Category Archives: Data

Windows 8–Data binding Part 2

In my previous blog post I introduced data binding.  It worked, but there was no mechanism for updating.  Updating comes in two flavors, and these are often confused by folks new to databinding: Someone else updates the underlying data; we’d … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Primer–Data Binding (Part 1)

Data-binding is often thought of as an advanced topic, but there really is no reason for that. data-binding is Critical to writing XAML applications Not very difficult to learn A very powerful technique

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Yet Another Podcast #70–Jim Holmes & Automated Testing

Talking with Jim Holmes about automated testing. Jim is the evangelist for Telerik’s TestStudio and he is also the Chief Cat Herder for CodeMash.  Test Studio CodeMash Jim’s Blog Listen | Yet Another Podcast  

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Yet Another Podcast #69–Ward Bell

Talking with Ward Bell about data, web services, Windows 8, XAML, Javascript and much more. Ward is a Microsoft MVP and a founder and VP of IdeaBlade.  Ward’s Blog – Never In Doubt Listen | Yet Another Podcast  

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Yet Another Podcast #58–Julie Lerman and EF/CF

Talking with  Julie Lerman about Entity Framework and Code-First.  Julie’s blog Julie’s Book website Microsoft Entity Framework Developer Center EF Team Blog Domain Driven Design Listen | Yet Another Podcast Call in comments: 1-347-YAP-CAST

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Binding Formatting

Windows Phone Tutorial When you are binding data there are additional properties that allow you to format the display and to handle errors and null values. The StringFormat property allows you to add any standard .NET format string that matches … Continue reading

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The Full Stack, Phase 2–Overview

Windows Phone Tutorial Last year Jon Galloway and I launched the Full Stack experiment,in which we video-documented the creation of a nontrivial application. Today we begin the second phase of this experiment, building a new application that will have implementations … Continue reading

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Windows Phone WCF OData Client

Windows Phone Tutorial In a recent posting I showed how to create a quick OData service using Entity-Framework Code-First and SQLCE4.  In this posting I’ll show how to create a simple Windows Phone client to interact with that service.

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Creating an OData Server Quickly

Windows Phone Tutorial There are numerous ways to access data from Web Services.  To explore these we need a simple server that exposes data we can interact with from a Windows Phone Application. To facilitate this, we’ll build an ASP.NET/MVC … Continue reading

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DataBinding to Custom Properties

Windows Phone Tutorial In a recent three part mini-series I showed how to create a Xaml program from scratch.  In the third part of the series I showed how the values are computed for display, but I glossed over how … Continue reading

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Building a Windows Phone App From Scratch–Part 3 of 3

Windows Phone Tutorial In Part 1 of this mini-series we created the layout for a calculator. In Part 2, we filled in the event handlers for the buttons.  In this third and final part we’ll review the code for the … Continue reading

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Building A Windows Phone App From Scratch–Part 2

Windows Phone Tutorial In Part 1 of this mini-series we created the layout for a calculator. In this part, we’ll take a look at the event handlers required to make the buttons works.  When the user clicks a button an … Continue reading

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