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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: 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: OQuery – A fluent API to build OData url queries sans LINQ

    Yesterday, I blogged about a solution to compose OData / WCF Data Service queries using LINQ for situations where LINQ enabled client libraries don’t exist (i.e. JavaScript and Windows Phone 7). http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devkeydet/archive/2011/02/02/data-services-odata-client-for-windows-phone-7-and-linq...
  • Blog Post: Data Services (OData) Client for Windows Phone 7 and LINQ

      The WCF Data Services Team released a client library to make it easier to interact with OData services from Windows Phone 7.  http://bit.ly/wp7odatalib The major caveat (and bummer) with the library is that “LINQ support in the client library has been removed as the core support is not yet...
  • 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: SHAMELESS PLUG: My First WP7 Marketplace App

    UPDATE: A great majority of people never look at an app unless it is free.  Even though the manual rate lookup feature of my app is free through trial mode and never times out, I decided to publish an identical version of the app with trial mode behavior called “Free Per Diem Rates” so the app is...
  • Blog Post: First Published Government App for Windows Phone 7

    Pat, who is one of my teammates, just blogged about a project he’s been working on with Sunlight Labs .  It’s an app called Congress for Windows Phone 7.  Check it out: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/10/17/introducing-the-first-public-sector-application-for-windows-phone...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 and SharePoint 2010

    I always hesitate to publish a blog post that is just a link to someone else's.  However, sometimes you just want to make sure people know certain posts exists.  This is one from Paul Stubbs (@PaulStubbs on twitter) qualifies: Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications for SharePoint 2010 - http...
  • Blog Post: Big Windows Phone 7 Announcements Today!

    You will be able to watch the announcements live today starting at 9:30 eastern from: http://bit.ly/wp7live If you prefer not to watch the video, but just check in on what’s being announced, check out engadget’s liveblog: http://bit.ly/ewp7live Don’t forget to download the free tools from: http://bit...
  • Blog Post: Share your ideas about phone apps with a Government focus

    Joel just published a blog post on my team’s blog about a site we’ve created to get more people thinking about building apps with a government focus: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/10/07/citizen-phone-app-ideas.aspx Check it out and please help spread the word.
  • Blog Post: Don’t miss the DC Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch this week!

    Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Windows Phone 7 is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Windows Phone 7 gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specs, a comprehensive development toolkit, and the all-new...
  • Blog Post: YOU’RE INVITED: Windows Phone 7 Developer Event

              Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Windows® Phone 7 is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Windows Phone 7 gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specs, a comprehensive development...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 and Government Apps

    Joel Reyes, our team’s Windows Phone 7 Champ, just put up a blog post talking about Government Apps on Windows Phone 7.  Check it out. http://bit.ly/d5liKP Part of my team’s job this year is to get out and encourage developers to build citizen facing applications that get submitted to the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 in 7 Series

    “Get to know Windows Phone 7, 7 minutes at a time! In this series of short, code-focused videos you’ll learn how to build applications for Microsoft’s revolutionary new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7. Each video is under seven minutes long, so you can learn something new over your next coffee break...
  • 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...
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