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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 ...
I am honored to start the series of short Blend lessons for the North Texas Silverlight User Group (http://www.ntsilverlight.com ) on October 11th. The first topic will be handling the Grid with Expression Blend. Join us next month for fun with the pathlist box. Today let’s get started with Grids. Put a grid on the canvas and set it to auto width and height by using the set to auto arrow. Also set the vertical and horizontal alignment to stretch. If you mouse over the top or side bar, you will see ...
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 ...
Next week the pregistration period of the Malaga's University RIA master degree will be over. About the master: you will learn latest technologies (HTML 5, Silverlight, ...), and after that you will have a 9 months trainee period on top Spanish Companies (Plain Concepts, Aventia, Pasiona, Indra, ...). More info in Spanish, in English, or contact antonio@lcc.uma.es ...

Sketchflow webinar clean offline recording available: part 1, part2

El día de hoy fue la primera reunión para desarrolladores de XNA donde Mario Alvarez nos compartió un poco de su pasión y conocimiento en desarrollo de juegos. Siendo esta una introducción, Mario nos habló desde teoría general hasta darnos una demo del juego SpaceRain. XNA es un ambiente de programación, basado en el .NET Framework, para el desarrollo de juegos destinados a Windows Phone, Xbox 360, y sistemas Windows en general. Programar un juego es un poco distinto a programar una aplicación convencional. ...
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 ...
Our West Palm Beach .Net User Group will be honored to have Scott Klein, Microsoft MVP and Author of Pro. SQL Azure (APRESS) as our October speaker. Scott will be talking and answering all our questions about Azure. Time has never been better for our Fladotnet West Palm Beach .Net User Group. We are fortunate to have a free meeting location offered to us by CompTec and to enjoy the backing and sponsorship of many top notch companies. This support is enabling us to uphold our founders’ vision: Create ...
It has been over a year since the last time I updated my list of Florida technical communities and a lot has changed since then. Joe Healy, our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelist, maintains a list for each of the main areas in Florida, but this only covers the .NET-focused groups. Taking what he has started, I have put together a similar list (based on the information Joe maintains) that covers the other technical communities that I know of. If you are part of a technical user group community ...
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 ...
In this post I'll begin to talk about getting a build process up and going. I'll cover at a high level a build process that I think works for small to medium size teams, talking about some steps you might want your build process to go through. In the next post I will walk through an implementation of a build process using CCNet/MBUnit/FxCop/StyleCop... Below you will see a diagram that puts the build process in perspective to how the Development, QA and CM groups might work together. Don't ...
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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 ...
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I’ve just been helping a colleague work out how to publish their Silverlight DeepZoom project to their local IIS instance. Went through the Publish settings in VS2010, published, connected to it via IE and… ah. No Images. OK, no worries, let’s copy the files from the ClientBin folder across that weren’t published… Hmmm, still no joy… Seems to be just the zoom images that aren’t there… Ok, how about trying to access those files.. You get this error when you attempt to access the .dzc file directly: ...
Yes tomorrow really is the first Wednesday of the month! and Yes, we are having our normally scheduled meeting. The Silverlight User Group meeting will be from 6PM to 8PM at Interface Technical Training (NW corner of Central & Thomas) -- check PhoenixSilverlight.net for a map. Come out for Pizza and networking at 6 then hang around because Ryan Plemons of Terralever is returning to speak on the Windows Phone ...
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 ...

I was working on a Silverlight 4 app this week and i reliazed i needed to grab the height of a row in a standard Sl grid.

You can put a x:Name on the row definition like so in order to work with it in the code behind:

<RowDefinition Height="0.92*" x:Name="MainContentRow" />

Now you can use it like this:

dh = MainContentRow.ActualHeight;

This makes it easy to grab a row and then gets its height for instance.

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 ...
It's past the first of October, and time to recognize devs that have a large number of posts in Silverlight Cream. Ground Rules 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 April 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010: It is my intention to post a new list sometime shortly after the 1st ...
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# ...
Joe Homnick, Microsoft Regional Director, was the speaker at both Florida.Net’s Ft Lauderdale ArcSig and West Palm Beach .Net User Group September 2010 meetings where he shared with us how to leverage Silverlight 4.0 WebParts in a SharePoint 2010 solution. We appreciate Joe’s time and look forward to his next visit which we hope would be in the near future. Below are some photos of both events. --Sam Abraham Site Director - West Palm Beach .Net User Group Ft Lauderdale ArcSig- Silverlight 4.0 for ...
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 ...
I am using the mouse with my left hand but I am not swapping the mouse buttons. (Old habit from the times I was using public workstations at the university. I was too lazy to play with the system setup every time, so that I just moved the mouse from the right to the left side.) I am also using multiple pointing devices with my notebook. (a gaming mouse with multiple buttons at home, a simpler one at work, and also from time to time the touchpad ). Normally I would setup the mouse button layout in ...
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 ...
While I think that Microsoft is shooting themselves in the foot by not releasing WP7 on CDMA networks this year (such as Sprint, meaning no new phone for me personally), these two free developer training events in Dallas sound interesting: Day 1, Wed. Oct. 20: In the first of this two-day launch event, we’ll take you under the hood of Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7 platform with a progressive set of learning sessions. We’ll start with the basic tools and fundamentals of Windows Phone 7 application ...
One of the things I really wanted to do lately was to get SQL Azure, OData, and Windows Phone 7 working together; in essence, expose SQL Azure data using the OData protocol and consume that data on a Windows Mobile Phone 7 device. This blog will explain how to do just that. This example is also in our SQL Azure book in a bit more detail, but with the push for WP7 I thought I'd give a sneak-peak here. You will first need to download and install a couple of things, the first of which is the OData client ...
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: ...
This is going to be my first blog post. I'm not going to post anything particularly meaningful this time, the intent is just to kick off blogging. Hopefully, I will be posting on a regular basis. Lately I have been interested in WP7 development and as Microsoft is approaching the release date for their phones I am expecting Microsoft to be extremely active with events, releasing documentation and other materials to get developers up to speed with the new platform (if the word “new” could be used ...
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 ...
Update!!! Sorry but I have some work priorities that need to take precedence. I will not be able to give this presentation. Michael Perry has graciously agreed to give an MVVM talk in my place. I plan to still be there with laptop and Blend in hand so if you had some specific Blend questions, look me up. I will also be posting my MVVM with NAV WebServices project to this blog soon. Join us October 19th at the Forth Worth .NET UG (http://fwdnug.com/) where I will lead a discussion about using the ...
I can comfortably say that Caleb Jenkins is my favorite mentor in DFW and has been a key influencer in my .net career. Please come out to see him talk about Silverlight at the first meeting of the North Texas Silverlight User Group at the Microsoft offices in Irving, TX on October 11th. www.ntsilverlight.com A Blendable Note – The Noth Texas Silverlight User Group (http://www.ntsilverlight.c... is going to dedicate 20-30 minute block for a “Blend tip of the month”. You don’t want to miss this!! ...