Last Minute Perf Video for Mango

I had the opportunity to join Microsoft Research and this year’s Interns at a recent XAPfest event (a regular internal Windows Phone development event) and give a performance talk for Mango / Tango (i.e. WP 7.x) – here’s hoping it’s the last one before we move on to Windows Phone 8! To check it (and my bad…

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Silverlight Performance at TechEd Europe

If you happen to be down at TechEd Europe this week, don’t forget to come by the Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight booths (they’re opposite each other in the Technical Learning Centre) and say hello. You’ll get to play with some phones from HTC and interact directly with both teams – don’t miss out! Something…

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WP7 Perf Tip #3: Read the performance document

This is kind of obvious – but important. Read the White Paper which was written by the Silverlight performance team (mainly Shane Guillet) and browse through the samples that come with it. In these blog posts I’ll try to distill specific items from the paper into blog format, but you can’t replace the feel of…

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WP7 Perf Tip #2: Know your ProgressBar

Take Away’s: Do not use the built in ProgressBar straight up, use Jeff’s template  When you’re done with an indeterminate ProgressBar, make sure to toggle IsIndeterminate to False and Collapse the bar General: Always make sure to stop animations / remove animating controls when they’re no longer needed  Some Background: Due to a bunch of…

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BUG: Silverlight Crashes (Along With the Browser) When Profiled

It’s one of those bugs… If you’ve tried profiling Silverlight lately and you’ve run into a consistent crash in Silverlight which brings down the browser, but only on specific projects then this bug is for you. Basically, profiling any Silverlight app (plugin or OOB) that takes advantage of Shaders will cause Silverlight (and its container) to…

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Profile Silverlight 4 from the VS 2010 UI (Premium & Ultimate only)

Maxim has a great post detailing a workaround which allows you to get some profiling functionality from the Visual Studio 2010 UI, without restoring to the fun that is the command line profiler interface. Check it out.

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