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: MIX07 UK Podcast with Craig Murphy

    I sat down with Craig Murphy to chat about Windows Live and life in general at MIX07 UK. Craig has just posted a podcast of that conversation. I've known Craig for many years through the Delphi community. I think we first met in person in 2001 at "The Delphi Conference" run by the Borland User Group...
  • Blog Post: MIX07 UK Blogging

    The title of honorary MIX07 UK stenographer goes to Sebastien Lambla (aka SerialSeb) for transcribing nearly word for word just about every session he attended this week, in realtime! Check out the detail in his notes on "Building Next Generation Web Applications using Windows Live Services" , for example...
  • Blog Post: PodCast Interview on LiveSide.Net

    Angus and I had a chat with the guys from LiveSide.Net during the MIX07 UK conference this week. Check it out!
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 Promo Videos Running on Silverlight Streaming

    The promotional campaign for the new Halo 3 FPS has begun with a series of in-game and thematic live action videos. High-def 2mbps videos are here: http://halo3.msn.com/videosHD.aspx Lower bandwidth versions of the same are here: http://halo3.msn.com/videos.aspx These are already on the msn boards and...
  • 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: New In The Windows Live Contacts Control: Incremental Search!

    Another month, another release! This month we've added incremental search to the contacts and presence controls to make it easier to find a particular contact in your haystack of hundreds of family, friends, and coworkers. Just type in a few letters of the name or word you're looking for, and the control...
  • Blog Post: Custom Colors in the Windows Live Web Controls

    The Windows Live Web Controls now support custom colors! The Windows Live Contacts web control and Windows Live Spaces web control now accept additional parameters to specify the text and background colors of the inner and outer regions of the controls so that you can "skin" the controls to more naturally...
  • Blog Post: Secure Cross-Domain Communication: The Architecture Journal

    The June issue (Journal 12) of The Architecture Journal focuses on web architecture. I was delighted to be invited to contribute, and wrote "Secure Cross-Domain Communication in the Browser" for this issue. In the article I describe a somewhat bizarre technique we use in the Windows Live Contacts web...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Web Controls Mix07 Video

    In the better late than never department, a video interview with Koji and me from the week prior to MIX07 is now posted on Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=317385 Yay! Thanks Catherine for pushing it on through.
  • Blog Post: New Domains for Windows Live Web Controls

    Our little web controls are growing up so fast! We've migrated the Windows Live Contacts web control and Windows Live Spaces web control to new servers in the Microsoft datacenters and a new domain name: controls.services.live.com . The web controls will continue to work on the old domain name (dev...
  • Blog Post: A Cross-Domain Silverlight Channel 9 VideoRSS Player

    Last week Kevin Ledley, keeper of the dev.live.com content, asked me for a bit of help to get a Silverlight video player working. He wanted to "borrow" the cool scrolling video list and video player from our sister site, msdn2.microsoft.com and set it up on our dev.live.com homepage to show Windows Live...
  • 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: 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 Speaker Interviews on Channel 9

    Video interviews of many of the MIX07 speakers are posted up on Channel 9 . I think most of these were filmed before MIX and released during the event. Koji and I were interviewed by Catherine Heller here .
  • 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: Extending the Browser Programming Model with Silverlight

    Silverlight implements isolated local storage on the client. Currently in the Alpha, the storage is limited to 1MB per web application and is keyed to the full URL of the XAML/HTML page. That means for this alpha release, two pages that are part of the same application served from the same domain will...
  • 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: MIX07: Social Mixing

    I bumped into Anders Hejlsberg in the speaker's lounge this afternoon just before my 4:30 presentation. He was at Mix to talk about LINQ , and probably on hand to provide Silverlight air cover. He asked how things were going now that I had a full year under my belt at Microsoft. My reply was to show...
  • Blog Post: MIX07 Keynote: Silverlight With Cross-Platform .NET Runtime

    Soundbyte streams from the MIX07 keynote, live and raw: Ray Ozzie on platforms, emergence of rich web apps doesn't mean stand-alone client apps are going away. Some apps are best viewed as services with client component, other apps are best viewed as client apps with server components. Shrink wrap...
  • 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: Print Labels With the Windows Live Contacts Control

    I was installing a new label printer at home a little while ago and noticed mention of a developer SDK in the readme docs. (Yes, some people actually read the readme) I know from experience that getting text to land right side up on a target as small as an address label can be a pain in the neck using...
  • 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...
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