Geoff Webber-Cross, one of my most excellent Silverlight and SharePoint alumni, has just started a blog and published a neat extension to the Silverlight 4 Toolkit to implement chart zooming and panning.
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.
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.
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.
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.