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  • Blog Post: Community Silverlight Site

    I came across SilverlightShow this morning. It's an independent Silverlight community, and the goal of the site is to "help Silverlight developers to find solutions to common problems, to stay up-to-date with the latest news , to learn the best practices by providing quality articles , tips , examples...
  • Blog Post: December Silverlight User Group Meeting

    This is the last Silverlight user group meeting of the year. Hope to see you all there! Time: 6:30PM, Tuesday December 2nd, 2008. Location : MSN Office Downtown Toronto, 222 Bay St. Toronto, ON Agenda : 6:30 – 7:30: Animations and Databinding in Blend - by Dan Borkowski & David Stubbs Creating...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 is Released!

    Earlier this week, we shipped the final release of Silverlight 2 ! This is an important milestone for us in terms of providing rich media and interactive experiences on the web. Scott Guthrie has a very comprehensive blog post on the improvements of Silverlight 2 RTW. Many of you may already have upgraded...
  • Blog Post: Cozying Up to Silverlight Controls at TechDays

    Now the words are out about TechDays and the first stop at Toronto is just around the corner. I'm really excited about the conference because I took up an exciting challenge for myself as a presenter at the Wed Developer track. The challenge has two favors... First is I have been talking about Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Release Candidate Now Available

    Late last week, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of the Silverlight 2 Release Candidate . This is pretty exciting news as it represents a significant milestone towards the go-live of Silverlight 2. The RC release of Silverlight 2 represents a developer release with the intent of providing...
  • Blog Post: Deep Zoom Functionality for PowerPoint

    Back in April Qixing wrote a post about how Deep Zoom could provide an innovative way to present slides.  Apparently others have found this idea interesting as well as the Microsoft Office Labs team in Redmond has released a plug-in called pptPlex that allows you to view your PowerPoint 2007 slides...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Training in French

    One of our great partners out of Quebec, RunAtServer Consulting , has just created a great, three-day course on Silverlight 2 and they will be conducting it in various cities in Quebec. The details of the course can be found here and here , but it is a very in-depth course for those of you interested...
  • Blog Post: Microsofties in Residence Silverlight Training - Day 5

    This is it! Day 5 was the last day of our training, and we were scheduled to present our project at 3:30 in the afternoon. The atmosphere in the training room was very intense, and nobody felt there was enough time. From the design side, I needed to restyle the main UI, adding a logo component for our...
  • Blog Post: Microsofties in Residence Silverlight Training - Day 4

    Day 4 involves a lot of hard work (9 am - 12 am). It feels like the crunch time before final projects back in grad school.  At the start of the day, we reviewed each other's progress and decided the underlying messaging framework for two Silverlight applications to communicate with each other was...
  • Blog Post: Microsofties in Residence Silverlight Training - Day 3

    John and I started parallel working in Day 3 and chatted back and forth on each other's progress using Office Communicator . On the Design side , I first focused on creating graphical elements in Expression Design. For each of our application scenario: sending gift, touching hands, and playing games...
  • Blog Post: New Silverlight and Expression Blend Beta

         Last Friday, we released both Silverlight 2 Beta 2 and Expression Blend 2.5 June Preview . This was a major milestone for us. Many features people were asking for in Silverlight and Expression Blend at last week's Silverlight User Group meeting such as rich UI controls, control skinning...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 "How-Do-I" Videos

    Following my post on Silverlight 2 resource , here's a list of Silverlight 2 "How-Do-I" videos that have been added to Silverlight.net . 1: Using the Silverlight 2 Canvas     (35 minutes, 42 seconds) 2: Using Silverlight 2 Grids and Stack Panels    (19 minutes, 50 seconds...
  • Blog Post: Developer - Designer Workflow Story from Infusion Development

    Woodgroove Financial online demonstrator has been gaining quite a bit popularity within the financial industry to show what future rich interactive web banking applications could be like. I decided to talk to the architects behind the inspirational demo: Chris Ching (Lead Developer, Infusion Development...
  • Blog Post: DevTeach 2008 - Silverlight 2.0 Training

    DevTeach 2008 is coming to Toronto. What: Building Next-Generation, Business-Oriented, Rich Internet Applications using Silverlight 2.0 Cost: 399.00$ CDN Make plans to stay an extra day after the conference to take advantage of this opportunity to join veteran software developers Rod Paddock and Jim...
  • Blog Post: Great Read on Silverlight, Flash, and AiR

    One of the first and most common questions I get about Silverlight is "how does Silverlight compare to Adobe Flash and AiR?" Although I wrote a post last year talked about Flash vs. Silverlight, with Silverlight 2 Beta release last month and all the announcements at MIX08, it's time to revisit...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Share Your Presentation in Deep Zoom

    Over the past several months, I went to many colleges and universities to talk about user experience related topics from Microsoft. After each presentation, students asked me to share my presentation online. I've been using Skydrive to share my large files such as ppt, audio, and video files with the...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Resource

    It has been three weeks since we annouced Silverlight 2 at MIX08. Many of you are excited to getting started with Silverlight 2, so I've done some research around and created the following list. I want to give special credits to Adam Kinney , Tim Sneath , Laurence Moroney , and Joshua Allen for creating...
  • Blog Post: Zoomable UI with Silverlight Deep Zoom Technology

    One of the most impressive demos during the MIX keynote yesterday was the Hard Rock Memorabilia Site . Users can browse through thousands of pieces of Rock-n-Roll memorabilia in the Hard Rock collection! The zoomable UI technology is called "Deep Zoom," which allow you to zoom in seamlessly and see incredible...
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