What Happened to My LayoutAwarePage?

Recently at the //Build/ Conference Microsoft showed off the development environment for Windows 8.1.  In less than an year Microsoft has rev’ed Visual Studio.  For Windows 8, Microsoft tried to provide project templates that got you heading in the right direction.  If you did File-> New Project and you chose the Grid App template you... Continue Reading →

Using the Metro Share Contract With Custom Data

In a few months Windows 8 will be released.  This is an exciting, reimagining of the Windows operating system.  With this new operating system comes a new application paradigm.  Metro applications are optimized for tablets device.  These new applications operate in a restrictive, sandbox environment.  This is part of the security that is intended to... Continue Reading →

What is This ‘LayoutAwarePage’ You Speak Of

Update: The LayoutAwarePage is no more in Windows 8.1. Check out my new post What Happened to My LayoutAwarePage?The other day Microsoft released the Consumer Preview of their  next version of Windows.  The next version of Windows will bring Microsoft in direct competition with iPad and the various Android tablets.  I was excited about this release... Continue Reading →

Isolating OData Calls in Silverlight.

As Software Engineers we strive to build elegant solutions.  We tend to layer our architecture so that our code is modular so that our code is testable and maintainable.  With Silverlight this poses some particular challenges specifically when dealing with external services.  All external calls from with Silverlight are asynchronous in order to prevent developers... Continue Reading →

Day 1 of New England Give Camp Done!

So today (or yesterday as it is past midnight) was the first day of New England Give Camp.  We met all the charities and the developers that are making their projects a reality.  My team is building an application to deliver messages to the children at the hospital.  These messages will appear as balloons that... Continue Reading →

Giving Back

So I haven’t done a good job blogging lately, in face I have pretty much blown my goals out of the water.  I am hoping that will change in the near future (more on that in a later post). This weekend is the New England Give Camp and I decided to blog about my experience. ... Continue Reading →

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