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  • Blog Post: Getting prepared for the next thing

    Let’s say that you might be interested in preparing for the future. Here is how I am preparing for the future HTML 5, not certain, but it appears that Google and others are betting big time on this, so why wouldn’t Microsoft? Silverlight, get prepared for the future by preparing...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep 70-511: XAML Hierarchical Binding to code

    Well CRO and Armando are getting their posterior kicked, the secret of hierarchical binding to code is elusive for them. Rebecca the boss has ask that Anna and the person with no name to work with CRO and Armando. Keep in mind that the goal is to create a hierarchical view of data held in code. Of...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep 70-511: Binding more and more

    Looks like CRO hasn’t been sleeping well lately, he’s grumpy.  Tonight let’s see how the gang solves the problem of binding to a collection! Armando is talking about “ Binding to a Collection Sample ”, and the article: How to: Bind to a Collection and Display Information Based on Selection  ...
  • Blog Post: Summary of Links to Exam 70-511 Study Guide

    Well I figured out that I need to get organized around the Exam 70-511 Study Guide.  Before I do so, this article is to link all of the posts I have done to date. In the future, each post will be tied to the Objective and Sub-Objective. Here are the links, in no particular order or organization...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Guide: The ties that bind, BindingBase, Data Binding, MultiBinding, Binding Group

    Objective: Managing Data at the User Interface Layer Sub: Implement value converters in WPF. Links that I am reading for the 70-511 Exam: .BindingGroupName Property http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc647308.aspx Data Binding Overview http://msdn.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 70-511, Exam Guide: Sorting Data

    Boring.  Sorting Data.  You would figure that sorting data would be the same for every language.  It’s not.  Every language creator or language community thinks that it can do data sorts better than the other language communities.  So if you are going to sort data in Windows...
  • Blog Post: 70-511, Exam Prep: Click Once Strategy, delivering your apps

    Let’s say you are working at a corporation or fed up with the knock on profits taken by the various market place for apps and you want to deploy your own apps to the PC. One of the strategies is to use Click Once. And Click Once has a number of strategies. Your work effort might include this...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Guide: Windows Principal Object

    WindowsPrincipal Class How to: Create a WindowsPrincipal Object Wow, my number of unique visitors to this blog has been too high, that means: Time for a security subject!  That will fix that issue around having too many visitors. How check the Windows Group membership of a user?  For security...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Guide: Threading Model, Dispatcher

      Totally AWESOME sample: Threading Model Do what it takes, memorize the DispatchPriority Enumerations (not the numeric component, just the Member names and how to use them): Invalid: This is an invalid priority. Inactive: Operations are not processed. SystemIdle: Operations are processed when the...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Guide: ApplicationSettingsBase Class

    Nothing like writing about 70-511 to get my numbers to fall, so if you are reading this, I REALLY appreciate it.  Seriously. What is the ApplicationSettingsBase Class? The ApplicationSettingsBase Class, acts as a base class for deriving concrete wrapper classes to implement the application settings...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511: Show the user the progress of a file download using a Background thread

      How to: Download a File in the Background Still studying for the 70-511 exam.  Learning a lot that I thought I knew and used the knowledge at the CIO Summit at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond this week.  I like to learn stuff, so it is very nice that I get to do this for my job. ...
  • Blog Post: Excellent UML video learning links, really these are AWESOME and good use of time

      Soft Skills App Dev Video: MSDN Video: UML with VS 2010 x x Part 1: Brainstorming a Project Link: http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/492bd50f-5c90-4619-86e5-f7a5bd36c35a x x Part 2: Organizing Features Into Use Cases  Link: http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/43c7a1aa...
  • Blog Post: Exam Study Guide 70-511:Managing Data at the User Interface Layer, Links

    Here you go, some links that I found useful for studying for the Exam 70-511.  They are in alphabetical order for no good reason.  I think that this part of the exam is the most difficult. Basic LINQ Query Operations (C#) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb397927.aspx Change Notification...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511: Textbox, test wrapping and StackPanel

    What if you need to use StackPanel element uses 14-point Courier?  For instance you have the following XAML: <StackPanel Width="200">      <TextBlock TextWrapping="Feedback">           Please provide...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Prep: Pack URIs in WPF

    Another blog that won’t get many hits, sigh, hope it isn’t as bad as security blogs.  Of course it won’t get as many hits as the Kinect Hack blog.  Anyway…This is a brain dump from reading the entry at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa970069.aspx I put it into the UI objective for...
  • Blog Post: WPF Exam Prep 70-511: What Stretch Properties to use with a Viewbox?

    From: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752301.aspx User Interface Ok, the various Stretch Properties to use and when? <!—None: Content larger than the control is clipped --> <Button Name="btn1" Click="stretchNone">Stretch="None"</Button>  ...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511 Prep: Flow Documents in WPF

    If you add a flow document to the application so that users can easily search and navigate the contents for new space alien species (or whatever real life example you might come up with)   The flow document needs to be displayed within an existing window. The window must display the flow document...
  • Blog Post: Making sense out of the ItemsControl MSDN example and article:

      I was l ooking at the MSDN article at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.controls.itemscontrol.aspx After scrolling through: 1 constructor, 142 Properties, 1 Attached Property, 225 Methods, 110 Events, 16 Fields and 3 Explicit Interface Implementations, you finally get down...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511: Interoperability with legacy Code Access Security in Windows Presentation Foundation 4.0

    Objective: Implement security features of an application. This objective may include but is not limited to: configuring Software Restriction Policy (SRP); full trust and partially trusted security; interoperability with legacy CAS policy; User Account Control (UAC) Code Access Security link: http://msdn...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511: Implement security features in a WPF app: Software Restriction Policy (SRP)

    Subtitle: Free 70-511 Windows Presentation Foundation exam prep: Security Feature Part of the objective includes: Configuring Software Restriction Policy (SRP) Appears that AppLocker has replaced Software Restriction Policy AppLocker rules are separate from SRP rules and cannot be used to manage computers...
  • Blog Post: Free Exam Guide 70-511, WPF: ContextMenu as a Static Resource

    Ok, back to studying for the 70-511 exam.  So much to do. In the last blog post about Windows Presentation Foundation and static resources Free Study Guide for Exam 70-511: Defining Static resources We covered about why Static Resources and why Dynamic Resources Static Resources are used when the...
  • Blog Post: XAML in the Windows Phone 7 default application

      My manager, bought lunch: a gut busting burrito.  Over the burrito, we were discussing the difference between XAML on Win Phone 7 and Windows Presentation Foundation.  He mentioned that there are decided differences between the two platforms, a clever observation on his part!  Since...
  • Blog Post: Free Exam Prep: 70-511: Using the SetResourceReference

    The SetResourceReference is one of the three ways you can use Resources in Windows Presentation Foundation. Link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.frameworkelementfactory.setresourcereference.aspx Sigh, this is an example of one of the frustratingly high level MSDN...
  • Blog Post: Free Exam Guide 70-511: Resources Programmatically

    There are three approaches that can access resources programmatically.  XAML is a mark-up language, not a programming language, if you are using C# or VB then you will need to utilize the resources are programmatically. References: Link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752326(VS.100).aspx...
  • Blog Post: Free Study Guide for Exam 70-511: Defining Static resources

    For the 70-511 exam you will need an understanding of resources. Resources is a way to reuse commonly defined objects and values, similar to the concept of CSS. For instance, you might want to have the ability to quickly change pages to reflect the colors of the seasons, and this would allow programmatic...
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