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Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch has a great feature nobody talks about: the ability to use SharePoint as a data source. Data is created and stored in SharePoint all the time and that data is often useful in business applications. Imagine a project management or time management application, for example. Chances are that there is a SharePoint calendar somewhere that has useful data for that application.
Today Microsoft finally unveiled Silverlight 5! We have been hard at work the past several weeks building our controls and samples to multi-target both Silverlight 4 and 5. That means you will be able to use Studio for Silverlight in both versions of the platform. We have a new separate set of libraries specifically for Silverlight 5 which you can download from prerelease below. We do plan to continue our support of Silverlight 4, new enhancements and all, for at least the next year.
The ComponentOne Scheduler controls now support a Time Line view for displaying appointments in a horizontal layout. This view is much like the “Schedule” view in Microsoft Outlook 2010, and yet we even offer it with the Office 2003 and 2007 visual styles.
Thanks to everyone who attended, and congrats to the organizers for a great event! It was nice to see a lot of friends again. Here are some resources and additional links for my talk. If you don't mind, please take a few minutes and give us speakers some feedback, at http://spkr8.com/t/9072. We are always thankful for feedback--good or bad--so we can continue to improve our talks.
The Azure DataMarket is a stellar resource for application data. At the current moment, it features over 100 datasets (from baseball to census to mortgage) in OData format, much of which is free, and the recently announced Self-Service Publishing Wizard should help to manifest even more hidden data into a common format. Mobile devices, being disconnected from pretty much everything, are ideal consumers of cloud-based data. In this post, we'll look at one way of querying data from the Azure DataMarket in a Windows Phone 7 application.
Geekswithblogs.net is a community group of bloggers delivering information and insight to developers and IT professionals. Mr. Enrique Lima recently evaluated ComponentOne's Studio for Entity Framework as part of the influencer program.
The C1Editor supports insertion and manipulation of images. Generally the images are either stored as local images or image urls are used to display images in <img> tags.
I have been accused of using my community travel as an opportunity to seek out the best barbecue, steaks and beer the country has to offer. I can't say that wasn't a consideration when applying for this job, and I'm more than happy to share the journey. So here for your enjoyment are my First Annual Travel Food Awards. I'm including one entry from 2010 because it deserves to be mentioned. If you see me at any of the listed events, be sure to ask about my dinner plans, we're probably going to have some fun! One thing's for sure, 2012 will involve much additional research.
Yesterday was the second to last stop for the East Region's Windows Phone Camp tour, right here in Pittsburgh. I went as incognito as I possibly could, I haven't had much chance to check out the Mango features since it shipped. Dani and Lindsay did a great job reviewing what was new and how to use the features; I look forward to the code downloads.
Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a session at Desert Code Camp. The session I gave was called "Putting the V in MVC". Here is the abstract taken from the schedule:
One of our new controls in the 2011 v3 release is the C1OutlookBar in Studio for Silverlight and WPF. This control also goes by the name of C1NavBar in our Studio for WinForms. We found that "OutlookBar" was a more accurate and community-accepted name so we decided to go with this one in the XAML platforms. With C1OutlookBar, you can exactly replicate the navigation pane in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2010. See a live demo.
After one of my recent LightSwitch talks, I was asked if there is a way to change the connection string in the LightSwitch designer. This led to a discussion between myself, Michael Washington and Beth Massi. Unfortunately, in the designer, there is not currently a good way to update the connection string. You will have to add a new data source, remove the old one, and redesign all your screens. Since servers can change names, or databases be relocated, this isn't an ideal situation in the long term. I posted a request on User Voice to enable easy changing of the connection string in the designer (vote at http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/127959-visual-studio-lightswitch/suggestions/2404471-ability-to-change-connection-string-in-designer).
When I came in the office today I had an email from Shawn Weisfeld. Shawn is always so kind to work with and seems to be a busy guy organizing various .NET events. In his email he shared a link to a video that was a large group thank you for supporting the recent Dallas Give Camp. ComponentOne enjoys participating in local events and to see this video was so cool.