Jounce Part 8: Raising Property Changed

This will be a shorter bit for an interesting topic. I’ve noticed a few posts and discussion around raising the property changed notification. This continues to be the sore spot for MVVM. It creates quite a bit of ceremony for what is a fairly common piece of functionality that shouldn’t be so hard to create.…

A Silverlight MVVM Feed Reader from Scratch in 30 Minutes

I thought it might be useful for users (and potential users) of Jounce, MVVM, and Silverlight in general if I were to show the full process of building an application. When people ask me about how complicated MVVM is, I reply “it’s easy when you know it and use the right framework.” I hope this…

Lessons Learned in Personal Web Page Part 3: Custom Panel and Listbox

In the third part of this series I wanted to cover the “3D Panel” effect you can see on my Projects page. While there are some terrific third-party carousel controls, I wanted to see what it takes to build one from scratch using a custom panel and a Listbox control. The first step was to…

Lessons Learned in Personal Web Page Part 2: Enter the Matrix

This is the second part in the post of more “fun” effects and challenges I worked through in Silverlight when building my personal web page. One effect I really wanted to work out is the Matrix-style effect you can see on my blog page. After looking at the video I determined the main characters seemed…

Lessons Learned in Personal Web Page Part 1: Dynamic XAML

Recently I undertook the effort to rewrite my personal web page for a few reasons. I always like side projects for learning so I wanted to explore some “fun” ideas such as three dimensional objects and plasma (I blogged about those here) but also some more practical ideas like dynamic content and custom list boxes.…

Old School Silverlight Effects

This weekend I was working a little bit on my personal web site (rewriting it again, to use some better themes and my Jounce framework) and decided it would be fun to tinker with some old school effects. I decided to focus on two specific things: a transparent three-dimensional cube, and a plasma effect. You…

New England Visual Basic Professionals Presentation Materials

I have uploaded the content from my Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Development with Silverlight talk at the New England Visual Basic Professionals meeting in Waltham on December 2. There content can be found here, and includes: Presentation slides, which include the reference and event links I mentioned during the talk. The sample code, broken…

Quick Tip: Right-click VS 2010 Command and Admin Command Prompt

It seems that I’ve become very familiar with this command: xsd /c /l:cs schema.xml If you’re not familiar with it, this allows you to parse a schema into a strongly typed class, which then allows you to deserialize an XML document to that type. Pretty nifty, but it requires being in a “Visual Studio 2010…

From Silver to Gold in One Release: Silverlight 5

Silverlight 5 is coming! According to the keynote from Scott Guthrie, it will be here in beta by Spring 2011 and in release by end of year 2011. Today’s Silverlight Firestarter event included a keynote speech by Scott Guthrie, announcing the features that are slated for the next release. Because I went into great detail…

Silverlight and WCF Service Consumption: Event vs. APM

I’ve blogged several times about how I like to handle services in Silverlight. For two key posts, take a look at: Abstracting Service Calls in Silverlight 3 (works well for 4, too) Simplifying Asynchronous Calls in Silverlight using Action In this post we’ll explore the difference between using the actual contract for a WCF service…

Window Clippings 3 Released

One of my most used utilities, Window Clippings, has a brand new version! Kenny Kerr has added all sorts of wonderful screen capture goodness to Windows Clippings 3 that allows you to take that perfect snapshot of what’s on your screen. There are gobs of new features from being able to capture elevated windows, to…