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I'm a fan of pretty much all kinds of music, but certain types of music really resonate with me. For most of my adult(?) life, I've been a huge Danzig fan. I've seen them play live at least 5 times and have managed to collect a few backstage passes, guitar picks, tshirts, etc over the years... along with buying everything they've ever released, for better or worse. Mostly, I'm a fan of the first three albums and the Demonsweat Live EP. After that, there were too many lineup changes and musical direction ...
It’s not often I let my personal life creep into affecting the things I’m involved in and doing. I usually let my hobbies kind of get me through the tough parts. And while I’ve been having fun distracting myself with playing games and coding this week, I’ll admit my eye wasn’t on the community like it normally is. I apologize for the late posting of the notes and for how light and sparse they are. I’m sure there was more going on in the XNA community (and if you were missed in this weeks notes, shoot ...
This is a problem I've struggled and struggled with. No workaround or fix I found on the internet worked. In fact the work around I finally got to work incorporates a combination of fixes. Symptoms The Form or User Control designer in Visual Studio displays the following error: Visual inheritance is currently disabled because the base class references a device-specific component or contains P/Invoke Cause In case you didn't know P/Invoke is used to access un-managed code (com components). The designer ...
RedGate SQL Source Control is a Management Studio add-in that allows you to seamlessly (hopefully...) connect your existing source control system to SQL Server. It is advertised as doing all the typical stuff you'd expect: Source control schemas and data within SSMS Connect databases to TFS, SVN, Sourcegear Vault, Vault Pro, Mercurial, Perforce, Git, Bazaar, and any source control system with a capable command line Work with shared development databases, or individual copies Track changes to follow ...
In this Issue: David Catuhe, Paul Sheriff, Bill Steele, Den Delimarsky, Bill Burrows, Doug Rathbone, Matthias Shapiro, Jason Alderman, Jessica Fosler, John Garland, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty, and Jeff Prosise. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 5’s New and Improved Threading Architecture" Jeff Prosise WP7: "Silverlight Game Development webcasts" Bill Steele Shoutouts: Jesse Liberty has a short post up describing some of the features we can expect with the Tooling in Mango From SilverlightCream.com: ...
This week has been an interesting one. Lots of ups and downs in the XNA Community and lots of things that we’re not sure yet if it’s an up or down. One of the biggest changes that happened was that the Top Downloads list on Xbox.com and on the Xbox dashboard is now calculated differently for Xbox LIVE Indie Games. It’s still not clear what impact this is going to have (although I know it feels pretty clear to some of you in the community!) but this lead to some interesting things. One, we got to ...
I try, I really try, to keep this blog as much about technology and as little about other topics, but honestly its too annoying to try and keep multiple blogs. So, here we are. As you can tell by the title, this will be a religious-based post. If you’re not down with that, that’s kewl…please view another of the fantastic tech-themed posts on my blog or on another GeeksWithBlogs contributor’s blog. Rob Bell. Rob Bell is the pastor of a church in Michigan. I actually used to mock Rob Bell because (sorry ...
Sometimes, the way that LINQ to Twitter materializes queries into entities isn’t immediately clear. It’s easy to get confused until you see the patterns or make a correlation between the Twitter API results and their representations as LINQ to Twitter entities. In this post, I’ll explain some of the logic behind the design of LINQ to Twitter entities and demonstrate an example of one of the more oddly designed entity types, Search. Note: They'll be talking about MVC3 during multiple sessions at Tech-Ed. ...
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In this Issue: Tony Champion, Oren Gal, David Catuhe, Anuj Seth, Shawn Wildermuth, Jeff Prosise(-2-), WindowsPhoneGeek(-2-), and Jesse Liberty(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Reverse geocoding in a Silverlight application" Oren Gal WP7: "Phoney Tools 1.0 Released!" Shawn Wildermuth Shoutouts: My friends at SilverlightShow made their top 5 from last week available: SilverlightShow for April 18 - 24, 2011 From SilverlightCream.com: PivotViewer Lessons Update Tony Champion added a new lesson to ...
In this Issue: Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Jeff Prosise(-2-), Harold Martinez, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Martin Krüger, and Xianzhong Zhu. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Multithread Programming in Silverlight 4" Xianzhong Zhu WP7: "Silverlight for Windows Phone Programming Tip #8" Jeff Prosise XNA: "Basic XNA" Harold Martinez From SilverlightCream.com: Adding Runtime Intelligence to your Windows Phone 7 Application Derik Whittaker has a post up that all the WP7 devs should be interested ...
When updating code to be Style Cop compliant, one of the issues frequently encountered is SA1401: SA1401: Fields must be declared with private access. Use properties to expose fields. The code concerned is: public TransitionSet Lookbacks = new TransitionSet(); The first step is to select Lookbacks. In the left margin, Reshaper has a series of actiosn and I select the one for "move initialization to constructor(s)". The adds the following live to the constructor. Lookbacks = new TransitionSet(); This ...
This has been kind of a crappy week for me. Kids are all puking like crazy so I’m up most nights taking care of them. Fun times being a day! (I have 4 kids in case you didn’t know!). And while my kids have been puking, the community has been busy puking too. Puking up a ton of awesomeness! Yeah…probably not the best analogy but I’m tired. I did want to take the time to point out one thing that resonated loudly with me this week. You’ll see some interviews with Kris Steele by Steven Hurdle. In that ...
I'm currently using WinCvs 2.0.2.4 from http://cvsgui.sourceforge.n... Delete a file: Select the file or files that you want to remove. Click the right mouse button on the selection, and choose the Remove selection menu item. As the files are only marked for removal, you have to commit them to remove them from the repository. Beware, this will send your file to the recycle bin. When you commit the file, it will pernamently remove it from your harddrive. The files will now be removed from ...
I've been hiking with the Cleveland Hiking Club. And a lot. But, over the past month, I hiked a 15-miles, 20-miles and last Sunday, 26-miles (a Marathon!), As I hiked on these long miles, I had a lot of time to think and to think about my relationship with God. I've been asking God for quite some time to help me develop a deeper relationship with Him. Attending classes are good. Attending service is good. Being in communion with the community is good. But, I was looking for something deeper. Well, ...
MIX 11 happened this past week and I’m still trying to find and catch up on all the announcements changes that came from that. It looks like we can now use XNA on the web via Silverlight (and am I reading that we can do 3d?). We can now use Silverlight in our XNA projects with Windows Phone 7 (yay for having an easy way to make UI’s in XNA now!). And I’m still searching around to see if there were any other big news. The Silverlight + XNA news is pretty big because that opens up a lot of new game ...
Singapore .NET User Group - April UG Meeting UG Meeting will be held on 18th April 2011 on next Monday, at Level 21 Auditorium from 1900hrs – late. Light refreshments will be served before the session. From the trenches: Lessons learnt working on Azure Mahesh Krishnan, Principal Consultant, Readify 1900 hrs – 2000 hrs Mahesh Krishnan, from Melbourne, Australia speaks about the lessons learnt working on one of the largest Azure projects in Australia. The application which is set to go live soon uses ...
I am very excited to help share this news with you today! I feel as excited today as I was when Windows Phone 7 developer story was revealed at MIX10 last year. I see so many more application scenarios with the new tools and features in Windows Phone 7. There has been a few announcements made at MIX11 – let me recap some of what I find important. There was not a disclosure or showing of any new end-user features. There is a commitment to delivering the next update later this year as a free updates ...
Para poder sacarle el máximo provecho a los servicios de Microsoft como Skydrive o editar documentos de Office Live usando cuentas no-Microsoft, es necesario tener un .Net Passport. Este se obtiene automáticamente al registrar una cuenta nueva en los dominios de Microsoft como Live.com, Hotmail.com, Msn.com; entonces si tienes tu correo ejemplo@hotmail.com ya cuentas con .Net Passport. Ahora para los que quieren asociar cuentas de otros dominios como Gmail.com o Yahoo.com es necesario seguir los ...
Ahhh, the beauty of having Windows Live Writer on the mac again, I love it. So when I bought this machine, I said I would never run Boot Camp, Parallels, or Fusion on it because it only has 2GB of ram that is not upgradeable and who can run a VM with under a 1GB ram dedicated? Well the answer is Windows 7 Starter Edition. How did I come to that conclusion, trial and error. We are prepping for a big event at TechEd 2011 (the announcement will be coming soon) and I needed Windows Live Writer on my ...

At http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms11-apr.mspx there is an advance notice of patches Microsoft will release tomorrow.

There are 9 critical fixes and it is highly likely you will need to restart your PC.

My friends at Windows Server News suggest that you test the patches very carefully before deploying to a live system

I had an Outlook irritation that I resolved recently. I have many irritations with Outlook, but the one I fixed was some of the sounds it makes. Every time I viewed a new folder, it made an irritating noise. Every time I deleted an email or RSS item, it made a different irritating noise. With no program option available other than the new mail sound, I went into Control Panel | Sound | Sounds tab for some surgery. Scroll down the Program Events list until you get to the Microsoft Office section. ...
What a crazy week! Big game releases from the XNA Community, podcasts, reviews, interviews, new educational content being posted and all sorts of upcoming titles that I’m excited about. If there was ever a week that I missed stuff, this was the week. Seemed like every time I glanced at twitter or checked my RSS feeds there was some interesting and new XNA thing going on. No need for me to try and convince you, just like at the size of this weeks XNA Notes! Time Critical XNA News: Making Windows Phone ...
New York City was always this fantasy far away that I couldn't touch. I'm not sure it's really New York, but a place that was outside of St. Louis. A place that was outside this whole midwestern bubble I lived in when I was a kid. All I had was school and baseball, because well everything else wasn't so great when I until after I turned 18. When I was 18 I had this really great summer and it felt like everything was changing. It was the beginning of my life. I had no idea what that summer meant, ...
Today is April Fool's day...and apparently I fooled quite a few people with my post earlier today! Sorry if you were outraged, concerned (or maybe you were happy and elated?) but I am not losing my MVP status. I'm still an XNA MVP and hope to remain one for as long as XNA is around. I really love the technology and this community! Something that was NOT an April fool's joke however, there are now two new XNA MVPs (well only two knew that I'm aware of, if there's more, please make yourself known!). ...
Pleased to announce that my 6th App. has just gone live on the Apple AppStore http://itunes.apple.com/app/the-fillers-the-killers-tribute/id427958386?mt=8
(these are lifted verbatim from Microsoft here, here and here and are presented below only because it’s convenient to have them lumped altogether…) Getting Started with Windows Phone Windows Phone development platform supports both XNA Framework and Silverlight. This unit takes you through the step-by-step creation of your first Windows Phone Silverlight application. Hands-On Labs · Hello Windows Phone This lab intends to be the classic "Hello World" application, introducing you to the tools and ...
For the past few weeks now there’s been a persistent “Zune is dead!” rumor. There was one a few months ago as well speculating about the name itself. The most recent one focuses on the hardware. It’s been “we have nothing to announce”-ed by Microsoft, which is Microsoft code for… having nothing to announce. As tech companies go, Microsoft doesn’t really go in for the whole rumor mill thing. The merits of that policy is a different discussion. I don’t have any insider knowledge. I don’t know anyone ...
This week was a busy one for the XNA Community and one that had a series of ups and downs. You might have noticed by now (or maybe you haven’t and I shouldn’t be pointing this out..) that I tend to only point out the ups. That’s very much on purpose and something I thought long and hard about before I started doing XNA Notes. It’s too easy to let the bad stuff spread like a virus and seem overwhelming (something to do with human nature and there’s probably a science and psychology behind it). When ...
First entry in a new neighbourhood . Whether it be cheating or whatever I’m giving Windows Live Writer a try as an editor interface for this new blog. In the process I’ll also give these plug-ins a try: Source Code Formatter Amazon Book Linker Insert Code for Windows Live Writer Syntax4Writer For Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter Paste As Visual Studio Code Twitter Notify ...
I have written about adding support for specifications to NHibernate’s ISession type. Shortly afterwards Paul Stovell moaned on twitter that no one had demonstrated how to mock ISession. Since my implementation relied upon an extension method (QueryBySpecification) I googled how to mock extension methods – and discovered that you can’t. What I did find was Daniel Cazzulino’s post about converting extension methods to methods that return a Func that exposes your extension method. That way you can ...
Recently I wrote about JavaScript class patterns, and in particular, my favourite class pattern that uses closure to provide encapsulation. A class to represent a person, with a name and an age, looks like this: var Person = (function() { // private variables go here var name,age; function constructor(n, a) { name = n; age = a; } constructor.prototype = { toString: function() { return name + " is " + age + " years old."; } }; return constructor; })(); var john = new Person("John Galt", 50); console.log(john.toString()); ...
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Even with a lot of the XNA community working on Dream Build Play entries ( I swear I’m going to finish mine this year!) people are still finding time to do side projects and be amazingly active in the XNA and XBLIG community. With my one eye on my code and one eye on the community, here’s what I noticed these over achievers doing this past week! Time Critical XNA News: Xbox LIVE Indie Games sales data will be delayed March 17-20th due to some schedule maintenance http://create.msdn.com/en-u... ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, Emil Stoychev, Viktor Larsson(-2-), Kevin Hoffman, Rudi Grobler, WindowsPhoneGeek, Jesse Liberty(-2-), and Martin Krüger. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Image comparison using a GridSplitter" Martin Krüger WP7: "Using WP7 accent color effectively" Viktor Larsson XNA: "XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 7 - Collision detection" Peter Kuhn From SilverlightCream.com: XNA for Silverlight developers: Part 7 - Collision detection Peter Kuhn has part 7 of his XNA for Silverlight ...
Photo by parl, 'Risk.’ Under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-N... License This has been a busy week for Microsoft, and for me as well. On Monday, Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 9 at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. That evening I flew from New York to Seattle. On Tuesday morning, Microsoft launched Visual Studio LightSwitch, Beta 2 with a Go-Live license, in Redmond, and I had the privilege of speaking at the keynote presentation where the announcement was made. Readers ...
I've been wanting to write this post summarizing my thoughts about the MVP summit but have been dragging my feet since it's a very difficult one to write. However seeing Andy (http://forums.create.msdn.... and Catalin (http://www.catalinzima.com... and Chris (http://geekswithblogs.net/... post about it has encouraged me to finally take the plunge. I'm going to have to write carefully though because I'm going to be dancing ...
Even when using an ORM, such as NHibernate, the developer still has to decide how to perform queries. The simplest strategy is to get access to an ISession and directly perform a query whenever you need data. The problem is that doing so spreads query logic throughout the entire application – a clear violation of the Single Responsibility Principle. A more advanced strategy is to use Eric Evan’s Repository pattern, thus isolating all query logic within the repository classes. I prefer to use Query ...
With GDC 2011 wrapping up there were a LOT of great interviews and posts with and about XNA and XBLIG and some of our more notorious developers. Definitely worth spending many, many hours watching, listening and reading all those. Very inspiring! Also, don’t forget to get signed up for Dream Build Play! And just as an early warning reminder do NOT, I repeat do NOT wait to submit your game the last day. There are major issues submitting the last day every year and you do not want all your hard work ...
Here are the latest update from the Windows Phone 7 Developer Worlds that went live this month. Here are some of the latest numbers: Windows Phone Marketplace currently offers more than 9,000 quality apps and games and enjoys a base of over 32,000 registered developers, delivering an average of 100 new apps every day. There have been over 1 million downloads of the developers tools for Windows Phone 7. Trial version help you sell more Trials result in higher sales by the numbers: Users like trials ...
This past week the MVPs (myself included) were on Microsoft campus for the MVP summit. So I apologize in advance if you did something cool or heard of something cool happening with XNA and XBLIGs and it’s not in my notes. I did my best to stay on top of things, but honestly this community is fast and furious with what it’s doing and creating. I really can’t keep up and that’s fantastic! But here’s what I *did* notice while I was there on Microsoft Campus (and I did make sure to point out to the XNA ...
(This is my first review as a part of the GeeksWithBlogs.net Influencers program. It’s a program in which I (and the others who have been selected for it) get the opportunity to check out new products and services and write reviews about them. We don’t get paid for this, but we do generally get to keep a copy of the software or retain an account for some period of time on the service that we review. In this case I received a copy of Red Gate Software’s ANTS Memory Profiler 7.0, which was released ...
This week has been a rough one. I’ve been sick and then in some kind of slump for my afternoon coding sessions. It could be from the cold, could be I’m still tired from writing that Windows Phone 7 game development book (which is out now!) or it could just be I’m tired of winter and want some sunshine. All I know is that even while I’m stick, the XNA world keeps going along at it’s whirlwind pace. Below are the things I caught in between my coughing fits.. Time Critical XNA News: The 2011 MVP summit ...
In this Issue: Ian T. Lackey, Kevin Hoffman, Kunal Chowdhury, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Page Brooks, Deborah Kurata(-2-), and Paul Sheriff. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Building a Radar Control in Silverlight–Part 2" Page Brooks WP7: "Reactive Drag and Drop Part 2" Jesse Liberty Expression Blend: "Simple RadioButtonList and / or CheckBoxList in Silverlight Using a Behavior" Ian T. Lackey Shoutouts: Kunal Chowdhury delivered a full day session on Silverlight at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Championship event ...
It's hard to believe October was the last time I was over here on my blog. Ironically after getter the developer phone from Microsoft I have been knee deep in iPhone programming and for the past few weeks Android programming again. This time I've spent all my non-working hours programming a fun project for my "other" website, Disneyland Inside Out. Disneyland Inside Out, a vacation planning site for Disneyland in California, has been around in various forms since June 1996. It has always been a place ...
Every week I keep wondering if there’s going to be enough activity in the community to keep doing these notes on a weekly basis and every week I’m reminded of just how awesome and active the XNA community is. There’s engines being made, tutorials being created, games being crafted. There’s information being shared, questions being answered and then there’s another whole community around the Xbox LIVE Indie Games themselves. It’s really incredibly to just watch all that’s going on and I’m glad I’m ...
I recently described some of the patterns used to simulate classes (types) in JavaScript. But I missed the best pattern of them all. I described a pattern I called constructor function with a prototype that looks like this: function Person(name, age) { this.name = name; this.age = age; } Person.prototype = { toString: function() { return this.name + " is " + this.age + " years old."; } }; var john = new Person("John Galt", 50); console.log(john.toString()); and I mentioned that the problem with this ...
Last night my wife’s Nexus One finally bit the dust. You may not know but I’ve been nursing her Nexus One one along for quite a while after her screen shattered. I was able to replace it on my own (go me!) but little quirks have been popping up and the phone was quickly deteriorating. Lately it’s been the power button. Wifey would often have to press the power button several times to get her phone to turn on and last night it just wouldn’t wake up again. I took it apart and tried my best to see if ...
Last year I started a new job with a logistics company in the North of England, where I was responsible for the management, design and development of IT Integration strategies, architectures and solutions using BizTalk Server 2009. This included the design and implementation of the BizTalk Server 2009 infrastructure, the definition of development standards, mentoring a fellow developer in the ways of BizTalk and migrating a number of existing solutions from Softshare over to BizTalk 2009. Unfortunately ...