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So what happens when you need to build an application that works on a variety of mobile platforms that need to work offline from a backend database? This is the situation I’ve found myself working on a proof of concept application, that needs to use a common data store on SQL Azure. The mobile application, needs to periodically synchronise to this data store but importantly work offline. Microsoft have done just this with Microsoft Sync. Services 4.0 CTP. Just watch this http://player.microsoftpdc.... ...
I was a bit surprised when I got an email from the Mix11 team congratulating me on my session proposal making the first cut. So now it’s up to the you to vote on your favorite sessions. After voting for mine, you can vote on 9 other sessions . The entire list can be found here. The voting period ends on February 4, 2011. My session will be focused on Expression Blend. I’ll be talking about the Visual State Manager, Sample Data and Behaviors. And I show some helpful features along way. So go and vote ...
In this Issue: Steve Wortham, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, Joe McBride, Dan Wahlin, Walter Ferrari, Page Brooks, Deborah Kurata, WindowsPhoneGeek, Andrew Byrne, and Andrea Boschin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Clipping to Bounds with Geometries and Attached Behaviors" Page Brooks WP7: "Tasks: Launchers and Choosers–Windows Phone From Scratch #22" Jesse Liberty Expression Blend: "Remove Transformation from shapes in Blend" Andrea Boschin From SilverlightCream.com: XAP File Optimization Techniques ...
So, I've been kind of a slacker on the whole blogging front. I pretty much took 2010 off from blogging, not necessarily on purpose of course, but I was doing a lot of tweeting and I guess after condensing things down to 140 character bites, I didn't have much else to say here. Unsurprisingly, I've grown bored with Twitter. (I find the busier I am, the less interest I have in what everyone else is doing... go figure.) So, I need a good outlet to talk about the things I'm working on and what I've been ...
The code samples in Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework are updated on 2011-1-23. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... You can download individual code samples or browse code samples grouped by technology inthe updated code sample index. If it’s the first time that you hear about Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, please read this Microsoft News Center article http://www.microsoft.com/pr... or watch the ...
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In this short all-submittal Issue: András Velvárt, Daniel Vaughan, and Rudi Grobler. Above the Fold: WP7: "Notifyting the ViewModel when a WP7 PivotItem is displayed" András Velvárt WP7: "Loading Data when the User Scrolls to the End of a List in Windows Phone 7" Daniel Vaughan Shoutouts: Max Paulousky has had an HTC HD7 since December, and has blogged his impresseions: Ownership of HTC HD7 (Windows Phone 7) and My Impressions From SilverlightCream.com: Notifyting the ViewModel when a WP7 PivotItem ...
In this Issue: Bart Czernicki, Rich Griffin, Andrew Tokeley, WindowsPhoneGeek, Daniel Egan, Beth Massi, Joost van Schaik, Michael Crump, Xpert360, Deborah Kurata(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4 – Simple Configuration Manager" Andrew Tokeley WP7: "WP7 Contrib – Customising the DateTime Picker" Rich Griffin Lightswitch: "Tips and Tricks on Controlling Screen Layouts in Visual Studio LightSwitch" Beth Massi Shoutouts: Scott Guthrie is doing another online LIDNUG session tomorrow, Jan ...
2011 Event Recap Event Overview During the weekend of January 14th through January 16th, the St. Louis area technology community participated in a national GiveCamp event. With Microsoft’s assistance, similar events were held simultaneously in the following cities: Austin, Texas Phoenix, Arizona Birmingham, Alabama Colorado Springs, Colorado Dallas, Texas Atlanta, Georgia Houston, Texas Nashville, Tennessee Dallas, Pennsylvania Fayetteville, Arkansas New York City, New York Malvern, Pennsylvania ...
In this Issue: Michael James(-2-), Joost van Schaik, Colin Eberhardt, Jesse Liberty, John Papa, Levente Mihály(-2-), Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek, and Daniel Egan. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating Packs from the Silverlight Application Themes" Peter Kuhn WP7: "A Windows Phone 7 Jump List Control" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: Mike Ormond gave a Tech Days virtual confernece session on Thursday, and posted his material and links: Links from my “Silverlight for Windows Phone” session From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Another week and another whirlwind of wonderful works coming from the XNA Community. I find it crazy just how hard it is to keep up with everything going on and knowing just how big the community has gotten recognizing just how much I’m missing as well. But here are the things I DID manage to catch… XNA Developers @Chounard ponders whether he should port sfxr to XNA http://twitter.com/Chounard... And showing just how awesome the XNA commmunity @Chounard DOES (and in a day!) ...
The answer is surprisingly no. It is time to end the myth that when hosting a Silverlight application, it has to end in .XAP. Let’s look at a sample Silverlight project first. When you create a new Silverlight Project and inspect the ClientBin folder, you will see that the filename ends in .XAP. What do you think would happen if we renamed this file to .zip and updated our hosting page to look like the following? <div id="silverlightControlHost"... <object data="data:application/x-si... ...
Getting this silly thing to work turned out to be a painful experience, so I am recording my lessons learned so that if some other downtrodden programmer wants to see what I did, they will be able to figure it out faster (hopefully): Ok, so say you have a silverlight application and you want to talk to a database. Silverlight is Client-based, and Databases are Server based. This is a problem. You can either pass the values in initially (not very good for interactive stuff) or you can make a WCF service. ...
I was wresting with this for a bit and trying to find a good solution. Basically what happens is the browser loads the Html containing your Siverlight control but your control does not initially get the focus. So if you have say added 508C compliance (accessibility) to your control its not going to hit your 1st control on the SL page even though that page is showing. That’s because your SL code does not have the focus yet. I searched and found several solutions. But almost all of them used JavaScript ...
I’m trying to find time to update the Prairie Developer Conference 2011 website, and the sessions and speaker information will be up by this weekend including the registration page. For those that are wondering what the session and speaker list looks like, I wanted to give a sneak peak. We have a fantastic set of sessions by world class technologists! We’re covering .NET, Java, Ruby, SQL Server, Agile, User Experience, Mobile, Security, Azure, Office, SharePoint, and others. In fact, this year I’ve ...
I will be presenting several sessions on Silverlight 4 at the SSWUG V-Conference on April 20th through April 22nd. The sessions include: 15 Things I learned about Silverlight. Description: This session is great for an audience that has never worked with Silverlight. It describes my real-world experience developing for Silverlight 4. It should help the audience avoid some of the beginner mistakes with working with Silverlight. Tools and Utilities for the .NET Developer (based off of http://tools.michaelcrump.net) ...
In this Issue: Loek van den Ouweland, Andrea Boschin, Jeff Prosise, Jeff Brand, Frank LaVigne, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, and Haruhiro Isowa. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Pop Up Behavior, now works with your Popup" Haruhiro Isowa WP7: "WP7 working with VisualStates: How to make a ToggleSwitch from CheckBox" WindowsPhoneGeek Entity Frameworks: "Six Free Entity Framework 4 Video Tutorials" Frank LaVigne Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty posted about 12 MORE Insanely Essential Utilities ...
In this Issue: Mohamed Mosallem, Fons Sonnemans, Peter Kuhn, Pontus Wittenmark(-2-), Jeff Fansler, Gill Cleeren, Johnny Tordgeman, Jesse Liberty, Jeff Blankenburg, Walt Ritscher, WindowsPhoneGeek, Daniel Egan, and Matthias Shapiro(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4.0 Tutorial (11 of N): Roulette Behavior" Mohamed Mosallem WP7: "Working with ControlTemplates in Silverlight for WP7" WindowsPhoneGeek Training: "WP7 Unleashed–Session II Hands On Labs" Daniel Egan Shoutouts: Mike Ormond ...
I have been working on a Silverlight Navigation application which uses LINQ to query an XML data source and has been working without a hitch until I added a control to the landing page. All other pages which worked fine were loaded from the navigation service Once I added the control I got a page not found error! (The page is there) and If navigated to, it works as expected. What happens, it that I closed the error Modal dialog and then clicked on another page, then navigate back to the landing page ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for Jan 10-16, 2011. The news on the upcoming two SilverlightShow webinars in February topped the weekly SilverlightShow news ranking. Dan Moyer's post on Visual Studio LightSwitch, just like SilverlightShow article series on LightSwitch, also got quite a lot of interest. Here's SilverlightShow top 5 news for last week: Free Silverlight Show Webinar: Querying and Updating Data From Silverlight Clients with WCF RIA Services Free SilverlightShow ...
Silverlight testing is great, we all know that (don’t we??), we’re expected to do it as part of the development process, but once we’ve got an awesome application written and we come to deploy it, we don’t want the test files going out with it… You might be like me, have the files in a Web project – let’s face it, that’s how we’re pushed into doing it… So let’s stick with it! Now. I’m deploying via the wonders of the Web Deployment shizzle, but this also applies to the classic ‘installer’ project ...
Silverlight is a great product right off the shelf. I use it, love it and spend a lot of time helping the community understand it. This however, doesn’t mean that I don’t think that it can get better. If I were invited to a Microsoft Focus Group about Silverlight here is 10 things I would say: We need more navigation templates. I’ve found (4) templates that Microsoft has released (Cosmo, Windows 7, Accent and JetPack). This number needs to be around 16. In order to get more people developing for ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Jesse Liberty, Deborah Kurata(-2-, -3-, -4-), Sergey Barskiy(-2-), Miroslav Nedyalkov, Jeff Prosise, and Matthias Shapiro(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Building a Multi-Page Silverlight LOB Application" Deborah Kurata WP7: "Windows Phone 7 [Controls] Project" Sergey Barskiy Sketchflow: "Sketchflow To Final" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: Sketchflow To Final Check out this post by Michael Washington detailing the Sketchflow he did of his app, ...
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Note to #1024 Swag Winners: I'm sending emails to the vendors Sunday night, thanks for your patience (a few of you have not contacted me yet) In this Issue: Ezequiel Jadib, Daniel Egan(-2-), Page Brooks, Jason Zander, Andrej Tozon, Marlon Grech, Jonathan van de Veen, Walt Ritscher, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Sacha Barber, William E. Burrows, and WindowsPhoneGeek. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Building a Radar Control in Silverlight - Part 1" Page Brooks WP7: "Tutorial: Dynamic Tile Push Notification ...
In this Issue: Sigurd Snørteland, Yochay Kiriaty, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Kunal Chowdhury, Martin Krüger(-2-), Jonathan Cardy. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Image Viewer using a GridSplitter control" Martin Krüger WP7: "Implementing WP7 ToggleImageControl from the ground up: Part1" WindowsPhoneGeek VS2010 Templates: "MVVM Project Templates for Visual Studio 2010" Jonathan Cardy From SilverlightCream.com: BabySmash7 - a WP7 children's game (source code included) Sigurd Snørteland ...
This past week (much like every week in the XNA community) was filled with things happening and people doing cool things (and getting noticed for doing cool things!). You can definitely tell there are some Xbox LIVE Indie game developers starting to make some names for themselves. Can’t wait to name drop them at bars. Me- “Oh you played Game X? Yeah, I know the guy that made that. Pretty cool guy.” Yeah, I’ll be THAT guy. Time Critical XNA News 30 days left to submit XBLIGs made in XNA Game Studio ...
In this Issue: András Velvárt, Tony Champion, Joost van Schaik, Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, John Papa, Michael Crump, Sacha Barber, Alex Knight, Peter Kuhn, Senthil Kumar, Mike Hole, and WindowsPhoneGeek. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Create Custom Speech Bubbles in Silverlight." Michael Crump WP7: "Architecting WP7 - Part 9 of 10: Threading" Shawn Wildermuth Expression Blend: "PathListBox: Text on the path" Alex Knight From SilverlightCream.com: Behaviors for accessing the Windows Phone 7 MarketPlace ...
We’ve had some problems with the Winnipeg .NET UG website, but things are getting sorted out and the site should be back up very shortly. In the meantime, here’s info on our January event and how to register. This is also a Microsoft sponsored event, so we’ll have some great swag to give away. As always, pizza will be provided! When: Wednesday, January 26th Where: 17th Floor Conference Room, Richardson Building Session: Taking your Windows Phone Apps to the Next Level with Tombstoning Speaker: Tyler ...
In this Issue: Amyo Kabir, Rob Eisenberg, Doug Rathbone, John Papa, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-), Mike Taulty, Peter Kuhn, Laurent Bugnion, Vangos Pterneas, and Senthil Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Popup sample" Amyo Kabir WP7: "Navigation in a #WP7 application with MVVM Light" Laurent Bugnion XNA: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 0 - Why should I care?" Peter Kuhn Shoutouts: Mohamed Mosallem posted a video of an Expression Blend demo he gave recently: Expression Blend Demo Rob ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for Jan 3-9, 2011. SilverlightShow's review of their top 10 visited articles in 2010 got most hits last week. MicrosoftFeed's review of the Facebook application Picturize.me got the second place. Among the top5 is also an interesting review of the top Silverlight books for 2010 by Michael Crump. Here is SilverlightShow's weekly top 5: Top 10 SilverlightShow Articles for Year 2010 Picturize.me - a Silverlight Based Facebook application Face ...
I had a reader email me the following question: “How do you create Speech Bubbles in Silverlight/WPF without adding any extra .dlls? Right off the bat, I know at least two ways to create the speech bubbles that look just like the ones in comic books. Using the Callout Shapes included with Blend 4. Using the free 3rd party control named FreeBubbles (I used this before Blend 4). Unfortunately, we cannot use either of these as they will both add extra .dll’s to the project. So why wouldn’t you want ...
1,000 blogposts is quite a few, but to die-hard geeks, 1000 isn't the number... 1K is the number, and today is my 1K blogpost! I've been working up to this for at least 11 months. Way back at MIX10, I approached some vendors about an idea I had. A month ago I contacted them and others, and everyone I contacted was very generous and supportive of my idea. My idea was not to run a contest, but blog as normal, and whoever ended up on my 1K post would get some swag... and I set a cut-off at 13 posts. ...
What is a Give Camp? I get asked this question constantly in the SharePoint Community. About 3 years ago there was an event called "We Are Microsoft" in Dallas, TX. A lady named, Toi Wright, gathered up a bunch of charities and gathered up a bunch of IT Professionals in the community. They met for an entire weekend devising better ways to help these charities with 3 days projects. None of these charities had in house IT staff or they were lacking. The time these projects would save would help out ...
Today's $10 deal from APress at http://www.apress.com/info/... is Pro Silverlight 3 in VB Silverlight is a lightweight browser plug-in that frees your code from the traditional confines of the browser. It's a rules-changing, groundbreaking technology that allows you to run rich client applications right inside the browser. Even more impressively, it's able to host true .NET applications in non-Microsoft browsers (like Firefox) and on non-Microsoft platforms (like Mac OS X). Silverlight is still ...
It's past the first of January, and it's now time to recognize devs that have a large number of posts in Silverlight Cream. Ground Rules I pick what posts are on the blog Only posts that go in the database are included The author has to appear in SC at least 4 of the 6 months considered I averaged the monthly posts and am only showing Authors with an average greater than 1. Here are the Top Posted Authors at Silverlight Cream for July 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010: It is my intention to post ...
In this Heavy and yet incomplete Issue: Mike Wolf, Walter Ferrari, Colin Eberhardt, Mathew Charles, Don Burnett, Senthil Kumar, cherylws, Rob Miles, Derik Whittaker, Thomas Martinsen(-2-), Jason Ginchereau, Vishal Nayan, and WindowsPhoneGeek. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Automatically Showing ToolTips on a Trimmed TextBlock (Silverlight)" Colin Eberhardt WP7: "Windows Phone Blue Book Pdf" Rob Miles Sharepoint/Silverlight: "Discover Sharepoint with Silverlight - Part 1" Walter Ferrari Shoutouts: ...
SarasotaDev January 2011 Meeting Windows Phone 7 Developer Day [note: this meeting starts at 4pm] The meeting date is Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Location: Sarasota Community Foundation, at 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237 (just west of Tuttle on the north side of Fruitville). We will have 3 speakers, including 2 Microsoft MVPs: Kevin Wolf and Nikita Polyakov, and joined by Russ Fustino. They will present various aspects of WinPhone 7 development, from Silverlight UI design, ...

In MVVM applications, it can be a bit of a challenge to send instructions to the view (for example a page) from a viewmodel. Thankfully, we have good tools at our disposal to help with that.

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If you work with Silverlight daily then you have run into this problem. Your XAP file has been cached in your browser and you have to empty your browser cache to resolve it. If your using Google Chrome then you typically do the following: Go to Options –> Clear Browsing History –> Empty the Cache and finally click Clear Browsing data. As you can see, this is a lot of unnecessary steps. It is even worse when you have a customer that says, “I can’t see the new features you just implemented!” ...
In this Issue: Dennis Doomen, Doug Holland, Kunal Chowdhury, Sacha Barber, Paul Sheriff, Mike Snow(-2-), Peter Kuhn(-2-), and Mike Ormond. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight: Fixing the BookShelf Sample" Peter Kuhn WP7: "Searching the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Programmatically" Doug Holland Prism/Cinch: "PRISM 4 Custom Transitioning Region" Sacha Barber Shoutouts: Sacha Barber the author of Cinch asks for some advice from users: Cinch V2 : Question For The Reader Michael Crump introduces ...
Today's Review (alphabetic order): GooNews, Grocery Shopping List, Need for Speed, SurfCube, and United Nations News. I'm a day late if these are going to be 'Monday' posts, but there are lots of apps, lots of goodness, and lots of email, so I might try to do 2 a week, we'll see. So once again I've got a small review of 5 apps that are either on my phone or have been. Disclaimers at the end. In this Issue: GooNews is a very cool app from Shawn Wildermuth (AgiliTrain). I don't know if he uses this ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for Dec 27-Jan 2, 2011. The most visited news for last week is Mahesh Sabnis's post on how to use Prism in Silverlight 4. Among the top 5 news is also the announcement for SilverlightShow December Newsletter that you can now read online. Here is SilverlightShow's weekly top 5: Using Prism with Silverlight 4 "What's new in Silverlight 4 demo" app Cinch - A Rich Full Featured WPF/SL MVVM Framework SilverlightShow December Newsletter Now Online ...
I hate re-writing code. I also hate it when I find a great code snippet on the web and forget to bookmark it or it gets lost in my endless sea of bookmarks. So what do you do to get around this? This is the question that I was asking myself at the end of 2010. How can I get my Silverlight code organized? My requirements for a snippet manager were: Needs to be FREE. An easy way to view XAML/C# code behind together in one “view”. I wanted the ability to store the code snippets in cloud in case my HDD ...
In this all-Submittal Issue: Gill Cleeren(-2-), Brian Noyes, Brian Genisio, René Schulte, and Andy Schwam(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The INavigationContentLoader interface in Silverlight 4" Gill Cleeren WP7: "Sending Windows Phone Screenshots in an Email" René Schulte WCF RIA Services: "WCF RIA Services Part 10 - Exposing Domain Services To Other Clients" Brian Noyes Shoutouts: Want to know what it takes to be an MVP? Check out René Schulte's recap of 2010: Goodbye 2010 - Hello 2011 ... ...
Silverlight/Expression 4 Books! I recently stumbled upon a post asking, “What is the best book on Silverlight 4?” In the age of the internet, it can be hard for anyone searching for a good book to actually find it. I have read a few Silverlight 4/Expression books in 2010 and decided to post the “best of” collection. Instead of reading multiple books, you can cut your list down to whatever category that you fit in. With Silverlight 5 coming soon, now is the time to get up to speed with what Silverlight ...
In this short New Year's Day 2011 Issue, 3 Mikes: Mike Taulty, Mike Snow, and Mike Ormond. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Native Extensions for Silverlight (NESL)?" Mike Taulty WP7: "Monitoring Memory Usage on Windows Phone 7" Mike Ormond From SilverlightCream.com: Native Extensions for Silverlight (NESL)? Mike Taulty has a really good write-up on Native Extensions for Silverlight... he describes what that project is about and gives guidance on best practices. Win7 Mobile: Uniquely Identifying a Device ...
So I was talking to one of my friends, Cathy Dew, and I’m wondering how to start out this post. What kind of title should I put? Somehow we’re just randomly throwing things out and this title pops into my head the one you see above. I woke up today to the buzz of a text message. I spent New Years laying around until 3 am watching Warehouse 13 Episodes and drinking champagne. It was one of the best New Year’s I spent with my boyfriend and my cat. I figured I would sleep in until Noon, but ended up ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Thomas Martinsen, Mike Ormond, William E. Burrows(-2-), Vangos Pterneas, Jesse Liberty, Diptimaya Patra, and Jeff Blankenburg(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Drag from Multiple Source In Silverlight 4" Diptimaya Patra WP7: "What I Learned In WP7 – Issue 12" Jeff Blankenburg Shoutouts: Paul Thurrott posted a great phone comparison chart: Great Windows Phone comparison chart Kunal Chowdhury announced his new Silverlight Site: Welcome to Silverlight-Zone - Site ...
I have been spending the last 2 weeks immersing myself in a number of Windows Azure and SQL Azure technologies. And in setting up a new business (I’ll speak more about that in the future), I have also become a customer of Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Services). In short, it has been a fortnight of Microsoft cloud computing. On the Azure side, I’ve looked, of course, at Web Roles and Worker Roles. But I’ve also looked at Azure Storage’s REST API (including coding to it directly), ...