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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. September 2011 Entries
Enabling Frame Rate Counters for HTML Applications in Windows 8
Introduction Just the other day I blogged about “Enabling Frame Rate Counter for XAML Applications in Windows 8”. At the very end of that post, I reminded everyone that that method does not work for HTML / JS Metro Applications. But, we are in luck as Mathias Jourdain provided sample code for accomplishing this in HTML / JS in his Build talk. The only problem was that he didn’t describe how to hook this into a new application to actually use. That is going to be the focus of today’s blog post. Let’s ......

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:04 AM

Killer Build Interviews and XAML Sessions.
I have been watching the influencer interviews with Richard Campbell as well as the Build Sessions recently published on Channel 9. Like most of you, I am trying to learn as much as I can about this new platform in the shortest amount of time. That is why I’m going to share my list of Killer Build Interviews and XAML Sessions. Note: Click on the image thumbnail to watch the video. First up, Interviews. Working at Telerik means that you get big influencers and great hosts at events like Build. I have ......

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2011 12:20 PM

Enabling Frame Rate Counters for XAML Applications in Windows 8
Introduction One of the things that we all look at before we ship software is the performance of our apps. Last November, I posted a quick and easy way to do it in Silverlight. Today, I am going to walk you through doing it in Windows 8 for your Metro XAML applications. After the Build event was over, I was interested in learning how to do this for my Windows 8 Metro Apps. I started watching videos from the Build RSS Feed and noticed this one from Tim Heuer that did just that. Let’s get started Click/Touch ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:08 AM

My guest-blog post on Silverlight 5 for the MVP Award Program Blog
Introduction I’m sure by now you have heard that the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate has been released. I recently had a chance to Guest Blog for the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog on “Getting Started with the Silverlight 5 Release Candidate”. Now before we get started learning about it, let’s look at a few new features: What is new in the Silverlight 5? Multiple Window Support - Trusted app can create additional Windows. Ancestor RelativeSource Binding – Enables a DataTemplate to bind to a property ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 20, 2011 3:00 PM

Download all the Build Videos with RSS
Introduction The conference sessions are starting to appear on the Channel 9 RSS feeds right now. If you are like me then you probably want to download all of them and watch them later. Here is the method that I use to grab all the videos and thought that it would help others. Note: You can use either Juice or PowerShell (which is located at the bottom of this post). Let’s do this with Juice Navigate over to and select the option to Subscribe to this ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2011 2:48 PM

From Soup to Nuts: Using VirtualBox with Windows 8 Developer Preview
I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2:24 PM

Bullet Points from Build–Day 1 and my thoughts
I usually do a bullet points from major conference events like this one from Mix11. The purpose of this post is to get you up to speed quickly with news and links you may enjoy. Build – Day 1 Keynote Windows 8 takes about half the amount of RAM to run compared to Windows 7. Windows 7 usage by consumers is now greater than Windows XP. Like the Metro Interface? Well, you better as the interface is similar to the Windows Phone 7. You can unlock your touch-enabled PC by tapping certain spots on a picture. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:10 PM

I am proud to announce that I have joined Telerik.
2011 has been a very exciting year for me so far. I was awarded the Microsoft Silverlight MVP. I was renewed as the DZone MVB. I was awarded as a GeeksWithBlog Influencer. I won the CodeProject Windows Phone 7 Competition. I’ve been invited to speak about Silverlight at UserGroups as well as several major conferences such as SSWUG, CodeStock and devLINK. My first e-Book on Producing and Consuming Silverlight in an OData application was published. I’ve been asked to be a technical editor for two Silverlight ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2011 10:10 AM

Yet another Beeping P/Invoke Demo (SL5 RC)
Introduction You might have noticed that the Silverlight 5 (Release Candidate) is out. One of the new features included in the RC is the ability to call P/Invoke. In this short demo, we will write a Silverlight 5 application that uses the feature. Tools needed: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1 is required to develop a Silverlight 5 RC Application. After you have installed VS2010 SP1 or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 SP1, then you will need to download and install ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2011 6:44 AM

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

Extracting a SQL CE DB from Isolated Storage in WP7 Mango.
Introduction By now, most of you have heard that Windows Phone 7 – Mango release will support Local Databases (SQL CE) using Linq to SQL. But what you probably haven’t heard much about is how to extract the .SDF that is created in isolated storage to your local computer and view the contents. I find this extremely important for debugging application and making sure my database is setup exactly like I want it. So, that is what we are going to do today. Getting Started with a sample application: For ......

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2011 5:53 AM

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