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Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview isn’t always simple. It was troublesome on a 32-bit machine, but much easier on x64. Since Win8’s debut at Build last September, VirtualBox supports installing Win8 natively, so you’ll want to download the latest version of VirtualBox to make sure you don’t have problems. Another good option is VMWare. They have a free product, VMWare Player, that runs well. The only problem is it doesn’t have native Win8 support, but don’t let that get in the way. This blog ...
I attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to follow and cover Microsoft, both in terms of its announcements at the show, and those of its competitors. From that standpoint, and since Microsoft announced that this year’s CES would be its last, I attended again this year and I think it was the best CES Microsoft’s had since I started attending. But the reasons for that are unexpected and surprising. Let me give you a little more context and explain why. Microsoft has, since 1998, delivered the kickoff ...
A little more than three months ago, Microsoft hosted the //build/ conference at which they unveiled the upcoming version of Windows (commonly called Windows 8, though I don’t know if the marketing folks have accepted the fact that that is the name most of us are expecting for it yet). They released to the developer world a build of it called the Windows Developer Preview (and Windows Server Developer Preview) along with various tools for creating the new “Metro style” apps. I wasn’t able to make ...
Every now and then I go to Tiobe to see their ratings on the popularity of programming languages. Usually there is nothing exciting out there, just a few small moves of languages so I was interested to see in December Tiobe had a headline of C++ about to be dethroned by C# Looking at the stats, sure enough, according to Tiobe C# is on the verge of taking the number 3 spot. It will be interesting to see what happens when Windows 8 hits the market with what seemed to be a revival of C++ during Microsoft’s ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
As someone who works a lot on Silverlight and as someone who have presented lots of trainings / talks over Silverlight; i am been getting a lot of questions based on future of Silverlight. Is Silverlight dead? http://www.zdnet.com/blog/m... These are often from end-clients, managers, architects or even consumers. Sometimes also from guys who have little exposure to Silverlight; but still want to engage in the conversation as it is "happening" ...
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Here we go! After the Microsoft team released version 5 of Silverlight yesterday, MVVM Light is available for this version of the framework too. I did not create the installer yet (that will take a few more days), but you can download the source code and build it yourself easily.

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Microsoft just released the version 5 of Silverlight! It’s a great news and I really want to congratulate the whole team on this impressive collective effort. The official announcement is on the Silverlight team blog! Read the rest of this entry » ...
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2010 R2 on the BizTalk Server blog site. This is advanced notice, given that this new version will ship six months after the release of Windows 8, expected in the second half of next year. On this basis, we can expect the new version of BizTalk Server to arrive in 2013. Given the BizTalk team’s previous record of name changes, I wonder if this will eventually be released as BizTalk Server 2013. Microsoft has been refreshingly ...
Today is the first day of my fourth year at IdentityMine. I can hardly believe how fast it went, and how exciting the trip has been so far. Read the rest of this entry » ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Manas Patnaik, Jeff Blankenburg, Doug Mair, Jon Galloway, Richard Bartholomew, Peter Bromberg, Joel Reyes, Zeben Chen, Navneet Gupta, and Cathy Sullivan. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Using ASP.NET PageMethods With Silverlight" Peter Bromberg WP7: "Leveraging Background Services and Agents in Windows Phone 7 (Mango)" Jon Galloway Metro/WinRT/Windows8: "Debugging Contracts using Windows Simulator" Cathy Sullivan LightSwitch: "LightSwitch: It Is About The Money (It ...
In this Issue: Michael Collier, Samidip Basu, Jesse Liberty, Dhananjay Kumar, and Michael Crump. Above the Fold: WP7: "31 Days of Mango | Day #16: Isolated Storage Explorer" Samidip Basu Metro/WinRT/W8: "1360x768x32 Resolution in Windows 8 in VirtualBox" Michael Crump Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual Studio #LightSwitch Daily is up Alex Golesh releases a Silverlight 5-friendly version of his external map manifest file tool: Utility: ...
My Lenovo ThinkPad's built-in screen maxes at 1366x768x32. I wanted to use that same resolution with Windows 8 Developer Preview inside of VirtualBox. So, what did I do? Downloaded the latest build of VirtualBox v4.1.6 (because it supports Windows 8 x64) Installed Windows 8 Developer Preview in VirtualBox as I did earlier this year. Installed Guest Additions. Ran the CustomVideoMode described in this blog post. …and quickly found out that I didn’t have the option to use 1366x768x32 inside of VirtualBox ...
The software industry lives within an interesting paradox. IT in the enterprise moves slowly and cautiously, upgrading only when safe and necessary. IT interests intentionally live in the past. On the other hand, developers, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) not only want to use the latest and greatest technologies, but this constituency prides itself on gauging tech’s future, and basing its present-day strategy upon it. Normally, we as an industry manage this paradox with a shrug of the shoulder ...
(DISCLAIMER: Yes there are lots of more elegant ISO software beside the free Microsoft one I’m about to show. But free is free and it has been tested and works for me for making advance bootable USB drives. That is another story. Look up Windows 8 Developer Preview for that one on BING.) For those of use that work with new technology all the time we accumulate a lot of ISO files and have to burn them to CD/DVD’s quite often. But we now have machines without burner in the corporate environment. We ...
In this Issue: XAMLGeek, WindowsPhoneGeek, Nigel Sampson, Jesse Liberty, Sumit Dutta(-2-), Dave Bost, Jared Bienz, Joost van Schaik, and Michael Crump. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "10 Laps around Silverlight 5 (Part 7 of 10)" Michael Crump WP7: "Using MVVMLight, ItemsControl, Blend and behaviors to make a ‘heads up compass’" Joost van Schaik Metro/WinRT/W8: "“Badevand” for Windows 8" XAMLGeek Shoutouts: Michael Palermo's latest Desert Mountain Developers is up Michael Washington's latest Visual ...
Remember how I blogged about rolling with the punches? So today my buddy and Prairie Dev Con speaker James Chambers went to present on Microsoft MVC. He brought his fancy new Dell XPS laptop, which he had used to do presentations and stream internet video to a projector before. But today, the technology gods were not smiling… James tries to connect his laptop to the projector. Nothing. The projector just can’t recognize the connection. Realize that we’ve already had two sessions in that room already, ...
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 ...
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" ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for October 31 - November 06, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Silverlight Best Practices: Data-Centric Applications Top 5 SilverlightShow Ebooks for October, 2011 Do LOB Applications Require Good Usability? Silverlight Navigation Framework tip: using the XAML escape sequence Silverlight Skills Carry Over to Windows 8 'Metro Style' Apps Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for October 24 - 30, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Photoshop in METRO style Nokia giving away 25,000 Lumia 800 Windows Phones to developers Windows 8 Development Platform Clarified New Line of Business Features in Silverlight 5 – Using pInvoke Nokia’s First Two Windows Phones Are Here. And They’re Awesome Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
You must have heard about it. Windows 8 will all about Metro. Sure, you can run ‘old-school’ applications on the platform, but most attention these days is about the new user interface. The UI is based on the design language Metro, a design philosophy we first saw in Windows Phone. Nowadays you see more and more of Metro. The Microsoft website is loosely based on it, the Zune mediaplayer uses it and so on. So it wasn’t a surprise to see that Windows 8 is all about Metro. In this screenshot you see ...
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 ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for October 10 - 16, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Free Silverlight Show Webinar: Introduction to XAML Development on Windows 8 Announcing WCF Data Services Oct 2011 CTP for .NET 4 and Silverlight 4 Five things you'll love about Windows Phone 7.5 Mango WP7.5 Mango: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly 5 ways to wring more revenue out of your mobile apps Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. ...
Here are a bunch of links for BUILD material related to Game Dev. Go Nuts, Be Awesome. Downloads: Windows 8 Developer Preview Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview MSDN: Direct3D 11.1 DXGI 1.2 WDDM 1.2 Feature Level 11.1 DirectXMath Channel9: Direct3D PLAT-751T 3D Graphics for Metro Style Apps and Games PLAT-752T Tuning GPU usage for any form factor HW-218T: Understanding the Windows 8 graphics driver model TOOL-761T: A lap around DirectX game development tools XINPUT PLAT-754T: From touch to gamepads: ...
As a developer of Microsoft technologies I alway think about what programming model and tools are provided by the platform. On Microsoft new operation system Windows 8 developer write two type of applications first one is Metro Style Apps and second one is Desktop Apps. Metro Style Apps Metro style apps are full screen apps tailored to your users' needs, tailored to the device they run on, tailored for touch interaction, and tailored to the Windows user interface. Desktop Apps Normal Windows applications ...
I am very glad when I used Microsoft new Operation System. Following are the screens shots that I captured from Windows 8. Figure 1: New Windows 8 Metro Style Figure 2: New Microsoft IE 10 in Windows 8 Metro Style I am searching my blog on "google" :) Figure 3: New Metro Style Control Panel Figure 4: Weather Reporting Application in Metro Style View Figure 5: All Time Favorite MS Paint in Windows 8 I will share more experiences of Windows 8 in future so keep catching me guys ...
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 / ...
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 ...
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" ...
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 ...
Well, as mentioned in my earlier posts, the ASP.NET MVC 4 has Developer Preview has been released. You might notice quite a bit of this term “Developer Preview” in 2-3 products specifically. One, Windows 8 is now available as simply Windows Developer Preview. Similarly, Visual Studio 11 is Developer Preview and also the Internet Explorer Platform Preview 3 is a Developer Preview, as with the case with Expression etc., Now, to clarify on a few things which I learnt. The Windows 8, hereinafter referred ...
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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Metro-style apps are very similar to Windows Phone apps. They have a similar application model (for example they can be suspended, and when suspended they can be killed by the operating system if memory is needed), so they need to maintain state. Also, and that is the topic of this post, they cannot be ended by the user in a “normal” way, i.e. there is no File / Exit menu and no “X” button in the corner. Once started, the application remains in memory until the following happens: Read the rest of ...
Microsoft loves MVVM and INotifyPropertyChanged so much that they included this very useful interface twice in the new WinRT framework. Unfortunately, only one of these is working correctly (and the other one is likely a bug, remnant from the past ) Read the rest of this entry » ...
So its been a few weeks since Microsoft’s Build conference, where they unveiled Windows 8 and shared what the developer story will be. I had blogged about Day 1 of the conference here, but I wanted to share some video I took with my colleagues Winson Woo and Jim Russell as my thoughts now that a bit of time has lapsed. So first, a video captured right after we got our hands on the Samsung tablet given to all attendees. Yes the tablet is nice, but this conference is all about the OS. Windows 8 as ...
Another quick tip: Most of the interaction with the System.Type class in Windows 8 is now done through the TypeInfo class. An instance of TypeInfo for a give type is retrieved using an extension method called GetTypeInfo(). Note that since this is an extension method, it will not be visible in Intellisense unless you add a reference to System.Reflection in the “using” section: Read the rest of this entry » ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Kunal Chowdhury, WindowsPhoneGeek, Xianzhong Zhu, Jeremy Likness, Pete Brown, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen(-2-), Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, and Dhananjay Kumar. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Enumerating MIDI Interfaces using Silverlight 5 PInvoke" Pete Brown WP7: "Migrating PushBox Game from Android to Windows Phone 7 - Part 5" Xianzhong Zhu Windows8: "Windows 8: What you Need to Know" Jeremy Likness LightSwitch: "How To Create a LightSwitch Command ...
In this Issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Ollie Riches, Oscar Agreda, Samidip Basu, Dan Wahlin, Walt Ritscher, Laurent Bugnion(-2-), Andrej Tozon, András Velvárt, Vikram Pendse, Michael Crump, Andy Beaulieu(-2-), Michael Sync(-2-), Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The MVVM Dashboard" Oscar Agreda WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 4 – fighting with the ListPicker control" András Velvárt Windows 8: "Why I’m Excited About Windows 8" Dan Wahlin LightSwitch: "Creating LightSwitch Custom Controls" Michael Washington Shoutouts: ...