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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: Police Department Protects Citizens ... with Windows 7

    Pat Weikle, who is an Architect Evangelist on my team , just blogged about some great work he was a part of: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/07/08/police-department-protects-citizens-of-vernon-hills-illinois-with-windows-7.aspx Here’s a blurb from the official case study: “The Vernon...
  • Blog Post: WPF and DataAnnotations

    The System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace was introduce in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to support ASP.NET Dynamic Data .  Silverlight + WCF RIA Services now uses it as well.  I’ve been asked by a few people when WPF will use it.  Why wait?  Karl Shifflett has a sample of...
  • 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: NOW AVAILABLE: Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch

    Check out the video: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LarryLarsen/Surface-Toolkit-for-Windows-Touch/ Download the SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=801907a7-b2dd-4e63-9ff3-8a2e63932a74 For those of you who don’t read the readme… One of the samples uses XNA...
  • Blog Post: SCREENCAST: Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

    I’ve been meaning to record this screencast for a LONG time.  Well, I have a presentation on MEF tomorrow.  I was originally planning on demonstrating this sample, but realized that I won’t have enough time.  However, I needed to be able to point the audience to an explanation of this...
  • 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: Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

    UPDATE (4/5/2010): I uploaded a newer version with a few minor tweaks.  I finally created a screencast for this sample: http://tinyurl.com/WpfMefStartupScreencast UPDATE (2/27/2010): I uploaded a newer version of the sample.  I fixed some bugs and added support for loading a ResourceDictionary...
  • Blog Post: Bing Maps 3D, WPF, and Windows 7 MultiTouch

    Have you seen the Microsoft Surface Globe application in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 ?  There are plenty of videos of the app in action on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/YouTubeSurfaceGlobe . Would you like to build an app like this yourself?  Thanks to InfoStrat.VE , you can! Josh...
  • 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: Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch

    Robert Levy from the Surface team and Anson Tsao from the WPF team gave a great session on: Multi-Touch on Microsoft Surface and Windows 7 for .NET Developers The session is definitely worth watching if you are interested in building multi-touch apps on Windows 7.  In the session, they announced...
  • 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: 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: WPF Chart Controls!!!

    YES!  WPF officially has charting controls now:).  There’s a new release of the WPF Toolkit: WPF Toolkit - June 2009 Release Bug fixes PLUS CHART CONTROLS!
  • Blog Post: Integrating Virtual Earth 3D into WPF and Surface Applications for Mere Mortals

    I just published a Channel 9 interview with Josh Wall and Josh Blake from InfoStrat about their Windows Presentation Foundation ( WPF ) and Surface controls that make integrating Virtual Earth 3D a breeze.  Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/Ch9InfoStratVE “ Virtual Earth 3D has many applications...
  • Blog Post: MVVM Toolkit for WPF

    The Model View ViewModel pattern has become very popular for building WPF applications.  Until now, there wasn’t much guidance/tooling from Microsoft to help you get started with MVVM.  The WPF team just released an early preview of the MVVM Toolkit: “The Model-View-ViewModel toolkit is intended...
  • Blog Post: InfoStrat.VE – Intermediate fix published for the latest 3D control

    Due to popular demand, InfoStrat just published an intermediate fix to get their InfoStrat.VE control working on top of the latest Virtual Earth 3D release .  You will notice that they just made a changeset available.  What they made available is not fully tested.  Once it is, they will...
  • Blog Post: InfoStrat releases a Virtual Earth control for both WPF and Surface to CodePlex

    I’ve been waiting for this day to happen for a LONG TIME .  I’ve been working with WPF, Virtual Earth, and Surface for quite a while now.  If you’ve followed my blog, you’ve seen some hacked up samples showing various ways of getting Virtual Earth integrated into a WPF application.  I...
  • Blog Post: PARTNER SHOWCASE: Northrop Grumman - Innovating for the War Fighter with Microsoft Surface

    I’ve been a Developer Evangelist for 3+ years now.  For the first 3 years, I spent the majority of my time focusing on delivering public presentations at conferences, for webcasts/screencasts, onsite at customer facilities, and at local community events in DC area.  This year, the focus of...
  • Blog Post: XamlFest DC (March 4 and 5)

    Here’s a chance at some free WPF and Silverlight training.  XamlFest is an event touring around the US enabling developers to ramp up their WPF/Silverlight skills quickly.  Here is the description of the event: “Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve?  Have...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a list of Silverlight & WPF controls?

    How about a WPF app that is a live demo of all of them?  Mike Taulty recently published a ClickOnce app that might tickle your fancy… http://mtaulty.com/CommunityServer/blogs/mike_taultys_blog/archive/2009/02/03/silverlight-wpf-control-browser.aspx I just installed it.  PRETTY COOL!
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface GIS Apps by Infostrat

    I’ve been working with a number of partners lately on building Microsoft Surface apps.  Infostrat is one of them.  They have done some of the best Virtual Earth integration work I have seen so far.  Have a look at this video that highlights their work: Want to learn what Surface development...
  • Blog Post: Don’t miss the Designer Dinner next week

    Based on the success of our Developer Dinner series for US Public Sector Partners, James has been delivering Designer Dinners focusing on the design side of software development.  James is the User Experience Evangelist on our team.  He has a Designer Dinner scheduled for next week on Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: DESIGNER DINNER: Expression Blend 2 deep dive

    Sorry for the late notice, but my teammate James is hosting a Designer Dinner on Expression Blend 2 this Wednesday.  James is the new User Experience Evangelist (UXE) on our team.  The Designer Dinners are much like the Developer Dinners my team has done for the last few years, except the content...
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