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  • Blog Post: HackReady.Phone Episode 3 of 7: Understanding Windows Phone’s Application Lifecycle and State Management

    You can view the webcast On-Demand: http://aka.ms/HackReadyPhone3 This part of our Windows Phone development series covered the Windows Phone Application Lifecycle (see picture below). Understanding this is important for developers, as users expect a consistent experience across all their applications...
  • Blog Post: HackReady.Phone Episode 1 of 7: Introduction to the Windows Phone Platform (Level 100) - http://aka.ms/HackReadyPhone1

    I hope you enjoyed the first part of our series on Windows Phone development! Here are the resources that we covered: Slides are attached to the bottom of this post Download the Windows Phone SDK Dani's blog: http://smallandmighty.net Resources from slides: App Hub: http://create...
  • Blog Post: Philly XAML Meeting – Windows Phone 7

    Thanks to all who came out to last night’s Philly XAML meeting!  Though Dave couldn’t make, I hope I did the topic some justice.   If you want to learn more, come out to our Windows Phone 7 Firestarter on September 22nd at UPenn . Follow the links below to learn more about Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Webcast: Composite Application Guidance (PRISM) for WPF and Silverlight

    Thanks for joining me today, even though I went a little over time! Resources: Watch the webcast here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032416172 Download the slides: http://cid-28c55ac7b8de9c47.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Webcast%20Resources/PRISM%20for%20WPF%20and%20Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Webcast: Silverlight Controls Framework

    Thank you for joining my session today! Here are some links to get you started. To watch the webcast: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032416159&Culture=en-US Webcast slides and code: http://cid-28c55ac7b8de9c47.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Webcast%20Resources/Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming MSDN Webcasts

    I am pretty busy with a whole lot of MSDN webcasts coming up. If you haven’t had the opportunity to view an MSDN Webcast, it’s a great way to learn from product team members, community experts, Microsoft Partners – even Developer and Architect Evangelists! MSDN Webcasts cover all the technologies under...
  • Blog Post: Lucky you, Philadelphia: MSDN Event, SQL Roadshow, Virtualization Roadshow - ALL THIS WEEK!

    It's a full week of events in Philadelphia! On Tuesday, the 11th, we kick things off with an MSDN Event on SQL 2008 for Developer, Visual Studio Tools for Office, and Silverlight 2 (click here to register). If you want to dive a bit deeper in SQL Server 2008 , on Wednesday the SQL Server Roadshow comes...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Developer Conferences!

    If you missed Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference this year, I have some great news for you! We're taking it on the road. We're bringing some of the best sessions from PDC to a city near (or kinda near) you with the MSDN Developer Conference . Presented by local and national technology experts...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming November Developer Events

    November 4th – MSDN Freedom Roadshow, Newark, DE – CANCELLED November 8 th – BarCamp Philly Register at: http://www.barcampphilly.org/ BarCamp is defined by Wikipedia as follows: “…an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided...
  • Blog Post: Resources for MSDN Event: SQL 2008, VSTO, Silverlight 2

    Hi all, I was going to prepare a long post about resources for my recent MSDN Event content, but then saw that my colleague, Jim O'Neil has already done so: http://blogs.msdn.com/jimoneil/ He has some great questions/answers that came up during his presentations and you can download the slides as...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming October Developer Events

    Now that David has joined our team, we’re excited to announce a new initiative, the MSDN Freedom Roadshow! The MSDN Freedom Roadshow is a series of free, local Microsoft MSDN events held here in the region where our nation’s freedom was born. They are for developers, architects and to some extent designers...
  • Blog Post: Coming to Pittsburgh: Our first MSDN Freedom Roadshow!

    Dani , David and I are putting on our first roadshow of this fiscal year, whoohoooo! We will be at the Pittsburgh Microsoft office on September 19th , from 9 to 4. To register: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032388335 Creating Web Applications with Microsoft Web...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Event Resources

    I had a great time kicking things off in NYC for this quarter of MSDN Events ! In case you missed something, or wanted to investigate further, check out the links below. I've also attached the slides for this quarter. Mike Benkovich , a fellow DE, posted some links for resources, which I've pasted...
  • Blog Post: "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 6: Adaptive Streaming and More

    The last part of webcast series didn't focus specifically on one facet of Silverlight 2, but rather highlighted various aspects: media improvements Adaptive Streaming, Server-side playlists, DRM, Accessibility and UI Automation, OpenFileDialog, Isolated Storage and Silverlight for Mobile. Phew, that...
  • Blog Post: "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 5: Testing Framework

    In the fifth part of our series, we examined Unit Testing in Silverlight 2. Not only did we release the source code to many Silverlight 2 controls, we shipped over 1500 unit tests that target them. We also shipped a very robust Silverlight Testing Framework that was built on the Visual Studio Team System...
  • Blog Post: "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 4: Web Services Support

    Today we discussed consuming Web Services in our Silverlight 2 applications using ASMX Web Services, WCF Services and REST. This webcast was based on a blogpost by Tim Heuer . The attached code is modified from his source code to work with Silverlight 2 Beta 2. The changes I made from his code are as...
  • Blog Post: "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 3: Introducing Deep Zoom

    Today we covered Deep Zoom, based on Seadragon technology, which allows the users of our Silverlight application to navigate large amounts of visual information (images) regardless of the size of data and bandwidth available for downloading it. A really cool implementation of Deep Zoom was introduced...
  • Blog Post: "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 2: WPF UI Framework Continued

    Today we continued our discussion on why I love Silverlight 2 by examining Layout Managment using Grid, StackPanel and Canvas. We also took a look at binding controls to data ( see Jesse Libery's video ) and styling/skinning controls. Attached is the code.
  • Blog Post: "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 1: Overview of Silverlight 2 and WPF UI Framework

    Today we went over the architecture of Silverlight, the new features in Silverlight 2 and started our discussion in the WPF UI Framework. We took a look at creating a Silverlight app in Expression Blend and VS2008. Attached to this post is the code.
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Silverlight 2 Webcast Series

    In June I'll be doing a very condensed 6-part webcast series entitled: Look What You Can Do with Silverlight 2. I wanted to call the series "Top Reasons I think Silverlight 2 is COOL," but that didn't fly. Click on the Webcast titles to register. Hope you can make it! Look What You Can Do with Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight + Ice Cube = Awesomeness

    If you've never heard of South by Southwest it is a huge and awesome music, film and arts festival held in Austin every year. In the past couple of years it had also turned a little bit techy. This year is no exception: Microsoft has partnered with UVNTV.com to cybercast a live performance by Ice Cube...
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