My Rants and Raves about technology, programming, everything else...
This week, from August 5-7th, DevLink in Nashville, TN will be holding their annual conference. If you haven't been before its too late to attend (its sold out). But you should really save the date for next year. This conference is a small conference (about 800 attendees) with lots of great content. The real magic is that its only $100 to attend which makes it really approachable and affordable.
Part 3 of this series I took this video of building a simple application using the Windows Phone 7 beta tools. The video walks through building a simple random number generator using Visual Studio and Blend to build a simple, single-page application. Let me know what you think!
I've had my phone a couple of days now and been playing with the development experience on the device. As some of you remember, I've been creating a new Moon Phase application for the phone (called "Moon Phaser"). I'll be releasing the source and you'll be able to install it on your phone (for free) once the Marketplace launches.
I've recorded a little video showing using Visual Studio 2010 and the actual device to debug directly on the device. Yes it works...and yes its fast. I am really happy with the experience. Debugging with the emulator is fast too, but there are times when you want to make sure it works on the device and that the performance is what you expect on the device. Watch the video here:
If you haven't had a chance to join me for the Silverlight Tour yet, next week is your chance! I will be in Atlanta for the next Silverlight Tour stop.
If you're in Atlanta tomorrow (July 26th, 2010), i'll be at the Microsoft office in Alpharetta (north of Atlanta) to speak at the Atlanta .NET User's Group. I will be doing a short talk on Silverlight and interacting with the HTML DOM/other Silverlight apps. I'll also be talking about building your first Windows Phone 7 application using the latest Beta tools.
The fun starts at 6pm (though I'll likely not arrive until just at 6:30 for the first talk). You can find directions and other information here:
I am one of the lucky few who received Windows Phone 7 phone this week. For those who will ask, I got a phone because I am writing a book on programming for the Windows Phone 7 (Application Development for the Windows Phone 7 with Silverlight, Addison-Wesley).
My overall first impression is very good. I was able to get e-mail working, XBox Live integration and play with debugging on the phone. This blog entry will exclusively tallk about the phone, not the development experience. I will add new blog entries soon on my experience developing with the phone.
As many of you may have heard, I recently launched http://GiveAQuiz.com as a new web site for creating and taking quizzes. The Data Team at Microsoft were great in helping me build this site. I've written a whitepaper detailing how we used the Microsoft data stack to accomplish it. This whitepaper shows how we used these data technologies to build the site:
The new Windows Phone 7 Tools dropped this week and since I am writing a book on the subject, I decided to upgrade immediately. The upgrade was pretty clean. I could repeat a bunch of other bloggers with instructions for migrating your projects to the Beta, but go Google it with Bing™ if that's what you need.
Back in February I wrote an article stating my opinion about the current State of Data Access in Silverlight (then Silverlight 3 and betas of WCF RIA Services and WCF Data Services). Things have improved in some ways since then but they haven't been fixed. Here's my thoughts on the current state:
The Silverlight Tour and AgiliTrain would like to welcome our newest instructor: Russell Fustino. Russ brings a great pedagree as a former Microsoft Evangelist and co-host of the Russ's Toolshed Channel 9 Show. We're excited to have him teaching for the Silverlight Tour!