The Brain Dump

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    Custom page transitions in WP7

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    The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit provides the mechanism for creating animated page transitions in your Windows Phone 7 applications. It also provides a few standard transitions that match the look and feel of the built in apps such as pages sliding...
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    Need a little Push?

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    The Windows Phone team recently released the Windows Phone 7 Recipe for Push Notifications which is much more in-depth than my simple server helper class . While it maintains the simplicity I was after server side with actions like this to send a tile...
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    More Metro

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    Windows Phone iconography is a key part of the Metro look so the SDK provides a number of icons that match the look and feel of the built in apps on the phone. If you have the tools installed they are located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows...
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    Sweet, sweet, data

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    I forgot to post this yesterday when we saw it go live but … Windows Phone Marketplace reporting is now available ! Reporting isn't always the most exciting thing in the world, but it sure helps make it interesting if that reporting is directly related...
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    Hidden Features in Windows Phone

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    My pal Girish has a whole host of tips for Windows Phone interaction.The vast majority come down to the one thing I tell everyone when they say “How do I do X?” The answer is Press and Hold Try it! Try it everywhere! Then build it into your apps as well...
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    Get you VB on!

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    The Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools has been officially released. So if you were a Visual Basic developer who wanted to develop applications for Windows Phone 7 but didn’t have the C# skills to dive right in – no more worries. This release...
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    Free Petzold!

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    If you are interested in developing apps for Windows Phone 7 (available outside the US today, and in the US Nov 8!) then you must go and download Charles Petzold’s entire book Programming Windows Phone 7 along with the sample source code for FREE. From...
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    Windows Phone Developer Tools Are Final

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    Phone OS RTM’d now the dev kit is final. Go get it and finalize your apps! I know I am. For developers to put their apps into the marketplace, opening in early October, you will need to download this version of the tools . Any application built with a...
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    WP7 notifications

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    Windows Phone 7 provides a push notification mechanism to allow you to communicate with your application or the user even when your application is not running. The documentation describes the different headers and values you need to use in order to make...
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    And so it began…

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    Windows Phone 7 – Released To Manufacturing and of course don't forget that availability of the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools is just around the corner .
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    Visual Studio Database Guidance released

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    I’ve been doing a lot of ALM consulting over the years with many different customers and the database development pieces are often the trickiest to work out within the whole process. Over the weekend the Visual Studio ALM Rangers released the Visual Studio...
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    Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone

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    At long last some details of what Xbox Live will look like on the Windows Phone 7 – including video and a pretty good list of launch titles! Check it out at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/phone/default.htm
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    Important Updates to Live Services!

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    from the Live Services blog : Important Updates to Live Services Starting September 8th, 2009 the Live Framework CTP (services, SDK & Tools) will be unavailable. The Live Framework will be integrated into the next release of Windows Live. Stay tuned...
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    TwitterDrive rocks!

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    Once we get the kinks out of TwitterDrive , maybe we should add an RDP player on top of it so you can broadcast your desktop to everyone who wants to watch you read your email during the day. Enjoy :)
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    Feeling a bit loopy

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    A looping construct is one that is often requested in the Live Framework forum discussions regarding scripting. With the latest release you can now perform loops and iterate over collections in resource scripts. In the following example we will walk through...
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    Building a better library through blog conversations

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    In my helper library post Jamie Thompson rightly points out that the MeshObject helper doesn’t help that much in a MEWA since you primarily use the MeshApplicationService instead. So he added a few methods to extend the pattern to the MEWAs . Thx Jamie...
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    Release the hounds!

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    Up on http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/LiveFramework we have released 6 new code samples including Office add-ins and code in PHP and IronPython! You may read the announcement or go straight to the goodies .
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    I’m just async. Yes, I’m only async.

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    Some people have noticed (especially those who read the release notes ) that the new Live Framework April CTP removed all the synchronous methods from the Silverlight MEWA library. Sometimes when big changes happen, I like to cull internal email discussions...
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    Live Framework now supports the Windows Live ID Client SDK!

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    Until now. if you were building a .NET client application for Live Framework you had to ask the use for his username and password and use that to log in on his behalf. In general its bad form to need to expose the credentials to anyone except the authentication...
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    Live Framework Update!

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    As noted on the Live Framework Blog , the Live Framework team has released the April 2009 CTP update for the Live Framework.  This update includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and improved functionality. For the details on what's new, see...
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    LINQing to the Live Framework (or “CreateQuery vs Entries”)

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    There are two possible different ways to query in the Live Framework if you are using the .NET or Silverlight Toolkits. They look very similar but behave differently. Let’s say we want to find all the Mesh Objects which start with the letter ‘M’ and...
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    Moving from local LOE to local LOE

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    How Do I Ensure My Mesh Object Is Available Everywhere I Need It? Let’s say you have a scenario in which you have a regular WPF client application which is going to create and manage its own mesh objects in the local Live Operating Environment (LOE...
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    Theme change!

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    Just changed the them on the blog. Not because I like the new one, but purely because I have some posts coming up which can’t display properly. Long method signatures and fancy LINQ queries tend to get cut off and don’t fit will in a confined space. For...
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    Live fx Helper Class

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    Everyone seems to have their own Live fx helper class. I use one myself to cleanup the sample code that I build to demonstrate functionality or to reproduce reported problems. In the past in the forums I’ve just put a little caveat into discussion to...
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    Local LOE and Fiddler woe

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    Fiddler and the Live fx Resource Browser are the dynamic duo that debug my Live Framework applications. Recently I started doing some things that were specific to the local Live Operating Environment (LOE) and  Fiddler doesn’t do that by default...
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