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It’s no secret that I use for my blog.  I have been too busy to rewrite the whole thing but I did have time to test out writing a WebApi to expose my blog data and buid out a tiny AngularJs version of my blog. 

Basically the HTML for the site becomes very small.  Angular provides all the data binding framework.  I even tested out building a jQuery component.

Next, I am going to build out a cleaner version with a more out of the box Bootstrap design and use Backbone for the data binding framework.  I am just working through which I like better so I am using my blog as the test bed.

I have an application that uses the WPF frame for navigation.  The frame markup looks like this:

This Frame tag is located in my ShellView.xaml file and this takes the place of a ContentPlaceholder.  In order to navigate to another page I simply call ActivateItem( viewModelInstance ) from my ShellViewModel.  Because the ShellViewModel orchestrates the page loads I created a simple ChangeViewMessage class to throw via the EventAggregator.  My ShellViewModel handles this message and passes the viewModel instance to the ActivateItem method.  Caliburn Micro takes care of everything else.

Here is an example of the ShellViewModel loading my initial page/view in the constructor.

You can see that my first view (SelectServersView via the ViewModel) is loaded there.

In order to make Caliburn Micro work you have to patch one method to be ‘Frame Aware’.

In the View.cs class of the Caliburn Micro source in the Caliburn.Micro.WPF project change the SetContentPropertyCore method to look like the one below.  This allows you to use a Frame.




I wrote a simple generic method for making POST calls to MVC4 WebApi for use on Windows Phone 8 (But you can use it elsewhere).  The idea is simple: Create one set of generic methods that will take a generic TResultType, an Api Uri, and optionally some data to post and return back a strongly typed response object.

Usage is simple:

This allows you to simply use await to make your MVC4 WebApi calls and get back strongly typed objects.  The Post code uses Newtonsoft Json library to deserialize the response string as an object.

I will package this up as a simple GIT project when I have time and create a nuget package so that everyone can use this simply.

First off, I did not author this from scratch.  Instead, I added some functionality to this class that WindowsPhoneGeek published. I wanted to add CanExecute() and Execute() methods that take no parameter.   Most of the commands I use in my MVVM apps tend to be based on the state of the ViewModel anyway and thus I do not need the parameters.

Here is the DelegateCommand.cs class and the cmds snippet that lets you quickly add a command to any ViewModel.


Command code would look like the following:

The code for the DelegateCommand.cs looks like this:

This is a pretty rookie mistake with .NET 4.5 and the new async / await operators.  While searching for the answer I found a lot of noise and no valuable answers so I thought I would notate the solution on my blog.

The short answer is that any method that uses await must itself be marked with async.

Take this code for example:

Error    2    The ‘await’ operator can only be used within an async method. Consider marking this method with the ‘async’ modifier and changing its return type to ‘Task’.