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If you have not looked at Murach’s books you should! They have a very convenient format, geared for training with two facing pages, the left with text and the right with an example with lists and descriptions. This book should get someone started on HTML and basic web pages, it covers html through some javascript and into simple website design and deployments. For me not much was new but I did pick up a few things including a better understanding of CSS floating div’s and how to use them. Another ...
Microsoft is making available user group kits around Windows Phone 7! You get everything you need to put on that special WP7 event: USB drive loaded with “everything you need to put on a fun and informative event” 5 USB drives for your group, containing templates and tools to get started developing apps. Swag including t-shirts, WP7 eGrips and Neoprene phone holders. There’s a limited quantity available, so head over to the site below to order your kit today! http://ms.kpcorp.com/wp7eve... ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking at the SoFla PDC 2010 hosted by the Gold Coast and Miami .Net User Groups in Boca Raton, Florida on October 28th, 2010. The local PDC event will run in parallel to and will embrace some of the content covered and unveiled at the main PDC 2010 hosted in Redmond. This would be my third speaking event in a quiet busy October 2010 and my second visit as speaker to the Gold Coast .Net User’s Group for the month of October. I will be covering WebMatrix, Razor Syntax, ASP.Net ...
I love Silverlight and have written / talked about it a lot. I can’t help but notice that a lot of people are new to Silverlight or may have played with it a few times. Well this post is for you. It is a list of 15 things that I’ve discovered since I started developing for Silverlight. If you are a full-time Silverlight developer than I would hope you know most of these. I promise not to scare off anyone with talks of MVVM, Prism or MEF. 1) The line highlighted below represents the MIME type and ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Peter Kuhn, Alex Golesh, Jonathan Marbutt, Karsten Januszewski(-2-, -3-, -4-), Erik Mork, Jeff Blankenburg, Martin Krüger, and Colin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM)" Michael Washington WP7: "Conditional Logic During Start Up of a Windows Phone App" Karsten Januszewski From SilverlightCream.com: Programmatic Silverlight Tree View Control Node Expansion using View Model (MVVM) Michael ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Andy Beaulieu, Joost van Schaik, and DevComponents. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Physics Helper 4 Released" Andy Beaulieu WP7: "Showing Open Source maps on Windows Phone 7 with the Bing Maps Control" Joost van Schaik Tools: "DotNetBar for Silverlight controls with Ribbon, Scheduling, and more..." DevComponents Short list today because it's been a long one... finally finished about 8:30, took a break and came in here to do an SC post. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight ...
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The first-ever meeting of the St. Louis ALT.NET group will be held Wednesday night at 7PM at the offices of Professional Employment Group at 999 Executive Parkway (Suite 100) in Creve Coeur (South of Olive off of Mason Road - Here's a map). The topic will be "Introduction to NHibernate", presented by Nicholas Cloud: setting up NHibernate for data access configuring NHibernate building and mapping domain objects to a SQL Server datastore querying the domain model for data The ALT.NET community is ...
I've spent time the last few month checking out much of the latest in code generation tools. Again one of the most complete and comprehensive is Iron Speed Designer - now in version 7.1. I had the good fortune to talk for about a half hour with Alan Fisher of Iron Speed and I will be adding content here in the next weeks. Hopefully I can also present some examples. Here's the lastest from their press release. For Immediate Release Iron Speed,Inc. Sephorah Green 408.228.3429 sgreen@ironspeed.com http://www.ironspeed.com ...
This is from a session at the Digital Hollywood Fall conference in Santa Monica, California. Here are my notes from the session. Speakers Simon Morris – CMO LOVEFiLM (Netflix for Europe) Matt Milne – Divx recently acquired by Sonic Solutions (Roxio Now) Jeff Schultz – SVP Business Development, Clicker Michael Alexander – Strategy & Growth Initiatives at IBM Global Telecommunications Industry Jim Funk – VP Development at Roku Stuart McKechnie – Director of Strategic Marketing at Zoran Amy Hoffman ...
Hi All, I have been crazy busy in the last while, I am hoping that now I will be able to blog about all the things I have been busy with and have the community benefit from the projects and experiences I have had over the last while. Stay tunned for a bulk of Blog posts in the next month!!! I wanted to let everyone know that I will be speaking at the Winnipeg User Group Event on Oct 25 2010. Here is a copy of the abstract. Everyone is welcomed, please help pass on the word and let anyone you think ...
We’re pleased to confirm that Youssef Hamadi, Microsoft, will be joining Angela Spicer (Zap Technology) and Richard Jones (Anglia Business Solutions) at the next IT & Infastructure event on Business Intelligence. Youssef is leading the Constraint Reasoning group in Microsoft Research Cambridge. His work combines mathematical and AI reasoning and is applied to several domains from software verification to business intelligence, and sustainable development. At the meeting he will discuss The Smart ...
In this session: Rob Hummel – CEO, Prime Focus Seth Shapiro – Principal, New Amsterdam Media LLC Warren Littlefield – Former President of CBS Entertainment Lisa Farries – Founder of CMO, Inc. Kris Brown – VP, Warner Home Video Moderator– Larry Gerbrandt – Principal, Media Valuation Partners Here are my notes from this session. I may not call out who says what here, but it is all from the panelists listed above. We are spending a lot of time of the 3D convergence. We have been so focused on the money ...
Purchase at Amazon I wanted to talk for a minute about the author, Victor Gaudioso. I met Victor on Twitter earlier this year and ever since meeting him, I’ve seen how involved he is in the Silverlight/Blend community. He has always been willing to help or share knowledge of Blend with anyone – including me. I recently read a blog post about someone that went to one of his book signings and did not win anything. Victor found out that this person was disappointed and sent him a free year subscription ...
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 ...
Introduction Recently I have been involved in some projects to improve the software quality of their code base. These code bases have been rather large, and in some cases consisting of both managed code, C# and C++, and Native code in C++. The reasons for improving the code base comes from a realization of the relationship between non-optimal coding practices and runtime incidents. Runtime incidents can be anything from exceptions, out of memory conditions to functionality simply not working at all ...
As I continue to explore ASP.Net MVC 3, I decided to share a little on NuPack Tools, a recently released Visual Studio 2010 extension. There are a few nice blog entries on NuPack already which you can access here. Figure 1 - NuPack Tools shown as a Visual Studio 2010 Extension What is NuPack Tools? NuPack Tools is a Visual Studio 2010 Extension installed along with ASP.Net MVC 3 and also available as a stand-alone install. It provides a friendly interface that automates the retrieval and installation ...
This is Part 1. Part 2: BizTalk: Timeline: Platform Support Now it is the timeline of the development tools only. It is a little bit "unofficial". For example, I included the ESB but not RFID. Versions 2000 and 2002 are not covered , there only placeholders. Mainly because since the 2004 version it is completely new product from many points of view, including the developer's point of view. It is interesting, the main tools: the Schema Editor, Mapper, Orchestration Editor, Pipeline Editor were not ...
TinySQL is small and handy SQL script which can quickly generate consistent code snippet that you can paste in your project. It basically operates by reading schema of provided table and applying template to each column of table in order to generate code snippet. With TinySQL, you can create complete or specific portion of business class, business service, or data access layer. You can also generate repetitive code snippet like storing all DataReader columns into respective property of business object, ...
Sample download In Part 1 of the series, we gave an introduction of writing Windows Shell extension in .NET Framework 4, and demonstrated a "skeleton" Context Menu Handler. This article introduces the sample: Infotip Handler. CSShellExtInfotipHandler: Shell infotip handler (C#) VBShellExtInfotipHandler: Shell infotip handler (VB.NET) CppShellExtInfotipHandler: Shell infotip handler (C++) An infotip handler is a shell extension handler that provides pop-up text when the user hovers the mouse pointer ...
If you have children and want them to learn programming at an early age (recommended age is between 10 and 16), you should check out Microsoft Small Basic, which combines a simple language and a rich set of libraries together with a friendly development environment. The Small Basic language draws its inspiration for an early version of BASIC but it is actually based on the .NET Framework. Like the early variants of BASIC it is based on, Small Basic is imperative and doesn't use or expose beginners ...
As we speak (figuratively) a group of 50 aspiring entrepreneurs are gathered in an abandoned warehouse deep in the heart of the upmarket Sydney suburb Redfern for Sydney Startup Camp IV. Their hosts, Bart Jellema and Patrick Driessen, have been guiding the participants through the process of starting a new technology business, accelerated so that the process fits into a weekend. There has been brainstorming, product development, marketing plans and pitches to the press and investors. The atmosphere ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
One of the biggest aim of BPOS is to help organization simplify management and increase productivity. So what I’m going to show in this post is how simplified it is to setup your outlook client with the help of Single Sing In Tool. Do take note that you need to have at least .NET Framework 2.0 installed in your machine before you can install this. For a start, you need to download the tools from the home tab of your admin portal. Below is a screen shot of that. To start, double click on the icon. ...
As you can see, creating users only takes a minute or two, so creating a handful of accounts during a trial is no big deal. But when the time comes to start bringing dozens or hundreds of accounts over, you’re going to want a more automated approach. In the Users / Overview subtab, you’ll find an “Import users from a file” link under Actions. The file in question must be in CSV format. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel here. Simply download Microsoft’s offered .csv file template or file (or both) ...
Back in April I began to work with Oracle again after a multiple year absence from doing so. So naturally I decided I would install Oracle on my home system so I could reacquaint myself with it. That proved to be more difficult than I expected. I was able to get Oracle 10g Express downloaded and installed but could not connect to it. So, to save someone else some of the grief I went through let me go through the final sequence of steps that resulted in a solid working Oracle development environment. ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... * This post is pure speculation, not based on any special insider knowledge, so don't get too excited * BizTalk 2010 has RTM'd, and the Developer Edition is now free. It seems an unusual move to give it away, with the price point of other BizTalk licences. Enterprises who actively use BizTalk will have an IT budget that will probably stretch to MSDN subscriptions for their dev team; conversely, SMBs who aren't prepared to spend £500-odd on a Developer ...
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 ...
Sam Abraham (Me) had the great pleasure of attending and participating at the SW FL .Net Code Camp which took place on September 25, 2010 at Florida Gulf Coast University, Estero, FL. I spoke at two sessions: “ASP.Net MVC” and “SSIS for C# Developers”. I was pleasantly surprised with the high turnout at the MVC session despite the fact that it was scheduled early on that Saturday (8:45 AM). This highlights the growing interest in ASP.Net MVC and its related suite of tools such as Razor, Web Pages ...
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 ...
Has it ever happened to you that you are sitting with your laptop and need to do something with a computer on your local network and it turns out that computer is in a sleep mode and you have to walk to it and move the mouse or press some key to wake it up and then come back to your laptop to do what you initially wanted to do with it? Indeed, if you have to walk to a computer rather than remotely access it than the benefit of having local network is already somewhat undermined. My particular situation ...
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 ...
Up until a short while ago it wasn't even comprehensible that one can take a VB6 code and convert it into a Web based technology without having to actually rewrite the entire application code. The need to convert the VB6 systems to the Web has been here for a while in order to modernize and enjoy the benefits of the Web such as accessibility, centralization and easier deployment and maintenance - not to mention user trends. However, that need has become stronger and stronger since Microsoft announcement ...
By default, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) will not let you save changes to the designs of your tables. When you attempt to do so, it wants you to drop and re-create the table. You will typically see a dialog similar to the following: However, SSMS will actually let you perform such a change without have to drop the table and re-create it. To enable this feature, you need to select Tools / Options from the Menu. Then, navigate to Designers / Table and Database Designers and uncheck the option ...
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 ...
I read the Andrew Binstock editorial in the latest issue of SD Times, "PHP debuts, Delphi returns, and C++ tapers off". At first, based on the title, it didn't seem worth reading. But it's short and it was half-time at the soccer match, so... I didn't realize that Embarcadero purchased Delphi (among other items) from Borland years ago. They just released RAD Studio XE (http://www.embarcadero.com/). As mentioned, it supports Delphi XE, a few other interesitng and powerful tools, and RadPHP XE. This ...
I recently purchased the Kindle 3 and very excited to have this device that lets me read documents without tiring my eyes from the backlight. I can even let it read for me in a fairly natural way “when you get used to it”. I have also played some music using this device and perfectly understand that it was not designed to be some form of music player like iPod or Zune, but does give a good sound either off it speakers or through earphones. Things i like I was tired a few days ago and set the speakers ...
The BizTalk Server team announced today that BizTalk Server 2010 has RTMd. That's a relief, as my reputation was on the line regarding RTM before the end of the month. Just this Tuesday I confidently told a prospective customer to expect an imminent announcement. I've been playing with BTS 2010 for a little while now. It has been my constant companion while writing several chapters for the forthcoming BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed. It looks great. As well as bringing BTS up to date with Visual Studio ...
As a complement to the already available Windows Phone 7 developer tools, templates for VB are now available. http://www.microsoft.com/do... Here is the full announcement from the VB team and a walk through of how to use it: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbt... You need to have the release tools installed and then this is a ...
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 " ...
It’s that time of the year when the local Winnipeg technology communities start ramping up! There are two group events this month to be aware of: .NET UG – September 21 Amir Barylko presents Iron Ruby and .NET: A Match Made in Heaven! Ruby is an awesome language that is quite popular nowadays. The beautiful expressive syntax of Ruby and the tools and frameworks that have been built around it (Rake, Rails, Sinatra, rSpec, Cucumber, etc) makes it an excellent candidate to match a wide variety of our ...
Scrum is an agile framework that deliver an iterative and incremental management approach for software development. In the same way than Extreme Programming (XP), Feature Driven Development (FDD), and Crystal, Scrum provides an “Agile Approach” to build software using a set of practices that includes different artifacts such as Product Backlogs and Sprint Backlogs, “time-boxes” such as Sprint, Daily Meeting and predefined roles for the members of the Team (Team == all direct participants into the ...
Postback 09202010 – Time for a reboot! Well its been awhile since I’ve done the blog thing over here at Dotgeek HQ. Lets just say that I’ve had an interesting couple of weeks and became a little more involved in other affairs. WP7 Dev Tools RTM is out Its official, the WP7 tools used to help build all those wonderful WP7 Apps have been released in their final form at last. With only a few weeks before the Mobile Marketplace opens up, its great to see we now have the final tools at last and even updated ...
Code camps are a great resource for the local development community. They provide developers and speakers (who are almost always local developers as well) a way to interact and learn about topics they otherwise might not have an opportunity. As a speaker, it is always great to see new people in my talks and answer questions since in almost every talk, someone asks a question I haven’t heard before. One of the things that most speakers, including myself, like getting is feedback. We want to know what ...
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 ...
If you’ve played around with the WP7 emulator, you may have gotten into the settings screen and may have noticed that there are these things called “themes”. The emulator’s default is the “dark” background with the “blue” accent. However the phone can also have a “light” background, and supports the following accents: “magenta”, “purple”, “teal”, “lime”, “brown”, “pink”, “orange”, “blue”, “red”, “green”, and an eleventh optional color that the manufacturer of the phone can set. Most people naturally ...