October 2010 Blog Posts
Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:44 PM | Comments

Portable Library Projects At MIX 10 Microsoft announced a rather modest code-sharing technique to allow Silverlight and .NET apps to share a small subset of System.* libraries. Well today at PDC Shawn Burke had a 60-minute session called “3-screen coding – Sharing code between Windows Phone, Silverlight, and .NET.” He unveiled a new Class Library project type called a “Portable Library” which can be directly referenced by any type of project. The obvious goal here is to share your core business logic between your various client-side applications. Thankfully Visual Studio will even trim IntelliSense within a Portable Library project to only APIs which have been specifically defined as portable between all application types. Release date for Portable Library projects is H1 2011 PDC Video: 3-Screen Coding   Async Programming Improvements Probably the most popular announcement today was “The Future of C# and VB” talk,...

Saturday, October 16, 2010 1:42 AM | Comments

I finally buckled down and created a new blog skin. As of Oct. 24th everyone should be seeing the new Metro blog theme. Heavily inspired by the Zune client and the Metro XAML template. It should be a little more modern and roomy now. Oh I also updated to Disqus for comments, really like the features it offers so far. Hopefully will get the old comments imported into Disqus soon. If you find any problems please let me know! I recently upgraded my web host and some IPs have changed. Sometime in the next 24 hours this blog is going to switch over to the new server, where I have upgraded to Subtext 2.5. It turns out my previous skin wasn’t compatible with 2.5 so I have reverted to this one for now. It should work out for the best in the end, since I really want to start on a modern metro-styled...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:26 PM | Comments

So it’s finally version 1 complete. This app has consumed a chunk of my free time over the past couple months while I got familiarized with the WP7 tools, but it’s been a great learning experience. This was pretty much my first time doing any real Silverlight or XAML-based development. Using Blend was an absolute treat so I hope to use this tool much more in my future. Lots of features will be added in the next few months, including some city expansion. I look forward to really exercising my abstractions to see if I can really plug in new Transit Services as easily as I think I’ll be able to. ...