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    Redmond Developer: Working with MEF in VB and WPF

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    Kathleen Dollard has a very good article on  that talks about using Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) to  allow customers to add their own forms to our Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) app?   In this simple example she show...
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    Framework Design Guidelines Book: Extra Content from the DVD Posted

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    A few weeks ago a reader wrote in to tell me that they bought the Kindle version of the Framework Design Guidelines and was disappointed to not receive the DVD.  Well, I was of course immediately jealous because I don’t have a kindle , but when I...
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    Silverlight 3: Navigation Application Template Extra themes posted!

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    Have you tried out the new Silverlight 3 Navigation Application?  Our plan with this as to make it much easier to folks to get started building a RIA application with Silverlight.  You can find it in the File\New Project dialog. The features...
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    Book Plug: Essential LINQ

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    I was very happy to get a chance to look through my copy of Essential LINQ today.   While there are a number of books out there on LINQ , this one from Dinesh Kulkarni and Charlie Calvert is a must read!  They do an excellent job of explaining...
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    Presentation tip: They Remember the Mistakes more than the Polish

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    Update: See the full list of PM Tips . One of the reasons I love going to Mix is getting a chance to watch really world-class technical speakers. As I watched the keynote and a few sessions this year one theme really stood out to me: The audience seems...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: the System.* namespace

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    Today we have a guest post from Kit George who is the keeper of much of our internal Framework Design Guidelines.  This is the stuff that Krys and I based a the book on.  I asked Kit to post this internal information so you can get a feeling...
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    Silverlight 3 and SEO

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    All great RIA applications have a meaningful client and server component to them.  Supporting SEO, or Search Engine Optimization in a RIA is an excellent example of using the client and server components.   It doesn’t mater how cool your...
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    ScottGu’s Mix09 Silverlight for Business Applications Demo

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    Some folks that could not make it to Mix have asked about Scott’s coding demo this year.  You can watch the full keynote to find it or, I clipped out just the coding bit..    As you can see we have added a lot of great support to Silverlight...
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    .NET Rocks on RIA Services and Business apps in Silverlight

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    A couple of weeks ago Nikhil and I did a .NET Rocks show on .NET RIA Services and generally building business applications with Silverlight.  Abrams and Kothari Talk MIX09!  
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    Silverlight 3: Activity Control

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    In my Mix09 talk I used a brand new Activity control that we are working on.    I had a number of folks ask me for the control (which is not yet in the Silverlight toolkit).  Check out David’s post for the control, the source and more...
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    Mix09: Silverlight for Business Apps and .NET RIA Services talks posted

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    The amazing tech folks here at Mix09 have already gotten a good number of talks published.  .NET RIA Services Talk   Building Business Apps with SL3   Silverlight 3 Overview , Silverlight Out Of Browser See the full session list: http:...
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    What is .NET RIA Services?

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    Yesterday at Mix we announced .NET RIA Services… We are very early in the development cycle for .NET RIA Services and we are eager to get your feedback and thoughts. The marketing blurb catches the key points: Microsoft .NET RIA Services simplifies...
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    Mix09: Building Amazing Business Applications with Silverlight 3

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    Today at Mix09, I finished my talk on building business applications with Silverlight 3. The full video for the talk will be up shortly, but I wanted to go ahead and post the source code for the demo and a full demo walk through. Update: Check out...
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    The Knowledge Chamber: Silverlight 3 for Great Business Apps

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    It was great fun to be interviewed on The Knowledge Chamber by Robert Hess… It certainly brought back the good old times on the .NET Show! I had a chance to show a sneak-peak at some of the cool new stuff coming in Silverlight 3 for Business Applications...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: LINQ Support

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2 nd edition .. This content is found in the LINQ section of Chapter 9: Common Design Patterns. Supporting LINQ through IEnumerable<T>...
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    Some Great New Mix09 Sessions Posted

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    We recently got some great new Mix09 sessions posted. Here are a few that I think are cool as they directly relate to what my team is doing.. if you can make to Vegas, please come by.. if you can’t, don’t worry all the sessions will be on line! ...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: Dependency Properties

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2 nd edition .. This content is found in the Dependency Properties section of Chapter 9: Common Design Patterns. Phil offers some great...
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    Uninstalling the Clickonce Support for Firefox

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    A couple of years ago we heard clear feedback from folks that they wanted to enable a very clean experience with launching a ClickOnce app from FireFox. James Dobson published FFClickOnce and got very good reviews, but we had many customers that wanted...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: Factored Types

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2 nd edition .. This content is found in the Factored Types section of Chapter 9: Common Design Patterns. Phil offers some great additions...
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    Top Ten Reasons Why The Most Important Machine Is Unlabeled

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    Today is office move day across much of .NET Framework land.. Good folks across building 41 and 42 are doing a little shuffling around… As part of the move, we all had to be out of the office today. Like any good manager, I wanted to keep my team productive...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: System.DBNull

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2 nd edition .. This content is found in the Nullable<T> section of Chapter 8: Usage Guidelines. Pablo helps us out with some...
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    UX Patterns Explorer

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    I love design patterns -- it is a great way to communicate among developers about the nature of a given problem area and what is likely to work or not. By using patterns, developers don't have to recreate the wheel each time. The folks at infragistics...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: Overriding Object.ToString()

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2 nd edition .. This content is found in the Object.ToString section of Chapter 8: Usage Guidelines. Christophe provides some great...
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    .NET Fireside Chats - Brad Abrams and Krzysztof Cwalina

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    The .NET Zone just published an interview with Kry and me. Check it out: .NET Fireside Chats - Brad Abrams and Krzysztof Cwalina You can learn some interesting stuff about what lead to writing the first edition of the book, what a 'Framework' is...
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    Framework Design Guidelines: Avoiding custom delegates

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    Continuing in our weekly blog post series that highlights a few of the new additions to the Framework Design Guidelines 2nd edition .. This content is found in the Events and Callbacks section of Chapter 6: Designing for Extensibility. I am impressed...
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