Monthly Archives: October 2010

My position on the #Silverlight debate

.NET, Silverlight, Silverlight 4 Unleashed, Technical stuff, Windows Phone, Work
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Latest update (and hopefully last update): Microsoft has published a few posts to clarify the debate. Please consider the following:

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Microsoft Shape

.NET, IdentityMine, Phone, Silverlight 4 Unleashed, Technical stuff, WCF, Windows Phone, Work, WPF
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Today I have been invited by Microsoft Switzerland to present three of our awesome Windows Phone 7 applications on stage at their yearly Shape conference. It was a great moment, and I felt super proud to show the IMDb app, the Twitter app and the SBB Mobile app. The response was excellent, I didn’t have one single demo effect, was able to stream a movie preview live from the IMDb app, to show most features of the Twitter app, to load a timetable and purchase a ticket from the SBB app, and all this in slightly more than 10 minutes! How cool is that??

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Adding a ViewModelLocator and Merged Dictionaries to App.xaml

.NET, MVVM, Phone, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Windows Phone, Work, WPF
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I guess this is one of these places where using Blend is an advantage… since I do these operations mostly with the help of the tool, the XAML is generated and I don’t need to think about it too much.

There is a trick when you add objects (for example Styles or a ViewModelLocator) to App.xaml when it already has merged resource dictionaries. The syntax is a bit convoluted, so here we go:

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The BLINK tag is back, and it runs on WP7 now (#wp7dev)

.NET, Phone, Technical stuff, Windows Phone
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OK this one is really funny… we got hit by it on one of the projects I was working on for Windows Phone 7, and we didn’t quite understand what was happening until my esteemed colleague John Zolezzi dug in and found the bug… So here it is:

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A new beginning

Blog, Personal, Work
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In the past few weeks, I have not been the most prolific blogger. In fact, I have been so busy with work and book writing that it feels like the past few months have been a very concentrated whirlwind of activities. However, the good news is that I will get a welcomed respite very soon, and am very excited to resume blogging on a regular basis. And believe me, I have tons of content on Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 development, Expression Blend, integration, developer-designer workflow, MVVM and other exciting topics!

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