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Yesterday, at the Wall Street Journal’s “All Things D” conference, Microsoft’s President of Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, showed the world a preview of Windows 8 (officially, that’s the code name). And in a YouTube video, Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience, provides his own detailed Windows 8 demo that you can check out right now. What both men showed us was an early preview of a next next version of Windows that looks a lot like Windows Phone 7, ...
Within each division in Red Gate, development effort is structured around one or more project teams; currently, each division contains 2-3 separate teams. These are self contained units responsible for a particular development project. Project team structure The typical size of a development team varies, but is normally around 4-7 people - one project manager, two developers, one or two testers, a technical author (who is responsible for the text within the application, website content, and help ...
Today, Microsoft announced some of the details about Windows 8 and how it is going to change web development forever. The announcement included a number of cool points about the upcoming OS but as someone in love with HTML5, these two points stood out to me: Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC. Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10. Okay, wow. That made my developer ...
In this Issue: Alex Golesh, Walter Ferrari, Kunal Chowdhury, Rob Eisenberg, Michael Crump(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Nigel Sampson. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The ABC of streaming in Silverlight" Walter Ferrari WP7: "Switching between Windows Phone 7.1 Mango and 7.0 RTW developer tools and vice versa" WindowsPhoneGeek From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“Profiler” - Part 9 of 8) Alex Golesh risks overlowing his buffer with this Mango - What's New ...
PDF stands for Portable Document Format. As the name implies, it is a data format that can be used to describe documents. Adobe, the developers of PDF, market software to create, edit and visualize PDF files. Because the specifications of the file format are publicly available and meanwhile even became an official ISO-standard, a lot of other companies develop PDF-related software as well. In prepress, PDF is commonly used as a format to exchange data, either complete pages that need to be printed ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Roy Dallal, Jim Wightman, Kevin Hoffman, Levente Mihály, Peter Kuhn(-2-, -3-), René Schulte, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), John Papa. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reactive Extensions–FromAsync" Jesse Liberty WP7: "Windows Phone 7 Mango - Sockets" Peter Kuhn Shoutouts: Kunal Chowdhury has a list up of all the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Features From SilverlightCream.com: Windows Phone 7 Jump Start with Mango - 1 - Creating a Hello World Application Kunal Chowdhury ...
This past week was an interesting experience. My first trip to Washington DC on Washington business. As part of the Association for Competitive Technology (http://www.actonline.com) I joined 27 other small software developer company owners from around the country to visit and educate congressional staffs. I already knew 1/2 dozen of the people attending from my activities in the Microsoft developer community and had the pleasure of renewing friendships with them and making new friends with others. ...
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 ...
Today's OReilly Deal of the Day at http://oreilly.com/ is CLR via C# price $23.99 I am currently reading CLR via C# ISBN 978-0-7356-2704-8. Whilst quite correctly described by the publisher as a "Deep Dive", this is a book that C# developers with 6-18 months plus experiance ought to read. Certainly any serious Microsoft programming shop ought to have a copy. Even our experianced VB.NET bretheren will benefit from reading this book. When I started programming 31 years ago I went through IBM 360 Orientation ...
TechEd 2011 got us talking about the next Visual Studio version called vNext. The update adds multiple small and subtle performance improvements as well as major new ALM tools. These tools focus on helping developers work in the so called Virtuous Cycle, which consists of development and operation in a continuous loop. The major tools concentrate on requirements gathering, agile planning, stakeholder feedback, test coverage analysis and much much more. You can see the full session by Cameron Skinner ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 4 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-3 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Structural Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Let’s look at a list of the Strutural Patterns as defined by the GoF. Adapter Pattern – is used to match interfaces of different classes Bridge Pattern – is used to separate an object’s interface from its implementation Composite ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 3 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-2 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Creational Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Let’s look at a list of the Creational Patterns as defined by the GoF. Abstract Factory Pattern – creates an instance of several families of classes Factory Method Pattern – creates an instance of several derived classes Builder ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 1 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) This series of shorts is targeted at those .NET developers who glaze over at when people start talking patterns. I’ve noticed this before, but it wasn’t until I had a few discussions with people from the local user group that I realized there was a need. First we answer why should a .NET developer need to be aware of patterns? After this series is conmplete this blog will have ...
I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ...
At http://radar.oreilly.com/20... there is an excellent discussion on whether Software Development has become too process orientated. Whilst not as ground-breaking as Fred Brooks "Mythical Man-Month", the article is thought proking and provoked a lot of useful discussion. For example: I have to agree that process in excess is stifling. "Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler" is the solution to most of our programming problems. What works best, depends ...
Been a busy week for me, wish it was full of XNA stuff and that is why I’m busy (and that the notes are late…again) but not the case. I’m just going to have to figure out a better way of integrating the XNA Notes into some of the stuff going on lately or maybe change my life situation so these things aren’t going on. I’m working on figuring it out both ways. But you don’t come here to read about my personal stuff, you come to see what the XNA community has been up to! So without further ado, here’s ...
Its been a while since I blogged. Its been hard balancing blogging time, work and many other activities. Most my days and even evenings have been cluttered with a number of tasks ranging from mundial to critical. There is some which have been most interesting include very nice lessons I took from from some of the people I respect in the industry. I will try and highlight some of the things I did in below. 1) The DataObjects.NET contribution programme. From February this year I quickly responded to ...
The worst part about web application development is the phase in the unit testing where we developers swear we've fixed something, but still when we test the change, the fix isn't there. After awhile, we remember to clear the browser cache and we discover the fix worked! In some cases, we really haven't fixed what we thought we fixed--and in other cases, we haven't really cleared the cache. I was working in FireFox recently and realized I hadn't really cleared the cache when I added a new button ...
This book is an excellent introduction to WCF on Dot Net 4. I thouroughly recommend it to all Dot Teams and individual developers who work or may work with WCF 4. The book will take several readings in order to get the greatest benefit from the wealth of practical information contained therein. You should be prepared to spend time working through the sample code for the book available from the Apress Site at http://www.apress.com/97814... There are two downsides to the book, which I would hope ...
He who fails to plan, plans to fail. – unknown In many ways, one of the most dreaded tasks of every iteration is the Sprint Planning Meeting. This meeting is a very important meeting, but many, many things can go wrong and make this meeting a very long and very painful experience. However, this meeting is critical to the success of the team. If the team doesn’t know what they’re doing at the beginning of the iteration, how can they commit to getting the work done? To hopefully help ease the pain ...
At http://oreilly.com/store/dd... O Reilly are offering a number of titles in celebration of TechEd Of the lists, ones that I have read and can recommend are: CLR via C#, Third Edition - http://oreilly.com/catalog/... - An excellent book that all C# developers should read once they have a year to two years experiance of Dot Net. Programming Windows Identity Foundation - http://oreilly.com/catalog/... - a specialist ASP.NET book useful if you are looking for a replacement ...
A jQuery Plugin for adding IE9 features (site pinning, site mode, etc.) to your websites. Several new features of Internet Explorer 9 are designed to enhance the browsing experience of consumers by enabling sites that leverage certain features to behave like applications on the desktop when those sites are ‘pinned’ to the taskbar in Windows 7. A user pins a site by dragging the site’s tab (or favicon in the address bar) to the taskbar. For all sites, IE9 will create a default experience (called ‘site ...
This has been a fantastic week of XNA activity and news. Standing ovation the the XNA Team for the interaction they’ve been having with the community as well as the new features they’ve been rolling out for Xbox LIVE Indie Game developers. Simply outstanding and I can’t wait to see what might be coming next. It’s also been a fun week to watch people’s Dream Build Play projects inch ever closer to completion. With the submission deadline coming up in June this is the crunch time for many developers. ...
I will be speaking at the Carolina Code Camp this weekend http://codecamp.developersg... There will be 45 sessions by 30 different speakers spread over 9 tracks. It should be a good time. The biggest problem for anyone attending is deciding which sessions to go to. With 9 tracks there will be many great sessions going on at the same time. From a presenter perspective, that ups the ante. I am very much aware that when I am speaking there are 8 other folks that you could be hearing instead. ...
I’ve had great first quarter working with AgileThought in the Tampa, FL office. Are you still moving in the direction you set out on or have your plans shifted? If there is a change, are you still in the right place to do so? Those were the questions I asked myself, before I began my transition. I’ve spend considerable amount of time thinking of where I am taking my career [different story for a different post] and decided to continue my story at AgileThought. I’ve met with the senior leadership ...
Hey guys, I'm new here and nice to meet my fellow GeeksWithBlogs bloggers here. This is the first time I really spent my time looking for a blog community for the developers and IT professionals. I usually blog at my own site but I have not have that much of tine to maintain it. so I have chosen to look around and to lighten my burden a little bit. I've been looking around for quit a while before I decided to try my luck with GeeksWithBlogs (GWB). I know it doesn't give out account just for any applicant ...
When: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 1:30 - 4:30 PM Where: Microsoft Dallas Office - 7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike), Dallas, TX 75039 A free, unbiased look at the current and future development with .NET. Brought to you by Microsoft, CODE Training & EPS Software, this free afternoon event presents an unbiased look at the current and future development with .NET. Join MVP and RD Markus Egger, for an afternoon of free and independent information about current Microsoft development technologies! What ...
This past week the company I work for re-launched our external facing internet site, all powered by SharePoint 2010. I already blogged about it, but have you ever wondered, what does it take to build a great looking site? There are 3 basic levels of Branding in SharePoint 2010: Low Effort Remember the themes in SharePoint 2007? well its incredibly easy to build them in SharePoint 2010.The best examples out there are the ones that use Power Point 2010 to produce color schemes and styles and apply ...
In this Issue: Pete Brown, Victor Gaudioso, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, John Papa, David Anson, Mike Taulty(-2-), Lazar Nikolov, Alex Knight, Deborah Kurata, and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Simulating rain in Silverlight Part 2 - Optimization" Lazar Nikolov WP7: "Creating a Windows Phone 7 Trial Application: Implementation and Best Practices" WindowsPhoneGeek Lightswitch: "LightSwitch: 10 Times As Many Silverlight Developers As Today" Michael Washington ...
Hi there, After the successful launch of the new website for Tellago, today we announce the new series of webinar’s called the Tellago Technology Updates. Today in the fast growing IT Industry it is very difficult to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest Technologies out there in the market. Doesn’t matter if you are a Developer or an Architect or CTO for a company but you are every now and then challenged to evaluate new technologies and implement them. Understanding that challenge, we at ...
I posted a little while ago about how, with XNA and VB becoming a supported scenario, I was starting down the road to learning VB. Just a brief update on that. If you ever need to learn another language, having practical tasks is a huge benefit. Something I’ve been making use of is Project Euler. Writing the solutions in different ways to intentionally make use of certain syntax features has helped me both internalize them and understand them. As a by-product, I managed to hack together a VB Windows ...
RedGate SQL Source Control is a Management Studio add-in that allows you to seamlessly (hopefully...) connect your existing source control system to SQL Server. It is advertised as doing all the typical stuff you'd expect: Source control schemas and data within SSMS Connect databases to TFS, SVN, Sourcegear Vault, Vault Pro, Mercurial, Perforce, Git, Bazaar, and any source control system with a capable command line Work with shared development databases, or individual copies Track changes to follow ...
Tomorrow (Wednesday 4th May 2011) I’m lab proctoring at the first of the Windows Azure Bootcamps taking place over the next month. Steve has created these Bootcamps to enable developers to get hands on experience of much of the Windows Azure Platform in a half day. If you are a follower of this blog then you are likely working for a UK ISV. If you also happen to be attending on the 4th then please say hi when you see me. Hopefully you are attending one of the labs (there is still spaces) but if you ...

Whilst Dot Net has largely shielded us from 32-bit v 64-bit issues, it is good to read an article like the one on Code Project about "A Collection of Examples of 64-bit Errors in Real Programs"

Have a read of it at http://www.codeproject.com/KB/cpp/Examples-64-bit-Errors.aspx, you will appreciate what Microsoft have done for us application developers with Dot Net.

As Harry Hill might say, "I like Visual Studio. And I like Eclipse. But which one is better? Only one way to find out…" For a lot of people a lot of the time, the question is irrelevant. If you are doing Java development, you are going to pick Eclipse, and for .NET development you are going to pick Visual Studio. But both IDEs are extensible, and have communities providing extensions for other languages, so if you are using another language it might not be so clear cut. And if you are a language ...
This week has been an interesting one. Lots of ups and downs in the XNA Community and lots of things that we’re not sure yet if it’s an up or down. One of the biggest changes that happened was that the Top Downloads list on Xbox.com and on the Xbox dashboard is now calculated differently for Xbox LIVE Indie Games. It’s still not clear what impact this is going to have (although I know it feels pretty clear to some of you in the community!) but this lead to some interesting things. One, we got to ...
Do you have the next million dollar idea that you just can’t find the time to finish? Do you already have an app for Android and iPhone that you want to expand into new markets? It’s time to turn your napkin sketches and leverage your hard work into real, sellable apps for Windows Phone in ONE WEEK! Join us for a special Windows Phone event you don’t want to miss - Windows Phone Accelerator! In this week long developer retreat, we will have experts on hand to help you build, test, pitch, and deploy ...
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 ...
After several months of research, review and revision, a white paper I wrote for the SQL Azure team, “NoSQL and the Windows Azure Platform”, has been published by Microsoft. If you go to http://www.microsoft.com/wi... and do a find within the page for “NoSQL” you’ll see a link for it. If you’d rather download the PDF directly, you can do so by clicking here. The 25-page (not including cover and TOC) paper provides an introduction to NoSQL database technology, and its major subcategories, ...
This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
Web developers who would like to use CSS3 intellisense in Visual Studio 2010 can download this for free as an add-on form this website. Make sure you close VS before running the installer. The file should be automatically installed to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\Packages\1033\... . Open up VS again and open a CSS file. You should be able to pick CSS3 from the style sheet toolbar. If not you should run the following registry script (don't forget to close VS before ...
In this all submittal Issue: Manas Patnaik, Walter Ferrari, Kevin Hoffman, Joost van Schaik, Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-), Dave Davis, Tony Champion, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler, Colin Eberhardt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Safe event detachment ‘pattern’ for behaviors" Joost van Schaik WP7: "A Fast Loading Windows Phone 7 NavigationList Control" Colin Eberhardt From SilverlightCream.com: Implicit DataTemplates in Silverlight 5, With practical case study Manas Patnaik's latest post is a Silverlight ...
Ajax enabled data centric applications are getting popular day by day in web development space. While these type of web applications provide rich user experience, building a robust and powerful application quickly is a great challenge for developers. Fortunately Microsoft has started providing great frameworks, plug-ins and APIs to facilitate this process. Last week Microsoft announced a new version of java-script API “datajs”, which is intended to help web developers to build data centric AJAX applications ...
HTML5 introduces markup-level functionality for rich graphics, animation and web multimedia. It also supports a richer web application functionality and extends the client capabilities with local storage. Many pundits see it as the next generation web - web 3.0 if you like - and an open standard replacement for propriety plug-ins, Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash. But, for all its new features, HTML5 is still only the end product. This article looks at HTML5 from the web programmer's point of ...
MIX 11 happened this past week and I’m still trying to find and catch up on all the announcements changes that came from that. It looks like we can now use XNA on the web via Silverlight (and am I reading that we can do 3d?). We can now use Silverlight in our XNA projects with Windows Phone 7 (yay for having an easy way to make UI’s in XNA now!). And I’m still searching around to see if there were any other big news. The Silverlight + XNA news is pretty big because that opens up a lot of new game ...
I realized that I’ve given several people recommendations on how to deal with resuming a game from tombstoning on Windows Phone 7 over Twitter in the past month or so. So I figured I would write up my thoughts on it. There is no perfect and objectively correct solution. But there are certain common sense things that I believe will help make every gamer’s experience great. First: Read these: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... and http://create.msdn.com/en-U... ...
Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework Sample Browser v3 was released today, targeting to provide a much better code sample download and management experience for developers. Install: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... (a tiny ClickOnce install) Background of Sample Browser v3 Last month, we reached the milestone of releasing Sample Browser v2, whose features focus on providing better experience for browsing and searching around 600 code samples of Microsoft All-In-One Code ...
Since my blog is mainly about Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone 7, I decided that I’d make a recap of today’s MIX 11 Event for those of you who missed it. I only included things that I thought were big enough to mention to not waste any time. Of course, you can check out the keynote yourself by visiting the MIX Site. MIX11 Day 2 – Windows Phone 7 – “Mango” update coming shortly. Microsoft showed a fan-made video that if enough people like it Microsoft will make it a Television commercial. They are ...
I am very excited to help share this news with you today! I feel as excited today as I was when Windows Phone 7 developer story was revealed at MIX10 last year. I see so many more application scenarios with the new tools and features in Windows Phone 7. There has been a few announcements made at MIX11 – let me recap some of what I find important. There was not a disclosure or showing of any new end-user features. There is a commitment to delivering the next update later this year as a free updates ...
No we are not dead - the SharpBox project is alive. We prepared so many things for you driven by the community in SharpBox 1.1 that we need your help. Just a brief overview about what's currently in the trunk: Support for generic WebDav storage provider Changed WebRequest subsystem to ensure that we up and download directly into the network streams Combined everything into one assembly to make your life easier Brand new storage provider API to make it easier for storage provider developer Reference ...