Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tips to synchronize your data easily

Live Mesh gives accessibility to your data from multiple devices (including Mac, Mobile) and allows you to share data with others. Imagine you are creating sales proposal that needs updates from team members situated at different geographical locations.

Live Mesh helps you put your documents inside a folder and share them with others, even from a mobile phone browser. To use Live Mesh, visit the site and sign in using your Windows Live ID.

Mesh provides Live Desktop with 5 GB space, capability of remote connection, and a client that can be downloaded on machine that adds machine to mesh. Besides, every folder created inside mesh has Mesh Bar that helps in managing and notification of content.

Here, we are going to build a Silverlight application to run locally as well as on live desktop provided by Live Mesh. To build the mesh application, one needs to login into a different mesh environment. Visit and login using Windows Live ID.
This is an environment created specially for developers and is different from actual mesh environment as mentioned in the introduction. Add your machine to mesh by installing 'LiveFrameworkClient.msi' from this page. Now to start building an application, one needs to download Live framework SDK and tools for Visual Studio.
These files can be downloaded from using invitation tokens that can be obtained after registering to Microsoft Connect website.

There are three downloads available on the download page 'LiveFramework','LiveFrameworkTools.msi' and 'Silverlight_tools.exe'. Download all these files, extract '' file inside 'Microsoft SDK's' folder at'C:\Prog ram Files\Microsoft SDKs'. After this, install 'LiveFrameworkTools.msi' and 'Silverlight_tools.exe'.

This will add new project templates to your Visual Studio 2008 SP1 namely 'Live Framework' , click on it and create new project (PCQ_Silver_MEWA) using 'Silverlight Mesh-enabled Web Site' template (we are using C# as programing language). Before creating an application, one needs to add reference.

This can be done by right clicking 'References' and clicking on 'Add Reference'. Go to 'Browse' tab and go to 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Live Framework SDK\v0.9\Libraries\.Net Library' and select all three references there and add them. Here is the content of 'Page.xaml':


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