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In this Issue: Oren Gal, Oscar Agreda(-2-), Michael Washington, Mike Gold, John Papa, Paul Sheriff, Jesse Liberty(-2-), András Velvárt, and Derik Whittaker. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "here is a Complete Silverlight Business Application using MVVM" Oscar Agreda WP7: "SurfCube on Mango Part 2– The SystemTray" András Velvárt LightSwitch: "WCF RIA Service: Combining Two Tables" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Michael Crump's articles on OData at Silverlight show have been pulled into an eBook: My eBook ...
Recently I was working on a project where I needed to implement mapping functionality - I am not new to mapping technology, as a matter fact, a few years back I created my own Winform mapping control which interfaced with yahoo and ArcGIS maps which works great in some of my apps, however, I was looking for something more and didn’t want to re-invent the wheel – so to speak. I stumbled upon GMap.NET and as one user put it, “Absolutely fantastic piece of work”. The only thing lacking is proper documentation. ...
In this Issue: XamlNinja(-2-), Ollie Riches(-2-), Michael Washington, Bart Czernicki, Chris Craft, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jasim Schluter, Pete Vickers, Samuel Jack, and Mike Ormond. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating Inner Shadow Effects for WPF and Silverlight" Samuel Jack WP7: "WP7Contrib: Transient caching with In Memory Cache Provider" Ollie Riches LightSwitch: "Using OLAP for LightSwitchUsing OLAP for LightSwitch" Michael Washington Shoutouts: The folks at SilverlightShow have ...
Today's $10 deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro WPF in C# 2010 "This book shows you how Windows Presentation Foundation really works. It provides you with the no-nonsense, practical advice that you need in order to build high-quality WPF applications quickly and easily. " ...
Continuing my “From Soup to Nuts” series or sometimes referred to as “The Busy Developers Guide” series, I will take a look at the Surface 2.0 SDK recently released by Microsoft. Before you read ahead, here are the other articles in this series: The Busy Developers Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta. The Busy Developers Guide to Mango. What is it? With the Microsoft® Surface® 2.0 SDK, you can easily create applications to take advantage of the next generation Surface computing device or any Windows touch-enables ...
In this Issue: Gill Cleeren, Adam Kinney, Peter Torr, John Garland, Kunal Chowdhury, Telerik, WindowsPhoneGeek, Xianzhong Zhu, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Michael Washington. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Showing the Onscreen Keyboard in Silverlight OOB Applications" John Garland WP7: "Check if your WP7 app is a Bing Instant Answer" Adam Kinney LightSwitch: "The Visual Studio LightSwitch Economy" Michael Washington Shoutouts: Pete Brown announced a sweet deal on his next book: My Next Book: Silverlight ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for July 11 - 17, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Tutorials You Must Read Screencast: Modular WPF with MEF & MVVM Tutorial Part 1 The Windows Phone 7 Exam 70-599 is now available Consumerization of IT and Silverlight Line of Business Only on SilverlightShow: Brand New Windows Phone 7 eBook by the 4-time Silverlight MVP András Velvárt Visit and bookmark ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro WPF in VB 2010 Windows Presentation Foundation in .NET 4 "This book shows you how Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) really works—it provides you with the no-nonsense, practical advice that you need in order to build high-quality WPF applications quickly and easily." ...
Giovanni Bassi published the original NuGet package for LINQ to Twitter (L2T), which I'm appreciative of. Since then, I have yet to do a release myself, but that is changing now. The current version of LINQ to Twitter is stable enough for a release, so the time is right. I think there are a few aspects of a LINQ to Twitter NuGet package that aren't as simple as point at a project and your done, so I'll document my process here in case anyone else is interested. Getting Started I had played around ...
I really dig video games. It is the reason why I love working with technology. I don’t play games like I used to, but I try and keep up by reading the latest news on the web and by watching Review on the Run. The other day, my video game hobby crossed paths with my professional life with a review on Reviews on the Run where two of the reviewers, Jose Sanchez and Ben Silverman, did a review on a web game that I reference in my recent HTML5 presentations: The World’s Biggest Pacman. I was really excited ...
Introduction The official Kinect SDK has been out for a while now and I haven’t seen many people actually doing “how-to” post to get others started developing for it. I decided that I would help kick-start the movement by creating a series called, “Kinecting the Dots”. This is going to be a series of blog posts covering questions or concerns that I’ve seen in the community. I am planning on answering questions so if you have one that you want answered then please contact me by using the form above. ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for June 20 - 26, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Metro UI for RadControls for Silverlight and WPF Nokia's first Windows Phone: images and video, codenamed 'Sea Ray' List of standard icons for Windows Phone 7 (WP7) Is Adobe’s new HTML5 Edge tool Expression Blends replacement? The Ultimate Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Preview Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for June 13 - 19, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Panorama "Windows 8" template for Silverlight Premature cries of Silverlight / WPF skill loss. Windows 8 supports all programming models HTML 5 & Silverlight 5 10 Silverlight 5 Demos Recording of recent SilverlightShow webinar 'Blend for Silverlight Developers' now available online Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay ...
I’ve been playing with the Kinect SDK Beta for the past few days and have noticed a few projects on CodePlex worth checking out. I decided to blog about them to help spread awareness. If you want to learn more about Kinect SDK then you check out my”Busy Developer’s Guide to the Kinect SDK Beta”. Let’s get started: KinectContrib is a set of VS2010 Templates that will help you get started building a Kinect project very quickly. Once you have it installed you will have the option to select the following ...
I’m starting to see a whole bunch of tweets and blog posts on how Silverlight/WPF is dead, or how the XAML team has been disbanded at Microsoft, or how someone predicted Silverlight would die, blah blah blah. They all have a similar ring to it though: “Told ya so!” “They were stupid ideas anyway!” “Serves Microsoft right, boy are they dumb!” Let me tell you something, all those that are gleefully raving about Silverlight/WPF’s demise are nothing more than death trolls. Let’s assume that everything ...
The Kinect is awesome. From day one, I’ve said this thing has got potential. After playing with several open-source Kinect projects, I am please to announce that Microsoft has released the official SDK beta on 6/16/2011. I’ve created this quick start guide to get you up to speed in no time flat. Let’s begin: What is it? The Kinect for Windows SDK beta is a starter kit for applications developers that includes APIs, sample code, and drivers. This SDK enables the academic research and enthusiast communities ...
I have seen the rx demos by Bart De Smet and was blown away by the potential that I think they hold – however I just haven’t had time up till now to have a look at them in any depth. Today I finally set some time aside and got a 10 000 foot view of them. So my plan is for the next few days to develop an application in WPF that makes use of reactive extensions as a dummy project… Today I just wanted to get the basics working, and after going through an very good lab on rx was able to get a very basic ...
Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for SilverlightShow Top 5 News for June 6-12, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for last week: Why Silverlight/WPF developers are reaping the fruit of their bad choices Silverlight isn’t dead, it’s the heart of Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Xbox New iOS 5 features compared to Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone Silverlight, HTML5 & Windows 8 : Where we are heading to? New SilverlightShow - Summary of Features and Improvements ...
Preamble Microsoft’s first introduction of upcoming Windows 8 spurred lots of discussions among developers. The most noticeable part of the demonstrations at D9 conference and Computex show, as well as on YouTube, is, of course, the new touch-centric UI. So why is it controversial among developers? Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s press release: Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities ...
In this Issue: Rudi Grobler, Roy Dallal, Chris Rouw, Sean Nolan, Peter Kuhn, WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), Jesse Liberty(-2-), Mike Taulty, Paul Sheriff, Xpert360, and Vikram Pendse. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Storing Files in SQL Server using WCF RIA Services and Silverlight – Part 1" Chris Rouw WP7: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 12 - Mango (1)" Peter Kuhn From SilverlightCream.com: Slide-out keyboard support on Windows Phone Rudi Grobler has a quick post up discussing the slide-out keyboard ...
Workflow 4 State Machine – Distributed Tracking Visualization · Disclaimer: This post requires an understanding of WF 4.0.1 , WCF and WPF. · Before I explain the how, look at the following image for the what: I am debugging a REMOTE workflow STATEMACHINE instance, and from tracking information sent from server, I am able to highlight the current state in my client! Visual Workflow Tracking Sample – a Big Ball of Mud · Workflow 4 provides the System.Activities.Presentat... class which ...
I am definitely on the fence on this one. I love the look and experience of Windows 8 in the video, but I am worried about all the talk about HTML 5 and not hearing anything about the WPF/Silverlight/XNA story. We have seen Microsoft pick these tools for XBox and WP7, but now will they have a cohesive story that will sell tablets and also sell App builders. The winner this battle with have to have the Apps so I can see why HTML5 is compelling, but it also does not drive loyalty and leads into one ...
Fixed now though ...
Overview of the “AdventureWorksDesignPatterns” Project (I’ll be posting on this series here. It will be based on the presentations I’m creating for the PhillyNJ.NET user group a subgroup of PhillyDotNet) This is the start of a long series on “applied design patterns”. The intent to demonstrate design patterns in real code. I am not endorsing or “pushing” any specific methodologies. But I will be stressing various points of views many of which are part of various methodologies you may have heard of. ...
Looks like bloggers figured out I'd post the submittals first, because today I got hammered with posts. In this 2nd in a row Submittal-only Issue: Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-, -4-, -5-), René Schulte, Alex van Beek, Kunal Chowdhury(-2-), Rudi Grobler. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5 Multiple Window Support" Kunal Chowdhury WP7: "Augmented Mango - SLARToolkit for Windows Phone" René Schulte WP7: "Windows Phone Mango–What’s New? (“New Sensors & Tooling Enhancements” - Part 3 of 8)" Alex Golesh ...
“Design Patterns 100? is a prerequisite for .NET Developers. (Part 5 – Excerpts from July 2010 – PhillyNJ.NET Presentation) Continuing our discussion from Part-4 we ask. What are the “Gang of Four” (GoF) Behavioral Patterns and where can we find them in the .NET Framework? Chain of Responsibility Pattern – A way of passing a request between a chain of objects Command Pattern – Encapsulate a command request as an object Interpreter Pattern – A way to include language elements in a program Iterator ...
“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 ...
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 ...
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from Apress at http://www.apress.com is Practical WPF Charts and Graphics "Whether you are an engineer, a quantitative analyst, a teacher, or a student, you will end up dealing with charting applications to some degree, and Practical WPF Charts and Graphics will help you in this endeavor." http://www.apress.com/97814... ...
A couple of days ago I had the wonderful surprise to find a mention (and a link!) to MVVM Light on USAToday.com. The article talks about the new USA Today app available for Windows Phone 7. MVVM Light is mentioned as well as JSON.NET just after the high quality of the development tools is mentioned: “That same high bar for tools extends into the community as well. MVVM Light and JSON.Net were extremely useful moving past mundane tasks and instead getting to the business of building our app.” – Tim ...
In this Issue: Chris Rouw, Kevin Dockx(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Telerik Phone Team, Mike Taulty(-2-), Pete Brown, and András Velvárt. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Locking and Unlocking controls in a Silverlight LOB Application" Chris Rouw WP7: "WP7 ToDo Lists App Built with RadControls" Telerik Phone Team Just too cool not to list: "Kinect + Bing Maps–the gestures" András Velvárt Shoutouts: The SilverlightShow folks sent me their top 5 from last week: SilverlightShow ...
Introduction I don’t do web programming… I have been programming client applications for years and consider myself a WPF/Silverlight developer. The web thing always seemed a bit scary in its stateless environment with limited functionality and cross browser headaches. That was until recently when apparently HTML5 was going to kill Silverlight and I eventually decided that I would need to get educated and up to date. Since that decision I have re-accustomed myself with HTML, CSS & JavaScript. ...
There was already a version of MVVM Light on Nuget before. However the old version did not support Windows Phone 7. This is now corrected. Also the new version now adds a ViewModelLocator to your project and includes it in App.xaml. What is NuGet? NuGet is a mechanism allowing to add packages (assemblies, source code…) to an existing project. All versions of MVVM Light are supported (WPF3.5, WPF4, Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4, Windows Phone 7). In order to install NuGet and learn more about this ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Kunal Chowdhury, Peter Kuhn, David Anson, Rob Tiffany, Paul Sheriff, Jesse Liberty, Jeremy Likness, Mike Taulty(-2-), and Andrea Boschin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Performance Optimization of Silverlight Applications using Visual Studio 2010 SP1" Jeremy Likness WP7: "The Reactive Snake for Windows Phone 7" Andrea Boschin From SilverlightCream.com: Step-by-Step Using ImplicitDataType in Silverlight 5 Beta Kunal Chowdhury has a good tutorial up on Silverlight 5 Beta's ImplicitDataType ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Roy Dallal, Colin Eberhardt, Deborah Kurata, David Anson, Mike Taulty(-2-), Jesse Liberty, and Jeremy Likness. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "The BestFitPanel collection of layout containers provides flexible, easy-to-use options for Silverlight, WPF, and Windows Phone applications" David Anson WP7: "Metro In Motion Part #4 – Tilt Effect" Colin Eberhardt Shoutouts: John Papa has a 3rd part up on his blog conversion to Orchard CMS: Walking Through the Orchard Part 3 - ...
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 ...
Telerik has released two new tools, still in beta, for download, JustTrace and JustDecompile. JustTrace Profiler Types Live Data Attach to Running Process Visual Studio Integration Profiling Child Processes Profiling Performance RadControls in Action JustDecompile Fast Code Navigation Side-by-Side Assemblies Easy Assembly Management Rich, WPF UI Universal Find Usages Decompiled Code Quality Download JustTrace and JustDecompile Betas JustTrace Official Feedback Forum JustDecompile Official Feedback ...
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 ...

You may be wondering which is the best way to hookup a DependencyProperty's Callback event handler to handle Value Changed events.  The two methods to consider are:

Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com/adding-valuechanged-events-to-dependency-objects-in-wpf/

At one point or another I'm sure we've all been confused as to why our binding won't work.  Here's a couple things to keep in mind:

Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com/my-wpf-binding-wont-work-wtf/

So if you are trying to set focus to a WPF element, but are unable to.  Here is a quick checklist to go through:

Read more at http://blog.danskingdom.com/setting-focus-to-an-element-in-wpf/

Check out the Top Five most popular news at SilverlightShow for April 4 - 10, 2011. Here are the top 5 news on SilverlightShow for week before last: Silverlight 5 Beta Here, HTML 5, Sterling Feedback and More HTML vs. Silverlight vs. WPF Silverlight 5 beta to debut at MIX and a few Windows Phone numbers that matter 'Do you twig?' Silverlight App – Full source code available Performance tips for RIA Service with Silverlight 4 Visit and bookmark SilverlightShow. Stay in the 'Light ...
As I discussed in my last post, we created a TimeSpinner control based on the Extended WPF Toolkit’s ButtonSpinner. Now, the toolkit has a DateTimeUpDown control that will display a date or time and allow the user to click the spinners for each time part, but I needed a little more. I needed the raw text to be editable and I wanted the spinners to just modify the minutes portion. I also wanted to have special parsing based on the number of characters entered. 4 chars:Parse as military time. 3 chars: ...
I'm just starting to explore SIlverlight 5 and am going through the new features trying to decide what to look at first! Silverlight 5 is boasting a really nice feature that is familiar to people who develop Dynamic Data, WPF, and Prism-based Silverlight applications - typed DataTemplates. This feature will allow you to specify the DataTemplate used to display data based on its type. The classic example is the display a collection of Person objects where the actual objects are of various types deriving ...
Photo by Vilseskogen “Anazasi pottery objects” under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License The term “going native” can be a terribly derogatory phrase, connoting the prejudiced outlook of colonists toward the peoples on whom they’ve imposed themselves. But it can also be playful or empathetic, summoning images of intrepid travelers who get out of their hotels and try to meet people in the countries they visit, and maybe even eat their local delicacies and learn a few words ...
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 ...
Our software will automatically generate pick up and drop off times based on distance of trip, how many other people are on the bus, how long it takes to drop them off, etc. We display these times in our custom TimeSpinner control based on WPF Extended Toolkit’s button spinner. Since the computer is generating the time, they are often not human-friendly. 6:00 AM is a lot easier to remember than 6:03 AM. So we give the users the option to modify these times. Using the spinners, they can adjust the ...
This post is from a very good friend of mine, Billy Hollis. He’s got some interesting food for thought and I think you’ll enjoy his perspective! For over 15 years now, our industry has been struggling with a crucial tradeoff. We can get broad reach via standards, or we can get the best possible user experience with applications that take advantage of particular devices or platforms. It's a stereotype that people in software development tend to be code and technology centric and not user centric. ...
Sometimes it handy to force the user’s attention to a specific screen. We can do this with a dialog, but sometimes the user doesn’t know that window is on top. To draw the user’s eye to the window, I like to place a backdrop between the rest of the application and the dialog window. I use the following code to make that happen. 1: public bool? ShowDialogWithBackdrop(Window win) 2: { 3: //create backgroup 4: Window backgroundWindow = new Window(); 5: backgroundWindow.Top = 0; 6: backgroundWindow.Left ...