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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. May 2011 Entries
A Developers Review of Cooler Master Storm Laptop Cooler SF-19
DISCLAIMER: I did not get this product for free. I’m just a guy with a debit card that has bought a product and wants to share. Last December, I decided to make the switch from using a desktop to a laptop as my primary development machine. I blogged about the experience with a post called “Searching for the Perfect Developer’s Laptop”. Fast forward almost 6 months later and the machine is still holding up great, just one problem: HEAT. It seems strange to hear about heat problems as this is usually ......

Posted On Monday, May 30, 2011 10:51 AM

The Busy Developers Guide to Mango.
You’re a busy developer and you have read article after article of “What’s new in WP7 Mango” but you are only interested in knowing “What does this mean for me as a developer ?”. This is where I step in and give you the “need to know” with a quick blog post. What is it? The Beta to Windows Phone 7.1 Developer Tools named ("Mango") was released on May 24th, 2011. This means you can download the bits right now, but as far as having Mango on your phone you are going to have to wait. Let’s hit the bullet ......

Posted On Friday, May 27, 2011 6:29 AM

A few tips for working with XAML inside of Visual Studio 2010.
If you work with XAML day in and day out then surely you will have your own tips/tricks for working inside of Visual Studio 2010. Here are mine. I hope that you find them useful. Tip #1 When Double Clicking on a .XAML File go directly to the XAML View and collapse the Design split view. I find it annoying how the design view opens up every time you double click on a .XAML file. I like to create my UI inside of Expression Blend instead of Visual Studio. For instance, I get the following screen when ......

Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 6:05 AM

Game Changing Features in the Silverlight 5 Beta (Part 2)
Introduction In the first part of the “Game-changing Features in the Silverlight 5 Beta,” I investigated how to debug XAML in Silverlight 5. Now, it is time to explore another feature called Multiple Window Support, where I will review its abilities within a Silverlight 5 application. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. The full source code for the project is available as a separate download with this article. The full article is hosted on SSWUG and you ......

Posted On Friday, May 13, 2011 2:12 PM

Michael’s “Mega Collection of Silverlight 5 Beta” Demos
Michael’s “Mega Collection of Silverlight 5 Beta” Demos I’ve decided that today I would release a set of Demos for the Silverlight 5 Beta to help the community get up to speed quickly with the new features. In order to make the Silverlight 5 developer-base grow I will be creating demos of every feature as it is available. Here is my first set of contributions to make this happen. To download all the demos in one file then click here. For separate downloads then click below. Please note: All of these ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 1:04 PM

Game Changing Features in the Silverlight 5 Beta (Part 1)
Introduction Now that the MIX 11 conference is over and we have heard the news of the Silverlight 5 Beta being released, it’s time to explore some of the new features. If you followed my previous tutorial, then you should be ready to get started. In this piece, I am going to provide information about one of the most important and game-changing features in the Silverlight 5 Beta. - XAML Debugging. In my opinion, this is one of the most important features in the Silverlight 5 beta. In a future article, ......

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2011 4:49 PM

Blog Reader QA: A simple example of INotifyPropertyChanged.
I had a blog reader ask me this question: I see the INotifyPropertyChanged in demos all of the time, most of the time it is in a huge MVVM project and I cannot wrap my head around why it is important and why should I use it. Can you create a simple demo that shows off the feature? I looked around on the net but couldn’t find something simple. I decided to write a quick demo and hopefully it helps clear things up. If you want to go ahead and grab the source code then it is provided here. (Please note: ......

Posted On Friday, May 6, 2011 7:37 AM

SilverlightShow, CodeStock and Devlink lined up for the next couple of month.
I just finished delivering 4 sessions for at the end of April 2011. Above is a screenshot that was taken inside of the studio. Now, I am going to do a webinar on Silverlight 5 then head to Knoxville, TN and finally Chattanooga, TN. Keep reading for details on the events: Webinar on “Getting started with the Silverlight 5 Beta.” Wed, May 11th, 10 am PST (check your local time) Register for this webinar This webinar is designed for people who want to quickly understand ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:24 PM

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