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Yesterday’s West Palm Beach .Net User Group’s meeting was quiet special. Our Microsoft DE and speaker for our July meeting, Joe Healy, aka “devfish” (www.devfish.net) drove more than 250 miles to share with us his take on VS2010 and to show us his 36-hour old Windows Phone 7. Joe also promised to return to our group in November to dedicate a whole meeting to Windows Phone 7 as we had limited time to explore Microsoft’s innovative reincarnation of its mobile platform. Our meeting lasted a record 2.5 ...
Recently I wrapped up primary programming on a library for Windows Phone 7 development, which you can find here: http://btiphone.codeplex.com/ . I started it around 6 weeks ago as a quick way to learn Silverlight and replicate some controls that don't exist on WP7 (SaveFileDialog, OpenFileDialog, and FolderBrowserDialog). Quick it wasn’t, but I feel like I understand Silverlight now and I created some nice controls along the way so I’m happy with how it turned out, even if it took about 3-4 weeks ...
In this Issue: Anton Polimenov, Gill Cleeren, Jeff Fansler, Hannah Watkins, paulio, Michael S. Scherotter, Mohamed Mosallem, and Xianzhong Zhu. From SilverlightCream.com: WP7: UI Concepts of Windows Phone 7 With hardware descriptions behind him, Anton Polimenov continues his 10-part series at SilverlightShow on WP7 with this one on UI Concepts The duplex story: looking at duplex communication in Silverlight 4 - Part 3: Using Net.Tcp Gill Cleeren has part 3 of his tutorial series on Polling Duplex ...
In this Issue: Paul Sheriff, jbaird, Michael Washington, Shawn Wildermuth, Ben Gracewood, Mohamed Mosallem, Jesse Liberty, Nigel Sampson, Kunal Chowdhury, Vikram Pendse, and Frank LaVigne. Shoutout: I don't know who these Commentsys devs are but they've got a boatload of Silverlight and WP7 tutorials From SilverlightCream.com: Use CollectionViewSource in Silverlight to Sort Data Paul Sheriff has two posts on using the CollectionViewSource to sort your data. This first one is in XAML and the second ...
In this Issue: Tony Champion, Vikas, Larry Larsen, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Gergely Orosz, András Velvárt, Rishi, John Papa, David Rousset, David Anson, and Ozymandias. Shoutout: The Swiss MSDN Team Blog announced “Building a Newsreader Application using Silverlight for Windows Phone 7” Hands-On Lab – Now updated for July BETA Developer Tools Laurent Bugnion posted an MVVM Light Hotfix for Windows Phone 7 developer tools beta Fons Sonnemans posted a video of his WP7 game Sudoku for WP7 on YouTube... ...
Yesterday (22nd July 2010) was mvcConf – “the Virtual ASP.NET MVC Conference”. This was an ambitious undertaking by the community to deliver a three track, 20+ session conference for FREE using Live Meeting. And… it worked great. A big well done to everyone involved. It was particularly interesting to me and my team as we are hoping/planning to do similar online conferences in UK time around technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform and Windows Phone 7 – and attending yesterday gave me the ...

This is a hotfix to correct the issues with the MVVM Light templates for Windows Phone 7.

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The interesting thing in this version is that it describes the phone features quite a bit more. Including the first new mention of a dozen or so new color theme options. I like Lime Green on White Background. Worth a scroll through, at very least. Direct link: UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 The UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 has been updated for beta. With additional information and a new layout we hope you will find more readable, this guide provides ...
In this Issue: Ian Walker, Delordson Kallon, Anton Polimenov, Gill Cleeren, Tau Sick, Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Jag Reehal, Rob Eisenberg, Shawn Wildermuth, Alex Yakhnin, Slobodan Pavkov, and Deborah Kurata. Shoutouts: Jeremy Alles has an MVVM comparison chart up that's very complete: MVVM Frameworks Explorer updated be sure to let him know if something is missing No discussion or code, but this demo code shares between Silverlight and WP7: Shove HalfPenny (Shove Ha'penny) New and untested: ...

Remember, the underlying technology of Wndows Phone 7 is Silverlight

So, get a running start at developing for Microsoft's "next big thing": Windows Phone 7 by clikcking on this link http://developer.windowsphone.com/windows-phone-7/ 

Silverlight dominates!

In this Issue: jbaird, Sl.ayer(-2-), Yochay Kiriaty, and René Schulte. Shoutouts: Silverzine announced a contest to get an MSDN subscription: Competition Time!!!! Michael Washington and a crew of other folks have another giveaway going: Get a Free MSDN Ultimate subscription SilverlightCream has a wp7dev page up that just lists the wp7dev posts tagged: wp7dev Tagged Articles ... this is the same as searching for wp7dev, but you can just save the link... you probably won't need this in a couple weeks, ...
On Thursday, a scathingly bad review of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) was published by InfoWorld. I had considered writing a post to refute some of its points, but Paul Thurrott did just that, and did it masterfully. There's little value that I can add to his post, other than to link it and suggest that you read it. Meanwhile, Sunday and Monday, much more fair reviews were posted at Cnet, ZDNet, Gizmodo, Engadget and MobileCrunch. All of these reviews were based on actual hands-on experience with a prototype ...
Hi, I presented at CTD, Delhi on proverbial 3 screens and cloud. I demonstrated how the world is converging on RIA applications over net to applications on phone; all managed via services on cloud!! Silverlight is now available on Windows phone 7 and its really easy to use the awesome features of silverlight on windows Phone 7. The WP7 demo application is built using silverlight and it uses WCF services hosted on cloud fabric. Cool… no??? Here is the slide deck and here is the demo code. Feel free ...
In this Issue: Andrea Boschin, Kunal Chowdhury, Mark Arteaga(-2-), Shawn Hargreaves(-2-), Steve Strong, JOSUEYERAY, and Kyle McClellan. Shoutouts: Mason Brown has a post up that's a great read: Thoughts on User Exerience Yochay Kiriaty announced Windows Phone Developer Training Kit – Beta Refresh From SilverlightCream.com: Understanding control customization with templates: part #2 Andrea Boschin has the 2nd of his tutorial series on writing a templated control up on SilverlightShow How to Create ...
Jump start your development of Windows Phone 7 applications by attending Windows Phone 7 JumpStart. This free virtual live class, comprised of four instructor-led 3 hour sessions, will guide you in developing applications for the Windows Phone 7 platform using Silverlight and XNA. Register today by visiting: https://msevents.microsoft.... Course sessions: July 20 – 8am: Session One: Getting Started ...
A couple of weeks ago I went out and bought myself a HTC HD2. Yes, the 4.3inch monster running windows mobile, probably the best windows mobile device ever; this one running Windows Mobile 6.5. Did you just wince in pain on hearing windows mobile? Well, if it makes you feel any better let me assure you that I’ll buy a Windows Phone 7 device as soon as one is available in market. Ok? I haven’t tweaked around with it too much yet but this week I had some time to look into the accelerometer. The Accelerometer ...
An article was published at JupiterJS.com (titled “JavaScript vs Silverlight”) arguing that JavaScript is better than Silverlight. Unfortunately, there is no way to post comments on that page (weird, really) so I decided I would post my answer here. Read the rest of this entry » ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Andrea Boschin, Alex Golesh(-2-, -3-), Jaime Rodriguez, Brandon Watson, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Scott Guthrie. Shoutouts: Walt Ritscher announced a new Shazzam is shipping today, but haven't seen a notice yet. As a teas, here's a post from Walt: Oh, shiny! Animated Mandelbrot shader effect If you plan on any wp7dev work, check out this training: Windows Phone 7 Jump Start: Session One - Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight ... this is a ...
Microsoft released yesterday the beta version of the Windows Phone 7 development tools, which was up until now in CTP. You can download it from here. It installs Visual Studio 2010 Express, Silverlight and XNA 4.0 for Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7 emulator and Expression Blend 4 beta. Yep, Expression Blend now installs with the beta version and you don’t have to install it separately which is nice. The beta version breaks some of the namespaces and classes from the previous April refresh CTP release. ...
Finally! Read about it: http://windowsteamblog.com/... “ First things first: go get the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. It has arrived! The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished. Well, that’s what we mean anyway. This Beta release represents the near final version of the tools for building applications and games for Windows Phone 7. Since the initial CTP release of the tools ...
Update: The second video (10’ tutorial) is now ready (see below). Update 2: The code is on Codeplex (V0.5.1). I just published an updated videos (Highlights) showing the MultiTouch Behavior for Windows Phone 7 working with the new emulator. The big change is that the multitouch action now works great with the emulator (with the April CTP it was flaky, so I was using the mock mode a lot more). Another 10’ long tutorial is available. Read the rest of this entry » ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Sl.ayer, András Velvárt, Jag Reehal(-2-), Einar Ingebrigtsen, Robby Ingebretsen, Shawn Wildermuth, Pete Brown, Tim Heuer(-2-), Rob Eisenberg(-2-), Roger Peters, snoutholder, Wolf Schmidt, Kyle McClellan Shoutouts: Davide Zordan lists the Slides and Code from my Silverlight 4 – MEF webcast I have an Open Letter to (and deal for) Silverlight Bloggers discussing possible broken links at SilverlightCream.com From SilverlightCream.com: Basic Silverlight View Model Validation ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Jim Lynn, Martin Duffy(-2-, -3-), Jonas Follesø, Ofir Shemesh, Karl Shifflett, Sergey Barskiy, Chris Klug Shoutouts: Chris Koenig posted an announcement for a WebCast next week: XNA Game Development for Windows Phone 7 ... I'm registered, are you? Erik Mork and crew have their latest Weekly podcast up: This Week In Silverlight – Kin RIP and Welcome new MVPs Manning Press has pushed an excerpt from Pete Brown's upcoming book: Silverlight out of the browser From SilverlightCream.com: ...
In this Issue: Timmy Kokke, Damon Payne, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Giorgetti Alessandro, Dinesh Sodani, David Anson, Kunal Chowdhury, haruhiro isowa, Max Paulousky, Rénald Nollet, and Rob Tiffany. Shoutouts: Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 1: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on Silverlight activities in MEA, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Series Cigdem Patlak interviews Daron Yondem Part 2: Istanbul Yazgelistir Summit – Daron Yondem on upcoming Silverlight releases, the Silverlight ...
Yesterday, I published the source code of the MultiTouch Behavior for Windows Phone 7 on Codeplex (http://multitouch.codeplex... Meanwhile, Davide Zordan (the founder of this project) started to modify the Silverlight 4 version of the behavior to make it API compatible. Eventually, the goal is to share all the API signature, and as much code as possible. We would like to extend this to the WPF version as well, in order to have a consistent landscape of multitouch on all 3 platforms. Read the rest ...

I just published two videos on Vimeo (see the embedded videos at the end of this post)

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In this Issue: Damian Schenkelman, Phil Middlemiss, Jag Reehal, Senthil Kumar, Andrew Marshall, Chris Koenig, Jimmy, Lee, Pete Brown, Brian, Mike Taulty, and Jeremy Likness(-2-). From SilverlightCream.com: Prism Training Kit: Beta Version Available Damian Schenkelman announced the release of a Prism Training Kit he and Matias Bonaventura have put together. Read his description on the post, then go download the kit. Create a Custom Control - Inheriting from TextBox Phil Middlemiss has another great ...
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that their short-lived social networking-oriented phone, Kin, was being discontinued. I’m glad. In a post I wrote over a month ago, I implored Steve Ballmer to kill the product. I didn’t just do that because Kin 1 and 2 received terrible reviews; I had other reasons to distrust this product’s efficacy. The Kin team has been led by Roz Ho, whose title has been Corporate Vice President, Premium Mobile Experiences. During the development cycle for Kin, a.k.a. Project ...
In this Issue: Ben Hodson, Marcel du Preez, Karl Shifflett(-2-), Rishi, Chris Koenig, Adam Kinney, Xianzhong Zhu, Jeremy Likness, and CrocusGirl. Shoutouts: Victor Gaudioso posted an inteview: Checkout my Interview with Bytes on MSDN (Microsoft) The Silverlight Web Services Team poses this question: How can we make WCF support in Silverlight better? ... read and give feedback in the comments. Timmy Kokke has announced the opening of a new XAML resource site to bookmark: XamlResource.com Chris Bowen ...
In this Issue: Joseph Cooney, Matthias Shapiro, Ramani Sandeep, Andy Wigley(-2-), Chris Rouw, Michael Washington, Brian Noyes, Roger Peters, Sergey Barskiy, Timmy Kokke, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra announced Document Toolkit 2 Beta 2 available Rob Eisenberg announced Caliburn v1.1 Released! I missed this post by Andy Wigley of his material from TechEd: Programming Silverlight for Windows Embedded from .NET I hope you didn't miss the release of the Silverlight PivotViewer Control ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Brian Noyes, Michael Klucher, i-programmer, and Mike Snow. From SilverlightCream.com: Capture usage information of a Windows Phone 7 application using Google Analytics Google Analytics with WP7? ... Mark Monster leverages his experience in this area to to work out a way to get to a web page to track analytics ... pretty clever Mark, and all the code is there for us! WCF RIA Services Part 2: Querying Data Brian Noyes has part 2 of his RIA Services series up at SilverlightShow. ...
In this Issue: Max Paulousky, Anton Polimenov, Michael Washington, Phil Middlemiss, Sergey Barskiy, Damon Payne, Jeff Prosise, and Mike Snow. Shoutout: Laurent Bugnion is looking for beta testers for WP7: Windows Phone 7 multitouch behavior: beta testers needed (#wp7dev)! Erik Mork and they crew have a new podcast up: This Week in Silverlight – Windows Phone 7 and Bus Tracking IdeaBlade has a video tutorial series up: The Developers Tour of DevForce Silverlight ... download the walkthrough and code ...

I finished implementing version 0.1/beta1 of a multitouch behavior for Windows Phone 7 and need beta testers.

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In this Issue: Colin Eberhardt, Kunal Chowdhury, Victor Gaudioso, Joe Gershgorin, Nick Gravelyn, Teresa Burger, Kyle McClellan, Karl Shifflett, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutout: Check out Pete Brown's interview with Jeff Handley, Deepesh Mohnani, and Dinesh Kulkarni: Pete at Microsoft: WCF RIA Services Team Interview Andy Beaulieu has a sneak preview video up: Boss Launch 2: Zombie Attack for WP7 Matt Hidinger has a preview video up about his WP7 app as well: BusTrack Windows Phone 7 App From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Now that the Windows Phone 7 development tools have been out for a while, let’s talk about how you can use them. Windows Phone 7 ( WP7 ) has two application types that you can create, either Silverlight or XNA, and you can’t really mix the two together. The development environment for WP7 is a special edition of Visual Studio 2010 called Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone. This edition will be installed with the WP7 tools, even if you have a full edition of VS2010 already installed. While ...
*Moved to: Flashing your Windows Phone 6 for Dummies The rate at which vendors release new updates for the HD2 is ridiculously slow. You have to wait for Microsoft to release the new OS, then you wait for HTC to build it into a ROM, and then you have to wait up to 6 months for your operator to badly customise it for their network. Once Windows Phone 7 is released this problem should go away as Microsoft is likely to be able to update the phone over the air, but what do we do until then? I want Windows ...
I got EXTREMELY lucky last week and won an HP Mini 311 notebook from a Microsoft Tag Twitter contest. I did my required tweet to enter last Tuesday, and one hour later received notification that I had won the weekly drawing. Apparently you can tweet up to 500 times (I pity the followers of those who do that), so it was really lucky that I won, and I sympathize with those who had been really trying. If you would like to try your luck, there are seven weekly prizes left, and you can find out about ...
In this Issue: Vibor Cipan, Chris Klug, Pete Brown, Kirupa, and Xianzhong Zhu. Shoutouts (thought I gave up on them, didn't you?): Jesse Liberty has the companion video to his WP7 OData post up: New Video: Master/Detail in WinPhone 7 with oData Michael Scherotter who made the first Ball Watch SL1 app back in the day, has a Virtual Event: Creating an Entry for the BALL Watch Silverlight Contest... sounds like the thing to do if you want in on this :) Even if you don't speak Portuguese, you can check ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster. Shoutouts: Adam Kinney has moved his blog, and his first post there is to announce New tutorials on .toolbox on PathListBox and Fluid UI Awesome graphics for the MEF'ed Video Player by Alan Beasley: New MEF Video Player Controls (1st Draft – Article to follow…) It must be a slow relaxing summer weekend, because I only found one post... and Mark submitted this one to me :) From SilverlightCream.com: How to improve the Windows Phone 7 Licensing development experience? Mark ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Diego Poza, Viktor Larsson, Brian Noyes, Charles Petzold, Laurent Bugnion, Anjaiah Keesari, David Anson, and Jeremy Likness. From SilverlightCream.com: My MEF Rant Read Michael Washington's discussion about MEF from someone that's got some experience, but not enough to remember the pain points... how it works, and what he'd like to see. Prism 4: What’s new and what’s next Diego Poza Why Office Hub is important for WP7 Viktor Larsson has another WP7 post up and he's ...
The last few months have been pretty crazy. Just before the MVP summit in February I was approached about changing to a different project with my (then current) employer, and right after the summit I was approached by another company. Eventually I went with the new company and a new role in the Information Assurance field. More to come on that as things progress. All that being said I've not been as active in the .NET community as I once was and I miss it - so I'm looking to dive back in especially ...
Let me make this clear: I'm annoyed with Apple. I don't like their current policies and I don't like where Steve Jobs is taking the company. In general, I don't like it when any one company gets too much control in a market. When that happens, the leading company dictates the game and as consumers, our options all but disappear. That said, I'm still going to buy a new iPhone next week. My Apple-hating friends seem to desperately want me to go Android instead, but frankly, it's not good enough for ...
In this Issue: Miroslav Miroslavov, Chris Klug, Beau, Christian Schormann(-2-), Dan Wahlin, Pete Brown, Michael S. Scherotter, Philipp Sumi, Andy Wigley, and Phil Middlemiss. Shoutouts: Mark Tucker set about learning Caliburn, and in the process is writing a Caliburn Book: Chapters 1-3 Jesse Liberty has a great link-laden post up about why we should all be learning/using Blend: Why Developers Should, Must, Do Care About The New Expression Blend be sure to read what he says about WP7 development, ...
In this Issue: Brian Genisio, Michael Washington, Fons Sonnemans , Don Burnett, Xianzhong Zhu, Mike Snow, Jesse Liberty, Victor Gaudioso, David Kelley(-2-), and Matias Bonaventura . Shoutout: Anoop has a good post up: MEF or Managed Extensibility Framework and Lazy – Being Lazy with MEF, Custom Export Attributes etc Jesse Liberty's got a good post up if you are just Getting Started With Silverlight: A Path Through The Learning Material John Papa reports Updates and New Home for Sticky Plugin Tim ...
After years of one night community and volunteering tasks; and even running cool events like ]inbetween[ weekend, I finally get to go to the actual event! And this time it’s not in Orlando – it’s in New Orleans - which is also exciting! I will be attending many Windows Phone 7 sessions. And will hover over the Windows Phone booths. I am also extremely excited about this short exchange I had on twitter with the brand new Windows Phone Partner Community account: @wppartner #WindwosPhone 7 Enterprise ...
Belated thanks to Perficient for sponsoring (and providing lunch, which was a nice unadvertised surprise) and to Avichal Jain and Brian Blanchard for presenting at the St. Louis Azure Boot Camp May 13-14. There was a little more upfront discussion of “What is Cloud Computing and Why is it important?” than I thought necessary (I would think that people signing up for a two-day Azure event would already be convinced that it’s a worthwhile thing), but we put on our boots and fired up Visual Studio soon ...
In this Issue: Phil Middlemiss, Max Paulousky, Jeff Wilcox, David Anson, René Schulte, Xianzhong Zhu, Jeff Handley, John Papa, Jeremy Likness, and Marlon Grech. Shoutouts: SilverLaw has a great demo at the Expression Gallery, and we're all going to look forward to the blog post explaining it: Flexible Surface Effect SilverLaw> has another use for the above in this text morphing Effect: Morphing Text Effect Matthias Shapiro contributed a chapter for a book on Visualization and it's available as ...
Last year, I wrote Steve Ballmer an email, and he was kind enough to write me back. The email contained a scan of a column I wrote praising Microsoft’s BI strategy. His reply contained three simple words: “Super nice thanks.” Well, now I’d like to write to Steve again, in an open letter format, and this time the love may be a bit tougher. But I’m still super earnest. The past two days have been eventful ones for Microsoft: The company announced the departure of company veterans Robbie Bach and J ...
In this Issue: Kirupa, Matthias Shapiro(-2-, -3-), Giorgetti Alessandro, Kunal Chowdhury, Mike Snow, and Jason Zander. Shoutout: This looks like a really nice WP7 app done by a team of folks for Imagine Cup 2010: Ahead ... I hope to see some blog posts and code on this! From SilverlightCream.com, and remember you can send me a link to your post or submit at SilverlightCream.com: Control Storyboards Easily using Behaviors Kirupa is following through on a promise to discuss the Behaviors that come ...
Before you continue reading this post, a suggestion; if you haven’t read “Programming Windows Phone 7 Series” by Charles Petzold, go read it. Now. If you find 150+ pages a little too long, at least go through Chapter 5, Principles of Movement, especially the section “A Brief Review of Vectors”. This post is largely inspired from this chapter. At this point I assume you know what vectors are, how they are represented using the pair (x, y), what a unit vector is, and given a vector how you would normalize ...