WPF– visual states in MvvM

WPF has many rich features which facilitates making a great look&feel of the application. Unfortunately many of those features are cumbersome to implement and use when we develop in a Model - View – ViewModel architecture. In this post I will try to make you more familiar with visual states and how can we use them in our MvvM application. Visual state simply defines a state…

By Mirek on (tags: behaviors, Expression Blend, Visual state, WPF, categories: code)

20 GB extra in SkyDrive for Windows Phone users

The Christmas just around the corner and the Microsoft bestows his users with gifts… Yeap, for those who have a Windows Phone and a SkyDrive account Microsoft has a nice Christmas gift. You will get extra 20 GB of SkyDrive space for free for one year. So if you are a regular SkyDrive user, you probably have now your 7GB of free (free of charge) space (which is, btw. still more …

By Mirek on (tags: SkyDrive, Windows Phone, categories: web)

FileTable performance test

In my last post I have described a workaround for using a FileTable in Entity Framework 6.0. In this post I would like to show you the results of performance test of storing big documents in sql FileTable. I have put in comparison storing 10 pdf documents 16MB each in database. First application is a Entity Framework Code First based app with mapped stored procedures. Those pro…

By Mirek on (tags: Entity Framework, FILETABLE, SQL, categories: architecture)

Using SQL FileTable in Entity Framework

FileTable is a great new feature in SQL Server 2012 which facilitates storing and working with unstructured blob data in SQL Server. Unfortunately is not yet supported in Entity Framework, so you cannot simply use FileTable in your entity model. But there is a workaround for this inconvenience, which I am going to show you in this post. FileTable is a fixed schema regular sql t…

By Mirek on (tags: Entity Framework, FILESTREAM, FILETABLE, SQL, categories: architecture, infrastructure, code)