Boston Azure Bootcamp Presentation Materials

I had a tremendous time this weekend presenting alongside Bill Wilder, Michael Collier, John Zablocki, and Jim O’Neil at the Boston Azure Bootcamp event in Cambridge, MA.  The topic once again covered the concepts of using Windows Azure to enhance mobile Windows Phone application and general mobile development considerations, and went beyond my demos to…

Testing SmtpClient using Microsoft Fakes

A new feature of Visual Studio 2012 is the Microsoft Fakes functionality (well, not a new feature, per se, just a repackaging of the Moles Isolation Framework published by Microsoft Research). It provides a means to isolate functionality in .NET application for testing, including non-virtual and static methods in sealed types. The last part is…

Video: The Top 10, er, 11 Features Developers will Love about Windows 8

I downloaded the Developer Preview for Windows 8 within minutes of it being announced during the major //BUILD conference in September 2011. Since then, I’ve been working with Windows 8 on both a laptop and a slate and have come to love several features. I wrote about the top 10 features I think developers will…

Introducing the Microsoft Surface Tablet with Windows 8

Today Steve Ballmer stepped up on stage and stated that while we’ve seen great change with things like cloud computing, Windows is the “heart and soul” of Microsoft. There are over 1 billion PCs including embedded machines and workstations. Windows 8 was designed “for the world we know, in which most computers are mobile.” He…

CodeStock 2012 Presentation Content

I would like to thank the attendees of my “Putting the Cloud in Your Pocket – A Guide to Using Windows Azure to Build Cloud-Enabled Windows Phone Apps” talk at the recent Codestock event – especially considering the early hour following the previous night’s fun.  The slide and code content I referred to in my…

Compressing Data in Windows 8 Metro Applications

The following post is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of my upcoming book, Designing Windows 8 Metro Applications with C# and XAML. Keep reading to learn how you can receive a free copy of the full chapter. Storing large amounts of data can take up a large amount of disk space. Data compression encodes information…

Metro XAML Nugget: App Bar AutoMagic

You may have noticed that in many places of the Windows 8 Metro UI, as well as many Metro applications where list content can be selected, that making a selection automatically/magically (“automagically”) brings up one or more app bars.  This is consistent with the “Guidelines and checklist for app bars” published in the Metro Style…

How to Debug a Windows 8 Metro Secondary Tile

I’ve been working on Chapter 7 of my upcoming book, Designing Windows 8 Metro Applications with C# and XAML. This chapter focuses on tiles and toast notifications. In the Windows 8 runtime, it is incredibly easy to prompt the user to pin a secondary tile. This is a tile that has a deep link for…

The Task: Async and Await in a Windows Runtime World

In my last blog post, I covered how to wrap your arms around the Task class and its relationship to the new async and await keywords. I mentioned that the post was focused on the .NET Framework only because the Windows Runtime handles these operations differently. In this post, I’ll cover what those differences are.…

The Task: Events, Asynchronous Calls, Async and Await

Almost any software application today will likely contain a long-running process. “Long-running” may be a relative term but in the Windows Runtime it is specifically anything that could take longer than 50ms to execute. That’s a fairly small window, and it means those operations will need to run concurrently to the main application thread. Concurrency…

Sample Applications from Designing Silverlight Business Applications

I’ve received a few emails regarding the book that the code files are not available from the publisher website. I’ve spoken with the publisher about this and they are working to correct it, but I wanted to provide a link for those of you who have been patiently waiting. As a backup to the main…

Designing Silverlight Business Applications Officially Released

  In June of 2011 I started the journey of writing a Silverlight book. The Silverlight team was about to release version 5 with an incredible set of new features that would revolutionize how it can be used in the enterprise. I knew there were already a number of books available to use a reference…