Dante's blog

Tester by day, teacher by night, and learning a bit more each day.

Blog - About

Why, exactly am I doing this?

My name is Dante Gagne. I'm a software tester/dev for Expression Blend, and I've been working with the product for almost as long as it's been around.

I'm working at getting more into the community, and I've put together some training videos in conjunction with Total Training, so some folks may have heard of me.

Simply put, I experiment and play with Blend a lot, and sometimes, I stumble across something cool. When I do that, I like to post it up here. Also, I get e-mail from time to time from people who read my blog, and when I can, I like to post answers here. I figure that for everyone who sends me an e-mail, there are probably a couple dozen who don't.

So, feel free to drop me a message, and if it's something I know how to do, I'll try to post a response here. Otherwise, enjoy my ramblings, and let me know if you find something particularly useful :).

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    One of the worst parts of my job...

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    Is when I can't talk about something! By now, most folks should be downloading the August preview of Expression Blend 2, which I'm super excited to see finally getting out. (If you didn't already know... Get it HERE ) But, one of the features that...
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    Working with the Opacity Masks

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    Well, it's been a while since I've managed to post, but I've been working with Interactive Designer pretty heavily lately, and it's been a pretty exciting time. On top of that, I've starting doing internal training classes at Microsoft for Interactive...
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    Working with Drawing Brushes

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    Ok folks, I've got a few minutes, and I've been seeing some discussion on our internal lists about Drawing Brushes, how to use them, what they're good for, etc... Sounds like a good time for a Blog post. First off, what is a DrawingBrush? It's one...
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