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  • Blog Post: No-Build Experience Enhancement in WCF RIAServices 1.0 RTW

    Introduction   In the WCF RIA Services PDC release, Live IntelliSense was first introduced to enable no-build experience for RIA Services development.   More information about this feature can be found in: Live IntelliSense in WCF RIA Services for VS2010 .   In the WCF RIA Services 1.0...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Tools for VS2010 and WCF RIA Services 1.0 Released!

    This is the final release for Silverlight 4 Tools for VS2010, WCF RIA Services 1.0 runtime and tools. A bunch of new features were   introduced into this release, . Let’s take the Data Source Window (used   for data-binding UI generation) outputs as an example. With the new release, you will...
  • Blog Post: Customizing Your WPF/Silverlight UI using Value Converter and/or Partial Class Properties

    When writing data applications, one of the things we need to take care is the difference between the data stored in the database and the data you want to show to the user in presentation layer. We need to make sure that the data being displayed in the UI is friendly and makes sense to the users. Also...
  • Blog Post: Workaround to Data Source Window not populating RIA Services Domain Context Objects

    Recently, we found a bug that hidden in the WCF RIA Services RC release setup authoring, which causes the Data Source Window cannot populate RIA Services Domain Context objects, and the Live IntelliSense doesn’t work. This only happens when the VS2010 is not installed in the default VS installation path...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Object Binding in Visual Studio 2010 Beta2

    Visual Studio 2010 provides drag-and-drop data binding from the Data Sources window in Silverlight applications. The Data Sources window simplifies the process of creating data-bound controls to present application data to users. This example shows how to display data from 2 related business objects...
  • Blog Post: Building Look-Up Binding with the VS Data Source Window

    About six months ago, Milind wrote a post about how to leverage the Data Source Window to build look-up binding. In that article, Milind briefly described one way to do that through drag-and-drop. In this post, I’ll show you different ways to use the Data Source Window and build look-up binding through...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Custom Controls for WPF & Silverlight Data Binding

    As posted in our previous articles, Visual Studio 2010 offers “Drag and Drop Data Binding” for WPF and Silverlight Applications. Using this feature, you can create data-bound controls by dragging items from the Data Source Window to the WPF or Silverlight Designer. As you’ve probably noticed, in Data...
  • Blog Post: The Data Source Window Support in WCF RIA Services

    WCF RIA Services Beta was announced at PDC09 one week ago. It contains a lot of runtime support to make the experience of building a web business application much easier using Silverlight. Besides, there are also some tooling supports to help developers write less trivial code but to make the application...
  • Blog Post: Integrate SharePoint List Data in Your WPF Application

    With the SharePoint 2010 Beta came out of the door, one of the exciting news is that it allows developers to access SharePoint List Data using ADO.Net Data Service 1.5 . If you are familiar with Data Service Client programming mode (we have already posted some articles here ), it will be very easy to...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: How to Bind DataSet to WPF Designer

    WPF Data Binding: How to Bind DataSet to WPF Designer In our previous posts, we mostly used the Entity Data Model as the ORM (Object-relational mapping) layer for the WPF Data Binding scenarios. Meanwhile, since DataSet is used broadly, we also provide the DataSet as a supported DataSource in the...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Master-Detail Data through ADO.NET Data Service in a Silverlight Application (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of this post, we developed our Silverlight application to access data through an ADO.NET Data Service. So far we are able to load the data at run time and navigate through the data records back and forth. Let’s now develop more functionality to update data, delete records, and add new records...
  • Blog Post: Accessing Master-Detail Data through ADO.NET Data Service in a Silverlight Application (Part 1)

    With Visual Studio 2010 Beta2, users can add data sources to a Silverlight application using the Data Source Configuration Wizard . The added data source is shown in the Data Sources tool window, and can be drag-dropped to Silverlight designer, with data-bound controls automatically generated. In...
  • Blog Post: Entity Data Model: working with foreign key when you don’t have it

    It’s been debatable whether to include FK (foreign key) columns in the conceptual model. That’s why in Visual Studio 2010, a checkbox is added to Entity Data Model Wizard, so that the decision is left to the developers. While I was playing with it yesterday, I found FK particularly useful in the following...
  • Blog Post: Refresh the Primary Key Identity Column during Insert Operation

    If you have an identity primary key column defined in a database table, its value will be automatically set by the database engine when you insert a new row to the table. The identity value is determined by the column’s Identity Seed and Identity Increment properties. While in your client application...
  • Blog Post: DataRepeater Control for Windows Forms

    The DataRepeater control is available in the Visual Basic Power Packs . As Yun Feng introduced in his post , the Visual Basic Power Packs is included in Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and will also be shipped in Visual Studio 2010 . The DataRepeater control is my favorite component in the Visual...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Navigation Bar in WPF with Insert / Save / Delete Action

    Some time ago, we built a navigation bar for our WPF application to navigate data. We can make it even more powerful, and add CRUD support into it. Because we are using Entity Data Framework, it’s pretty easy to achieve this. Don’t believe it? Let’s first add the following buttons into our navigation...
  • Blog Post: Customize format of DateTime string in WPF and WinForm data binding

    Drag-and-drop data binding helps you build business applications very easily, however sometimes you still need to customize the layout or format after data binding is set. For example, I built a simple application to display all the Customers, and for each Customer, the related Orders are loaded into...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Navigation Bar for Data Navigation in WPF

    You may have known that drag-drop data-binding experience has been introduced to WPF application development story from VS2010 Beta1, thanks to a lot of posts before this one. The whole experience in WPF is pretty similar to what we’ve already had with WinForms: developers configure the bindings in Data...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: Lookup tables

    A few weeks ago I wrote about creating a master-details form , where we looked at an example of a database used for tracking orders, as part of an order management system. We had used the Customers and Orders tables and built a master-details form that showed a list of customers and for each selected...
  • Blog Post: WPF Sample on CodeGallery

    The MSDN CodeGallery now has VB and C# sample for WPF data binding http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WPFDatabinding This is a sample of a WPF application and includes data binding, data validation, lookup binding. The solution is VS2010 Beta1 based, but the application uses .NET Framework 3.5. See also...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: Bind a generic object on a WPF designer

    In Visual Studio 2010 Beta1, we have enabled data binding experience for a few data sources on WPF designer. Generic object or business object is one of them. Besides this, we have also supported multiple object selection in data source configuration wizard. I will show you all of the above features...
  • Blog Post: Improvement of the data binding experience with ADO.Net Data Services

    In Visual Studio 2010 Beta1, the data binding experience with ADO.Net Data Services has been improved. In Visual Studio 2008 SP1, after adding an ADO.Net data service as web reference to a client project, it will not automatically show up in the data source window, you have to add an object data source...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Data Resources to Chew On

    Sine we released Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to the public on Wednesday (as Yang mentioned here ) I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the resources we have published to help you get started building business apps in your shiny copy of VS2010 Beta 1. Teams are really thirsty for feedback...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: Creating a Master-Details form in Visual Studio 2010

    Visual Studio 2010 Beta is released. Late last year we had released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of VS2010. At that time I had written about some improvements to the data binding improvements for WPF. The Beta has many more and we will discuss them on this blog in a series of posts. In my...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: WPF Improvements in VS2010 for Business Apps

    Today I posted a new interview on Channel 9 on WPF Improvements in Visual Studio 2010 for Building Business Apps . At the MVP Summit a few weeks ago, Italian MVP Alessandro del Sole was so excited about the new WPF features in Visual Studio 2010 that he asked me if he could interview Milind Lele himself...
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