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    What Comes Next

    September 09, 2011 Share
    There has been a fair share of speculation and rumors around the upcoming Build conference lately, nobody can deny that. As of writing this blog post (Thursday, September 8th) Microsoft has managed to sell out a conference only just recently letting attendees know that there will in fact be two keynotes, Big Picture Sessions, and a few get-togethers. Folks are excited, excited about Windows development, and this is a good thing for everyone. Yup, that’s right—a Silverlight MVP is excited about what comes next. “Why?” You ask. Well, because I work with some very smart people. “Who?”...
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    The LOB Chronicles Episode 6 - Development Best Practices

    September 08, 2011 Share
    It is hard to believe that we are already moving into the sixth installment in this series. It seems like only yesterday we were musing over UX, utilizing our UX base to craft plans for a better UI, and making data considerations in regards to a model and an ORM. Crazy how time flies and how much work goes into a sample demo application before we even begin development! In honor of the Build conference next week I wanted to dive into our current codebase (TFS + Get Latest Version is our friend here, the developers don’t know I’m...
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    (Un)Official Build Precon UX Session with Billy Hollis

    September 02, 2011 Share
    So your bags are packed, the agenda page is still pretty void of content, and you're wondering what you can do before the Build conference in Anaheim to really get ready for the grand unveiling of vNext of Windows and all that is in store, right? Luckily the dynamic duo of Billy Hollis and Telerik have you covered with the Unofficial Build Precon Event!  Taking place at the Sheraton Park Hotel on Monday, September 12th from 9am-2:30PM, the pre-con will let you learn some of the fundamentals of great UX before the conference begins.  This way you will be all set once they...
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    The LOB Chronicles Episode 5: Beginning Development

    September 01, 2011 Share
    It is hard to believe that we’re finally here, but it is episode #5 in the LOB Chronicles and we’re now getting to start development of our new demo application in Visual Studio. For those tuning in late or in need of a refresher, we’ve already covered how our team explores and exposes user needs via UX work, how that translates into navigation paths and application architecture from a UI standpoint, and how the choice of OpenAccess ORM is going to enable us to use both reverse mapping as well as forward mapping over the life of the project,...
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    The LOB Chronicles Episode 4: Let's Talk Data (Access)

    August 25, 2011 Share
    In this episode we are taking a step back from our UX and UI discussions to focus a bit more on the data that will drive our application.  Now that we understand the typical end user better and have translated this knowledge into something more concrete from a development standpoint, one of the next steps is to tie these views and navigation paths to some concrete data that will serve as the backend of our application.  After all, a great CRM needs to efficiently handle large volumes of data to maintain customer information as well as alert us of potential deals that are ready...