My Favorite Features: Creating Storyboards with PowerPoint

In my last post on Continuous Value Delivery, I talked the importance of communication between the customer and the engineering team to arrive at a clear project definition. How many times have you built exactly what was asked for, but not what was wanted? Agile teams need the right communication tools to eliminate waste at…

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Announcing Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™ Beta 2

I’m happy to announce that as of 10:00 AM PDT today Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™ Beta 2 is available for download! MSDN subscribers using Visual Studio 2010 can download the beta immediately with general availability on Thursday, March 17. Download LightSwitch Beta 2 (MSDN Subscribers with Visual Studio 2010) Thursday’s 10:00 AM PDT general availability…

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Tutorial: Dynamic Tile Push Notification for Windows Phone 7

As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to update my Tip Express application with dynamic tile notifications.  The basic idea is very simple: push the user data from the application to the pinned tile on the home page using the background theme the user has chosen (this isn’t exactly a killer feature for…

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Announcing: Visual Basic Windows Phone 7 Support RTW

I’ve personally been enjoying using my Windows Phone 7 device, and it’s been a lot of fun seeing the phones come to market across the world. As a developer, it’s an intriguing opportunity to see so many people buying Windows Phone 7 devices and starting to purchase applications on the Marketplace. With all this excitement…

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Tutorial: Pic Viewer Revisited on the Async CTP

As Soma announced this morning, we’ve just released the Visual Studio Async CTP, a preview of the new language support coming in VB and C# to make it far easier to write responsive client apps and scalable server apps.  You can find out more details by visiting the Async CTP site. For this post, I’m…

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Tutorial: Updating your Windows Phone Splash Screen with Transparent Images

With the new beta of the Windows Phone 7 tools out (and the delivery a cool new developer device to my office!) I’ve been updating my sample application and working through a few new features.  As I’ve done this I’ve found several things I’ve had to do some research on that I thought I would…

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Sample: Windows Phone 7 Example Application with Landscape Layout

I’ve had a lot of fun writing Windows Phone 7 applications and for this post I wanted to share some notes and sample source code to help you get started as well.  The latest build of the Windows Phone 7 tools now support Visual Studio 2010 in addition to the free Express SKU.  You can…

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VS2010 Tutorial: Build a WPF App (Step 1)

For this post I’m going to build a WPF application from scratch using VS2010 Beta 1.  Along the way I’m going to show off a few new features of the product.  I built this demo using the Beta 1 build on Windows 7 RC, but it should work fine on other systems as well. If…

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