Static analysis of Silverlight XAML: Basic concepts

Silverlight has APIs that support quite a variety of client-side APIs. But one area where the API is rather thin in Silverlight is interacting with XAML as a format, and discovering or changing how the Silverlight XAML parser works in the client runtime. Without such API, it is not really practical to use the Silverlight…


“Fuel Tracker” Guidance Application – Drop 3

As Cheryl blogged last week, she and I have been working with a team of others to develop a Windows Phone 7 guidance application. This application demonstrates how to address several common challenges as prioritized by customer support issues, questions, and feedback. Our goal for now is to provide an application one step up from…

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Give us your most challenging Windows Phone 7 application development tasks!

Recently I’ve been working on a cross-group effort to create some content for getting folks started with Windows Phone 7 development. The team working on this project are myself and Karl, another writer for Silverlight, some test resources, part of a developer resource to act as a consultant, plus a program manager to run the…

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Inspire Improvements to Windows Phone Documentation

We are doing a study to see how we are doing with our documentation.  Your input will inform and inspire improvements and new features for developers.We’re looking for developers who Code at least 20 hours per week Are employed as software developers Do not have a degree in user experience or usability Have NOT worked…

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New QuickStart: Silverlight Install and Upgrade Experience

When you create a Silverlight-based application for deployment to the web, the last thing you probably think of is the install/upgrade experience. After all, the Silverlight project templates in Visual Studio give you a basic experience for free: However, the point of the install/upgrade experience is to persuade users to install or upgrade, and the…

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A couple more data-related Silverlight Quickstarts for you

In an attempt to close the loop on getting data into Silverlight, we’ve added a couple of new Quickstarts. The first, Getting Data into Silverlight, provides some guidance about how you should store and access data from your Silverlight applications, and acts as an orientation topic for the other Silverlight Quickstarts, with some links into…

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New Version of the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

Imagine my surprise when I browsed to the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit page on Codeplex and discovered a new version was released today. There are some great new controls in the release: AutoCompleteBox – Very similar to the Silverlight AutoCompleteBox I know and love ListPicker – Similar to a ComboBox control; shows a selected…

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"No one uses the table of contents anymore" – is that really true?

  There is strange bit of information/lore that often gets presented to us writers by our publishing teams or other sources. Supposedly, based on metrics like page hit tracking, using the Table of Contents as a primary means of navigating MSDN content is pretty uncommon. Far more people use Search, by factors of like 5:1….


Performance for Silverlight for Windows Phone 7 Applications

Recently I’ve worked on adapting a popular Windows Phone 7 performance whitepaper for easier consumption on MSDN. I learned quite a bit while writing this paper. For example, to minimize start-up time for your applications, you should always use content files instead of resource files, both topics I’ve blogged about recently. In addition, I learned…

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