CodeStock 2012

Thanks for everyone’s support and votes. I have been selected to present two sessions at CodeStock 2012. Per the CodeStock website: CodeStock is a two day event for technology and information exchange. Created by the community, for the community — this is not an industry trade show pushing the latest in marketing as technology, but…

MVVM on MVC: HTML is not XAML

I have to admit that I may have rolled my eyes a bit when I first learned about the KnockoutJS library. It sounded too much like forcing a square peg into a round hole. Isn’t Model-View-Controller (MVC) already it’s own pattern? Does it make sense to apply something like Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) to HTML? I already…

Everything You Need to Start Writing Windows 8 Metro Applications Today

I can still remember the day I learned how to program. I was only 7 years old and was staying home with my TI-99/4A that had no games or cartridges available. Bored, I pulled out the BASIC reference guide and tapped in a small program called “Mr. Bojangles” that made some pixelated boxs move across…

Modern Web and Desktop App Development

Free stuff! Got your attention? Read on to learn more … Last year I focused on completing my book about enterprise solutions using Silverlight. Since the release of Designing Silverlight Business Applications, much has changed. The book itself was well-received (currently well-rated at Amazon, thanks to my readers who take the time to leave their…

Get Your SharePoint Training from Wintellect

Did you know that SharePoint was Microsoft’s fastest growing $1 billion business ever? Well, you probably knew something like that because you’re probably doing SharePoint development. We’re real ly happy at Wintellect that we are now offering world class SharePoint training that covers both people new to SharePoint to those that want to take SharePoint…

Announcing Wintellect’s Power Live Framework Library

Since late 2008, I have been spending a lot of time focusing on Microsoft’s Live Framework and Mesh technologies. Towards this end, I have produced a Power Live Framework library that simplifies coding against the Live Framework. And, I have also put together some sample applications that leverage my library. Furthermore, I have set up…

Jeffrey Richter, Wintellect, and Windows Azure

I love computing technologies. I’ve been programming since 1975 and experimenting with various languages (Basic, Pascal, COBOL, FORTRAN, RPG, APL, C, C++, C#, a little Python) and platforms (mostly DOS, Windows, .NET Framework and Android). During these years, I’ve consulted, published books, published magazine articles, and produced classes to help others work with these some…

Microsoft and Wintellect Present – Azure Deep Dive with Jeffrey Richter

I am doing a FREE full-day seminar on programming for Windows Azure in 4 cities in mid-May 2011. The New York event will be broadcast live over the internet. To register for an in-person event, please see https://www.wintellect.com/Training/Courses/Topic/Cloud. To register for the live streaming event, please see https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032484438&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US.

Wintellect Azure Contest for XBOX 360 Kinect Bundle

Wintellect is conducting a contest where you could win an XBOX 360 Kinect Bundle. THis contest requires minimal effort from you. To register, all you have to do is signup up for a free Windows Azure pass and deploy a service that is provided for you. You do not need to install anything on your…

Asynchronous Commands in Windows Store Apps

The Model-View-View Model (MVVM) pattern is more popular than ever and is built into the Visual Studio templates for creating Windows Store apps. Developers familiar with Silverlight already encountered the platform shift to using asynchronous operations because it was impossible to generate a WCF client with synchronous methods. The Windows Runtime (WinRT) takes this further…

Windows 8 GridView and Variable-Sized Items

The GridView control is one of the most used layout controls within Windows 8 Store applications.  By using the Grid App project template with Visual Studio 2012, your first page will look similar to the following: While this looks great, what if you’d like to create a items that vary in size?  Something like the…