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  • Blog Post: Download the Expression 3 Starter Kits

    Getting started with Expression Studio 3? Here are 4 great learning kits to help you get things started. Introduction to Prototyping with Sketchflow in Expression Blend 3 : Assets, Guide and Video Package Discover Sketchflow, a new feature set in Expression Blend 3 that helps you define the concept for...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Rich Interactivity with No Code

    The idea of creating rich interactivity without code should sound very appearing to designers, because we want to turn static UI into interactive prototypes and test out our design ideas quickly. In Blend 3, “Behaviors” are packaged, re-usable building blocks of interactivity. They can be visually applied...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: Visual Data Binding

    As your project evolves from simple sketches to prototypes, you may want to add some real interactivity to it. There are two useful tools in Blend make this really easy: Sample Data and Behaviors. This tutorial will focus on Sample Data and how designers can bind data visually in Blend. The next tutorial...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part II

    Bill Buxton talks about the difference between “Sketch” and “Prototype” in this his Sketching User Experiences . (see the summary below) I agree sketching is an important part of the design process, but often times it’s hard to share our paper and pen sketches and get feedback from others. Following...
  • Blog Post: [Mini-Tutorial] Blend 3: SketchFlow Part I

    Two years and an half ago, when I first joined Microsoft, we were getting ready to release Expression Studio 1. Expression Blend is a key product in the studio and works closely with Visual Studio. It was a great first step to support designers with visual tools to help them build rich interactive web...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Expands to Another city in 2009!!

    TechDays 2008 was such a success that we had many comments and feedback that we should expand it to more cities.  Given our goal to support your development with skills growth, connecting you with your peers and experts to share insights and lessons learned, as well as helping your continued learning...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2009 Community Team

    As we are planning for TechDays 2009, my colleague Rodney Buike organized a community team, whose mission is to find the best content for TechDays’09. Let’s hear from him… Well you might have heard that TechDays is going to roll across Canada in the Fall of 2009 and while we have 6 of the 7 cities locked...
  • Blog Post: Expression Resource for Designers

    In the last Silverlight User Group meeting, someone asked me about Expression and Silverlight resources for designers. Here’s a list of resources that my friend Arturo Toledo at Expression marketing team provided. expression.microsoft.com – Expression Community Site with all sorts of resources ...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Your Skills – A Collection of Courses

    Hi! My name is Rini Gahir. I’m the Senior Product Manager for Developer Tools (which includes Visual Studio and Expression Studio) here at Microsoft Canada. It’s an honour to be granted a regular blog spot on the Canadian User Experience blogosphere alongside Paul and Qixing. My goal is to add value...
  • 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: 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...
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