Archives / 2010
  • RIA Services - Solutions to 'The remote server returned an error: NotFound'

    Isn't it great when the answers are out there?  I finally got a Google hint and overcame this one.  So here are a few reasons that I encountered and overcame this error.  We can easily reproduce (and often fix) this error.  This occurs on the asynchronous return from a Silverlight 4 to RIA services.  It's as if for any of the few reasons it fails, the call just gets aborted and we get a head-scratching "Not Found".  We can sometimes even hit a debugger breakpoint in the Domain Service that gets the IQueryable call and wonder why the server appears to work in the debugger.

  • Silverlight OOB - CheckAndDownloadUpdateAsync

    I’ve been looking at the Silverlight Out-Of-Browser support and the easy update feature.  In the current version, we’re given the method, CheckAndDownloadUpdateAsync().  This method does a lot for us but is rather limited.  With an asynchronous method and no parameters, what can we expect?  With a huge team in Redmond working for us and trying to meet deadlines, we get what we get.  In the spirit of sharing, here’s what I see so far.

  • Silverlightpalooza - The DFW Silverlight and WP7 DevCamp

    Teresa Burger and Chris Koenig are heading up a great event on Jun 18th and 19th called the DFW Silverlight and WP7 DevCamp.  It is two full days (Friday and Saturday) of Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 fun.  Yes - I said fun.  I'll be one of the available on-site mentors both days. It will be at our favorite hang-out, the  Microsoft headquarters in Dallas.  There will be prizes and lots of experience to be gained.  So if you want to join in the fun and learning, please register now before it is filled.  After two days of Silverlight and WP7, there’s still a Sunday left to ride the motorcycle.  So it definitely will be a great weekend.

  • Dallas XAML UG Samples for Data Binding

    The Dallas XAML User Group is holding their second meeting on April 6th 2010.  We will be spending most of the time on our laptops practicing data binding techniques for WPF and Silverlight.  The completed samples are uploaded and ready to review before the meeting.  The theme for samples is a GoldWing reseller.  Can you guess which sweet Orange motorcycle that I own and love to ride around Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas with my wife?

  • Good Times on the New Contract

    Just a note to the blog to say that my current contract has been going well.  I'm working on contract direct from with own company, FreshMetrics, LLC.  I get to have lunch with Rob Vetter (C# MVP) from next door.  We get to catch up on user group stuff more often now.  The work is great and the team is very serious about the art of software.  It's much more silo'd and quiet than what I'm used to, but that can be a good thing.  I've been heads down with systems analysis, user interviews, and plenty of documentation before building the final application.  It's refreshing to actually have the license to discover instead of hack and go, then wonder when unit tests come into the picture if at all.  I've been pushing myself to do things right with analysis, peer review, and now I'm almost done with unit testing.  Yes - true TDD.  It's been hard not hitting the WPF and WCF services first, but the application is much better already.

  • Catching Up

    Today was my last day on the extended Intuit contract.  Now I’m off to find the next great team to work with.  If anyone has projects that can be outsourced or new contracts, I’m looking.