Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

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    Some ASP.NET 3.5 ListView Control Examples

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    This one goes out to Vicky Smalley who posted a comment about MSDN Event: Microsoft’s Web Platform. IIS7 and ASP.NET 3.5 . I've packaged up a few examples of the ListView control and the DataPager which you can download from here . I wanted to make them...
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    TaxiRoute – A Windows Phone Application

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    Some time ago, at a Windows Phone User Group meeting in Cardiff, I saw Trevor Daniel talk about his application TaxiRoute . It’s an interesting concept – and one we can all relate to – how much is a taxi going to cost me from A to B? (Or how much should...
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    IE 8 Compatibility - Meta Tags, Http Headers, User Agent Strings etc etc

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    I've been wrestling with this for a little while now and wanted to try and get down some thoughts so at least I can refer to them in future. Others will hopefully find them useful as well. I'm not going to pre-amble with all the reasons for why we've...
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    All the latest Mango Goodness

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    I’m sure most of you reading this will already know we released Beta 2 of the developer tools for Windows Phone Mango last week. In addition, if you’re a registered AppHub developer, you’ll be able to update a developer-unlocked Windows Phone 7 (retail...
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    Windows Phone 7 Screen Capture

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    I’ve done a fair amount of Windows Phone 7 screen capture over the last few weeks so I thought it might be worth sharing my approach both for video and stills. In particular, when you submit your application to MarketPlace you must include a screenshot...
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    Script Debugging with Visual Studio

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    First off, let me say that you have lots of different options when it comes to script debugging. Here I'm going to describe how to debug script running in IE using Visual Studio. And specifically, how you can use Visual Studio to help you debug the JavaScript...
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    Using ASP.NET Routing Independent of MVC

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    One of the demos I've been doing at the MSDN Roadshow is to take the new ASP.NET routing capabilities (currently in preview) and show them in isolation from MVC / Dynamic Data. Although the new routing capabilities were developed for the MVC framework...
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    Dynamically Loading ListView Templates

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    I received an email question recently from a customer asking how they could dynamically load the LayoutTemplate for a ListView from a UserControl . I banged my head on this one for a while and eventually mailed our internal ASP.NET alias asking if someone...
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    Displaying HTML Content in Windows Phone 7

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    In the run up to the launch of Windows Phone 7, we did a lot of work with customers building early applications to help them bring their app to market for launch and to provide guidance and assistance in terms of application design and compliance with...
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    Zip file extension association in Vista

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    When you're working with the Open XML File Format, you often find yourself changing the file extension on a document to .zip so you can have a dig around inside the package. Of course, when you then want to open the document in Word / PowerPoint / Excel...
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    Building ASP.NET AJAX Controls Index Post

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    As requested, it's probably easiest to create and maintain an index post and link to that from all the posts so here goes: Building ASP.NET AJAX Controls (Pt 1) Building ASP.NET AJAX Controls (Pt 2 - Components) Building ASP.NET AJAX Controls...
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    Word 2007 Content Controls

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    I really like the concept of content controls in Word 2007 for a couple of reasons; robustness and data-binding. They give you very granular control over which areas of a document can be modified, what content is allowed and whether those areas can be...
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    Vista RC1 + Outlook 2007: This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer.

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    If, like me, you're getting this message when trying to click a hyperlink within Outlook 2007 (on Vista RC1): "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator." Take a...
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    Fiddler: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it

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    If you use Fiddler and you're running Vista (or IE7 on XP / WS2003), you're probably already aware that requests for localhost will not be sent through a proxy (and Fiddler runs as a proxy to intercept requests). There are various workarounds for this...
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    Powershell Batch Rename

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    I keep forcing myself to use PowerShell from time to time as I know it'll pay big dividends if I just get over the initial (steep) learning curve. So, faced with the task of renaming some files in a folder today I turned to PowerShell. About an hour later...
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    Dynamically Adding an UpdatePanel to Your Page

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    Another question from an event - this time today's MSDN event at the Microsoft London offices. Can I create and add UpdatePanels to my page dynamically? Mais ouis! The code below shows a simple example. Create an UpdatePanel instance then create your...
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    Monitoring Memory Usage on Windows Phone 7

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    Frame rate counters are available (for Silverlight at least) right out of the box on Windows Phone 7 (in fact they’re enabled by default in the standard VS project templates when a debugger is attached): // Show graphics profiling information while debugging...
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    Live Writer Source Code Format Plug-in

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    I have to confess that I didn't plan to install Live Writer - I was quite happy with blogging from Word (which works really well) - but a couple of people commented on how good it was so I succumbed and tried it out. The instant I saw the "Web Layout...
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    Bagging the MIX11 Videos You Want

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    If, like me, you weren’t lucky enough to be at MIX this year, chances are you’ve got a bit of catching up to do watching session videos . I always dread trying to download videos over my lousy broadband connection but this year, Ben mentioned he’d used...
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    Calling JavaScript Functions in Windows Phone 7

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    Today we’re hosting one of our Windows Phone 7 deployment labs and I’ve been spending some time with a partner trying to determine if they’ll be able to do what they need to do on a Windows Phone 7 device. They have a rich media app which needs to be...
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    Workflow and RSS Demos

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    I was also asked for my RSS & Windows Workflow Foundation demos from launch so here goes with these. There are 5 folders in the zip file: ConsoleApplication1 DVD_Player_State_Machine RSSActivityLibrary SubscribeToRssFeeds TrackingServiceDemo Download...
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    Mike’s Mega List of Windows Phone 7 Resources

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    I’ve tried to collect here as many (useful) links as possible to Windows Phone 7 resources I’ve found on my travels. I’ll be adding to it as I go and specifically I’ll add sections on particular aspects and Phone development. And of course I’ll be keeping...
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    Deep Zoom, MultiScaleTileSource and the Mandelbrot Set

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    There are some changes to Deep Zoom in Silverlight 2 Beta 2 including a new XML based file format and the ability to dynamically generate Deep Zoom images by creating your own MultiScaleTileSource . MultiScaleTileSource is an abstract class with one method...
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    Bing Background Images

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    I love the idea of using iconic British images for the Bing homepage. I thought the current one was particularly evocative. That said, I currently have this beautiful image as my Win7 desktop background (in focus and without the text :-)). It was the...
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    Silverlight Streaming Test

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    I've just been playing around with Silverlight Streaming for our upcoming Silverlight MSDN events . I'd made a Camtasia video of the Silverlight install experience and wanted to upload this as a Silverlight video delivered via Silverlight Streaming (I...
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