301 Moved Permanently

I moved my MSDN blog over to a Ghost Blog instance that I host on my Azure account. To my suprise the setup was super easy. Basically fire up a new Azure Web Site and use the Ghost Blog image from the gallery to get started. After the Azure web site setup I upgraded the…

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Little Helper – Random Contact/Name Generator

I am writing a lot of sample code and usually I have to fill my samples with some random data. A typical entity in most scenarios is a person or a contact. Since I am tired with putting in some static names here and there and copy and paste them between samples, I wrote a…

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Øredev 2013

In this post I summarize my highlights from visiting the Øredev 2013 conference. First of all, I really enjoyed the broad scope of the conference! In my opinion, it is always healthy to think outside of your technology/approach box to avoid a certain routine-blindness. Here is my at-a-glance-list of hot topics from Øredev 2013: JavaScript…

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An Rx-Enabled WPF AutoComplete TextBox – Part 2/2

In my last blog post I described the general idea of using Rx to handle typical query situation with all their pitfalls. Let us take the idea one step further in developing a WPF control that directly makes use of Rx. The source code excerpts in this post are simplified and I tried to focus just…

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An Rx-Enabled WPF AutoComplete TextBox – Part 1/2

In this blog post we will focus on the Rx aspects of developing an autocomplete feature. In the next blog post we are going to work on a re-usable WPF auto-complete TextBox that uses Rx under the covers.  Some months ago I delivered a Workshop on Reactive Extensions (Rx). If you never heard about Rx,…

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A Simple SelectAll Behavior for TextBoxes

Not exactly a brand new topic in the area of WPF development are attached behaviors. However, in my opinion, they should be used more often – that’s why I decided to write about it. Let us start from the beginning. What is an attached behavior? From a high level perspective attached behaviors allow you to write…

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Attended the SAP InnoJam in Madrid

Together with five colleagues I had the opportunity to attend the SAP InnoJam in Madrid as a Microsoft technical expert for developing Windows Store applications. You might ask yourself: What is the SAP InnoJam and where is the connection to Windows store apps? Let me quickly introduce the InnoJam concept and then let’s discover the…

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More Windows 8 Events in Germany

As promised here is an update on the events for Windows 8 Metro app development in Germany. The team around Oliver Scheffert has put up an MSDN site that explains the process how to get your app in the Windows store before the final version of Windows is released. What a great opportunity for all…

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CeBIT 2012 and Windows 8

A colleague from the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) division invited me to one of their Windows 8 developer sessions at the CeBIT 2012. There, all the developers and IT professionals in the audience received a 2 hour overview about Windows 8, metro style design and metro app development. In addition to the talks DPE…

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Hello World

This is my first MSDN blog post and my first blog post as an MS employee. I joined Microsoft in February as Premier Field Engineer (PFE). The question I got most often from former colleagues, friends and family is “What is a PFE and what do you do as a PFE?”. Good question! Here is…

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