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This past Wednesday, Beta 1 of Visual Studio LightSwitch (VSLS) was be made available to MSDN Subscribers. On Monday, it will be made available to the general public, at http://www.msdn.com/lightsw... Even in advance of Monday, that site is already making useful content available. Specifically, a Channel 9 video called “Visual Studio LightSwitch - Beyond The Basics” is well worth the viewing time. In it, Beth Massi (Program Manager on the Visual Studio Community Team) interviews Joe Binder (a Program ...
While Microsoft continues to add features to WCF with each version, they are also adding features that simplify working with WCF services as well. Historically WCF has been somewhat intimidating to the uninitiated because of the non-trivial configuration for endpoints including behaviors, bindings, and much more. For this reason, a lot of people stayed with “old school” asmx web services. With the new features of WCF 4, you can build powerful web services with *no* svc file and *no* endpoint configuration. ...
The road to learning is such an awesome thing! Yesterday, while browsing the MSDN Forums, I came across some people having frustration with SQL Server Express, Visual Web Developer 2010 and the Web Installer. The Issue After installation, if you create a New Website with VWD 2010, follow the steps below: Access the Web Site Administration Tool (Solution Explorer Toolbar) Click on Provider Configuration (Once the Web Site Admin Tool opens) Click on Select a single provider for all site management ...
I facilitated a discussion on Automating Your IT Shop at St. Louis Day of .NET. There was so much to talk about, we didn’t get to everything. Here are the notes I took while we were talking. Conversation Starter Questions What tools do you use to automate? What tools would you like to use? What tools would you like to explore (time dependent)? How do I know what to automate? Cost v. Benefit. Decision tree complexity. Rewritable process? How do I automate? What is the right amount of tech for the ...
In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Shawn Wildermuth, Gergely Orosz, Chris Koenig, Tim Heuer(-2-), Tim Greenfield, Nigel Sampson(-2-), Shawn Oster, and John Papa. Shoutouts: Telerik has announced The Telerik Eastern Canada User Group Tour is Coming... ... check out the cities and don't miss it! Erik Mork and company have my buddy Walt Ritscher on this week: Show 103: Windows Phone 7 Development Hardware with Walt Ritscher From SilverlightCream.com: WP7: Screen Considerations for Developers Anton Polimenov ...
On Tuesday August 18th, the first publicly available beta for the Microsoft Lightswitch development tool was posted on MSDN. For more information about this Silverlight application generator addition to Visual Studio 2010 visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Because it is still a beta I installed the 500mb ISO on a Windows 7 virtual pc VM which already had Visual Studio 2010. I had not spun up this VM for over 4 months so there were LOTS of updates to apply first. Although ...
[Source: http://geekswithblogs.net/E... Web.config transformation is a simple and powerful inclusion in .NET 4.0 for generating configuration files for different environments. It's a templated match-and replace, and you can put together a homegrown alternative with T4 and some scripting, but the integrated experience is better. It's limited to web.config in Visual Studio, but with a simple MSBuild target you can leverage it for any config file. The transform is based on your VS.NET solution ...
A few days (maybe even a week ago now) I had an email in my inbox asking me if I’d like to have a copy of NDepend so I could maybe write something about it on my blog. I went through 3 stages – 1st – free software?! Hell yes, I’ll have that… 2nd, actually, I have Visual Studio 2010, I have code metrics already, do I need more? 3rd – presumably there is a reason that NDepend exists, maybe I should take this opportunity to get to know why and what it’s for. So I said ‘yes’ and the next day I had NDepend ...
There goes my weekend Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010,LightSwitch ...
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 ...
For my first “real” attempt at creating a business application using Silverlight I decided to use WCF RIA Services, Silverlight 4.0, and Visual Studio.NET 2010. What easier way to get started than through a template provided by VS.NET 2010, right? Well, in its effort to make it easier it also create some headaches. Sometimes abstraction can add a learning curve as well. In this case it created some headache for me on this project. As an IT consultant for small to enterprise level business most of ...
The question came up again about how to quickly test an application or driver using Platform Builder and KITL. This article will show how this test cycle can be done quickly without building a new OS and downloading it. Of course Platform Builder is a tool for developing an operating system, so if you use its default behavior it will build an operating system. So that means that a small change to source code means building the operating system and deploying it to your device. But we will look at ...
I recently read the book “C# 4.0” How-To by Ben Watson, published by SAMS, ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33063-6. I’m a primarily VB.net developer (hey I”m a VB MVP) but these days I find myself using C# more and more. This is a practical book; seeing exactly how to code various patterns in C# was very useful. The usefulness was three fold. First, as C# is not my 1st language, sometimes I stumble a bit when trying to express some code in C#. There are many many examples of using a very wide range of classes ...
PivotViewer series Building your first PivotViewer application Runtime PivotViewer collection creation PivotViewer - Working with Facets Handling PivotViewer events PivotViewer - Custom actions PivotViewer and MVVM Intro If you haven’t had a chance to look at the new PivotViewer control for Silverlight, have a look here or here. The PivotViewer enables visitor of you website to search large amounts of data very easily. The control takes a lot work out of your hands. Basically you tell it to load ...
*Moved to: Commit to Visual Studio ALM on Area51 A few weeks ago I proposed a new community for StackExchange and it has been growing at an exponential rate. We are about half way there, but we need your help to make this community a success.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
You may have read on my recent posts about how the Visual Studio Configuration Manager again caused me problems for my BizTalk 2006 R2 project where the release/debug/deployment/de... configuration settings seem to get out of sync and it ends up causing you various problems. I got sick of this happening so I've created an MsBuild task which I can use in my build script to inspect the solution file and highlight any issues with the configuration. Basically the task will read through the file ...

Second part of this series, it combineas text and short videos... I really have fun recording some of the videos, specially the one I combined Sketchflow with Visual Studio Debugging... yeah that's Developer Rock n Roll ! :)

Click here to read the article (Sketchflow from a developer point of view 2).

In this blog and in my column, I’ve written a lot lately about new technologies from Microsoft that seek to make software development easier. Technologies like ASP.NET Web Pages, Razor and WebMatrix, Access Web Databases and Visual Studio LightSwitch. Each of these technologies, I believe, is bringing much needed accessibility to programming on the Microsoft platform. I’ve also written about Windows Phone 7 which, despite extreme skepticism in the press and analyst communities, has the potential ...
Over the past several years social media has grown from just a few sites to a booming industry. With the wealth of information and entertainment available on sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, it is easy to see where it has come from and why it has stuck. Little wonder why people, developers and companies have sought to leverage the connections found on social media outlets to further careers, sell products or just plain connect to the rest of the world. Recently, I had been asked to develop ...
I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time now. Finally, I have a moment to spare and express my thoughts. I have been programming in .NET for several years and I have never felt the shortage of excitement until now. Unfortunately, when I think about the future of .NET I see nothing on the horizon. ASP.NET MVC has been pulling me back into the .NET community but this will end some time soon. Every time I start building the application I am faced with same stuff over and over again. ...
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, ...
My solution contains a number of projects; including a contract, service, host, and unit test assemblies. I host my services in ASP.NET web sites, which I run via my dev web server (cassini), and then IIS when I deploy to my production and test environments. My start up project is the Host project, so when I press F5, my service host starts and my services become available. When I want to unit tests my WCF Services however, the service host doesn’t start. I’ve specified the Host Project to Always ...
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 ...
En el artículo anterior se definieron los conceptos de la Nube y Cloud Computing, y se repasó rápidamente la evolución de tecnologías que favorecieron el surgimiento de dicho paradigma. En el presente artículo se definirán los diferentes conceptos “*aaS” relacionados con el concepto de cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.). SaaS digamos que ya es un término hasta cierto punto conocido, pero ¿y los demás? Eso es lo que se aclarará en este artículo. Los servicios de computación en la Nube, así como ...
My latest book was just released. From Wrox – Professional Silverlight 4. This was a fun book to do as Silverlight is a great technology and will be one of the core technologies that will be used for so many applications now and in the future. Microsoft really put together something quite splendid here and you will find that this book is a good dive into the technology. The Silverlight 4 platform continues to add excitement to building rich Internet applications (RIAs), and it offers new user interface ...
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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 ...
So I am not a web developer! I have never been one but Silverlight keeps popping in my head as the next big thing on the Microsoft stack and I would hate to “miss the boat” (I am sure some C developer said that 10 years ago as well). Today I thought I would get a little wet with Silverlight & WCF. Up to now I have been working in WPF so I am not scared of XAML and am surprised to say that I actually enjoy it. I have however never worked with WCF so for me that will be the learning curve. My project ...
Many, maybe even most, Windows CE devices are single purpose devices that have an application that fills the entire screen. So of course setting the application to entirely fill the display is important. In this article we will explore setting an application to display full screen using C/C++. My plan is to create a simple application that fills the screen with white and displays two buttons, exit and explore. Those may be odd buttons for a kiosk application, but they will come in handy while working ...
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 ...
Generics are nothing new and have been part of .NET for over 5 years. Reference types and value types are core concepts in the CLR type system and these concepts have been the same since .NET was released – they are also nothing new. However, when I ask about these concepts during interviews, I often get a wide range in quality of the answers to these questions. If you get asked about these topics in an interview, be prepared to give great answers! You don’t have to give a textbook perfect memorized ...
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: Jeff Fansler, Chris Klug, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Mike Taulty, David Anson, Florent Pajani, Kunal Chowdhury, Mike Snow, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutouts: The Swiss Team Blog announced Hands-on Lab: Silverlight 4 Line of Business Application using WCF RIA Services Now updated to reflect RTM changes Dan Wahlin posted his Silverlight 4 Code Demos from the Microsoft TechReady Workshop From SilverlightCream.com: The Windows Phone 7 Application Bar Jeff Fansler has another WP7 post up and is talking ...
The final release of the Lab Management functionality in Visual Studio 2010 will be available at the end of August. Lab Management will be available for existing or new Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN and Visual Studio Test Professional 2010 with MSDN customers. This is great news. If you have the Ultimate or Test Professional with MSDN (which both include the Microsoft Test Manager which has the Lab Management client in it), you can use Visual Studio Lab Management with no extra server or ...
I had a very painful experience this week on a project. We were implementing some new features in an existing BizTalk application and the first builds on the build server were good then suddenly a number of the tests started failing with the below error in the event log. Event Type: Error Event Source: XLANG/s Event Category: None Event ID: 10030 Date: 8/4/2010 Time: 1:36:21 PM User: N/A Computer: ------------------ Description: Uncaught exception (see the 'inner exception' below) has suspended an ...
One of my colleagues pointed me at Howard Baines as a recent example of a web consultancy already using Visual Studio 2010 and Entity Framework 4.0 to build web applications. I managed to grab a little time with co-founder Clive Howard (on twitter) to talk through some of the decisions, especially as I was intrigued to learn that they started out on Open Source Software including Ruby on Rails before switching to the .NET Framework. We discuss: Why switch to the .NET Framework? Entity Framework 4.0 ...
AOP still is pretty much a pain when living according to “traditional” object orientation. You need fancy tools or you need to do some advanced code slinging. With Event-Based Components, though, introducing aspects is a piece of cake. Actual code is freed from tackling special concerns. Rather concerns become a matter of architecture. But see for yourself. The scenario for today is file processing. I want an application which indexes .TXT files. The program should crawl a directory hierarchy, extract ...
After a few years of development, Microsoft has finally announced Lightswitch. This was formally a very hush hush project code named Kitty Hawk that even the MVP’s only had very limited knowledge of. You can get more information at: http://www.microsoft.com/vi... and it will be generally available in Beta form on August 23rd. This tool is an add-on to Visual Studio 2010 that allows a power business user (or developer) to very quickly generate a data centric application then ...
At VSLive today, I had the pleasure of introducing Microsoft Corporate VP Jason Zander. And he had the pleasure of introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch. Pleasure is a theme here, because the product, to me at least, looks great. LightSwitch is a .NET based environment, hosted in Visual Studio, that allows developers to build business apps. Quickly. It harkens back, with pride, to tools of old, like VB6 and FoxPro, that made data, and data maintenance UIs, first class citizens. These tools also treated ...
Today at VSLive! we announced Visual Studio LightSwitch (link not quite up yet). LightSwitch is intended to be the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud. It provides the tools to rapidly develop professional applications from pre-built templates in a simplified development experience. It is intended to be used by professional developers. Top level features: Applications are built in Silverlight Pre-built templates Support for SQL Server, Sharepoint and SQL Azure Applications ...
[Check out other guest posts if you like this one. They are often better than mine!] One thing I miss about being the Technical Editor of the UK MSDN Flash is interacting with smart individuals to get their technical article ready for inclusion. It occurs to me that I use GuestPosts on my blog to get a similar “fix” :-) It is time for another fix :-) In this case the author is Patrick Smacchia, a very smart developer who happens to be the the lead developer for the rather amazing tool NDepend (and ...
Make sure, for today at least, you navigate to “Downloads” instead of using the quick link on the right side. Summary This document is a collection of items from public blog sites, Microsoft® internal discussion aliases (sanitized) and experiences from various Test Consultants in the Microsoft Services Labs. The idea is to provide quick reference points around various aspects of Microsoft Visual Studio® performance testing features that may not be covered in core documentation, or may not be easily ...
I have spent some time, around all 6 of the SharePoint 2010 data access technologies 1. Using SharePoint standard web services 2. SharePoint Client Object Model 3. Silverlight SharePoint Client Object Model 4. Data Services Client Model 5. OWSRV.DLL 6. SharePoint Object Model Silverlight is a client application so the data access technologies applicable are: 1. SharePoint web Services 2. Silverlight Client Object Model 3. Data Services Client Model 4. OWSSRV.DLL These 4 have many features in common ...
I started training on SharePoint 2010 about 3 months ago and I decided that I needed to blog about the ease of developing Silverlight applications with Visual Studio 2010 for SharePoint 2010. In Visual Studio 2008 the methodology would be to: 1. Create a Silverlight application 2. Create the XAP file 3. Move the XAP file into a SharePoint document library or Layouts folder 4. Put a Silverlight Web part on a SharePoint page (not OOTB) a. Link the Silverlight web part to the XAP file 5. Debug the web ...
If you haven’t seen the video demo in my last post, I suggest you watch it first to get a better understanding. So in this post we are going to see how the WCF service, the .NET Compact Framework application running on HD2 and the Silverlight application running on the Windows Phone 7 emulator work together. The Objective We are going to write three applications, a simple WCF service hosted in a windows console application which implements two functions, one called UploadAccelData() and the other ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Ezequiel Jadib, Kunal Chowdhury, Ernesto Herrera, Levente Mihály, Rob Davis, Sergey Barskiy, Jeremy Likness, Victor Gaudioso, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutout: Right on cue, Erik Mork and company posted This Week In Silverlight 7.23.2010 – Early Windows Phone 7 Reviews From SilverlightCream.com: Using The Silverlight DataGrid with View Model / MVVM Michael Washington has posted a tutorial on a pretty-much all-singing, all-dancing DataGrid (i.e. inline edits, button ...
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 ...
The past few months I've been working in objective-C since I've been doing some contract iPhone development work. I actually really like the platform. iOS is pretty fun to code for. However, it can also be incredibly frustrating--especially coming from using Visual Studio and C#. One of the things that stopped me for a while was that I noticed that my views were not being properly unloaded in a UINavigationController setup. Whenever I popped the view, I noticed that the retain count on it stayed ...