Utility: Extmap Maker v1.1

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Quite some time ago, I wrote small utility which helped to create external map manifest file for Silverlight assemblies. This manifest is needed to enable XAP reduction feature (you can read more about it here). I have been told, that the utility is not working with assemblies compiled with Silverlight 5, so I decided to update it. The new version compatible with Silverlight 3, 4 & 5 assemblies. Please note, that new version requires .NET 4.0 Client profile in order to work. Updated version can be downloaded from here.   Stay tuned, Alex

Thoughts about application packaging, Resources, MVVM and others

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I thought a lot before decided to write this post… First - I’d like to thanks Ariel Ben Horesh for “inspiring” me to write this post and for dedicating so much time to write his post! After reading his post I thought a lot and my thoughts about the post are the follows: 1. First, I thought about the applications and the way to provide user with best experience while loading those applications… The users shouldn’t wait minutes for application to download… While authoring large Silverlight applications (MVVM or not) the author should consider to split...

Windows Phone 7 Quick Tip: How to use Bing Maps in XNA games

Friday, October 22, 2010

A few days ago, a colleague of mine pointed out to this site which shows a Bing Maps usage within XNA game. I was intrigued how to achieve it… I know that Silverlight applications for Windows Phone 7 could use Bing Maps control (see great usage tutorial here), but XNA games cannot render Silverlight controls… To solve it, I decided to use a different approach for XNA – download image tiles and present them in XNA game. Let’s get started. First, in order to use Bing Maps API you need a Bing Maps Account and Application Private Key. The Bing Maps...

Teaser: Multi-Screen

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Something big is coming… Imagine PC, imagine phone, imagine game console… Image all of them playing same game… Imagine player with phone playing versus player on console or player on PC… Imagine player starting the game in public transport at the way home and resuming it after arriving home on the console… Imagine that everything is possible…   Just imagine… and enjoy the photo meanwhile :) Stay tuned for more to come!   Enjoy, Alex

Silverlight for Windows Phone 7: Launchers and Choosers

Monday, July 12, 2010

This post will talk about launchers and choosers mechanism in Windows Phone 7 applications. The Windows Phone application model isolates every application in its own sandbox, both for execution and file storage. Applications are not able to directly access common stores of information, such as the contacts list to directly invoke other applications such as the phone or messaging applications. To enable scenarios that require common tasks such as these, Windows Phone exposes a set of APIs referred to as Launchers and Choosers that allow applications indirect access to these useful phone features. The Launcher and Chooser APIs invoke distinct...

Silverlight for Windows Phone 7: Push Notifications (Part 1 of 2)

Now, after Beta tools released it is a time to start talking about new features and changes since Apirl CTP. This is the first part of two parts blog post about push notification mechanism in Windows Phone 7. The API described in this article according to recently released Beta version of Windows Phone Development Tools (WPDT). Windows Phone 7 application can’t run in the background (performance, battery life, usage of radio) and therefore there is a need to have a mechanism that facilitates a communication channel between backend services and application on the phone. Push Notification is the mechanism through which...

Silverlight 4 @WDC

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thanks for all participants at WDC monthly meeting! I really enjoyed to present Silverlight 4 before such nice audience! I really enjoyed the Q&A session ah the end of the meeting. If you have more questions – keep them coming! As promised, I’m posting the links for demos and presentation for your convince. Presentation slides are here. You could see them online (guess what – pure Silverlight presentation) at my home page: http://www.devcorner.info/   Demo #1 – Webcam, Printing, Install OOB here. Demo #2 – Elevated OOB here ...

Silverlight 4 Available

Friday, April 16, 2010

Silverlight 4 finally here!!! It works with Visual Studio 2010 RTM! All downloads you need to start developing great line of business applications: Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 Blend 4 RC here Silverlight 4 Toolkit (April 2010)   For those who are in Windows Phone 7 development: Do not install this build! If you need to develop for Windows Phone 7 stay with Silverlight 4 RC build and Visual Studio 2010 RC. The update for Windows Phone 7 tools is not ready yet and will be available in a few...

Silverlight 4 Quick Tip: Out-Of-Browser Improvements

Monday, March 15, 2010

This post will focus on improvements (well some of them) in Silverlight’s 4 RC Out-Of-Browser features. I’ll show how to change shape of your Out-Of-browser (OOB) application. Note: the application has to be elevated application. All needed to take application out of browser is to check this small checkbox in Silverlight’s project settings: This is not new. But the combo in OOB Setting dialog is new: This allows to change the Windows shape in Elevated OOB applications. Small tip here: when you changing you...

DevAcademy 4

Thursday, February 25, 2010

DevAcademy 4 is coming at March 22, at Airport City near Lod (local event). Come and see me presenting new features of Silverlight 4! At this session I’ll new line of business (LOB) related features of Silverlight 4, improved out of browser model, native automation and much more. Great time and many cool samples involved.   My session is: What’s new in Silverlight 4   Other sessions list (draft) is here. Registration is open! Register here. Hope to see you there! Alex