Scrolling Menu patch for Visual Studio 2010

October 21st, 2010 / No Comments » / by Mike

Don’t you hate it when the context menu has a scroll bar even though the screen is big enough to see all items? Well apparently someone at Microsoft hated it too!

Here’s the fix!

Navigation in Windows Phone 7 Application

August 12th, 2010 / 6 Comments » / by Mike

I’ve recently started playing with Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools and one of the first thing I asked myself is “How To Link Between Views?!”. I researched the web and found 3 ways to handle navigation: Static Links, Routes and Navigation Service.

First of all, to build a Windows Phone 7 Application you will need to download and install the this. You will also need to have a basic understanding of Silverlight/XAML.

1. First things first, lets create a new Project.

2. Then I created a few pages in a folder I created and named Views (You could call this folder whatever you want…)

3. This is what my Solution Explorer looks like now.

4. To create Static Links, add some Hyperlink to the ContentGrid of MainPage.xaml and give them the NavigateUri property with the path to the page you want to navigate to.


5. Now if you run the application using the Windows Phone 7 Emulator and click one of the Hyperlink you created you should see the content of that page. In my case the only thing I changed is the Page Title..

6. Lets try to do the same thing with the Navigation Service. Open App.xaml and add the following code in


7. We now need to tell the Application to use this UriMapper. This is very simple, open App.xaml.cs and add RootFrame.UriMapper = Resources["UriMapper"] as UriMapper; at the end of the constructor. It should look like this:

public App()
    // Global handler for uncaught exceptions. 
    // Note that exceptions thrown by ApplicationBarItem.Click will not get caught here.
    UnhandledException += Application_UnhandledException;

    // Standard Silverlight initialization

    // Phone-specific initialization

    RootFrame.UriMapper = Resources["UriMapper"] as UriMapper;

8. Once this is done, add a button on the MainPage.xaml.

< B utton Content="Go To Page 3" Height="72" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="21,291,0,0" Name="button1" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="246" Click="button1_Click" />

9. Double click on the button you just added to give it a Click Event. This should create button1_Click method in MaiPage.xaml.cs. Put the following line of code in the method:

private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    NavigationService.Navigate(new Uri("/Page3", UriKind.Relative));

10. NavigationService also provides you metods like GoBack() to go back to the previous page. If you want to try this, you could add a button a Page3.xaml much like we did for step 9 and put this code in Page3.xaml.cs:

private void button1_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)

I know I skipped the second option, Routes. I’ll write about it in another post! I think the most important navigation feature in a Windows Phone 7 application is the NavigationService!

Visual Studio 2010 “Insufficient Memory” on Copy/Paste

June 10th, 2010 / No Comments » / by Mike

I’ve been getting the following message a lot

“Insufficient available memory to meet the expected demands of an operation at this time, possibly due to virtual address space fragmentation. Please try again later.”

Apparently there’s a fix for that, you can get it here.