General, Silverlight »

[24 May 2010 | 0 Comments]

Gill Cleeren, with whom I wrote this book, posted a blog update with some reviews.  And I’m pleased to say: they’re good, very good even! :-)  Here are some excerpts:


Richard Costall’s review:


Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook is a great publication, and worthy of a place any Silverlight developers bookshelf. The formula of ‘recipes’ works well, with well explained, yet simple examples covering almost everything you’d ask when starting out building business applications in Silverlight. It highlights Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 functionality differences, yet is right up to date on Silverlight 4.


Damir Tomicic’s review:


Das Buch ist sehr praktisch geschrieben. Der Leser merkt sofort, dass Gill und Kevin die Ansätze selbst ausprobiert und für die Leser optimiert haben. Die gewählte Sprache ist einfach, die Beispiele auch für Anfänger geeignet. Ein guter Einstieg in das Thema.


Vikram Pendse’s review:


* * * * * (5 Stars)..Simple Amazing book !..Go and Grab your Copy Today !!! :)


I am thankful to Authors of this book for making available such a wonderful book to Silverlight Communities around the world and I also very much thankful to PACKT Publishing & staff,Geeta Sanganee of PACKT Publishing who given me encouragement to review this book and share review here on our blog with all of you.

So don’t waste your time here n there to get Silverlight 4 Book which talks about Data and Services,LOB etc., Just go ahead and grab a copy of this book Today !


Customer review on


4/5 stars: All in all I recommend this book for anyone who wants an introduction to WCF and ASMX Services, REST and WCF Data Services, WCF RIA Services, the datagrid and dataform. This is a good book to start with


If you’re interested in my book, it can be bought at various places like the Packt Publishing site or  If you find any other reviews, feel free to let us know!  Enjoy!

BESUG, Silverlight, WCF RIA Services, MVVM, Presentations and sessions »

[4 May 2010 | 0 Comments]

As mentioned in my previous post, my BESUG session on Model-View-ViewModel in Silverlight was recorded.  Well, today, it was posted at Channel 9!


For those of you who want to listen to my session, these are the links (att: in Dutch):


Have fun! :)

General, MVVM, Silverlight, WCF RIA Services »

[30 Apr 2010 | 0 Comments]

Thanks to everyone who attended my session on MVVM at BESUG yesterday (and thanks for the nice comments ;-))!  As promised, you can find the slidedeck and code here.


Included: Powerpoint slides, completed solution and DB Backup. 


What you need to run this: Visual Studio 2010 & Silverlight 4 (which includes WCF RIA Services).  For the database, you’ll need SQL Server 2008. 


    1. Restore the DB Backup
    2. Change the connection string in web.config
    3. Build, run & play with the code :-)

Hope to see you guys soon at some other event!  If you’ve got any questions on this, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Note: this session was also recorded and it scheduled to appear on Microsoft Chopsticks.  Once it’s been published, I’ll post the link.

Silverlight, WCF RIA Services, MVVM »

[22 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments]

As promised, here is the content from my Demystifying MVVM session @ Techdays Portugal.  For those who weren’t there, there’s a lot of stuff in this demo code:


  • MVVM base classes,
  • Connecting VM’s to V, using the Locator pattern
  • Connecting them using MEF
  • Unit Testing
  • MEF & Mocking
  • Command implementations (regular & generic), CommandTriggerAction
  • App wide messaging
  • Auto IsDirty support with WCF RIA Services
  • IDialogService implementation for showing Dialogs the MVVM way (same principle applies for your own navigation, states, animations, …)
  • … and some more stuff.


So: have a look at the code, and start MVVM-ing yourself in mintues! ;-)

Silverlight, General, Presentations and sessions »

[20 Apr 2010 | 0 Comments]

Just a quick reminder: Maarten Balliauw and I will be speaking at Techdays 2010 in Portugal this Thursday (that is, if our flight isn’t cancelled due to the ash cloud). 


We’ll be doing one session together: PHP + Silverlight, on how to get those two techs working together.  Maarten will be doing a session on PHP & his Azure SDK for it, Just another Wordpress blog, but more Cloudy , and I will be doing a session called Demystifying MVVM, on the Model-View-ViewModel pattern in Silverlight.


You will be able to find both the Powerpoint & demo code for my session on this blog soon after the sessions!


Feel free to say hi if you see me running around somewhere :-)

Silverlight, General »

[19 Mar 2010 | 1 Comments]

The MIX2010 conference has ended, most of the attendees are back home and are looking back at an eventful conference – and Vegas is a pretty nice location :-)  In case you missed it, here are some of the more interesting links (disclaimer: personal selection :)) to have a look at:





Oh by the way, you can expect more Windows Phone content coming up on this blog in the next few months – I’m going to be a Microsoft trainer for early adopters of Windows Phone 7 Series, so naturally, I will be developing for it quite a bit myself, and I fully intend to share some of my experiences on this blog! :)

General, Silverlight »

[11 Mar 2010 | 0 Comments]

The most important conference for .NET (web) developers of the year is coming up: MIX10, again in Las Vegas this year, from March 15th to 17th.


This is the first year I’m going, and I’m really looking forward to it (staying at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, as most of the attendees :-)).  I’m pretty sure we’ll hear all about how Silverlight 4 / WCF RIA Services is coming along, but I’m even more excited about the Window Phone, especially since it’s now known we’ll be able to develop applications for Windows Mobile using Silverlight – absolutely one of the best decision Microsoft could make as far as I’m concerned.  I, for one, am already looking forward to developing a few apps for the new Windows Phone :)


Next to that, I’m also looking forward to meeting a few people I’m following on Twitter – socializing is of course an integral part of a conference like MIX.  ;-) If Wifi allows it, I’ll check my Twitter account regularly – feel free to send me a message if you want to go for a beer!


… and of course, as this will be the first time in Vegas for me, I’m pretty excited about experiencing what Sin City has to offer! ;-)


Only one thing I’m absolutely NOT looking forward to is the long, long travel time: a bit more than 20 hours from Belgium, to be exact.  No fun at all for a smoker on a non-smoking airplane.  One positive aspect though: if I find a power slot on the plane, I might be able to finish a few blog post drafts for the coming weeks :)


Anyway, excited to meet people, excited to be in Las Vegas, excited to attend MIX10!  See you in Vegas?