you missed it, I have a 10-part series on Silverlight 5 on SilverlightShow.net. In this extensive guide to Silverlight 5, I give a step-by-step introduction to Silverlight 5, and dives into the features most important to a Silverlight developer. You can check out the first 3 parts now and I will be adding a new one each week. The Roadmap for this Series I’ve included the Roadmap for the series below as you may want to visit other sections as you learn Silverlight 5. I picked ...
In the closing keynote at TechEd Africa 2011, Clifford de Wit (Microsoft South Africa) made improvements on his previous years attempt to geekily give away a prize, but unfortunately still got it wrong… here’s why. At Teched 2010 Clifford gave away an amazing prize of a wheel barrow full of tech goodies – if my memory serves me right, it included a laptop, xbox, kinect as well as a whole bunch of other fun stuff – a geeks delight. Unfortunately he was given some flack on how he decided to pick the ...
For (almost) all developers, there’s no greater feeling, then knowing your source code is (relatively) safe. The same counts for T-SQL script. Especially if you know that you need the same code next year (argh). So first thing I did after the initial release of scripts, was looking for a way to check-in T-SQL from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). So a colleague of mine, Dries (Blog | Twitter), dropped by with a solution: TFS MSSCCI Provider 2010 from the Visual Studio Gallery. It’s a free plugin ...
In this Issue: Michael Crump, Kevin Dockx, Ollie Riches, Shawn Wildermuth, Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Joost van Shaik, Colin Eberhardt, Tony Champion, David Catuhe, Igor, Jeremy Likness, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "SL5 PivotViewer Custom DetailPaneStyle" Tony Champion WP7: "Taking screenshots with Windows Phone 7 applications using a video feed" Joost van Schaik LightSwitch: "“I Command You!” - LightSwitch Screen Commands Tips & Tricks" Beth Massi Metro/WinRT/Windows8: ...
Below you will find my entire collection of Windows 8 Development Articles. I will focusing on XAML / C# Metro Applications in Windows 8, but may occasionally post on HTML / JS. Please bookmark this page as I plan on keeping this page updated with my latest Windows 8 articles. Windows RT XAML/C# Metro Applications Enabling Frame Rate Counters for XAML Applications in Windows 8 *NEW* - Adding an Application Bar to your XAML Metro Applications. Windows RT HTML/JS Metro Applications Enabling Frame Rate ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Ollie Riches, Jesse Liberty, Peter Torr, Jeremy Likness, Derik Whittaker, WindowsPhoneGeek, Morten Nielsen, Michael Crump, Asim Sajjad, Andrej Tozon, Dhananjay Kumar, Laurent Bugnion, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using Visual States to Set Focus on a Control" Jeremy Likness WP7: "Background Agents" Jesse Liberty Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Adding an Application Bar to your XAML Metro Applications." Michael Crump Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Using The Silverlight ...
Sorry for the tardiness of this post, but I was out of state on family business. If you are looking for Silverlight Developers, I am in contact with developers looking for work, so I can make the introductions for you. In this All-Submittal Issue: Oscar Agreda, Michael Washington(-2-), Gill Cleeren(-2-), goldytech, Michael Crump, Ollie Riches, Colin Eberhardt, and David Catuhe. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Toolkit (September 2011) for Silverlight 5–What’s new?" David Catuhe WP7: "How ...
Introduction I recently found out that I have been awarded with the Q3 Community Champion Award from INETA. It is a honor and a privilege to be part of this Elite group of community leaders. I cannot tell you how excited that I am to be acknowledged by my peers for the community work that I do. Below is what the email said: I would like to congratulate you on winning the INETA Champion Award for the third quarter of 2011. I want to personally thank you for your time and effort in supporting and helping ...
Introduction We are all familiar with the Application Bars in Windows Phone 7… It can be achieved with a few lines of code as shown below: <phone:PhoneApplicationP... <shell:ApplicationBar> <shell:ApplicationBarIco... IconUri="/icons/download.png" IsEnabled="True" /> <shell:ApplicationBarIco... IconUri="/icons/settings.png" IsEnabled="True" /> <shell:ApplicationBar.Me... <shell:ApplicationBarMen... x:Name="mnuReturnToHome" Text="return ...
I’ve just published the official release version of “The Developer’s Guide to AppFabric”. After receiving some great feedback from people I’ve corrected some errors and typos. There’s no new content since the CTP, but I’m busy working on that and there will be a lot more coverage of brokered messaging in the November release. If you want notification of new releases, follow me on Twitter @alansmith. You can download the October 2011 release here ...
Hello Everyone, I thought I’d take a minute to update everyone on my upcoming talks and events that I will be attending. I have talks ranging from Kinect, Silverlight, HTML5 to OData! Wow, that’s a wide range of technology and I’m very passionate about everyone of them. Let’s get started. DevReach - October 17th through the 18th in Sofia, Bulgaria. I will not be speaking at this event only attending. I am very excited because this will be my first time visiting Bulgaria. I am looking forward to meeting ...
“If only there was some way to quickly and silently install applications and tools on my windows machine.” Chocolatey is kind of like an apt-get, but for Windows. It is a machine level package manager that is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure. Jason Jarrett recently described it as the free/OSS windows app store. What that means for you is that you can install and update software (applications and tools) on your machine with a few keystrokes and chocolatey does the rest! ...
In the recently concluded WebCamps, Delhi, I was demonstrating Facebook Authentication implementation for your website using WebMatrix 2 Beta. You can read about my earlier post on WebMatrix 2 Beta from here Using the new WebMatrix 2 Beta, we can create a decent looking starter site with a few clicks as explained in my above post. Once we have the site up and running, we would want to implement authentication. Now, like ASP.NET 4, ASP.NET MVC 3 etc., WebMatrix comes with default Membership infrastructure. ...
In the hours since Steve Jobs death was announced, the world has seemingly fallen into a conjoined state of mourning…well, at least according to my Twitter feed. Quotes Steve made over the years fill the stream, along with reports of people gathering at Apple stores with some garnering memorials outside their doors. Very rarely has someone from the corporate world garnered such a response to their passing. Even more rarely does a corporate individual get a statement from the US President. But its ...
Today is a weird day. I just got the news, as I woke up, that Steve Jobs passed away last night. This news affected me more than I thought it would. I felt the need to write about these emotions, and about my history with Apple. This is probably more for myself than for the reader, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t like this, but it felt appropriate to keep a few thoughts at this time. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I was informed that my presentation on “Getting Started with the Kinect SDK” is now live on UserGroup.tv. The video quality is not that great, but that is my fault. Our camera quit working and someone had to record the session with an iPad2. Abstract: This talk is also designed for people who want to get started developing with the official Microsoft Kinect SDK. I will walk the user through downloading the bits and starting a new project. We will take a look at several great free open-source tools ...
In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Dave Campbell, Laurent Bugnion, Pete Brown, Asim Sajjad, Daniel Egan, Kunal Chowdhury, Joost van Shaik, Jeff Wilcox, Cristian Merighi, and Avi Pilosof. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 in Action Book Excerpt: Using the Accelerometer from Silverlight 5 via Native Extensions" Pete Brown WP7: "A note about remote URIs in Windows Phone secondary tiles" Jeff Wilcox Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Quick tip: Select the correct INotifyPropertyChanged in Windows 8 / ...
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First we would like to thank each and every one of you who have supported Visual WebGui in the nominations for DevProConnections and Windows IT Pro. We appreciate all of our customers and friends of Gizmox for being with us each step of the way in our efforts to bring our unique products to the forefront of code trans-positioning and migration. Without further ado - Congratulations to our 3 big winners! Gevorg Horomyan Marcin Pytel Ugur Yildirim Please contact us at your earliest convenience at marketing@gizmox.com ...
I was very optimistic when I first saw Metro style apps coded in C# on Windows 8, because for the most part they are not much different than the well known XAML/C# pair on Silverlight or WPF. This led me to brag a bit about probably having a port of MVVM Light ready “in a few days”. Of course I didn’t take in account that I would have a great time the week after //build in Seattle, with fantastic weather and tons of friends to have dinner and conversations with. Needless to say, the few days turned ...
In this Issue: AfricanGeek, Andrea Boschin, Colin Eberhardt, Anoop Madhusudanan, Lee, Laurent Bugnion, Rudi Grobler, Xianzhong Zhu, Jesse Liberty, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, XAMLNinja, and Kunal Chowdhury. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Develop a Flexible 2.5D Scene Editor Targeting Silverlight RPG Games - Part 2" Xianzhong Zhu WP7: "A Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) MVVM Tombstoning Example" Colin Eberhardt Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Consuming WCF Service in Windows 8 XAML/C# metro application" AfricanGeek ...
I’ve just published a CTP version of “The Developers Guide to AppFabric”. Any feedback on the content would be great, and I will include it in the full release next week. “The Developer’s Guide to AppFabric” is a free e-book for developers who are exploring and leveraging the capabilities of the Azure AppFabric platform. The goal is to create a resource that will evolve and mature in parallel with the Azure AppFabric technologies. The use of an electronic format will allow sections to be added as ...
In this Issue: Justin Angel, Kunal Chowdhury, Lazar Nikolov, Laurent Bugnion, Rudi Grobler, Asim Sajjad, Nikola, and Igor. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Simulating rain in Silverlight Part 4 - Adding sound effects" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "The Fastest Way to Switch Free/Paid and NoDo/Mango App Build in Visual Studio" Nikola Metro/WinRT/Windows 8: "Reverse Engineering and Modifying Windows 8 Apps" Justin Angel Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest ...
First a big congratulations to all the new and renewed MVPs (October 1)! In this Issue: Rogier van der Hee, Laurent Bugnion, Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, Xianzhong Zhu, Derik Whittaker, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Dhananjay Kumar, Charles Petzold, Nikola, XAMLNinja, and Ollie Riches. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Connecting to FTDI devices using Silverlight 5 RC" Rogier van der Hee WP7: "Removing poly line from Bing Maps on WP7" Ollie Riches Metro/WinRT/Win8: "Metro Controls – Jump Viewer" ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Dennis Doomen, Lazar Nikolov, András Velvárt, Rudi Grobler, Jeremy Likness, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Ollie Riches, Kunal Chowdhury, and Beth Massi. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Simulating rain in Silverlight Part 3 - Adding wind effect" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "Developing Windows Phone 7 HTML5 apps with PhoneGap" Colin Eberhardt LightSwitch: "LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–September" Beth Massi Metro: "Lighting up your C# Metro ...
Introduction Just the other day I blogged about “Enabling Frame Rate Counter for XAML Applications in Windows 8”. At the very end of that post, I reminded everyone that that method does not work for HTML / JS Metro Applications. But, we are in luck as Mathias Jourdain provided sample code for accomplishing this in HTML / JS in his Build talk. The only problem was that he didn’t describe how to hook this into a new application to actually use. That is going to be the focus of today’s blog post. Let’s ...
In this Issue: Pete Brown, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Ollie Riches, Kunal Chowdhury, Alexandra Rusina, Mohamed Mosallem, and Stephen Forte. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "pInvoke in Silverlight5 and .NET Framework" Alexandra Rusina WP7: "Geo-location on WP7 - don't trust the first value returned" Ollie Riches Metro: "Day 2: Building a Metro App with Visual Studio 11 Express" Stephen Forte Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's ...
In this Issue: Nguyen Pham, Nigel Sampson, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Joost van Shaik, and Andrea Boschin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Setting SelectedValue for ComboBox" Asim Sajjad WP7: "Mango ‘Augmented Reality’ 101: showing a video background" Joost van Shaik Windows8: "Lighting up your C# Metro apps by Enabling Search–Part 1" Derik Whittaker LightSwitch: "Fun with the Office Integration Pack Extension for ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Scott Hanselman, David Anson, Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Rajat Jaiswal, MIke Ormond, WindowsPhoneGeek, Xianzhong Zhu, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "How To Use DataTriggers In Silverlight DataGrid" Dhananjay Kumar WP7: "Windows Phone eBook 1st Edition Published" MIke Ormond LightSwitch: "Filtering Lookup Lists with Large Amounts of Data on Data Entry Screens" Beth Massi Windows ...

In the developer preview of Windows 8, I just noticed a breaking change in the way that data bindings react to the PropertyChanged event.

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