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  • Blog Post: How to Use a Picker as a Filter in your LightSwitch apps

    I’ve gotten more than a few questions over the last couple months on how to do this common pattern for filtering data based on a picker. For instance, I have a table of customers and I want to pick from a list and then pull up their details. Or say I have a list of Customers and I want to see all the...
  • Blog Post: Calling ASP.NET Web API from a LightSwitch Silverlight Client

    Before I left for a wonderful vacation camping in Lake Tahoe :) I showed you how you can use Web API with your LightSwitch middle-tier service in order to call stored procedures in your databases. I also showed you how we’ve improved database management in Visual Studio 2013 with the addition of SQL...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! Podcast: Beth Massi Builds Apps with LightSwitch in Studio 11

    Check it out, I’ve got another podcast with Richard and Carl this time talking about the new features in LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11. I always have a ton of fun talking with these guys and you can tell I’m super excited about the next version of LightSwitch. Show #769: Beth Massi Builds Apps with...
  • Blog Post: Adding Static Images and Logos to LightSwitch Applications

    NOTE: This information applies to LightSwitch Beta 1 ONLY. For V1 release (RTM) please see Adding Static Images and Text on a LightSwitch Screen We’ve had a couple questions on how you can add your own static images and logos to your LightSwitch applications so I thought I’d detail a few...
  • Blog Post: Using Microsoft Word to Create Reports For LightSwitch (or Silverlight)

    Note: This post has been updated for Beta 2 on 3/24/2011 LightSwitch has a really nice feature on data grids that allow you to export them to Excel if running as a Desktop application (out of browser). This gives you a basic way of getting data out of the system to create reports or do further...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Silverlight Tutorials from MyVBProf

    If you missed them, Visual Basic MVP Bill Burrows has been creating Visual Basic Silverlight tutorials on his site MyVBProf for a while now. Last week he released a new tutorial that is the third of a series on using WCF RIA Services. The first tutorial introduced SL4 and WCF RIA Services using an example...
  • Blog Post: Updated Samples for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate

    If you haven’t heard, Jason Zander announced today that the Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 is now available for MSDN Subscribers here . The RC will be made available to the public on Wednesday the 10th. We also just refreshed all the WPF & Silverlight Data binding, VSTO and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New Blog from the WPF & Silverlight Designer Team Just Launched!

    The WPF and Silverlight Designer team (a.k.a Cider team) launched a blog last week and they already have a TON of content! http://blogs.msdn.com/wpfsldesigner/ Wow I need to catch up!  I’m told during the months of January and February they will be adding a good bit of WPF & Silverlight content...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at East Bay.NET Tomorrow Night on VSTO & SharePoint 2010

    Wow, welcome back from the holidays! I hope yours were as fun and relaxing as mine were. It's always a wonderful time of year to stay with friends and family and concentrate on what's really important in life. Well it's time to get back at it and I am refreshed and ready to go! I'm working on a fun...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: Implementing a Silverlight SharePoint WebPart with Visual Studio 2010

    Mike Morton is back at it again , this time showing how easy it is to develop, package and deploy a Silverlight WebPart to SharePoint 2010. He also walks us through the solution, package and file properties available to you in Visual Studio 2010. You'll see me giggling in this one because I can't believe...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Toolkit on CodePlex Adds Live Samples in Visual Basic

    Today Justin updated the Silverlight Toolkit on CodePlex with samples in Silverlight 3 that you can run live directly on the site. Check out all the live tutorials: Part 1 – Controls Part 2 – Charting Part 3 – Theming Part 4 - Navigation Controls Part 5 - Data Controls And best of...
  • Blog Post: WPF or Silverlight? Billy Hollis Shares His Thoughts on Channel 9

    One of my favorite Visual Basic MVP’s, Billy Hollis, was caught at TechEd by the Patterns&Practices folks for a quick chat. In this short 2-minute interview Billy shares his opinions on WPF and Silverlight. Check it out: Billy Hollis on WPF and Silverlight By the way, anyone notice Channel...
  • Blog Post: Community Article: Getting Started with .NET RIA Services

    We just published another community article onto the Visual Basic Developer Center by Maurice de Beijer , Visual Basic MVP, on .NET RIA Services. Maurice explains what they are and how they help you build Silverlight line-of-business applications. Sample source code is included here . Read Getting Started...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic QuickStarts and How-to Topics for the Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight

    I just popped a headline onto the Visual Basic Developer Center (which also appears on the VS start page for all of us that have selected the VB development settings :-)) about the release of Visual Basic QuickStarts and How-to Topics for the Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight (formerly...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 How Do I Videos

    If you're interested in learning about Silverlight, check out the How Do I videos on Silverlight 2 , which include managed code examples in both Visual Basic and C#. All you need to get started building Silverlight applications is here on the Get Started page of www.silverlight.net . There are also a...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Slider Puzzle of Yours Truly

    A Bay Area local Silverlight expert, Cal Schrotenboer , created a cool slider puzzle from a picture of me. Check it out! I have not been able to solve it, but I admit I stink at these things... not enough patience or time in the day ;-) Also check out some other beautiful slider puzzles from Cal and...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Does Steely Dan

    Carl Franklin , the master mind behind .NET Rocks and long time Visual Basic guru, is also an AMAZING musician and has put together this entire (re)production of Steely Dan's "Home at Last" in Silverlight . Carl recorded each track himself, including the vocals, and shot video of him playing each instrument...
  • Blog Post: Spelunking the DOM with Silverlight 1.1

    If you missed it, earlier this week we posted Rod Paddock's followup article on Silverlight onto the Visual Basic Developer Center . In this article Rod walks us through creating and calling a web service in Silverlight 1.1 clients. If you're just getting started with Silverlight 1.1, this is a great...
  • Blog Post: Amanda Silver will be Presenting VB and Silverlight on Second Life!

    If you haven't seen or experienced Second Life it's pretty amazing. It's an online, 3D, digital world. Visual Studio has created an island where you can come listen to live Microsoft presenters in this virtual world's live presentation theater! Amanda Silver will be presenting Visual Basic on Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Siverlight Javascript Compiler Written in VB.NET

    Paul posted an interesting tid-bit of news yesterday if you missed it, yes it's true, the JavaScript compiler they wrote for Silverlight 1.1 is written in Visual Basic! Score for the home team! :-)
  • Blog Post: The Future of Visual Basic

    I'm here at DevTeach in beautiful Montreal ! And man, what great weather they are having so far. I'm in a t-shirt overlooking the Cathedrale Marie-Reine-Du-Monde and Dorchester Square. I just arrived last night and the pre-conference sessions are already underway with Rod Paddock and Jim Duffy . I spoke...
  • Blog Post: Go Into the (silver)Light, Carol Ann!....

    Are you confused about what Silverlight is and why everybody is talking about it like it will solve world hunger? Do you think the DLR is a new car by Acura? Then come see me give a FUNdamentals introduction to Silverlight tonight at the EastBay.NET UG . I'll be going on at 5:45 until 6:30pm. Then...
  • Blog Post: Playing with Silverlight on the Mac

    So I'm here at my mom's house and we're writing our first Silverlight 1.1 application with Visual Basic. I have a Lenovo laptop running Vista and Virtual PC 2007 and she has a MacBook Pro. I was heading over today for dinner so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out all this cool stuff...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic running on a Mac! Seriously.

    Have you ever dreamed of writing Visual Basic code that ran cross-platform AND cross-browser? Well wake up from your dream because last night at MIX Microsoft announced Silverlight 1.1 which includes a version of the .NET framework and the Visual Basic language! Downloads are also here . Read about the...
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