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Over the years, this blog has been about many different things related to software development with Microsoft technologies. Since my current role focuses on Dynamics CRM / XRM, that's what it's primarily about right now.

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  • Blog Post: My CRM 2011 Validation Framework

    I’ve been working on a validation framework for Dynamics CRM 2011.  I’ve published the first cut of the code.  It’s a little rough still, but I’ve been promising the sample to a few customers so I wanted to get the first working version out there.  Right now, it only supports regular expression...
  • Blog Post: PubSec Dev Dinner on External Data and Services with SharePoint 2010

    My old team is having a developer dinner tomorrow night titled Developing SharePoint 2010 Solutions Using External Data and Services.   See here for more details at http://bit.ly/kPUq5n . “… What you will learn SharePoint 2010 allows developers to work with both internal and external data using...
  • Blog Post: Help make Microsoft developer technologies better!

    Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rjacobs/archive/2011/04/14/how-you-can-make-wf-wcf-better.aspx Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don't...
  • Blog Post: My first time being the interviewee

    I’ve interviewed customers over the years for Ch9, but this is the first time I was interviewed.  Zhiming Xue (aka “Dr. Z”) interviewed me about my WP7 app .  Check it out if you are interested: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV-Building-My-First-Windows-Phone-7-Application
  • Blog Post: Code Coverage for Silverlight and Windows Phone

    As part of building my WP7 app , I spent a fair amount of time trying to get code coverage working for my unit tests. I tried a number of different approaches including using the Silverlight Unit Test Framework and NUnit + dotCover. I finally landed on an approach that worked for me using the unit testing...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Accessibility

    Just found this via the Silverlight SDK blog .  There’s a new QuickStart guide on Silverlight and Accessibility.  The link on their site is bad, but here’s the correct link: Making Silverlight Applications Accessible
  • Blog Post: San Francisco, Open 311, Silverlight and Windows Azure

    "City of San Francisco, CA has launched their Open 311 solution called HeyGov! for San Francisco . HeyGov! is a SaaS (Software as a Service) offering from Microsoft Partner, ISC , that provides a new and engaging way for citizens and governments communicate more effectively in the Web 2.0 era. The...
  • Blog Post: Open Government Data and Bing Map Apps

    The Bing Maps team is running a King of Bing Maps contest .  Chris Pendleton just published a blog post on Bing Map App Development Resources over on the Bing Maps blog.  If you aren’t familiar with Bing Map Apps, they are mini applications you write in Silverlight that become part of the Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Tanagram Partners: Making multi-touch easier with touch.codeplex.com

    Our Ch.9 Interview with Tanagram Partners on http://touch.codeplex.com was published.  Check it out! http://bit.ly/Ch9TanagramTouch “The APIs in WPF4 plus the Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch make building common touch scenarios easy. However, implementing many of the same touch scenarios using...
  • Blog Post: Don’t miss the Windows Phone 7 developer dinner tonight!

    I was originally planning on presenting, but you’re in for a treat!  Pete Brown will be presenting.  This is sure to be a fun one.  Details here:   http://blogs.msdn.com/publicsector/archive/2010/04/01/microsoft-developer-dinner-series-for-partners-overview-of-the-windows-phone-7...
  • Blog Post: Multi-Touch Dev Dinner this week in Reston, Va

    In case you missed it through the DevDinner tag on my team blog (official place for Developer Dinner posts), MSDN Flash, or http://communitymegaphone.com … Timezone: Eastern Time Start Time: 2/24/2010 6:00:00 PM End Time: 2/24/2010 8:00:00 PM Title: Microsoft Developer Dinner: Hands-on Natural User Interfaces...
  • Blog Post: Announcing touch.codeplex.com

    UPDATE: You can follow tanagram on twitter @tanagram http://twitter.com/tanagram . One of the things I have been trying to do this year is encourage / kick start partners to create useful CodePlex projects. I’ve been digging into Windows 7 multi-touch since it was announced at PDC08. As the managed...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: DevDinner – Silverlight 4, WCF RIA Services, MVVM

    Ok, this is a first!  I have always had good intentions of getting the follow up material for a developer dinner out before the dinner started.  However, my schedule inevitably has gotten in the way.  I can finally say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.  Here are the decks and sample downloads...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps roadshow in Reston

    Want to get up to speed on the latest release of Bing Maps including both the Ajax and Silverlight controls as well as the SOAP web services?  Don’t miss the upcoming roadshow in Reston, Va.  Details: http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/govmaps/archive/2009/11/24/bing-maps-roadshow-coming-to...
  • Blog Post: EventToCommand + DataStateBehavior eases MVVM pain

      MVVM is a pattern.  There are all sorts of MVVM frameworks popping up that help make implementing the pattern easier.  If you select the MVVM tag off of www.codeplex.com , you will find a number of them: http://www.codeplex.com/site/search?TagName=MVVM&ProjectSearchText=%22MVVM%22...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight touch just got easier

    I’ve been waiting for this to happen!  The Surface team ported their Manipulation and Inertia APIs to Silverlight 3+.  They’ve made them available for download at: http://tinyurl.com/SurfaceManipSilverlight This is a must have set of APIs if you are interested in building multi-touch solutions...
  • Blog Post: Another example of Silverlight used in the US Government

    Adam Kinney just published a Channel 9  interview about another use of Silverlight in the US Government: U.S. Army using Silverlight for Resourcing Troops “Dan Hickman from ProModel tells the story of converting their Predictive Troop Resourcing application for the U.S. Army from a Windows Forms...
  • Blog Post: Hidden gems in the gaming starter kit

    Yesterday I blogged about the SketchFlow starter kit and how great I thought it was.  Well, last night, I went ahead and tried the Venture into Gaming with Behaviors in Expression Blend 3 starter kit from: http://adamkinney.com/Blog/4-Expression-Studio-3-Starter-Kits-available-for-download Much...
  • Blog Post: Get up to speed on SketchFlow FAST

    SketchFlow is a feature of Expression Blend 3.  If you aren’t familiar with SketchFlow, then you should check out: http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/SketchFlow_OverView.aspx “SketchFlow revolutionizes how quickly and efficiently you can demonstrate your vision for an application. It provides...
  • Blog Post: Prism Visual Studio Templates (including MVVM)

    Prism is: “The Composite Client Application Guidance is designed to help you more easily build modular Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client applications.” What most people find, once they take the time to dig in to Prism, is that it is MUCH more.  Prism has guidance on how...
  • Blog Post: SnagL: Visualizing Government Data using Silverlight

    My job at Microsoft is to focus on developers building software for the U.S. Government (directly or indirectly).  When talking to folks about Silverlight , I get asked quite often whether it is being used on U.S. Government networks (including classified networks) all the time.  You can imagine...
  • Blog Post: ShawnWildermuth: Supporting ScreenReaders in Silverlight

    http://wildermuth.com/2009/05/10/Supporting_ScreenReaders_in_Silverlight Nice quick post with a video…
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Developer Dinner on Silverlight 3

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Sorry to put you in the tough position of choosing between two MVPs ( Sahil Malik and Pete Brown ).  We try to prevent having our dinners at the same time as other community events in the area.  Thanks also to Pete for presenting a great, comprehensive...
  • Blog Post: Developer Dinner on Silverlight 3 next week

    I’m excited to have Pete Brown come in to be the guest presenter for our monthly Developer Dinner for US Public Sector Partners next week.  Pete is a Silverlight MVP and the author of an upcoming book on Silverlight 3 & .NET RIA Services .  I’m looking forward to sitting back and watching...
  • Blog Post: MIX09: Building Accessible RIAs in Silverlight

    My team focuses on US Government customers and partners.  To say that building accessible applications is important for our customers/partners would be a huge understatement.  I just watched the following session from MIX09: Building Accessible RIAs in Microsoft Silverlight The session is short...
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