Live from PDC 2009 Day 3 and closing notes

Silverlight 4 Performance Finally you can use the VS Profiler to profile a Silverlight application (VS2010). Other than the profiler you can enable a couple of flag to visualize the GPU acceleration: EnableCacheVisualization and the redraws: EnableRedrawRegions. Another useful utility is UISpy http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms727247.aspx. SQL Server 2008 R2 StreamInsight This is a cool technology for analyzing…


Live from PDC 2009 Day 2

Today it was a Silverlight day for me. I visited and talked to many people almost only about Silverlight 4 But before I dig in to SL4 I want to point out a couple of other cool stuff: Internet Explorer 9 here you can find a detailed list of some of the new aspect of…


Live from PDC 2009 Day 1

Today was the Azure day. A lot of news around it and of course the announcement of the commercial availability starting 1.1.2009. Azure will be commercially available for Switzerland on the same date. Here a brief summary of the new feature in Windows Azure: Direct communication between role instances. No needs to use queue to…


WPF vs. Silverlight 3 for Intranet Line of Business apps

This is an update of this blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/swiss_dpe_team/archive/2008/12/15/wpf-vs-silverlight-for-intranet-line-of-business-apps.aspx taking in to account the newly announced features of Silverlight 3 Updates due to SL3 are marked in red. With the new features of SL3 what should I build on for intranet app scenario, especially for Line of Business application? Should I use Silverlight or WPF?…

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What’s new on the DataGrid control in Silverlight 3 Beta

  Silverlight 3 Beta is now public and with many new and exciting feature. As you may know I’m a big fan of the DataGrid control in Silverlight. It is already very powerful and is improving every day. So I have asked Yifung Lin, one of the developer of the DataGrid control, to provide a…

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New impressive Line of Business applications done with Silverlight

Last August I posted a blog with some interesting demos of Silverlight for LOB: http://blogs.msdn.com/swiss_dpe_team/archive/2008/08/26/cool-ria-silverlight-demo-applications.aspx. Now, 6 months after, a few very impressive LOB style applications are available to try out. Here are a couple that have impressed me: – CAS PIA CRM application. This one is the most impressive LOB that I have seen…

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WPF vs. Silverlight for Intranet Line of Business apps

Updated in a new post taking in to account the new feautre in Silverlight 3: http://blogs.msdn.com/swiss_dpe_team/archive/2009/04/24/wpf-vs-silverlight-3-for-intranet-line-of-business-apps.aspx Silverlight 2 has just been released and it’s clearly a powerful technology for web applications. It was just about time that as .NET developer you can now create powerful but also well architected web solutions. As Silverlight and WPF…

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Error Logging in Silverlight 2 with IIS and the Isolated Storage

Unfortunately software is not perfect, especially if is written by me:-), so it is very important to be able to capture errors in order to diagnose and fix bugs. Silverlight applications run on the client so it is a bit harder to log errors compared to a classical ASP.NET solution. In this blog post I…

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