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    The LOB Chronicles Episode 10: UI Consistency

    October 13, 2011 Share
    We have taken quite an adventure in chronicling the new Silverlight CRM demo and all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making new demos for our site, but now we finally get to talk about the really fun stuff – UI. I know, I know, depending on what hat you are wearing at your company you may be thinking “Hey, I loved the previous posts on MEF (here and here) as well as what you were saying about the Repository Pattern, what’s all this UI business?” As it turns out, Telerik sells a wide range of UI components that are used...
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    The LOB Chronicles Episode 9: The Repository Pattern + Source Code Is In!

    October 05, 2011 Share
    In the last episode we were exploring how MEF created a unique issue in loading assemblies and missing dependencies as well as how we utilized a creative synchronous approach to ensuring assemblies were downloaded before loading modules. This week we’re pushing full speed ahead with the application and what we have to show (more on that later), but before we start highlighting the UI work being done I thought it would be good to take an episode to discuss how we’re handling data within the application. As you might have guessed from the title this involves the Repository Pattern. Repository Pattern...
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    Boldly Looking Forward with Silverlight, WPF, WP7, and Xaml

    October 05, 2011 Share
    Now that the dust has settled from Build, we’re all back to our day jobs and still working on the same Silverlight, WPF, and Windows Phone projects that we were working on before Build. As you might have read from Todd, Doug, Vassil, Steve, or Silverlight experts like Jeremy, Dan, and Laurent, the sky has in fact not fallen and the future for .Net development on the non-Metrofied Windows 8 desktop is alive and well.  On top of that, since most of us are working on projects in the here and now and want support for multiple versions of...
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    The LOB Chronicles Episode 8: Solving a MEF Dilemma

    September 29, 2011 Share
    In the last episode we were examining a creative approach that the development team behind the CRM demo incorporated for connecting views to their Prism regions using a combination of custom attributes, attached behaviors, and the managed extensibility framework (MEF). One of the commenters was a little critical of the ‘magic’ behind MEF, and rightly so as many of us like being able to trace the exact line that code will go through as opposed to relying on the magic of composition to work everything out for us. Today we bring you one of those unexpected issues in which the...
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    The LOB Chronicles Episode 7: MEF, Attributes, and Behaviors (Oh my!)

    September 22, 2011 Share
    The last time we all got together was before a little conference known as Build. Everyone learned a ton of information about what is coming next in Windows 8 and the WinRT platform, but one thing stuck out for sure – Metro is in. Thankfully our designers have been all over this for quite a while and we have some very nice things in the works, most of which I can’t publicly talk about (yet!), but in the terms of this application we’re definitely on the right track. And don’t forget, an investment in a Silverlight application today means...