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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. September 2010 Entries
Hands-on : Windows Phone 7 Review
I was lucky enough to be nominated to receive the Windows Phone 7 from a representative at Microsoft. The phone that was given to me was the LG GW910. Please note that this phone is not mine, it’s going back in a couple of weeks. The review of the phone below is my personal opinion. Keep reading to find out if I’m actually going to buy one and to see other screen shots. Back to the phone, the first thing that I did was remove the sim card from my iPhone 3G and drop it into the WP7. It immediately ......

Posted On Thursday, September 30, 2010 9:13 PM

Customizing the Silverlight Listbox during runtime using Blend 4
I’ve seen a lot of post describing how to customize a Silverlight Listbox during design time, but sometimes we want the user to have the ability to switch “themes” while the application is running. I originally started working on this for a project that would switch themes during different times of the day and decided to share here. Go ahead and fire up Blend 4 and select Silverlight Application + Website. Give it a name and hit OK. We are going to create sample data first. This will give us a Listbox ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 4:43 PM

From start to finish with the final version of Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7
Thanks to Scott Gu for Tweeting a link to this page. I also wanted to thank Chris Alcock for mentioning this on the Morning Brew #688. Feel free to subscribe to my feed for more articles like this one. You may also want to follow me on Twitter. Today, the final version of the Visual Studio Tools for Windows Phone 7 was released. To get started, download the final bits here. You may also want to go ahead and download the Silverlight Tools for Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for ......

Posted On Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:12 PM

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Features and Benchmarks
We have come a long way since IE 1… image property of wikipedia …to IE9 In case you are living under a rock, IE9 Beta was released today. This browser is a major update to the previous version IE8. It is also supposed to give Firefox/Chrome a run for its money. How did it turn out? Read below to find out. So what are the best features of IE9? Lets give it a quick run-through then we are going to look at a few key features and a benchmark (note the benchmark is against a beta – so things may change). ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:34 PM

15 Things I’ve discovered about Silverlight
I love Silverlight and have written / talked about it a lot. I can’t help but notice that a lot of people are new to Silverlight or may have played with it a few times. Well this post is for you. It is a list of 15 things that I’ve discovered since I started developing for Silverlight. If you are a full-time Silverlight developer than I would hope you know most of these. I promise not to scare off anyone with talks of MVVM, Prism or MEF. 1) The line highlighted below represents the MIME type and ......

Posted On Monday, September 13, 2010 2:18 PM

MVVM so easy a n00b can do it (Silverlight4)
I created a getting started guide for the MVVM pattern back in June 2010. Since the guide came out, I had several developers ask me when I was going to publish my MVVM example that I had promised. I played around with a way to present this that did not seem like the same old MVVM blog post that everyone has already written. Most of the blog post that I ran across explaining the pattern had lots of complicated diagrams and code snippets that would leave out vital pieces of information. I decided that ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2010 7:12 AM

Book Review: Silverlight 4 in Action by Pete Brown
With Pete's guidance, it will feel like you have that super-smart coworker in your cubicle at all times. A new Silverlight 4 book is coming out on September 7th and I had a chance to review it before it hits shelves. After reading the book and some chapters multiple times, I can tell you that this is the best book for a developer wanting to learn Silverlight 4. If you are wondering if you should buy the book or not then let me answer that right now. YES. I would definitely recommend this book to ......

Posted On Saturday, September 4, 2010 2:12 PM

Easy way to generate sample data for your Silverlight 4 Applications
In the past when I needed to test what my application looked like with sample data. I’d create a class named Data.cs and write some code like the following: Data.cs public class Data { public string Name { get; set; } public int Age { get; set; } } Code Behind: List<Data> source = new List<Data>(); for (int i = 0; i < 50; i++) { source.Add(new Data() { Name= "MIKE" + i, Age = i, }); } dg.ItemsSource = source; This would provide me with some quick and dirty sample data, but it really ......

Posted On Friday, September 3, 2010 8:22 PM

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