Rich Internet Application Awesomeness at the Silverlight Firestarter 2010

I love Silverlight. There. I’ve said it. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for developers to write beautiful, client-side, apps using the tools they know and love – Visual Studio 2010. We can also use the gorgeous Expression suite (especially Expression Blend) to design and author rich, interactive applications.

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Windows Phone 7 Ads SDK for Windows Phone 7

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Developing for Windows Phone 7? Want to make advertising supported revenue straight from your app? Microsoft has released SDK for that ;) You can download it here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=198440

The SDK takes the form of an assembly that you can simply add a reference to in your project and start using straight away. You can add the reference in Expression Blend 4 or in Visual Studio 2010, and the assembly lives here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7\Microsoft.Advertising.Mobile.UI.dll.

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Windows Phone 7 Design Templates for Expression Blend 4

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Microsoft has released design guidelines for Windows Phone 7, available here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff402535(VS.92).aspx. These are in document form, so if you’d like to write your own Silverlight and XAML application to follow the guidelines, you would have to go through quite a few steps to implement them yourself.

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Windows 7 Phone, Silverlight and SharePoint 2010

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Damn You, iTunes!

Today was a bad day for my iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.1. A new version of iTunes (10.0.1.22) seems to have caused sync to fail so much I had to restore from an old backup and sync my music library again from scratch. I don’t like losing data, especially when it’s the act of backing up that causes it to become so irretrievably lost.

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