Windows Live Quantum Mechanics

Windows Live client side web application development according to Windows Live Quantum Mechanic Danny Thorpe.

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  • Blog Post: Cross-Domain Communication Using Domain Lowering

    More than a few blog posts ago I stated my intent to publish a series of articles on cross-domain communication techniques. More time has passed than I had intended, but at last here is the start of that series of articles. The series will explore progressively more advanced cross-domain techniques as...
  • Blog Post: MSN's The Podium 08 - Built On Silverlight

    MSN just launched The Podium '08 as part of their 2008 US Presidential election coverage. The Podium '08 brings together data on presidential candidates for voters and election followers to explore by topic and compare candidates head to head on specific issues. What's interesting about The Podium is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live SkyDrive

    Windows Live SkyDrive (formerly known as Folders) is now in beta, enabling end users to store arbitrary data on the web under password access control. Files can be accessed over http(s) from web pages and from stand-alone client applications (thanks to the http file handler add-on in XPSP2). Files can...
  • Blog Post: LinkedIn to Add an API?

    Dan Farber writes that LinkedIn 's Chairman, Reid Hoffman, has commented that he plans to roll out developer APIs to access the LinkedIn contacts database. Great news! The downside: It won't be ready until 2008. Bummer. How much further will the other social networks have outpaced LinkedIn by then?
  • Blog Post: Undisclosed Browser Technology

    When people ask what I worked on at Google and I answer "undisclosed browser technology", I think some folks think I'm just being coy or obnoxious. The truth is, I'm required to say that publicly and privately until Google publicly announces the technology or its derivatives. Well, that day has finally...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Surface

    You've got to see it to believe it: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/ Mmmm-mmm good. It may be time soon to dust off those great old Avalon Hill board games and look at implementing them on this table - without the thousands of chit markers . Twilight Imperium, anyone? Or perhaps Settlers of Cataan?
  • Blog Post: HTML Namespace Attributes and IE document.namespaces

    A few posts ago I promised to elaborate on a little gotcha that bit us in the butt while prepping the "blocks" to enable Popfly apps to use the Windows Live Contacts web control and Windows Live Spaces web control . Here it is: IE has a handy document.namespaces object that reflects the namespaces defined...
  • Blog Post: More: Avoiding Popup Windows in Your Web Apps

    Scott Isaacs shares some additional "best practices" points on dealing with popup windows and popup blockers: Always program window.open() very defensively... Always try catch any calls to window.open() and if you are retaining a reference to the window (e.g., var w = window.open(…)), always make sure...
  • Blog Post: Popfly: Mashups Made Easy

    Today John Montgomery 's NPT team launched Microsoft Popfly , a web-based development environment for building web applications with little or no code. John shares some background and history on his blog , but what you really ought to see first is the Popfly video on the Overview page. Seeing is believing...
  • Blog Post: My Content, My Tags

    Tagging online content with categories or keywords is a great idea. I love GMail's use of labels instead of folders. I tag all my Flickr photos six ways to Sunday. What I'm not so excited about are sites that encourage others to put public tags on my stuff. Who are these people? And no, stupid, that...
  • Blog Post: Avoiding Popup Blockers in Your Web Apps

    Tim Heuer laments the growing number of otherwise reputable web sites that instruct their flocks to disable popup blockers in order to complete some task within that web site. Having stumbled into popup blocker hell myself only a few months ago with the Windows Live Contacts Control I can certainly attest...
  • Blog Post: Hello World with Silverlight and Silverlight Streaming

    I've been tinkering with Silverlight and Silverlight Streaming and thought I'd share some of my discoveries and pointers. Silverlight is designed to dovetail into a traditional HTML+JavaScript web app. Your web page loads a Silverlight.js file and constructs a Silverlight object. What happens after...
  • Blog Post: MIX07: POST/GET/PUT/DELETE Your Way To Windows Live Data

    Martin Heller posted an article on Infoworld, " Data Wants To Be Free ," about the Windows Live Data "secret session" at MIX07. The Windows Live Data service (probably not its final name) enables a deeper level of integration and data access than the devlive web controls, but still maintains user control...
  • Blog Post: MIX07: Windows Live Platform Beta

    Live & raw notes from Brian Arbogast's keynote : ( watch the video ) "Today we are announcing the Windows Live Platform Beta" Simple and consistent terms of use across the Windows Live service spectrum Predictable costs at scale - so that you can plan your business growth with high degree...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Spaces Control Launched

    I'm pleased to announce the availability of a new client-side web control for accessing Windows Live services: The Windows Live Spaces control ! This control enables web visitors to use photos stored in their Windows Live Spaces photo albums with third party web applications. It's a "photo picker" -...
  • Blog Post: Scott Guthrie on Red vs Blue

    Scott drops into Blood Gulch to show the Reds a thing or two (or three) about thoroughness ... (Uses the WPF/E browser plugin for video streaming and player skinning) (Skinning the video player, not the Halo players)
  • Blog Post: LiveInABox - Windows Live Service APIs and Examples In One Convenient Location

    LiveInABox is a collection of sample projects that show how to use the many Windows Live Services in your own web apps. It's a 4MB MSI that sets up the sample web apps to run on your localhost IIS server, so you can modify and experiment with them on your local machine. You'll still need to be online...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Contacts Control Shows Online Presence

    This month's rev of the Windows Live Contacts Control adds a new "tile" view that displays the photos of your Windows Live IM contacts in the control, and makes starting an IM session with them a simple one-click operation. The top part of this screenshot shows the new tile view. The bottom part is another...
  • Blog Post: Namespaces in HTML: Too much trouble to bother with

    If you've been following the progress of the Windows Live Contacts Control since its launch this past summer, you may recall that in the second beta release we shifted from a programmatic constructor call style of instantiating the control on the web page to a declarative html element with attributes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Contacts Control Write API

    We've rolled out another release of the Windows Live Contacts Control today, this time adding a write API that enables host web pages to programmatically add and delete contacts with the end user's approval. Earlier releases of the contacts control were strictly read-only; the host page could only receive...
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