September 30, 2010
If you want to check it out, go here: http://shop.princessofpatterns.com/pages/catalog
Sorry if this post seems like a thinly disguised plug. I’m just very excited about this, and proud that my cohort in crime is turning into a developer!
If you know anybody who is interested in knitting or crochet, please pass the link along. :)
September 24, 2010
There’s a bug in Silverlight 4 that prevents you from being able to use resources that are declared in a ResourceDictionary in a referenced assembly. The error is a XamlParseException whose message is “Failed to assign to property ‘System.Windows.ResourceDictionary.Source’.”. The problem is that if you have a Silverlight class library whose name ends with “.Resources” it blows up at runtime. To fix the problem, you must change the assembly name (in the project properties) so that it does not end with “.Resources” but, perhaps, ends with “.Resources.YouHaveToBeKiddingMe“. ;)
Here is an example of using a resource dictionary in an external assembly that will blow up at runtime:
Here is a fixed version:
If you compile a Silverlight application against a project whose assembly’s name ends with “.Resources” that DLL won’t even get included in the XAP or listed in the AppManifest.xml file. It simply gets ignored, which lead to hours of head-bashing debugging for me. I hope this workaround saves others the grief!
September 16, 2010
I couldn’t resist any longer. I bought a Mac.
Fear not, I’m still madly in love with WPF and rather fond of Silverlight. But let’s face it, Apple is doing very, very well these days. Everyone and their grandmother has an iPhone or iPad or MacBook, etc. For the sake of career growth, job security, skills development, not to mention a shiny new toy, I decided to take the plunge. I’m really excited about learning Objective-C, Cocoa, CocoaTouch, MonoTouch, and all the rest. It’s like Christmas morning for me!
My journey of learning how to tell an Apple device what to do will be logged in my new blog called iJoshSmith.com. If you’re interested in seeing what it takes for a WPF/SL/.NET dev to warp his mind into Appleness, check it out!