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In the previous post I droned on about how to apply the AsyncOperationService to an API conforming to the .NET Asynchronous pattern. In this post I’ll be building a more real world example. Well I say “real world” please don’t confuse that with something actually useful. Its still a little contrived and is not an example of best practice but it is something ......

This post is about using the AsyncOperationService with .NET Asynchronous Pattern. Warning: this is another article that is likely to give you a headache. Its designed to provide full details of how things work. If you don’t want the headache then, skim the article and copy’n’paste the code from the “FromAsyncPattern” box below (it assumes you already ......

Its been quite some time since I last post on the subject of the AsyncOperationService (in fact quite some since I posted period). In real world use I found some common patterns emerge that has lead me to make a few small adjustments to eliminate some common duplication I was seeing in code consuming the service. Here is the new code file for my ever ......

I feel compelled to post this blog because I find I’m repeatedly posting this same code in silverlight and windows-phone-7 answers in Stackoverflow. One common task that we feel we need to do is burrow into the visual tree in a Silverlight or Windows Phone 7 application (actually more recently I found myself doing this in WPF as well). This allows access ......

In Part 1 I provided the code for the simple asynchronous operation runner. In this post I’ll put it to some use. First let me provide a real world scenario so that we have something to demonstrate with. The Scenario I have a desire to separate into resource dictionaries a common palette of colours from a set of styles that use these colours. The goal ......

I’ve been meaning to create a blog about asynchronous operations in Silverlight for sometime. Specifically how to create code that looks and behaves much like synchronous code that actually depends on asynchronous operations. I’ve seen quite a number of questions on Stackoverflow where developers have discovered that in many cases Silverlight only supports ......

After my previous blog on a Generic Boolean Value Converter I thought I might as well blog up another IValueConverter implementation that I use. The Generic Boolean Value Converter effectively converters an input which only has two possible values to one of two corresponding objects. The next logical step would be to create a similar converter that ......

On fairly regular intervals a question on Stackoverflow like this one: Silverlight Bind to inverse of boolean property value appears. The same answers also regularly appear. They all involve an implementation of IValueConverter and basically include the same boilerplate code. The required output type sometimes varies, other examples that have passed ......

I recently answered the following question on stackoverflow: Silverlight 3 custom control: only ‘int’ as numeric type for a property? [e.g. long or int64 seems to break] I quickly knocked up the class ConvertibleTypeConverter<... that I posted in the question (listed later here as well). Afterward I fully expected to find that of the usual clever ......

I realise that the topic above is likely not the most original but that’s best I could come up with. Apparently it is customary to use the first blog to introduce oneself so that’s what I’m doing here. My name is Anthony Jones, I live in a town called Halesowen part of what is known as the Black Country in England. I currently work for Union Square ......

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