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I was lucky enough to attend Visual Studio Live! in Orlando on November 14th-17th. There were so many great speakers and the networking was great. I met a lot of really cool people and we talked about everything .NET (from WP7, Silverlight, C#, ASP.NET WebForms, AJAX, MVC 3.. and so forth). I took a lot of notes during all the sessions and wanted to provide it to those that could not come out. If you follow me on Twitter then you have seen most of these. Most of the authors put slides/source code ...
I have to admit it. I’ve had fun the last 14 years. Starting a company, not knowing where it would take me. Hiring our first employee, that was kinda scary…Moved away from Delphi and jumped aboard the .net train, without a second of regret. Became a MVP because the company allowed me to spend a lot of time on the community. Saw my first Surface computer while attending a MVP summit in Redmond. Became one of the first 4 Surface MVP’s because the company allowed me to work with that technology extensively ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Peter Kuhn, Bill Reiss, Lee, Walt Ritscher, John Papa, Kunal Chowdhury, cherylws, Jeremy Likness, Martin Krüger(-2-), Michael Crump, and Brad Tutterow. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "I know what you downloaded last summer" Peter Kuhn WP7: "Free fonts for commercial game development" Bill Reiss Training: "A couple of more data-related Silverlight Quickstarts for you" cherylws Shoutouts: Martin Krüger has an accordian style published in Expression Gallery: New accordion ...
I didn’t go to the Microsoft’s PDC Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) this year because it was, as far as I could tell, a made-for-streaming video event. As such, I watched the keynote about 24 hours after it took place and used my Media Center PC to watch it on my plasma television. And I have to say, the keynote was worthy of the medium. Not only did the Silverlight Smooth Streaming technology deliver a fine HD image, but the content of the keynote itself, merited a big screen, and necessitated ...
In my last post, I introduced TouchToolkit – a toolkit for developing touch-enabled applications. This is the first of a multi-part post where I will explain how TouchToolkit can help simplify the development process of multi-touch applications in Silverlight or WPF 4.0. While we can use the recorded touch interactions (I will explain the recorder module in another post), its better to have a touch-enabled device (e.g. Dell XT2) or an emulator (e.g. MultiTouchVista) to test the application. First, ...
Visual Studio 2010 is the new and improved development tool for SharePoint 2010. Major improvements are that all the Project Templates for SharePoint 2010 are included out of the box. This means a better development experience with debugging, unit testing, TFS!!! and automated builds! As I was experimenting with the overall experience I noticed some funny things I thought I would blog about. 1) Visual Web Parts are the only option available as part of a template. This can be kind of confusing to ...
A couple of months ago Devnology recorded a podcast where Erik Havir from the Microsoft Surface team and myself were interviewed about all things Surface. You can listen / download it here. If you’re new to Surface, this is definitely worth a listen! Technorati Tags: surface,wpf,mvp ...
For years I’ve been a Visual C# MVP. It was always a title I was very proud of, since it meant that the work I do for the community didn’t go by unnoticed. Still, every year when renewal time came around I got more and more nervous. Would I be an MVP again this year? Today was renewal day so I was anxiously waiting for that email (or not getting it…). And just after 4 pm I got that email: congratulations, you’ve become an MVP awardee! I was very happy of course. But then I took a better look at that ...
I returned just last night from a short trip to Redmond. While I was there, I learned some news that I wanted to share, but I wasn’t permitted to. But today the news was made public: Oslo, once destined to be a full fledged-wave of Microsoft technologies that would facilitate and promote model driven-development, is dead. The Oslo name summons Shakespearean images of King Hamlet slaying his Norwegian foe. But even without such literary context, the fall of Oslo is quite dramatic And it’s important ...
So last night I started seeing the #oow10 hashtag show up on Twitter, along with comments about cloud computing, Oracle, and how horrible the HP portion of a presentation was. Turns out that OOW10 stands for Oracle Open World 2010, Oracle’s annual conference. They were live streaming the keynote and Larry Ellison was on the stage so I thought I’d check it out. First thought of the presentation was how unpolished it seemed. Keep in mind that all the tech-related keynotes I’ve seen have been at Microsoft ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Mike Talbot, Kunal Chowdhury, Nigel Sampson, Shawn Wildermuth, Andy Beaulieu, Beth Massi, Joost van Schaik, Beat Kiener(-2-), and priozersk. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Flip Control – page flipping without the performance problems " Mike Talbot WP7: "An animated swipe-enabled title control for Windows Phone 7 " Joost van Schaik Lightswitch: "Deploy and Update a LightSwitch (Beta 1) 3-tier Application" Michael Washington From SilverlightCream.com: Deploy ...
In this Issue: Tony Champion, Tim H, Roger Gullhaug, Jeremy Likness, Brad Tutterow, Derik Whittaker, Paul Patterson, Sam Judson, SilverLaw, Dave Edson, Silverlight Team, and Sergey Barskiy. I'm test-driving something new today... I'm listing 'my' pick(s) from the list of things I'm discussing in each of the various categories I've posted on... which will change daily. Today I'm highlighting a Silverlight post, a WP7 post, and a training one. I'm listing these as "Above the Fold" because they will ...
This is the first in a several part posting about T4-Toolbox. More to follow You landed here because you're interested in code generation, working faster, generating uniform code, forestalling corpal tunnel syndrome, etc. But perhaps, you need convincing it's worth the effort What's the difference between this class: public partial class Evaluation : KeyedObject { public virtual string Description { get; set; } public virtual Guid EvaluationTypeId { get; set; } public virtual decimal Bias { get; ...
I recently passed both of the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration exams (70-667 & 70-668) and I’ve been asked what I used to study for them. In order to help answer this question in the future, I put this post together. First, here are some free resources that I used: http://sharepoint.microsoft... http://technet.microsoft.co... http://channel9.msdn.com/le... ...
Technorati Tags: .NET,C#,Jon Skeet I'm really looking forward to the second edition of Jon Skeet's C# in Depth book, which should be printed in September. I took advantage of this "SkeetTweet" from yesterday: 45% off C# in Depth 2nd edition (http://manning.com/skeet2) - use coupon msa1145 at checkout. Valid until August 17th. …to pre-order the printed book, plus "Manning Early Access Program" access to PDFs of chapters from the work-in-progress, plus a PDF copy of the complete first edition, all ...
Cloud services platforms are still in their infancy considering the size of the market, but big players like Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Google have made significant investments for the future in offering cloud services in some form or the other. In this section, I will outline the offerings of some cloud services providers: Amazon Web Services Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world, and to support its daily operations, Amazon has one of the most advanced data centers in the world. Processing ...
One of the new languages floating around…. Frink ( http://futureboy.homeip.net... ) Really interesting what you can do with this language in terms of calculating “real world” things. The sample calculations section I found really interesting and quite humorous with classics like :- Movie Magic In the movie Independence Day, the alien mother ship is said to be 500 km in diameter and have a mass 1/4 that of earth's moon. If the mother ship were a sphere, what would its density be? (The volume ...
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 ...
The AllowPartiallyTrustedCaller... (affectionately referred to as APTCA from here on out), is one of the aspects of the security system that most frequently trips people up when they run into it. Lets look at a typical scenario where I might run into an issue with APTCA, and then we'll be able to understand what it is and what it does. Lets say I'm writing a class library to be used by many applications. Following the standard library design guidelines, I've strongly named my library, and ...
Today I was doing some work work and kept having to parse a log file. After a few hours of doing the same routine stuff I thought I might try and automate it using F#. It was depressingly simple to achieve… Example Extract of Text File *ERROR* : Drawing num {^BASE^2 }783, surface num 1 uses invalid real colour number 2 _warning_ : The base file has 171 DLT types, the main file has 126. _warning_ : AutoPlan error: There are no base corner units with autoplan 30 (see theme *ERROR* : Drawing num {^BASE^2 ...
My current contract is drawing to a close so I once again find myself in the unenvieable position of looking around for my next challenge (I hate interviewing). One of the positions I applied for was with a recruitment firm called Super Coders (novel concept, IT recruitment by an outfit that, on the surface anyways, seem to understand coding). Whilst having a look around their site, I came upon this article on things you must know about OO. The upshot of the article is this list of 23 topics (which ...
Despite the publication of the TUIO specification, relatively little information is available regarding some of its implementation details. One such area in which documentation seems to be lacking related to the TUIO coordinate system. Keep the following in mind when working with the TUIO coordinate system: The coordinate system for a TUIO surface has a boundary of (0,0) to (1,1). The (0, 0) origin is at the top left of the surface, and the (1, 1) point is at the lower right of the surface. The X ...
OK. I admit it. The last post I hade mentioned that we moved the XAF DSL to the Entity Framework. This has caused a lot of confusion. I meant to say that we have used the ADO.NET Entity Data Model extensions. This is the design surface that can be tailored to create Entity Framework. We leveraged the code generation within the ADO.NET Entity Data Model (EDMX) file to generate XAF/XPO classes. This allows you to visually create the entity model, set a few XAF properties and then generate the business ...
I have enjoyed my time on this project and have used it in several production projects. However, with the enhancements in Visual Studio 2010 and the Entity Framework, the DSL tool doesn’t make sense for me to support at this time. With that said, I am looking for someone who has interest to continue the project if they so desire. I have moved my attention to creating a new project at Entity Framework Extensions for XAF. We are converting the current DSL tool into the Entity Framework extensions. ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Alan Beasley and Michael Washington, Miroslav Miroslavov, Max Paulousky, Teresa and Ronald Burger, Laurent Duveau, Tim Heuer, Jeff Brand, Mike Snow, and John Papa. Shoutouts: To pay homage to the Advanced Options button in Expression Blend, Adam Kinney posted: Expression Blend Advanced Options square wallpaper SilverLaw stood his drag and drop ripple on it's head for this one: Silver Soccer - A Case Study for the Flexible Surface Effect (Silverlight 4) From SilverlightCream.com: ...
In this Issue: Matthias Shapiro, Colin Blair(-2-), Mike Snow, Marlon Grech, Victor Gaudioso. Shoutout: If you're going to be anywhere near Mission Viejo, California on June 19th, set your calendar for this Victor Gaudioso event: New Speaking Event: Microsoft Book Signing/Silverlight 4 Presentation SilverLaw has another example of his Flexible surface app up: Drag & Drop Flexible Surface - Silverlight 4 From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 4 Binding and StringFormat in XAML Matthias Shapiro ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Chris Koenig, Kunal Chowdhury, SilverLaw, Shayne Burgess, Ian T. Lackey, Alan Beasley, Marlon Grech. Shoutouts: Ozymandias has a post up that's not Silverlight necessarily, but it's pretty cool: Typeface Selection Flowchart Damian Schenkelman posted about the latest: Prism 2.2 Release available. Get it at Codeplex. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 4 OData Paging with RX Extensions Michael Washington continues with this OData and Rx post using the View Model ...
In this Issue: Phil Middlemiss, Max Paulousky, Jeff Wilcox, David Anson, René Schulte, Xianzhong Zhu, Jeff Handley, John Papa, Jeremy Likness, and Marlon Grech. Shoutouts: SilverLaw has a great demo at the Expression Gallery, and we're all going to look forward to the blog post explaining it: Flexible Surface Effect SilverLaw> has another use for the above in this text morphing Effect: Morphing Text Effect Matthias Shapiro contributed a chapter for a book on Visualization and it's available as ...
Scanning my Twitter feed almost always proves to be fruitful when looking for cool/interesting links to share. Here are a few of the highlights: I read this blog post from Justin Angel today, pretty interesting stuff: Windows Phone 7 – Unlocked ROMs Looks like there’s a lot of good stuff floating just under the surface in the latest build of the WP7 Emulator. (Courtesy of @JustinAngel) Next up is this video titled Game Design Tutorials: From Seconds to Hours of Gameplay. If you’re into Indie Game ...
The Extreme computing group has released a fairly comprehensive set of benchmarks for almost all aspects of WA. They have also provided the source code to alleviate all doubts that may surface with the MSFT logo lurking around the top right of their homepage :) (Which also resides at a cloudapp.net url). The code is simple and the tests comprehensive enough to hold as data points for customer interactions. Add to it the clean no nonsense Silverlight charts to render the benchmarks and you are set ...
Any developer should be aware of the principles of encapsulation, cross-tier isolation, and cross-functional separation of concerns. However, it seems the few take the time to consider the adage of "minimal yet complete"1 when developing the software. Consider the exposure of "business objects" to the user interface. Some common situations occur: Accessing a given element requires a compound set of calls that do not "make sense" to the User Interface. More information than absolutely required is ...
Yesterday's post about A Bad Day at Work actually had an addendum to it. There were apparently a bunch of guys on ice skates last night competing in some sport way the hell and gone over on the other side of the valley, and enough people couldn't live without seeing them that they had all major arteries heading west honked. I mean honked... the traffic guy reported the 101 had 16 miles of backup... yikes. Since I worked downtown for a number of years, my fallback is to cut across the city on surface ...
Microsoft TechEd 2010 - Day 3 @ Bangalore Sorry for my delayed post on day 3 because I had to travel from Blore to Chennai So I couldnt write for the past two days. On day 3 as usual we had lot of simultaneous tracks on various sessions. This day I choose the Your Data, Our Platform Track. It had sessions on the following 5 topics : Developing Data-tier Applications in Visual Studio 2010 - by Sanjay Nagamangalam SQL Server Query Optimization, Execution and Debugging Query Performance - by Vinod Kumar ...
Microsoft TechEd 2010 - Day 2 @ Bangalore Today is the day 2 @ Microsoft TechEd 2010. We had lot of technical sessions as usual there were many tracks going on side by side and I was attending the Web simplified track, Which comprised of the following sessions : Developing a scalable Media Application using ASP.NET MVC - This was a kind of little advanced stuff. Anyways I couldn't understand much because this was not my piece of cake and I havent worked on this before ASP.Net MVC Unplugged - This ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Hassan, David Anson, Jeff Wilcox, UK Application Development Consulting, Davide Zordan, Victor Gaudioso, Anoop Madhusudanan, Phil Middlemiss, and Laurent Bugnion. Shoutouts: Josh Smith has a good-read post up: Design-time data is still data Shawn Hargreaves reported his MIX demo released From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight MVVM: Enabling Design-Time Data in Expression Blend When Using Web Services Michael Washington has a tutorial up on MVVM and using a web service ...
Introduction Although it was possible to write extensions for Expression Blend and Expression Design, it wasn’t very easy and out of the box only one addin could be used. With Expression Blend 4 it is possible to write extensions using MEF, the Managed Extensibility Framework. Until today there’s no documentation on how to build these extensions, so look thru the code with Reflector is something you’ll have to do very often. Because Blend and Design are build using WPF searching the visual tree with ...
[UPDATED 23/3/2010 with two new links from developmentor on STEs] I just posted on the bits you need to install to explore all the features of Entity Framework 4 with the Visual Studio 2010 RC. I’ve also had a quick look (March 12th 2010) to see what new resources are out there on EF4. They appear a little thin on the ground – but there are some gems. The following all caught my attention: Julie Lerman has published 2 How-to-videos on EF4 on pluralsight.com. You need to create a free guest pass to ...
I always thought that the NUnit test runners and the test assemblies need to reference the same NUnit.Framework version. I wanted to be able to run my test assemblies with the newest GUI runner (currently 2.5.3). Ok so all I need to do is to reference both NUnit versions the newest one and the official for the current project. There is a nice article form Kent Bogart online how to reference the same assembly multiple times with different versions. The magic works by referencing one NUnit assembly ...
Surface is magic. Everyone using it seems to think that way. And I have to be honest, after working for almost 2 years with the platform I still get that special feeling the moment I turn on the unit to do some more work. The whole user experience, the rich environment of the SDK, the touch, even the look and feel of the Surface environment is so much different from the stuff I’ve been working on all my career that I am still bewildered by it. But… and this is a big but.. in the end we’re still talking ...
I ran into a situation where I was trying out WS-Discovery. you know the new WCF capability that allows you dynamically find services on your local network. Which would come in handy if say some company created software that ran on windows and hosted some services that could automatically link up with co-workers clients like windows phone and maybe even the plasma screen or microsoft surface computer? Well i ran into a little hiccup today where enabling the virtual network interface for Hyper-V on ...
In an astonishing interview, the Kop boss has confessed for the first time that Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Pepe Reina may have to be sacrificed if the Reds fail to claim the top-four place that will secure the club financially. Benitez said that: He may not be able to reject a big-money offer for any of his star performers without the consent of owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. The futures of his highly-coveted players are likely to hinge on Liverpool qualifying for ...
One student asked me if it is possible to move functiods from one page to another in the Biztalk mapper. To move functiods from one page to another in the Biztalk mapper follow these steps: Open the Biztalk map Create a new page in the map Select all links and functiods you want to move Drag the selected items over the newly create page tab Wait a few seconds until the page moves to the front Drag the selected items in the design surface of the page ...
In this Issue: Shawn Wildermuth, Beth Massi, Fredrik Normén, Deborah Kurata, Jesse Bishop, Laurent Duveau(2), David Yack, Tim Heuer, and Jeff Handley. Shoutouts: Andy Beaulieu has a beta of a new game up: Froggy Math. He's looking for comments, so have at it! For all you 3D junkies out there, Einar Ingebrigtsen announced Balder 0.8.8.0 Release is out SilverlightGirl announced New achievements and contests on Mashooo ... and check out their website... wow... how cool! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight ...
I've been working with XML for several years now but I've never been entirely sure that I fully understand all there is to know about namespaces. Of course namespaces are central to how document instances are defined by BizTalk, so I certainly had some understanding. However, it's quite easy to just "get by" without a complete understanding because of the inteli-sense and other helpful features provided by tools like Visual Studio and XML Spy. If I'd had only notepad in which to create the XSDs and ...
[I haven’t done QandAs for a long while – very remiss of me.] Anyway, I have been asked this one so many times lately that I felt a more public answer was needed. The short answer is: Mostly. Certainly it is good enough to get work done. The longer answer is below… History In the first version of Entity Framework (which came with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1), the Entity Framework Designer was… bad. I mean very bad. I mean dumbly bad. We had a decent enough runtime but the design surface just wasn’t up ...
If you’ve ever wanted to play around with a Microsoft Surface app but didn’t have the resources to get your own table. This is for you! Until recently, even the SDK was very hard to obtain without access to the device. Microsoft has expanded access and created several new resources for you to try. check it out! Surface Web site (http://www.surface.com) A new Technical Resources section to help you connect to the other available resources and support. MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com) A new Microsoft ...
[This is the second in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009).] Code generation from the Entity Data Model (EDM) has changed significantly in version 4 of the Entity Framework. The product does retain a backwardly compatible model of code generation but also now includes T4 templates for code generation. This is a fantastic addition to the Entity Framework as many developers ...
[This is the first in a series of posts on getting started with the new features in Entity Framework 4 based on the demos I did in my session at TechEd Europe in Berlin last week (Nov 2009). ] When adding an Entity Data Model to a project you are given the option to: Generate the Model from an existing database (SQL Server, Oracle etc) or Start with an Empty Model and create your conceptual model (sometimes referred to as Application Model or Domain Model) first – adding new Entities and Associations ...
When I started using SQLExpress 2005, everything works on my development machine – however when I wanted to access the database from another machine (trying to access the sqlexpress database remotely) I was not successful. I discovered the solution way back then, also through Google searches, which still yield a valid result. However, every now and then my peers would ask me this same question again. Thus I’m creating this blog so I can forward them to this page (instead of talking about it); it’ll ...
I am practicing Test Driven Development (TDD) now for some two years or so, and soon this technique of writing software felt so natural, that I hardly could imagine doing it another way or even imagine a reason why I should do so. But on the other hand, I know that not questioning something anymore and not being self-critical from time to time is a certain recipe for running into a disaster sooner or later. So I asked myself: What makes TDD such a natural way of writing software? and What are your ...