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  • Blog Post: XAMLFESTOnline Coming Soon!

    For those of you that want to get a better handle on using XAML to build the next generation of Windows and Web Applications, and prefer to do it from the comfort of your own desktop, then XAMLFEST Online is for you!  Based on the wildly popular XAMLFEST events run in cities all across the US, XAMLFEST...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint for Developers Video Series

    My friend Kirk Evans has been doing an incredible video series called “ SharePoint for Developers ” out on Channel 9.  There are 5 episodes so far, and they’re all very well done.  The segments are short enough to get everything on the first viewing, but solid enough to bookmark for reference...
  • Blog Post: MTV Adopts Silverlight!

    Viacom/ MTV announced a web based Digital Asset Management Workflow application completely built in Silverlight 3 (of course using the beta bits for now) and .Net 3.5. This is very cool, not just because it is an early adoption of Silverlight 3, but because : It is a great proof point that Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: deepzoom pix

    I stumbled upon this today and thought it was really cool stuff!  DeepZoom Pix is a web site that enables people to explore and share photos using DeepZoom technology.  It combines the power of Microsoft Silverlight and DeepZoom for an innovative UX with Windows Azure for a fast, scalable and...
  • Blog Post: Tulsa School of Dev 2009

    I had a GREAT time at the Tulsa School of Dev today!  I didn’t expect to be able to visit as my wife had plans (meaning I needed to be home with the kids) but when her plans changed I jumped on the chance to come out!  I quickly put together a great talk on “What’s New in Silverlight 3” based...
  • Blog Post: Detecting Network Status in Silverlight 3

    I’m totally loving Silverlight 3, and wanted to dig into some of the new features that I learned about at MIX09 this past week.  I’ve already posted on the Silverlight 3 out-of-browser experience , and now I want to augment that with some information on network state detection.  Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Out-of-Browser Support

    I know it was just announced today, but I had to play with the OOB experience in Silverlight 3 and give it a quick Road Test.  Luckily, it is just as simple as it looks.  This short post will give you an overview of creating a simple OOB experience for Silverlight 3. In order to run this code...
  • Blog Post: #MIX09 Keynote – Day 1

    There was a lot of great information shared this morning at the first of the #MIX09 keynotes .  As I reflect on it, it seems that most of it seemed to be centered around Silverlight 3, but there were a few gems tucked away in some other parts of the keynote. First, Bill Buxton from Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Illustrator to XAML Plug-In for the Mac

    Attention Designers!  Mike Swanson has released a Test Version of his Illustrator to XAML Plug-In for the Mac .  Help him out by downloading and trying out the plugin to make sure we’ve got a seamless experience for Mac-based web designers to work in the wonderful world of WPF and Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: The Return of DevCares!

    When I first started as a Developer Evangelist almost 2 years ago (WOW – time flies), the very first thing I was asked to do was connect with the folks in SCD that were running the local DevCares events and make sure that they had the support they needed, as well as look to find some additional cities...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 2 – Windows 7, Windows Live, Mesh and Office Online

    Today’s big announcements at PDC were around Windows 7, .NET 4/VS2010, Windows Live Mesh and Microsoft Office futures. Windows 7 Both Windows Server 2008 R@ and Windows 7 will have the ability to boot from a VHD as well as mount a VHD like a normal drive or create a VHD on the fly – all from the built...
  • Blog Post: Hard Rock Cafe and Silverlight Deep Zoom

    Our friends at Vertigo Software have updated the Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia site with some new features as they migrated the application to the released version of Silverlight 2.  The new features include some AMAZING performance improvements in addition to almost twice the number of pictures as...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 RTW on Oct 14, 2008

    http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/ticker/article.aspx?Feed=PR&Date=20081013&ID=9263913&Symbol=MSFT This represents a HUGE step forward for .NET and Web Developers everywhere.  Over 1 year in various alpha and beta versions, Silverlight 2 is finally released to the web.  For those...
  • Blog Post: MSDN TechDays is Coming to Dallas!

    Are you ready for a GeekFest?  We’re pulling out all the stops to make the next MSDN event a memorable one!  MSDN TechDays is a three-day geek-out covering a variety of topics for ITPros, Developers and Architects.  We’re holding the first ever MSDN TechDays on November 18-20 at the Dallas...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 RC0 Available Today!

    The Silverlight team announced today that Silverlight 2 RC0 was released today for public consumption.  Please note that applications built using this release will work off of the Silverlight 2 RC0 Developer Runtime only. Please keep that in mind when updating your projects.  Breaking Changes...
  • Blog Post: Houston XamlFest

    Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve? Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started? Or are you curious about how tools like Expression Blend help designers and developers deliver great user experiences together? If so, join us at XamlFest! XamlFest...
  • Blog Post: Adding Style to WPF and Silverlight Apps at DDNUG

    I had a great time speaking at the Dallas .NET User Group meeting last night on WPF and Silverlight Styles, Templates and Data Binding.  I’ve posted the slides up on Slideshare and the demos (with the pptx) out on FolderShare .  Here are the links: Adding Style To Your Microsoft Wpf And Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: OKC Developer Group Presentation – Next Gen Web Apps

    I had a great time last night at the OKC Developer Group meetings.  I love presenting there because you actually get to do 2 presentations – one at lunch (there was about 85 people in attendance) and one at dinner (about 15 people).  That’s 100 people in one day with two chances to get it right...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services + Silverlight 2 B2 = Happiness

    This one almost snuck by me, but on my Microsoft Downloads email today I saw that the ADO.NET Data Services bits had been updated to work work with Silverlight.  I had a demo a week or so ago that I tried to do where I was wiring up an ADO.NET Data Services service (that sounds weird) to a Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Spy

    I found this GREAT tool for Silverlight developers today called Silverlight Spy .   It’s basically a jazzed-up runtime inspector of running Silverlight applications.  Point it at a web site containing a Silverlight control and it will snoop into the XAP file to read out all the XAML and...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight on Skyfire

    For those that don’t know about it, there is a really cool Internet browser for Windows Mobile 6 called Skyfire .   Skyfire shows a web site on a WM device just as it looks on a normal PC browser.  The user can then pan and zoom and interact with the web page without having to deal with...
  • Blog Post: Shreveport .NET User Group

    I had a great time last night speaking at the inaugural Shreveport .NET User Group meeting!  The first meeting was held in the science lecture auditorium (Mickle Hall 114) at Centenary College in Shreveport.  There were about 26 people in attendance – that’s really amazing for a first meeting...
  • Blog Post: New Release of Windows Live Tools for Visual Studio

    The Windows Live team recently released and update to their Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio, and added a new ASP.NET Server Control for Virtual Earth!  Now it is super easy to add a Virtual Earth capabilities to your ASP.NET applications using this new control. For information about...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight + Virtual Earth = VIEWS

    My teammate Jared Bienz informed me the other day about a CodePlex project he just helped finish called VIEWS , which is a really cool Virtual Earth Wrapper for Silverlight. It's released as a a managed layer for integrating mapping in your Silverlight apps and is easy to use. If, like me, you've been...
  • Blog Post: PDC Session List Announced

    There are a TON of great sessions planned for PDC this year – and the session list is now posted . Some of the sessions I’m most interested in are:   Silverlight: Developing for Mobile Devices Silverlight provides the same great capabilities on mobile devices as you are familiar with on the desktop...
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