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In this Issue: Michael Washington, Erik Klimczak(-2-), Kevin Marshall, Mike Ormond, Chris Anderson, Derik Whittaker, Michael Crump, Peter Torr(-2-), Ryan Alford, Amyo Kabir, and Kunal Chowdhury. Shoutout: Emiel Jongerius announced he has Update postings on Datagrid for a couple of his recent posts. From SilverlightCream.com: A DotNetNuke Silverlight Expense Report Module Michael Washington is back on ViewModel code, and also DNN with this end-to-end expense report module sporting Silverlight inside ...
In this Issue: John Papa, Beth Massi, Simon Jackson, Rob Miles, Pete Brown(-2-), Senthil Kumar, Don Burnett(-2-), and Brian Noyes. From SilverlightCream.com: Apply and Customize the New Silverlight Themes Tsitsi Gora joins John Papa on the latest Silverlight TV to discuss the new Silverlight themes -- did you know about them? -- how about tips on customizing them from one of the devs?? cool stuff. Visual Studio LightSwitch How Do I Videos 5 Lightswitch training videos from Beth Massi ... and more ...
this year I had the pleasure of cramming the following information into my lobes: Book: Schuams Graph Theory - http://www.amazon.com/Schau... - a subset of combinatorics. From my perspective, just use linear algebra - you can bash anything into vectors. some interesting stuff on platonic solids and the 3 color world map. SD - shortest distance SP - shortest path bipartite graph - 2 disjoint sets ...
In this Issue: Emiel Jongerius, Michael Washington, Kevin Dockx, Alex van Beek, and Alex Golesh. Sorry for being silent, but dealing with an imploding contract and training my replacement is sucking the energy out of me. Here is a Submittal only post... From SilverlightCream.com: Postponing actions Emiel Jongerius has a new post up on a utility class that can be used to limit the calls to internal synchronization methods of objects... think DeferRefresh. Dynamically Loading Silverlight Video Players ...
In this Issue: Rénald Nollet, Michael Washington, Mingfei Yan, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Roger Peters, Rob Eisenberg, and Microsoft. From SilverlightCream.com: Use the ASP.NET Authentication Service with Windows Phone 7 Rénald Nollet has a cool post up combining the ASP.NET Security Service with WP7... this was getting a lot of play on twitter last night... Printing With LightSwitch Michael Washington's latest Lightswitch post is a tutorial on printing from Lightswitch culminating in a very professional-looking ...
I was sitting watching my son play Transformers:War for Cybertron today (it’s 4x XP points today you know, so he’s got to play 24x7 this weekend…) and I saw an email come in from GoDaddy. I immediately clicked just in case it was one of those titillating GoDaddy girl commercials but instead it was an automatic renewal notice for one of my websites. That’s right XNADevelopment.com was renewed today for another year! It’s really hard to believe that I’ve been writing tutorials and been part of the ...
Anyone who has read the Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements (PDF) knows that a WP7 game can never be more than two taps of the Back button away from quitting the game. In XNA this is easy since the Game class provides a method called Exit that can be called with relative ease. In Silverlight nothing quite so easy exists. One clever hack that’s been making the rounds is to create a new instance of the XNA Game class and call its Exit method. However this solution, clever though ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Timmy Kokke(-2-), Jeremy Likness, Chris Koenig, Rob Miles(-2-), Bob Caswell, and Alex Yakhnin(-2-). Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth adds a video to go along with his last post Developing for the Windows Phone 7 - Part 4: Tombstoning Scott Hanselman talks to Jeff Wilcox about WP7 performance: Hanselminutes Podcast 228 - Performance of Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 Indrajit AKA indifromoz is keeping a page of WP7 resources you may want to bookmark: Windows Phone 7 Resources ...
This is going to be more of a high-level post. But it’s important, especially for my fellow XBLIG developers who are now targeting WP7, since it highlights some things you need to really think about before writing your game (or while porting it). In order to provide a great user experience, all programs (games and apps alike) must display their first screen within 5 seconds of launch and must accept user input within 20 seconds of launch. (See: Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements ...
[ A shameless repost of Joe Healy’s blog post ] Windows Phone Garage and FireStarter - East Coast Tour Fall 2010 Dream It. Build It. The power to build smart, visually stunning games and applications is right in your hands with Windows Phone 7. Want to see what's under the hood? You are invited to join your local Microsoft Developer Evangelists for an inside look at the Windows Phone 7 platform. You'll learn how to harness the strength of Silverlight and XNA to create compelling user experiences ...
As promised, a new post with the updated info on app submission. The following link is the official policy: http://windowsteamblog.com/... In relevant part, Annual registration fee of $99 No limit to the number of paid apps submitted 5 free apps per registration, $19.99 each after that I am sorry if I alarmed anyone (I was alarmed, myself). My other criticisms stand, but I am very glad that the other link ...
I came across this by accident the other day and thought it was really neat. So I wanted to share it to help karma balance my last post (more on that at the end). As I’m sure you know, Silverlight apps install automatically in the application menu. For XNA games, you need to use this handy workaround. Once you do, after you’ve deployed your app or game, it stays installed for the duration of the emulator session. “Yes, yes, we all know that,” you say. Ah, but did you know you could tile your app? ...
Update 2: Excellent news! The $99 per app was wrong. See: http://windowsteamblog.com/... Thank you, Fred! Update 1: It's possible that somebody who didn't read closely looked at the old WM 6.X app cert docs, saw the $99 per app fee there, and thought it applied to WP7. I know people who "know people" and are investigating it. I'm very hopeful it's a mistake - see the end of my next post for how someone might ...
I found it very odd that this was not available when doing some search engine queries. My requirement was to take in an AD user name and query SharePoint 2010 to determine the SharePoint groups in which the account belongs. The code was to run from within a RIA Authentication Service, which is code run on a server and is not likely on the SharePoint server. This code will also work with SharePoint 2007 (WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007). You will need to add a Web Reference to http(s)://<spservername&... ...
Wow its already another Monday and that means its time for the Postback report and a quick overview of some of the things I did this past week. I started playing around with some App ideas and using some sample data and binding with Silverlight for a WP7 app with Expression Blend. I’m having a blast and learning as well. Whistle while you work On the work side of things and where I earn a daily living… we’ve finally launched our first site using Sitefinity, so its time for me to move onto the next ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Michael Crump, Don Burnett, John Papa, Jeremy Alles, Rob Miles(-2-), and David Gadd. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Open File Dialog Behavior (MVVM) Michael Washington has a cool post up on building a Behavior in Blend to produce an Open File Dialog. “Fade in” Screen in Silverlight 4 Michael Crump responds to some questions about a 'fade-in' screen effect built with Expression Blend, and has a tutorial up on that and a demo page. Windows Phone Design Days ...
In this Issue: René Schulte, Haruhiro Isowa, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Shawn Wildermuth, Evan Hutnick, Don Burne, Mark Tucker, On Ali Tinwala, Derik Whittaker, and Mark Arteaga. Shoutouts: Chris Cavanagh has converted his Soft Body Physics Demo to WP7: JelloPhone for Windows Phone 7 Joe Healy has his list of 7 Steps to Get You Going on Windows Phone 7 Dev ... I might add a couple more links to item 5, but I'm prejudiced :) If you're in the mood for purchasing a WP7 Toolkit for building apps, ...
For me, its the smart phone that really speaks to me. When news about this device came out this past February and they showed off the interface and what was planned, I had a huge smile on my face and said, "I just can't wait!" The last time I was all over something like this, was when news came out about the Xbox 360 Elites and luckily for me, that was a shorter wait. So what is so cool about this device? For me, it takes a lot of the things I currently enjoy and packages them into one single device ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Jeff Fansler, Jeff Wilcox, Rob Eisenburg, Vikram Pendse, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Jesse Liberty, Simon Jackson, and Nick Ohrn. Shoutout: I'm pretty sure I found this link via @brian_henderson: Creating High Performance Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone New and untried: Can't find the link I got this from, but it looks interesting for wp7dev XNA: Helium From SilverlightCream.com: Deleting A Silverlight DataGrid Row With A Button On The Row Michael Washington ...
In this Issue: Viktor Larsson, Roger Peters, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Kyle McClellan, Jag Reehal, Dinesh Sodani, David Rousset, Jeff Fansler, Paul Sheriff, Jeremy Likness, Mohamed Mosallem, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutout: The Visual Web Developer Team Blog posted Hot Fix Released for the Issue of Visual Studio 2010 Crashing When Switching to the Design View From SilverlightCream.com: Snipping databound properties Viktor Larsson has discussion of code snippets up in his latest post. He's specifically ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Jeff Fansler, Xianzhong Zhu(-2-), Anton Polimenov, Braulio Díez Botella, Alex Yakhnin, Willem Meints, Shawn Hargreaves, John Papa, and Roger Peters. Shoutout: I found this via Mike Taulty, and it's pretty darn cool: zoom.it from LiveLabs, and I did one of my blog From SilverlightCream.com: Visual Studio Solution Pivot Viewer. Add-on for VS2010 to Visualize Code Structure Max Paulousky has a post up about a VS2010 add-in that uses just too much of the goodness we all ...
For Windows Phone 7 developers, one of the more important pages on the MSDN website is the Design Resources for Windows Phone page. In particular, the UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 (PDF) found there is something that every developer should read (and sooner rather than later unless you look forward to major redevelopment work at the end of your product’s development cycle). If you read it a while ago, check it out again as it’s now at Version 2.0 (updated and expanded quite a ...
One of the new features of XNA 4.0 is the Content Project. Those of us who’ve worked in XNA 3.1 and earlier are familiar with the old Content folder, which was simply a folder inside your game project into which you’d place your raw content and from which your game would load the compiled XNB files. In theory it could be named anything since one of the things you would do in the constructor for your game is specify the name of the Content folder. XNA 4.0 has moved content (i.e. game assets like music, ...
In this Issue: Brian Noyes, Jeff Fansler, Pencho Popadiyn, Eugene Chaikin, Jeff Wilcox, Peter Torr, Michael B. McLaughlin, and Tim Greenfield. Shoutout: Charles Petzold has an update to his eBook : Free ebook: Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2) Wow... take 1 day off and *everybody* posts something! These are without even hitting my Big List-O'-Blogs TM From SilverlightCream.com: WCF RIA Services Part 4 - Integrating with the Model-View-ViewModel Pattern Brian Noyes has part ...
Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step (click book logo to be taken to the Catalog Page) By: Laurence Moroney Publisher: Microsoft Press Pub. Date: June 30, 2010 Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7356-3887-7 Pages in Print Edition: 336 I decided to do my first review with the new Silverlight 4 Step by Step book from Microsoft Press. I have read the entire book and completed all of the exercises. I have found several errors in the book’s code, but they were not hard to figure out. Instead of writing a formal book ...
Playing with the emulator: The WP7 emulator actually does a lot more than just run your games from VS 2010. If you want to make use of some of the “hidden” features of the emulator, you need to run it separately from VS 2010 and use some of the command line options. If you open up a command line window and navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft XDE\1.0 you will find a program called XDE.exe. Run that and you will get the this popup showing the available Command Line Options. This by itself ...
In this post, I’m working with the GameStateManagement Sample for Windows Phone 7. All source code not a part of that sample is Copyright 2010 Michael B. McLaughlin. If you wish to use it, you may do so provided that you agree to the terms of the Microsoft Permissive License, available here. If you do not agree to those terms, you may not use this source code (and should probably stop reading now). Since this code is built upon the GameStateManagement Sample, you will also need that and thus will ...
In this Issue: African Geek, Michael Washington, Sl.ayer, David Rousset, Einar Ingebrigtsen, Rob Miles, Ben Gracewood, jbaird, Davide Zordan, Shawn Wildermuth, Vikram Pendse, Xianzhong Zhu, and Mohamed Mosallem. Shoutout: Jesse Liberty has a great post up of his 12 Absolutely and Insanely Essential Utilities For Programmers From SilverlightCream.com: WP7 Fluid Move Behaviors African Geek has been away from blogging for a bit, but he's back with some fluid Movement behaviors in WP7 ... check out the ...
In this Issue: Phil Middlemiss, Al Pascual, Joost van Schaik, Timmy Kokke, Tau Sick, David Rousset, Dinesh Sodani, Einar Ingebrigtsen, Ben Gracewood, Kunal Chowdhury, and Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios. Shoutouts: Chris Koenig has his material from Tech Ready or Dallas TechFest up: MVVM in Windows Phone 7 Lester has a post up: Announcing CTP of XAML Toolkit From SilverlightCream.com: A Dial (User) Control Wow... file this in the HolyCrap category... check out the dial control Phil Middlemiss built... ...
For awhile now I've worked on refactoring a big chunk of code that I've used numerous times over and have been refactoring in much smaller doses but now I'm taking all the code I've written in XNA (mostly) and creating a reusable function library to make using XNA even easier. Enter, RhinoXNA, providing users with: Ability to render 2D (sprites, fonts) and 3D (3D needs work yet) Extendable objects to quickly create game menus, player HUD, and game levels Built-in, extendable achievement-like system ...
Some of you may have come across this helpful blog post recently, discussing when the garbage collector (a/k/a the GC) runs on Windows Phone 7 devices. Anyone who has programmed in XNA for the Xbox 360 before knows the GC well. For those of you new to XNA, there are several tricks and tips for slaying the evil GC monster that eats frames. This applies to Silverlight apps too, though since Silverlight does quite a lot for you automatically, there’s only so much control you have. First, you must leave ...
My registration just came through for the WP7 Marketplace. Took several days and because of some weird system glitch, I had gotten an instantaneous form rejection email when I first submitted and my status was set to “suspended” instead of “pending” or something of the sort. But a quick email confirmed that everything was fine and that if things on my end were still processing along (they were) then just to disregard it and they were sorry for the weird glitch. I’m about half way through my first ...
One of my hobbies seems to be creating map editors for XNA games. With the new XNA 4.0 Beta(yes, it’s called Windows Phone Developer Tools – don’t worry, it’s the full XNA and builds Windows and Xbox 360 games too, though the current beta doesn’t deploy to the Xbox 360 yet so stick with XNA 3.1 for Xbox games for now)… anyway, with the new XNA 4.0, I thought I’d take the stock WinForms 2 sample (the one that includes building content on the fly using MSBuild) and build it to see how much conversion ...
In this Issue: Tony Champion, Vikas, Larry Larsen, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Gergely Orosz, András Velvárt, Rishi, John Papa, David Rousset, David Anson, and Ozymandias. Shoutout: The Swiss MSDN Team Blog announced “Building a Newsreader Application using Silverlight for Windows Phone 7” Hands-On Lab – Now updated for July BETA Developer Tools Laurent Bugnion posted an MVVM Light Hotfix for Windows Phone 7 developer tools beta Fons Sonnemans posted a video of his WP7 game Sudoku for WP7 on YouTube... ...
In this Issue: Ian Walker, Delordson Kallon, Anton Polimenov, Gill Cleeren, Tau Sick, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jag Reehal, Rob Eisenberg, Shawn Wildermuth, Alex Yakhnin, Slobodan Pavkov, and Deborah Kurata. Shoutouts: Jeremy Alles has an MVVM comparison chart up that's very complete: MVVM Frameworks Explorer updated be sure to let him know if something is missing No discussion or code, but this demo code shares between Silverlight and WP7: Shove HalfPenny (Shove Ha'penny) New and untested: ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Kunal Chowdhury, Mark Arteaga(-2-), Shawn Hargreaves(-2-), Steve Strong, JOSUEYERAY, and Kyle McClellan. Shoutouts: Mason Brown has a post up that's a great read: Thoughts on User Exerience Yochay Kiriaty announced Windows Phone Developer Training Kit – Beta Refresh From SilverlightCream.com: Understanding control customization with templates: part #2 Andrea Boschin has the 2nd of his tutorial series on writing a templated control up on SilverlightShow How to Create ...
Jump start your development of Windows Phone 7 applications by attending Windows Phone 7 JumpStart. This free virtual live class, comprised of four instructor-led 3 hour sessions, will guide you in developing applications for the Windows Phone 7 platform using Silverlight and XNA. Register today by visiting: https://msevents.microsoft.... Course sessions: July 20 – 8am: Session One: Getting Started ...
Microsoft released yesterday the beta version of the Windows Phone 7 development tools, which was up until now in CTP. You can download it from here. It installs Visual Studio 2010 Express, Silverlight and XNA 4.0 for Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7 emulator and Expression Blend 4 beta. Yep, Expression Blend now installs with the beta version and you don’t have to install it separately which is nice. The beta version breaks some of the namespaces and classes from the previous April refresh CTP release. ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Jim Lynn, Martin Duffy(-2-, -3-), Jonas Follesø, Ofir Shemesh, Karl Shifflett, Sergey Barskiy, Chris Klug Shoutouts: Chris Koenig posted an announcement for a WebCast next week: XNA Game Development for Windows Phone 7 ... I'm registered, are you? Erik Mork and crew have their latest Weekly podcast up: This Week In Silverlight – Kin RIP and Welcome new MVPs Manning Press has pushed an excerpt from Pete Brown's upcoming book: Silverlight out of the browser From SilverlightCream.com: ...
In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Phil Middlemiss, Jag Reehal, Senthil Kumar, Andrew Marshall, Chris Koenig, Jimmy, Lee, Pete Brown, Brian, Mike Taulty, and Jeremy Likness(-2-). From SilverlightCream.com: Prism Training Kit: Beta Version Available Damian Schenkelman announced the release of a Prism Training Kit he and Matias Bonaventura have put together. Read his description on the post, then go download the kit. Create a Custom Control - Inheriting from TextBox Phil Middlemiss has another great ...
A much interesting ongoing debate is on whether to choose Silverlight or XNA for game development, especially for Windows Phone 7. There are ample takers on either side which is what makes the whole debate interesting. But imho, it's all about the learning curve and the time you have available to invest in a new technology. If you are a seasoned Web developer, Silverlight makes for a better alternative. Of course, not all may agree with this. Here's a neat article dicsussing this subject: http://creators.xna.com/en-... ...

The first episode of the Deep Fried Devcast is up for download and stream at www.deepfrieddevcast.com.  In the first episode we talk with Andy 'Zman' Dunn and George Clingerman (of GWB fame!) about XNA, game development, and their Xbox Indie Game, Kissy Poo.

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In this Issue: Mark Monster, Brian Noyes, Michael Klucher, i-programmer, and Mike Snow. From SilverlightCream.com: Capture usage information of a Windows Phone 7 application using Google Analytics Google Analytics with WP7? ... Mark Monster leverages his experience in this area to to work out a way to get to a web page to track analytics ... pretty clever Mark, and all the code is there for us! WCF RIA Services Part 2: Querying Data Brian Noyes has part 2 of his RIA Services series up at SilverlightShow. ...
In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Victor Gaudioso, Joe Gershgorin, Nick Gravelyn, Teresa Burger, Kyle McClellan, Karl Shifflett, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutout: Check out Pete Brown's interview with Jeff Handley, Deepesh Mohnani, and Dinesh Kulkarni: Pete at Microsoft: WCF RIA Services Team Interview Andy Beaulieu has a sneak preview video up: Boss Launch 2: Zombie Attack for WP7 Matt Hidinger has a preview video up about his WP7 app as well: BusTrack Windows Phone 7 App From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Now that the Windows Phone 7 development tools have been out for a while, let’s talk about how you can use them. Windows Phone 7 ( WP7 ) has two application types that you can create, either Silverlight or XNA, and you can’t really mix the two together. The development environment for WP7 is a special edition of Visual Studio 2010 called Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone. This edition will be installed with the WP7 tools, even if you have a full edition of VS2010 already installed. While ...
FredNUG is pleased to announce our June speaker will be Pete Brown. Pete was one of FredNUG’s first speakers when the group started and we’re very happy to have him visiting us again to present on Silverlight! On June 15th @ 6:30 PM, we’ll start with a Visual Studio 2010 Launch with pizza, swag and a presentation about what makes Visual Studio 2010 great. Then, starting at 7 PM, Pete Brown will present “What’s New in Silverlight 4.” It looks like an evening filled with newness! The scheduled agenda ...

Last week I spent some time hanging out with Jeff Brand on his Spaghetti Code Podcast talking about Windows Phone 7, XNA, Gaming and whatever else came to mind.

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Last year, I wrote Steve Ballmer an email, and he was kind enough to write me back. The email contained a scan of a column I wrote praising Microsoft’s BI strategy. His reply contained three simple words: “Super nice thanks.” Well, now I’d like to write to Steve again, in an open letter format, and this time the love may be a bit tougher. But I’m still super earnest. The past two days have been eventful ones for Microsoft: The company announced the departure of company veterans Robbie Bach and J ...
Suppose you need to generate the following XML: 1: <GenevaLoader xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.or... 2: xsi:schemaLocation="http://... masterschema.xsd" 3: xmlns="http://www.advent.co... 4: <PriceRecords> 5: <PriceRecord> 6: </PriceRecord> 7: </PriceRecords> 8: </GenevaLoader> Normally you would write the following C# code to accomplish this: 1: const string ns = "http://www.advent.com/Sche... ...
Hello Guys, I've been playing with slider on silverlight. Now the result is this, a simple resizing image thru slider. The Image below is the default size of my sample. And the second Image below are the result when the slider slide to right and top. The xaml layout are very simple: <Slider Minimum="80" Maximum="238" Height="23" HorizontalAlignment="Center" Name="sldBottom" Width="246" Margin="27,226,27,1" /> <Slider Height="212" Minimum="80" Maximum="209" Name="sldRight" Width="28" Orientation="Vertical" ...