To Metro and Back Again: A Developer’s Tale (Part 2)

In my last post, I started a journey to see if I can share data between a WPF application and a Windows 8 Metro application.  We left off with the data in the Metro application.  According to the map the way back to the WPF application is through the Documents folder. Only when the data... Continue Reading →

Windows 8 in the Enterprise

Microsoft recently released the Release Preview of Windows 8 on their way to a final release later in the year. This new reimagining of Windows is the most radical change to Windows in a long time. There has been a lot of talk about the new design, some good and some bad. I recently delivered... Continue Reading →

Windows 8 is Coming….Should I Care?

Recently I have been using the Developer Preview of Windows 8.  Back in September Microsoft announced how developers can build the next generation Windows applications. So Microsoft is trying to revamp its tablet industry while moving their operating system forward. They are developing an operating system that is attempting  unify their operating system across platforms... Continue Reading →

Everything Goes in Cycles

Recently a colleague of mine at BlueMetal Architects presented to the following trend image: State of The Environment I find it funny how these things go in cycles.  It is like the cycle of Client/Server –> Desktop –> Distributed.  If you think about it the technology of the time dictates the paradigm flavor of the... Continue Reading →

Code Once Use Twice….or More

If you have programed against any of Microsoft’s Xaml based user interface frameworks then you might have heard about the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) pattern.  One of the benefits of this pattern is the separation of the view  from the view model.  All of the logic lives in the view model which is then bound to the... 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 →

Why Repositories Matter!

I recently read a blog titled “Architecting in the pit of doom: The evils of the repository abstraction layer”. In it Ayende makes some pretty compelling points as to why you should not use repositories.  In his example he is stating that NHibernate’s ISession and Entity Framework’s Context objects are repositories.  He also states that... Continue Reading →

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