My name is Barak Cohen and I am the Product Manager of "WPF/E" (codename). I have been in Microsoft for 5 years (wow) and am excited to have the opportunity to work on something that will have such an impact on Microsoft's customers in addition to many other connected people.
I used to be a Windows device driver developer in the past (can you belive that) and also was involved in other Microsoft runtimes such the the .NET Framework and the .NET Compact Framework. I have so much to tell you about "WFP/E" but I will keep this to my next post.
Until next time.
I wanted to share somethign that many designers and developers miss when they install the “WPF/E” CTP SDK Download" . It is the Quickstart. The Quickstart is a step by step guide to "WPF/E" that uses very simple live examples. Try it out. Let me know if it is useful (images blow are not clickable). And best of all the team posted the quickstart at: http://wpfesdk.members.winisp.net/quickstart/
Just a quick note to remind you that "WPF/E" is indeed a cross platform presentation technology. Look at the screenshots of the http://channel9.msdn.com/playground/wpfe/Sprawl/default.html samples on Firefox, Mac and IE7 (yes it also works also on IE6)
There is already a lot of information available for you to munch on starting 09:00AM PST:
A new MSDN dev center at http://msdn.microsoft.com/wpfe
MSDN library nodes on "WPF/E" that includes:
“WPF/E” SDK – if you want to develop “WPF/E” content, you need to use that. Having Visual Studio will help the process be smoother.
“WPF/E” white papers.
Downloads for you to play with:
“WPF/E” CTP for Windows – this is what you need to install on IE (6 or 7) and Firefox (1.5 or 2.0) on Windows
“WPF/E” CTP for Macintosh – this is what you need to install on Safari and firefox (1.5) on the Mac.
“WPF/E” Samples – after you install “WPF/E” CTP on a pc or on a Mac you can use these samples to get a feeling to how “WPF/E” works.
Channel 9 zone for WPFE
And of course the complementary tools and designers sites at www.microsoft.com/expresion site and the www.microsoft.com/design.
We also have 3 MSDN forums to discuss "WPF/E". You are invited to ask questions: General, Designer, Developer.
The last thing I want to share with you is an internal Microsoft "WPF/E" site, that looks like the image the the bottom.
You can not see the graphic effects from this image, so I want to let you know that the buttons you see are actually floating on moving water and the images at the bottom are floating. Nevertheless, the text you see is standard HTML text. This page shows how you can mix HTML and XAML on the same page and get the benefits of both. You can do it too.
So, it is time for you to start trying “WPF/E”. Let me know how it goes and stay tuned to some more information. Barak
Our SDK team just announced that the "WPF/E" SDK was refreshed today on the "WPF/E" Dev Center and MSDN Library.
The WPF/E SDK refresh includes:
- Updated SDK docs
- Updated QuickStart (which uses "WPF/E" for navigation!)
- Visual Studio Template support for Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1
See the new content at:
“WPF/E” (codename) Software Development Kit (SDK) Community Technology Preview (Dec 2006)
"WPF/E" on MSDN Library
In addition, the QuickStart is now available at the following publicly-accessible Web location:
As many of you already noticed, the official name for "WPF/E" is out there, it is Microsoft Silverlight. We are very happy to have something that is easy to remember like Silverlight instead the former code name. Note that if you have the Feb CTP version of Silverlight (Windows or Mac) installed, the site will look slightly different than the way it looks like if you do not have it installed (specifically the online video playback as well as samples are displayed with Silverlight installed).
Now that the brand is out, it is time to solve the old speculation on the source of the name aghost.js. Although we knew the name Silverlight for some time, we could not use it on the actual product. However, the product team came up with a clever idea to have the name already inside the product without actually saying it. Ag is the chemical sign for Silver; hence aghost is the hosting environment for Silverlight.
Let me know if any of you made the connection.
Today was the ship party of Windows 8 in the Microsoft Campus. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon where there in addition to Nokia and HTC trying to sell their services and devices.
There is a Microsoft program that subsidizes the phone (with a new contract) and since I am out of contract I need to select a phone.
I have looked at the following phones and have some Pros and Cons:
Pro: Good camera (actually the best camera out of all the other models)
Con: Big and bulky
Pro: nice slim design. Good grip. The sexiest phone for sure
Con: Lousy camera
Meh: size not too big but design is not unique
Meh: Camera is OK
A camera is important to me but does it justify the bulkiness of the 920?
What do you think? Should I wait for the Samsung ATIV?
Let me know.
Some of you heard that part of what I did in Office 365 was thinking about education and how to help students and teachers. Well, my team just released a sample app that does just that.
The Contoso Learning Companion is a sample Windows application that demonstrates how students and teachers can run their teaching and learning more effectively with the help of Office 365 services and a modern Windows 8 application that eliminates the need to visit multiple Web sites that represent different classes. The application allows developers to easily build solutions to the education market.
Take a look at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35556
You will need an Office 365 account to get this to run (if you are a school or just want to try, it will not hurt you at all to try), you can start here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/
Until next time...
I would like to thank Chandu Thota for this code. THis is a common scenario where you want to point to an external video. Chandu wrote the following IFRAMed code that does that:
<iframe frameborder=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 scrolling=no height=330px width=400px src=http://www.chanduthota.com/wpfe/embedVideo.aspx?src=http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/e/0/0e0e3638-5d4f-4b05-9c38-e371ddf42429/WPFE_Joe_Stegman_Ch9.wmv></iframe>
In December we released the source code for "Tafiti". A search visualization app that uses Live Search in the background and Silverlight on the front end to render search results in a compelling way. Tafiti is the first example we had for a dynamic application that renders temporal service data using Silverlight. We expect this area of synamic application to evolve and offer users more compelling experiences with their online services.
Now is your chance to look at the guts of this app and think how you can use this wizdom to create your own application.
What would be a better way of sharing your love other than using a free Silverlight customizable Valentine's day card?
The Silverlight and Windows Live teams collaborated on creating such a card as can be experienced here:
Note that the card was implemented in a way that allows universal use of it. You can use any language to compose your message. This is done by overlaying HTML DIV on top of the Silverlight UI.
Enjoy and remember to send your own card on time, Valentine's day is Feb 14th
As announced earlier this week in TechEd, Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is available today. Silverlight 2 Beta 2 has many new features and enhancement over beta 1. These include the following:
· UI Framework: Beta 2 includes improvements in animation support, error handling and reporting, automation and accessibility support, keyboard input support, and general performance. This release also provides more compatibility between Silverlight and WPF.
· Rich Controls: Beta 2 includes a new templating model called Visual State Manager that allows for easier templating for controls. Other features include the introduction of TabControl, text wrapping and scrollbars for TextBox, and for DataGrid additions include Autosize, Reorder, Sort, performance increases and more. Controls are now in the runtime instead of packaged with the application.
· Networking Support: Beta 2 includes improved Cross Domain support and security enhancements, upload support for WebClient, and duplex communications (“push” from server to Silverlight client).
· Rich Base Class Library: Beta 2 includes improved threading abilities, LINQ-to-JSON, ADO.NET Data Services support, better support for SOAP, and various other improvements to make networking and data handling easier.
· Deep Zoom: Beta 2 introduces a new XML-based file format for Deep Zoom image tiles, as well as a new MultiScaleTileSource that enables existing tile databases to utilize Deep Zoom. Better notification for sub-images enter the view is another improvement in Silverlight 2 Beta 2.
Silverlight 2 will be availble on download center and on http://microsoft.com/silverlight
In my last business trip I had the pleasure to meet the leaders of a small company that is betting big on Silverlight.
Shidonni is a collaborative that is targeting kids between the ages of 4-8 (way lower than other social networking sites) and is encouraging the concept of creation (kids can create their own interactive creatures), sharing (they can share them with their friends), interaction (playing games with their characters) and learning. Targeting kids of smaller age is interesting and possibly marks a trend. When I was 4 I was not interested in social network 9I did not know what they were), but my little kids certainly are more exposed to the digital world and this seems like an interesting approach for introducing kids to this virtual world in a safe manner.
Let your kid try it and let them know the reaction.
As some of you know, during most of Dec I spent some time with my family in Israel. Since some of you asked me, I hereby provide a short report of the food you can experience in Israel. Starting from the foods in the markets to the restaurants. I also added rating (****: good , *****: super)
1. Shook Hakarmel and Nachlat Biniamin in Tel Aviv (****): this is a nice and busy open market where you can find everything. I especially like to drink fresh pomegranate juice in one of the shops that offer it in the season.
2. Machne Yehuda and Azura in Jerusalem (*****): This is the open market of Jerusalem with its special tastes and smells. Inside it there is a hidden small restaurant called Azura that serves traditional food that is cooked on petrol burners. They select food that is fresh, cook it and sell until they run out. We had rice, beans, meatballs and musakka.
3. Falafel Yad Eliyahu (***): Falafel is one of Israel's (and the middle east) traditional foods. I liked to stop by the Falafel hut in Yad Eliyahu next to the Nokia basketball arena and have a pita bread with Falafel and some cold non alcoholic black beer.
4. Gam ve Gam restaurant in Rosh Hain (****): This is a traditional Yemenite restaurant where I used to eat when I worked in Goman in Rosh Hain. They are several young brothers who manage the restaurant and serve traditional food. The Cow Leg soup is especially yummy.
5. Barabunya restaurant Tel Aviv (Ben Yehuda St) (****): This is one of the seafood restaurant that start with serving mazzet salads and then bring a nice fresh fish grilled.
6. Jako (Hetzel st. Tel aviv) (****): Another excellent and typical seafood restaurant.
7. Ben Ezra Hadayag in Atlit (****): Atlit is a fisherman small city near Haifa and you can find nice fresh fish and salads in this restaurent.
8. NG Bar, Tel Aviv (****): good quality meat and wine at this renovated historic part of Tel Aviv.
9. Susanna, tel aviv (*****): an excellent small restaurant near the susan Dalal dancing center in Tel Aviv. Don't miss the Haraima, Bamya and the Kube Soup.
10. Herbert Samual (****): nice and fancy restaurent near the Carmel market in tel aviv. The design of the restaurant has 3 floors. The kitchen is on the top one and you can look at the food being prepared.
11. Toto restaurent (*****): a stylish Italian restaurant with a very creative chef. Enjoy the gnocchi and seafood.
When you visit Israel, feel free to use this info.
Happy New 2008
Many IT managers and system administrators are using WSUS to update their enterprise networks.
Well, we have some good news for you folks:
Starting from today, you can obtain Silverlight for Windows XPSP2 and Windows Server 2003 from WSUS. This blog has more details:
In parallel Silverlight is also available for Microsoft Update customers that run XPSP2 and Windows Server 2003. This blog has more details:
Going forward Silverlight will also be offered to Windows Vista customers, we do not have time table yet for that.
This is another step in making Silverligth broadly available.
During my last visit to Israel I had the pleasure of meeting an interesting company that is called Gizmox.
Feel fee to explore a little more of the workflow in their web site: http://www.gizmox.com/About/GuidedTour/QuickStarts/tabid/297/Default.aspx
The next generation of this technology will be using Silverlight to achieve a more powerful UI for this new type of rich interactive applications. Once it is ready, I will cover it again.
(MIX 2007, Las Vegas) It was a busy day yesterday (Apr 30). With the exciting keyote by Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie (see the video here: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/video.aspx) and with 5 new external web sites that needed to go online (http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight , www.silverlight.net , http://msdn.microsoft.com/silverlight, the Silverlight documentation on MSDN at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb188743.aspx and the hosted Silverlight SDK documentation ar http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb188266.aspx and 1 internal one for Microsoft's intranet.
The momentum around Silverlight is great and I could hear the buzz for every person I interacted with here in Vegas.
It took a lot of coordination and effort of many good people in our web operations, designs agencies (Both Ascentium and Avenue A Razorfish and other Microsoft groups to get this going and I was still perplexed that the second Scott mentioned our web presence in his keynote, the servers went live.
I am thankful to all the people that helped with this.
Now we can get back to the day to day process of updating the content to help the world build better web experiences with Silverlight.
The Podium ’08 -- (http://election.msn.com/podium08.aspx) is Live on the MSN US Election Portal.
This is just the first of many innovations MSN (one of the largest online sited in the world) will deliver on Silverlight.
I had the pleasure of working with the MSN team on this and although this site looks simplistic, it actually encapsulate some innovative approaches to online application delivery (that leverage the Silverlight architecture):
The phone is here as well as the jury verdict. It is a good device.
I just got the new phone this week, and here are the 10 things I like about it:
Overall, this is a very good device that IMHO is a good alternative to Android and iPhone. I wish MS had a better business model to generate revenue from this business.
Earlier this week, the Bing team showed a complete revamp of Bing’s Webmaster tools at SMX Advanced Conference in Seattle. The Bing Webmaster team chose to focus on three key areas of interest to webmasters: Crawl, Index, and Traffic. Each area will offer detailed data going back as far as six months with dynamic charting capabilities, enabling webmasters to focus on the timeline trends that are most meaningful to them. The Tools are web-based, and basic functionality is available through most web browsers. However, to achieve the full potential of the Tools, a Silverlight 4 powered version is available. Silverlight enabled the Bing development team to provide a smooth, visual experience, enabling webmasters to better analyze important trends through connected visual data about their websites. Read more here: http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/webmaster/archive/2010/06/09/an-smx-sneak-peek-at-the-new-bing-webmaster-tools.aspx
Our dear friends in Plexipixel have created a nice Silverlight based game on Facebook. It is called Roshamboom! (http://apps.facebook.com/roshamboom).
Roshamboom! is inspired by David C. Lovelace’s extreme rock-paper-scissors concept called RPS-101. The RPS-101 (http://umop.com) game got a ton of web chatter when it was released back in 2007 because it took David over a year to concept the game and produce the 5000+ outcomes. The Plexipixel folks thought it would make an ideal (and silly) turn-based game for Facebook. Plus, it allowed them to practice some Silverlight skills. You can read more about the game here: http://plexipixel.com/blog/2009/04/roshamboom-how-it-came-to-be.html
Try it and let me (and the Plexipixel folks) know what you think.
Ball Watch USA and Microsoft are teaming up to give you a reason to try the new Expression Studio 4 to build one of the Ball watches in Silverlight 4 like this. You can win one of the watches! Ball Watch Company has a line of beautiful railroad-inspired watches aimed at the adventurers that many of us aspire to be – their motto is “Since 1891, accuracy under adverse conditions.”
Read more here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/synergist/archive/2010/06/07/enter-to-win-a-ball-watch-by-creating-one-in-silverlight.aspx
last week Microsoft launched the Silverlight PivotViewer control that makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data in ways that are powerful, informative and fun. The PivotViewer is a sibling of the Microsoft Pivot WPF application that enables users to explore structured data sets on the desktop. WIth the Viewer you can enable this amazing data visualization experience on your Web site and allow it to feed from dynamic data sets (as the example blow shows) . Implementing using a static data set uses a CXML file (XML file that has all the metadata) while implementign using a dynamic data set requires to implement a simple middle layer that creates this XML data dynamically from a data source.
Free download of Silverlight PivotViewer can be found here: www.silverlight.net/learn/pivotviewer and you can discuss it with our team on: http://forums.silverlight.net/forums/68.aspx.
Some folks who I will not mention by full name (@MossyBlog) let me to look for resources that will help change the default Blog template on MSDN. After a quick search I found: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/peterlau/archive/2010/07/19/customizing-a-telligent-community-5-5-blog-aka-the-new-look-of-jrzyshr-dev-guy-2010-edition.aspx which has a lot of information about how to customize the template. After few minutes, my blog now looks different (not sure if this is an improvement, I am open to further suggestions)
I spent the last month traveling, visiting the UK and my home country, Israel. Sun was abundant and thus my spirit is high.
Beyond some vacation and very close ancounters with Alpakas and Lamas (images will follow) I had the pleasure to meet some design firms that are already doing great things with Silverlight and some startup companies that are lookign into harnessing what Silvelright can do to the innovation they want to bring (more details about these in my next blog).
But now it is time to relax and enjoy the holiday season. It is my pleasure to introduce some jems that you can share with freinds:
1. http://www.wunderfulholidays.com/ - design your own gengerbread and share it.
2. http://www.seasonal-greetings.com/ - view a pencil drawn London
3. http://www.onlinespotlight.no/en/Christmas07/ - from the MSDN norway team
4. And my favorite: http://www.mason-zimbler.com/festivegreetings/ - absolutly a contender to the next eurovision song contest
Until next time.