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Upcoming ASP.NET, HTML5 and Windows 8 Talks and Workshops at DevConnections 2012

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It’s that time of the year again! DevConnections 2012 is right around the corner and we have a lot of great new workshops and sessions planned for the ASP.NET and Client-Dev (HTML5, Windows 8 Metro, JavaScript, jQuery, etc.) tracks. The keynote at DevConnections will be given by the one and only Scott Guthrie who’s always up to something cool and is a lot of fun to listen to.
Several other great speakers will be at the conference as well. Here’s a quick sampling:
John Papa (awesome presenter and a close personal friend of mine) Scott Hanselman (everyone’s favorite speaker/comedian) Stephen Walther  (one of the smartest people I’ve met and a great guy) Richard Campbell (super fun guy who’s a blast to listen/talk to on .NET Rocks) Mads Kristensen (of Visual Studio plugin fame) And of course there are many more! Sessions are only part of a conference experience. Yeah there are the parties too …...(Read whole news on source site)

Drive Your Week with Skill

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You can drive your week or your week drives you.   One of the ways I add sanity to the chaos of my week is the Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, Friday Reflection pattern.   It’s a simple way to setup a rhythm of results for the week. Monday Vision – Three Wins for the Week
On Sundays or Mondays, I identify three wins I want for the week.   For example: Alignment on approach X across the four teams. A baseline information architecture for “fast-pathing” cloud architecture.
A usable prototype for cloud strategy “on a page.” Power Hours for Exponential Results
Some of the work requires “heavy lifting” in terms of extreme concentration and focus.   To do that well, I make sure that I allocate some of my “Power Hours” to these problems.   This will help me take cover more ground in a better, faster, and simpler way.  For me, my best hours tend to be 8am, 10am, 2pm, and 4pm.   I’ll use these to move the big rocks each day, or at least chip away...(Read whole news on source site)

Weekly News Digest @SilverlightZone - 29-January-2012 to 04-February-2012

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Here comes the most popular 5 posts of the week (29th January 2012 to 4th February 2012) at This week most viewed posts were from Daniel Rubino, @f5Debug, SilverSpot, Barry Lapthorn and Joe Mayo.   Read more to find out the popular links read by the developer community. Don’t forget to follow @SilverlightZone on Twitter. Become a “Fan” of our Facebook Page by clicking the “Like” button to stay updated. Subscribe to our Newsletter in case you want to get digest mail notification.  Popular 5 Posts of the Week Here is the list of top 5 posts from Daniel Rubino, @f5Debug,
SilverSpot, Barry Lapthorn and Joe Mayo: WP7.6 "Tango" to feature native Google+, Skype in alleged screenshot - by Daniel Rubino File this under rumor, folks, as these screenshots can easily be faked, but is reporting that Windows Phone "Tango" will be know...   Learn WP7 Development in 31 Days - by @f5Debug Welcome to the 31 Days of......(Read whole news on source site)

Developing custom field type for SharePoint 2010

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The ECM features of SharePoint 2010 are excellent. The best thing is the extendibility of the platform using SharePoint designer and Visual Studio. By default SharePoint includes field types such as Single line text, multi-line text etc. The following is the snapshot of the fields available in SharePoint 2010 The out of the box field controls are useful for most situations, but still you may need additional field types when building business applications. Fortunately you can build custom field controls using Visual Studio 2010 and deploy to SharePoint. Custom field control
can provide a unique editing and display experience. Custom field controls can be used to include custom client-side validation and a unique editing experience. In this article I am going to demonstrate how you can build custom field control for SharePoint 2010. For the purpose of this article, I am going to build a custom field control that inherits the single line of text. When displaying the control, it will show the entered text in

tags. Also the field will convert the text to upper case while displaying. The custom field will throw error if it contains...(Read whole news on source site)

Changing a Control’s Output Dynamically

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A question that pops up occasionally in ASP.NET forums or sites like Stack Overflow is how to change a control’s output dynamically. Well, since the CSS Friendly Control Adapters came out, I knew how to do it statically, through static registration on a .browser file (it can also be done dynamically, for all controls of a certain type, by adding a fully qualified type name to HttpContext.Current.Request.Browsers.Adapters collection), but I decided to go and try to do it dynamically, without registration. More specifically, I wanted to achieve two things:
Apply a XSL transformation to the generated output, provided it is XML-compliant; Change the output through code in an event handler-like fashion. So, here’s what I came up with:
1: <%@ Register Assembly="WebApplication1" Namespace="WebApplication1" TagPrefix="web" %> 2: ... 3: 4:  5:
I have two control declarations, one...(Read whole news on source site)

PSake and building Silverlight solutions

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If you are using PSake to build .net projects and your project has a silverlight project in it you may get the following error. C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\Silverlight\v4.0\Microsoft.Silverlight.Common.targets(104,9): error : The Silverlight 4 SDK is not installed. [C:\Development\Source\Main\Libraries\SilverlightShared\Silverlight.csproj] When I encountered this I was not sure what to do since I was telling PSake that I was building with the ‘–framework 4.0; option.  However it appears that PSake does not look in the right path for the CORRECT MSBuild version.  The way that I found to solve this problem was to fully qualify the version
of MSBuild that I wanted to use.  I did the following C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\msbuild.exe /verbosity:m $SolutionFileWithPath I have spoken with James (the author of PSake and he thinks he can have a fix for this) but just incase he does not get it or you have this problem now at least you know how to solve it. Till next time,
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Awesome March 2012 Lineup for the ASP.NET and HTML5 DevConnections

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Technology has been changing at a rapid pace over the past few years and with conference season almost upon us it’s a great time to head to one of the great conferences like ASP.NET and HTML5 Connections from March 26-29 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be there with a whole new round of sessions myself including talks on Windows 8, XAML, jQuery, JavaScript Patterns, Knockout, MVVM with HTML5, and JsRender. Of course, there’s much much more too by including a can’t miss keynote by Scott Guthrie and many great speakers like:
Dan Wahlin (fantastic presenter and a great personal friend of mine) Stephen Walther (awesome presenter, knows his stuff cold) Richard Campbell (brilliant man of DotNet Rocks fame) Mads Kristensen (creator of many awesome plug ins for Visual Studio) Scott Hanselman (one of the best and funniest presenters in our industry) And of course there are many more! Sessions are only part of a conference experience. Yeah there’s the parties too … but the real value is in the hallway conversations and the people you meet and continue to...(Read whole news on source site)

Number- New HTML5 Input type

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I have been writing few series of new HTML5 input types and this is another post on same series. In this post I am going to explain Number input types. The number type is for numeric values. When you use number input type it will have spinner with up and down arrow and with the help of this you can increase or decrease of value. Attributes of Number Input type: There are four attributes of Number input types. Value : This attribute is used to specify the default value of the input type once
its first loaded. So what ever you put there in input value it will be there. Min: As name suggest it defines minimum value for a range that you can you can choose in number input types. Max: It defines maximum number value for the range a number input type can have. Step: This attribute defines the number which will decrease or increase number value. If you don’t specify the value for it the default value for this will be 1. So now we know...(Read whole news on source site)

From 0 to doing solution builds w/ PSake–Part 1 of N

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Recently I decided I would kill two birds with one stone, I figured I would learn a bit of Powershell and setup some build scripts for our project.  I have been wanting to play around with Powershell for the longest time but could never really either find the time or the reason to play with it.  So I figured that setting up build scripts would be a perfect use of my time (I know I could have choose any other build language/framework but PSake meet my need). In this post I will walk you though how to
setup a build from scratch.  I will warn that because I am a COMPLETE NOOB with powershell it is very likely that my powershell code is less than optimal but it meets my needs. In my script we are going to accomplish 3 things: Setup a PSake Task to perform a clean on our solution Setup a PSake Task to perform a build on our solution Setup a PSake Task to run Tests in our solution Before you continue I would suggest you download...(Read whole news on source site)

Review – 70-516 Exam Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Preparation Kit from uCertify

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Few weeks back, I had received an offer from uCertify to review their Exam Preparation Kit for the Microsoft Certification exam MCTS – 70-516 Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4. In one of my previous blog post, I shared the first look of the Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Preparation Kit from [...]