March, 2009

  • ux musings

    Props to Two Cool Silverlight Applications

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    Props to Colaab and SchoolMaster; two nice looking Silverlight applications with very compelling functionality. Collab has been designed for people to upload, review, and collaborate on content in real time. I can imagine some great experiences this application will provide such as enabling design reviews of application Ux for geographically dispersed teams and many others. School Master targets the educational market in the Netherlands, and allows users to manage parent details, student addresses, grades, etc... Both of these application are visually attractive too (can't beat that)! 

    Check them out!

  • ux musings

    Mix 09' Was Amazing!

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    Mix 09' was amazing! There were so many great announcements and a wide variety of very interesting presentations. The two keynotes were exciting as well, and I particularly enjoyed the keynote on day 2 where Deborah Adler talked in depth about how she designed a comprehensive system for packaging prescription medicine for her master's thesis. Target saw great potential in Deborah's ideas and collaborated with her to develop the ClearRx system for prescription medicines; a system that is both beautiful and saves lives. Amazing stuff and very inspiring!

    I want to quickly call attention to some of the presentations that I found particularly interesting...

    The application I built during my Mix presentation is available here, and requires...

    1. VS2008 SP1
    2. Silverlight 3 Beta

    I made a couple of minor tweaks to the application to improve the user experience from what I presented at Mix (e.g. the 'In Progress' page previously showed double sets of 'Save' and 'Cancel' buttons; I eliminated this problem), and, please note that there are a couple of bugs that may appear in the UI as you interact with it, and these are known issues (e.g. paging may not work consistently and deleting items from the main DataForm on the 'In Progress' page will throw an error if you delete any item that sits right above a group header).

    Also, the two application styles I show at the beginning of my presentation are available here, and look as follows when applied to your application when created using the new Silverlight 3 Navigation template...

     

    Frosted Cinnamon Toast

     

    Lime Shocker

     

    You can easily swap in one of my App.xaml files for the App.xaml file produced when you use the Silverlight 3 Navigation template, but you may need to upate the namespace reference; for example, if I use the template to create an application called 'SLApp', the App.xaml file will show the following for the x:class 'x:Class="SLApp1.App"'. My App.xaml file might use the following namespace, so you will need to update it to match yours, x:Class="UIOne.App".

    I can't wait for Mix 10'! I hope you'll be there, but in the mean time be sure to check out the great Mix 09' content!

     

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