Tag Archives: BestPractices

Great SL Competency Test Part 1 (Answer)

On August 23rd I published part 1 of The Great Silverlight Competency Test.  The key tasks were to… …write a Silverlight program mimicking a problem report system,  that allows you to go to your db and call up a record … Continue reading

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The Great Silverlight Competency Test – 2

This is the second of twelve questions in The Great Silverlight Competency Test – each of which I believe a competent Silverlight Programmer ought to be able to complete within no more than 1 hour.

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Tag-based Feeds

In this posting I will show how to create Feedburner feeds based on queries in Word Press using the  Feedburner plugins.

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The Great Silverlight Competency Test – Part 1

This begins The Great Silverlight Competency Test – an entirely arbitrary set of a dozen challenges, each of which I believe a competent Silverlight Programmer ought to be able to complete within no more than 1 hour.  Each of the … Continue reading

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Coding Without A Net

I recently imposed on myself the constraint of coding without comments. Why?

* Comments rust faster than code, even when you’re careful
* Well written code can be read, and comments are annoying footnotes
* Comments make for lazy coding
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You May Already Be A Windows Phone 7 Programmer – Reloaded

As mentioned in the first post in this series, I am launching a series of intensive WP7 tutorials. To get started I thought it was important to revisit this earlier post and make sure all the code is up to … Continue reading

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12 Absolutely and Insanely Essential Utilities For Programmers

In every era in recent times there has been one profession that for a short while you could enter without formal training. Autodidacts in the 19th century could read the law without recourse to formal education (see Abe Lincoln). In … Continue reading

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PivotViewer Released!

Run, do not walk to Pete Brown’s blog and read about the new PivotViewer control. This is a very cool control just released by LiveLabs and that is fully supported in the new PivotViewer learning section on Silverlight.net. The home … Continue reading

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HyperVideo & Windows Phone 7 Project Update

  This is a quick update on the next steps for the HyperVideo Project that will touch on the following three sub-projects scheduled to be completed in the next six months: Update to the web-based project (HVP v2) Initial “port” … Continue reading

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Why Developers Should, Must, Do Care About The New Expression Blend

Okay, tough love: if you are serious about Silverlight development, the days of using one Integrated Development Environment for all you work are…. over.  The benefits of adding Expression Blend to your toolkit, and getting serious about learning how to … Continue reading

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Code Rush Vs. ReSharper

Its funny how sometimes there are pairs of products that contend for “best” and yet seem to be so evenly matched that the decision is often arbitrary, a pick made based on what your friends use, what you used first, … Continue reading

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Silverlight HVP – Next Steps and Community Involvement

The Silverlight HyperVideo project ran full steam from January through the day before Mix, and then went on hiatus while we all recovered, and while I pondered three critical questions: What features and changes are needed to bring the HVP … Continue reading

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