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  • Blog Post: Augmented reality revisited… WPF TO SL4

    When creating the AMPLIFY 09 Augmented Reality example last year I was fortunately enough to use the building blocks provided by Casey at Brains-N-Brawn . He’d created an early (2007!) WPF AR toolkit build on the C++ lib ArToolkit to provide a flexible model of transposing 3d objects on top of markers...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Training Kit released

    A new free Silverlight 4 Training Kit is now available that walks you through building business applications with Silverlight 4. You can also download the entire offline version of the kit here .  You can use the 8 modules, 25 videos, and several hands on labs online or offline from links on the...
  • Blog Post: Smooth streaming on StreetSide thanks to Bing Maps Silverlight

    There have been some great new features released overnight to beta for Bing Maps. Whilst, at first glance, you might say this has been done before, I’d hasten to add that its very fast, involved smooth transitioning and other meta data to maps (even PhotoSynths). My first impression had me stunned. The...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Development Tech Community

    I've been reading David Burela's blog - some pretty good stuff. In addition to some neat presentations on Azure he's recently release a community site for Cloud Computing. www.AllYourClouds.com Which lead me to a further site at Codify for Technical community lists : ausDotNet - General .NET windows...
  • Blog Post: Deep Zoom Tiled Picture Mosaic

    After the Amplify09 expo I thought I would take the Augmented Reality (with Twitter, Live Mesh and Multi Touch) pictures and add them as a mosaic. This article made it all sound very easy,  Deep Zoom from experience would create a good experience whilst optimising bandwidth. With 350 pictures between...
  • Blog Post: Augmented Reality on GE site

    AR again/ After flicking through the Amnesia bloggers I discovered the GE augmented reality version of their smart grid . In the landing page there is some great animated information graphics (as made by MK12 in the movie “ stranger than fiction ”) Now to find some Silverlight examples for...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight in Financial Services

    I've blogged previously about these but now they are updated to Silverlight 2.0 RTM. For Banking: http://www.bankingwithxaml.com/woodgrovefinancial/woodgrovebank.html For Insurance: http://www.snowdencole.com:3347/default.aspx For Capital Markets: http://wpfcontest.lab49.com/index.aspx And Neal Cross...
  • Blog Post: Kevin PM Twitter

    Following the footsteps of Obama . Kevin Rudd and his team are twittering ZdNet suggests its because Malcolm Turnbull was there first According to Doug Purdy Twitter is dying and friend feed is now the usurper (no live links here though). I wonder if we will see a Kevin friend feed? But like Jonas's...
  • Blog Post: PDC - Picks from "watching it live"

    http://channel9.msdn.com/Media/Videos/ C9 Bytes: Don and Chris explain Oslo in 5 minutes   The future of C# http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL16/ Blend - tips and tricks http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC47/ Windows Azure: Architecting & Managing Cloud Services http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight quick picks

    Since the release notification of Silverlight 2.0 I thought I'd post some Silverlight 2.0 ready sites, tools and DIY goodness. If you haven’t seen it already, make sure you check Scott Guthrie’s post about the release Tools SWF2XAML : Flash to XAML Conversion XAML Power Toys View Source Reflector Games...
  • Blog Post: DeepZoom your PowerPoint Presentation

    Thanks to Chris Birmele for pointing me at PPTFlex. PPTFlex a prototype developed by Office Labs in partnership with the PowerPoint team.  Their goal is to get lots of feedback to test the concept.  Here is an example of my recent presentation re-presented using PPTFlex. You can install it...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth of RFID Day 4

    After being inspired by my financial services account manager Chris Allison I thought I would have a go at the recently released PhotoSynth As I was working out of the bunker RFID room and various attendee rooms I thought I would try a collage of photographs (I am still collating video in the background...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight at the Olympics

    Microsoft has partnered with NBC Universal to build a Silverlight 2.0 based web broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympic games, with MSN being the official home site . As a part of this, Microsoft will provide users with exclusive access to over 3,000 hours of live and on-demand video content via Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Developing for Surface

    I want a Surface device, and not suprisingly I want the SDK. See how easy it will be to develop for XNA and WPF below,  you may want one too: Firefly is an example example of the SDK in use. From what I've heard Surface supports 52 simultaneous multi-touch interactions! I'm sure there is a killer...
  • Blog Post: Reading Syndication Feeds from within Silverlight 2 beta

    I have been preparing for a TechPoint presentation on Silverlight with some nice graphics . I am trying to retrieve some data from an Rss feed and present in a Silverlight User Control. So I started with the Silverlight Quickstart for Syndication But I found that I was getting the HttpWebResponse returning...
  • Blog Post: How do I fix the inexplicable "Item has already been added" errors with XAML?

    I have been updating soem Silverlight 1.0 demo's to Silverlight 2 and came across this regular error. Its caused by a duplication of namespaces (e.g. UserControl redefines the namespace for its Canvas) Fix is therefore pretty easy: 1) You need to search for any xmlns attributes in your XAML and delete...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight game mashup with Live Earth

    Click on the image to take you to the site: Pity I can't get it to pickup bird's eye view of Sydney....
  • Blog Post: Getting my head around Live Mesh

    If you are a developer then you need to see Live Mesh . I also recommend PDC 08 (I have previously been to PDC 03 and 05 but will miss this one - no longer in full time dev role) :( I joined up to the mesh (Tech Preview) a few weeks ago thanks to Yuri Misnik for the heads-up. Here is a snapshot of the...
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