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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. Silverlight
Getting Started with the Silverlight 5 RC
Today the release candidate of Microsoft’s Silverlight 5 was released to the public. If you want to know “What’s new in Silverlight 5” then check out this page on and continue reading the article below. Getting Started First, we are going to need to download the required tools to install the Silverlight 5 RC. Before getting started, please note that you can install the Silverlight 5 RC on top of the final release of Silverlight 4. If you have the Silverlight 5 Beta installed, then ......

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2011 4:47 PM

Who says Silverlight can’t run on a tablet?
Introduction: One of the concerns that I keep hearing from customers is, “We can’t deploy Silverlight because it won’t run on a tablet.” I usually reply to that question stating, “What do you mean it can’t run on a tablet?” They usually looked puzzled and say, “You mean Silverlight *CAN* run on a tablet?” Yes, there are many devices that Silverlight can run on. Today we are going to take a look at the Motion CL900 Tablet. FYI: I have no affiliation with Motion Computing. Why this tablet? When I first ......

Posted On Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:47 AM

2 Good Reasons to update to the latest Mango Beta 2 Refresh Update
So, you grabbed the latest Mango Build and installed it on your phone. Now your probably thinking, Why should I update to the latest Mango Beta 2 Refresh? Well, I will give you two good reasons. New Screen Shot Tool built into the Emulator Marketplace Test Kit Screen Shot Tool You may be thinking, there are a hundred ways to take a screen shot. I personally used SnagIt, but this involved a lot of steps. Load up SnagIt. Make sure my Emulator was visible. Click the “Capture Button” in SnagIt. Resize ......

Posted On Saturday, August 13, 2011 1:04 PM

My eBook and articles series on OData for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 is complete.
Introduction I’m proud to announce my first eBook and update to my article series on OData for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 is complete. I have worked very hard on this series and am pleased with the work. I may be a little biased, but I believe this is the best step-by-step guide ever created for OData and Silverlight/WP7 Mango. In the series, I walk you through every step with detailed screenshot and code snippets. From creating the OData data service to consuming it in an Silverlight application ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2011 6:50 AM

Communicating between two local Silverlight Applications
Introduction One of the features that I’m surprised to see hardly no one talk about is “Communication Between Local Silverlight-Based Applications”. This is not new to Silverlight as it has been around since Silverlight 3. In other words, this will allow you to have two Silverlight applications running on the same PC talk to one another without using Web Services, etc. I originally was looking into this for a pet project that I was going to use with Kinect, but found this very valuable and decided ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2011 6:16 AM

Getting started with SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight Web Parts – Part 1 of 2
I wanted to get familiar with SharePoint 2010 because I have noticed how the market is starting to demand it. Also, most of the SharePoint 2010 guides on the net are outdated. They show everything from registry hacks/editing xml files to installing hot fixes/service packs. My guide uses the latest bits as of 6/7/11 to create a SharePoint 2010 server inside of an Virtual Machine. This will be more than enough to begin creating Silverlight Web Parts inside of SharePoint 2010. NOTE: I did not want to ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2011 6:31 AM

The Busy Developers Guide to Mango.
You’re a busy developer and you have read article after article of “What’s new in WP7 Mango” but you are only interested in knowing “What does this mean for me as a developer ?”. This is where I step in and give you the “need to know” with a quick blog post. What is it? The Beta to Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools named ("Mango") was released on May 24th, 2011. This means you can download the bits right now, but as far as having Mango on your phone you are going to have to wait. Let’s hit the bullet ......

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2011 6:29 AM

A few tips for working with XAML inside of Visual Studio 2010.
If you work with XAML day in and day out then surely you will have your own tips/tricks for working inside of Visual Studio 2010. Here are mine. I hope that you find them useful. Tip #1 When Double Clicking on a .XAML File go directly to the XAML View and collapse the Design split view. I find it annoying how the design view opens up every time you double click on a .XAML file. I like to create my UI inside of Expression Blend instead of Visual Studio. For instance, I get the following screen when ......

Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 6:05 AM

Game Changing Features in the Silverlight 5 Beta (Part 2)
Introduction In the first part of the “Game-changing Features in the Silverlight 5 Beta,” I investigated how to debug XAML in Silverlight 5. Now, it is time to explore another feature called Multiple Window Support, where I will review its abilities within a Silverlight 5 application. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. The full source code for the project is available as a separate download with this article. The full article is hosted on SSWUG and you ......

Posted On Friday, May 13, 2011 2:12 PM

Best of FREE Frameworks, Tools and Controls for Windows Phone 7.
The list provided below is my “Best-Of” FREE Frameworks, Tools and Controls for Windows Phone 7. I have used everything listed below in an my WP7 applications. Most of them are in the marketplace at this point and some are still in development. Let’s get started. If you are developing WP7 Applications, this is one that you have probably heard of already. It is Microsoft’s official set of controls that comes complete with full source code of course. Project Description: Welcome to the Silverlight ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2011 9:06 AM

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