Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex–Data Binding

January 24th, 2011

More Cross-Training in SIlverlight and Flex One of the most powerful and compelling features of RIA frameworks like Silverlight and Flex is data binding.  Data binding is where you declaratively state that a property in the view is “bound” to data in your model (or presentation behavior layer) Read More...

CodeMash Slides and Demos

January 11th, 2011

  This Friday, I will be presenting at CodeMash for the second year in a row.  This year, my topic is Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Flex * But Were Afraid to Ask.  It is really just a presentation form of my current series – Cross-Training in Silverlight and Flex. As a good speaker-citizen, I wanted to post my slides and demo Read More...

Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex–MVVM vs Presentation Model

December 29th, 2010

More Cross-Training in SIlverlight and Flex This is probably my favorite topic in this Silverlight/Flex series.  In the Silverlight world, I have written extensively about the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel) – a separated presentation pattern for stateful clients (like Rich Internet Applications) Read More...

Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex — C#/CLR vs ActionScript3/AVM Part 1

December 17th, 2010

More Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex In my previous post, I talked about the declarative side of Silverlight and Flex (XAML vs MXML).  In this post, I will talk about the imperative side Silverlight and Flex.  In other words, this is where developers write code that executes logic to modify state Read More...

Cross-Training in Silverlight and Flex – XAML vs MXML

November 8th, 2010

More Cross-Training in Silverlight and Flex Silverlight and Flex both include a declarative markup language for their UIs.  Microsoft calls the Silverlight specification Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML pronounced zammel).  Adobe calls the Flex specification MXML which is thought to have come from the original inventors: Macromedia extensible Markup Language Read More...

Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex – The Future of RIAs

October 30th, 2010

More Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex What a week for RIAs!  The first half of the week was consumed by the Adobe MAX conference where we got to see the future of Flex.  The second half of the week was consumed by the Microsoft PDC conference where many of us were hoping to hear about the future of Silverlight Read More...

Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex – Platform Overview

October 26th, 2010

More Cross-Training in SIlverlight & Flex This is the second article in which I will compare the technical details between Silverlight and Flex. Before I jump into the nitty-gritty of the two, I thought I would give a general overview of the platforms that are Silverlight and Flex/Flash/Air. Understand these terms and the tools up front will make it much easier to cross-train on the two technologies Read More...

Cross-Training in Silverlight & Flex

October 24th, 2010

When I joined SRT Solutions a while back, one of the primary reasons for the move was to get exposed to new ideas and technologies. Although my first project at SRT didn’t stray much from my Silverlight expertise – an MVVM-driven WPF application – my second project is taking me in a slightly different direction Read More...

Adventures in Ruby MVVM – A ViewModel Base Class in Ruby

June 19th, 2010

More Adventures in MVVM In my last post, I talked about how to fire events from Ruby code such that .Net code can subscribe and receive them.  I showed a simple implementation of INotifyPropertyChanged; the interface that is essential to MVVM development in WPF and Silverlight. With that out of the way, I am moving forward to start building a simple ViewModel base class in Ruby that will let me declare notifiable properties with as little ceremony as possible Read More...

Adventures in Ruby MVVM – Firing Events from Ruby

June 14th, 2010

More Adventures in MVVM My Experiment: Can I move over to Ruby as my primary programming language when developing WPF and Silverlight applications?  I have been playing around with what it would mean to use Ruby to write my ViewModels, which would also make it easier to incorporate models using Ruby Read More...