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Predefined type ‘System.Object’ is not defined or imported

You might encounter the following error when running Windows Phone 7 samples from MSDN (available at the time of this writing): “Predefined type ‘System.Object’ is not defined or imported” This is a bug recognized by Microsoft and happens if you remove mscorlib.dll from your project references. To fix this simply add a reference to the mscorlib.dll library and compile your project. There are some cases in which this solution has no effect. If that’s your case then creating a new project and pasting your files is the only way to go.

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Tip: Apple iTunes x64 Direct Download link

At the time of this writing, Apple iTunes download page doesn’t display a direct download link for the application, even if you are unable to download using the current window popup download system. To make things worse, if you head on to the support page, Apple provides you help disabling eventual popup blockers instead. So, getting straight to the point, for those who require a direct download link for the 93Mb Apple iTunes x64 setup file, here’s the link: http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes9/061-8727.20100722.Cde32/iTunes64Setup.exe For clumsy connections this would be a welcome addition for download managers with resume download support.

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WPF Ribbon RTW now available for download

Microsoft just made available the July release of the Microsoft Ribbon for WPF in MSDN. This is the RTW release of the Ribbon control, compatible with WPF 3.5sp1 and WPF 4. This release is a managed implementation of the Ribbon for WPF. The Ribbon is a command bar that organizes the features of an application into a series of tabs at the top of the application window, is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. The Ribbon user interface (UI) increases discoverability of features and functions, enables quicker learning of the application, […]

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Using Data Services over SharePoint 2010

Yesterday I found myself looking into sharepoint 2010’s OData integration features, and I stumbled upon some articles posted by Alex James, Program Manager at Microsoft. OData (Open Data Protocol) is an open protocol for sharing data. It provides a way to break down data silos and increase the shared value of data by creating an ecosystem in which data consumers can interoperate with data producers in a way that is far more powerful than currently possible, enabling more applications to make sense of a broader set of data. Every producer and consumer of data that participates in this ecosystem increases its […]

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5 Great Advertising Networks For Publishers

In this article, I’ll be reviewing 5 different advertising networks that can help you monetize your traffic. If you’re either a novice webmaster or an ad tycoon, there’s enough for everyone.

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WPF ListView Styling Tutorial Part II

In the previous article I demonstrated how to fully style a GridView column header in a ListView. In this next article, I’ll be covering row styling and final wrap ups, focusing on maintaining every behavior that’s expected from a typical grid row.

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Guide to 3D display technology

For those who are still having questions regarding the new 3D technology affecting movies, games and apps, I’ll leave you with two links I found useful in explaining what this emerging technology is all about.

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SketchFlow – Sketching and Prototyping in Expression Blend

I’ve recently developed with my team a new UI for setting application preferences. Before we got started, it was important to define not only how we were going to do both technically and visually but also what we would be doing. For such an important piece of UI It was important to define the actual look and feel of the interface we were about to create. So, besides Blend, we found the occasion appropriate SketchFlow, and soon created a new work methodology with it, that served both our team and curtomers.

I thought of sharing a few resources we read at the time in order to learn SketchFlow essencials.

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PowerSQL dumping tool available

I made available a small utility that allows you to script SQL Server data onto sql/txt files. It’s an old tool I used on several real world scenarios and it worked pretty well. It saved me a lot of time on many ocasions. Although it isn’t finished, I thought of posting it so that you can save some time as well. Feel free to comment and don’t forget: use it at your own discretion. Some of the features included are: SQL Server 2000 and 2005 support (2008 version’s new datatypes are yet to be added) Lists database tables, stored procedures and […]

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WPF ListView Styling Tutorial Part I

This quick article will enable you to take full advantage of the ListView control by creating a simple data model and through a step-by-step incremental approach. I will try to be concise and direct in order for you to keep this article as future development reference.

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