Download Pictures from your Cell Phone via Bluetooth

If you have a bluetooth enabled laptop and a bluetooth enabled cellphone you may be able to download the pictures from your phone to your laptop via bluetooth… EVEN if your cell phone provider says it isn’t possible (as in my case). Perhaps they direct you to use their picture place service and to message…

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Shared Resources XAML Intellisense

[ I’ll provide a full solution download to anyone interested ]   Our Goals were: 1) Use images in XAML syntax like this: <Image Name=”imageSave” Height=”16″ Width=”16″ Source=”ui:Images.ico_save_16.png”/> 2) Break on invalid image references at COMPILE – not at runtime.3) Automatically add new when new images are copied into project.4) Share resources within solution across projects.5) Get…

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ClickOnce Protocol Handler (also works for Silvelight or Xbap)

So if your goal is to create a protocol handler so that you can create a link with some data in it, click on it and have your clickonce, silverlight or xbap application open up and react to the given data in the link… this is how you do it. As a matter of semantics…

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SQL 2005 – XML parsing… illegal xml character

  You may run into an error when using SQL 2005 and a .NET 2.0 aspx or windows client UI.   Perhaps you’ve encoded your xml – you are using stored procedures and proper sqlParameters and everything – yet you still run into this exception.   Example repro: DECLARE @xml xml SET @xml = N'<A>&#x2;</A>’…

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Grasshopper Level 1 – Debugging Silverlight with windbg startup

Goal:The goal of this walkthrough is to find the stacktrace for a currently executing Silverlight Application and examine it in windbg. This intro will give you the information you need to “break the ice” with using windbg tool for debugging in Silverlight. Building upon these skills you will soon be able to identify memory leaks,…

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AJAX, XBAP, Silverlight

Ramblings (in response to a question)…   I would have to know a lot more about his requirements before making a recommendation. In particular – what are the skill sets of his existing resources?   I’m guessing the primary things you are looking for are ease of deployment for first-time use as subsequent updates. Performance…

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Windows 8: Windows Store App Labs!

Windows Store App Labs! Windows Store App Labs (WSALs) are here! A place where you can access Windows 8 devices, get design help, and meet with Windows 8 Experts to make your app great! All for free! Get technical guidance from Windows 8 Experts Our Windows Store app developer experts are on-hand to help you get…

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Debugging Silverlight with windbg (finding eaten exceptions)

Lately lot’s of people are asking me the question “Isn’t Silverlight dead?” Even with the post rumors still abound strong – likely due to the prevalence of html5 in the windows 8 demo. Today two people asked me. I tell them what I tell you – stay tuned to the 2011 Build Conference September 13th . …

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Identifying the root of a memory leak in Silverlight using windbg

Considering all of the nasty blog comments out there you would think it be easy to create a test project to reproduce a leak – it wasn’t. I downloaded the latest version of SL4 and first attempted to create a leak using the inline template, then control template, then listbox items – all of these…

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