Thursday, June 3, 2010

The best Windows Azure Apps

Windows Azure has now 10.000 customers and you might think ok but do I really need to build an application myself or isn’t there some app available I just download the application package for an run it in the cloud? Yes, there is!

Microsoft Germany puts together a list of applications and tools a new Azure Gallery: 

I have reviewed the apps and tools listed there and even added a few
of my own favorite ones:

a) Use Windows Azure Storage as an encrypted network drive with Gladient Cloud Tools

b) Run Wordpress on Azure

c) Get a Cash-Register for your business or home-business 

d) Use Windows Azure based MonitorGrid Solution to monitor your home server

e) Use a Collaboration Software in the Cloud

f) Search E-Books on Windows Azure

g) Mapping Solution for Windows Azure

h) Find Friends via Bluehoo Mobile App

According to Microsoft also Umbraco now runs on Azure. I am waiting to get the download.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Using Default-Buttons in Silverlight

My today’s msdn-solve CodeClip is about porting a standard behavior of applications to Silverlight 4. When filling out a form (either in the web or in a .NET application or elsewhere) users tend to hit the <Return> key and hopefully the application deals with the data entries as intended. But how to implement this in a Silverlight environment?

The key is to use triggers from the Microsoft Expression SDK and automation peers. Triggers can be added to any elements in the XAML markup and listen to a given event. In the CodeClip a trigger is added to the “KeyDown” event of a TextBox. When the event occurs some code is triggered that checks if the pressed key is the <Return> key. If so, an automation peer simulates a click on a given button.
VoilĂ : default button behavior – at your service!

CodeClip [German]:

How-To-Guide [German]: