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  • Blog Post: Hail to the swiss army knife of Silverlight Windows Phone Apps LongListSelector

    Today,  David Anson announced the second release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone  toolkit.     This release doubles the number of controls in the kit, includes page transitions, ListPicker, and the new Swiss Army style control for Windows Phone: LongListSelector.. I am still...
  • Blog Post: Migrating apps from Windows Phone April CTP Refresh to the beta build

    There were a good number of breaking changes and new features introduced in the “beta” release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. Going forward from beta to RTM; the number of breaking changes will be minimal, so let’s just “buckle up” and migrate our code this once....
  • Blog Post: WIndows phone developers please hold on Blend 4

    Today at Internet Week New York we are launching Expression Studio 4. This new version is shipping just 10 months after Expression Studio 3 and includes support for Silverlight 4, .NET 4, and interop with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010. In this version we are also moving to a new SKU lineup which aligns...
  • Blog Post: Theming in Windows Phone

    A theme is a visual definition of the look & feel for common controls in an Operating System. Themes are usually end-user selectable, changing the theme at the OS level, impacts the look & feel of running applications that are ‘theme aware’. As an example, on Windows Vista and Windows 7, a popular...
  • Blog Post: A JOURNEY INTO SILVERLIGHT ON WINDOWS PHONE -VIA Learning WIndows PHone Programming

    If you are a Silverlight  developer take a quick “ Journey into Siverlight on Windows Phone ” by checking out the free preview of Chapter 6 on the “ Learning Windows Phone Programming ” book by  my colleague Yochay Kiriaty and yours truly.    In this quick read, and you will...
  • Blog Post: What is new in WPF and Cider on the .NET Framework 4 and VS2010 beta 2 release

    This post is a quick recap of the most important changes for WPF and Silverlight developers in this Beta 2 release. I definitely will return to a few of these topics over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for updates and new posts. Please note that this post is NOT all-inclusive; there are lots of features...
  • Blog Post: Expression Studio TuTorialS Starter Kit

    Via Arturo Toledo (internal email).  The Expression team released four great Expression starter kits today.. Introduction to Prototyping with Sketchflow in Expression Blend 3 Discover Sketchflow, a new feature set in Expression Blend 3 that helps you define the concept for user experiences in early...
  • Blog Post: New release of WPF Toolkit, now with charts!

    The June release of the WPF toolkit went live today, it now includes the charts that come with the Silverlight toolkit. David Anson has the scoop and a great sample on the charts . The other controls (Datagrid, VSM, and DatePicker) also include a few minor fixes (check the release notes ). There is...
  • Blog Post: Programming differences between WPF and SIlverlight, a WHitePaper

    Wintellect just posted a great 70 page white paper on codeplex about the “ programming differences between WPF and Silverlight ”. I have not dissected it yet, but from a quick scan it looks very useful. I will be printing it and dissecting it on my flight to the next (and last) WPF for LOB Tour stop...
  • Blog Post: WPF effects Library running in Silverlight 3

    At MIX last week, we announced that Silverlight 3 supports effects, written in HLSL 2.0 .. If you remember from this previous post , we have a codeplex WPF library with 20+ effects and greater number of transition effects. Charles Bissonette, in the Blend team ported the library to Silverlight, and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Client Continuum in action: The Silverlight toolkit charts, running in WPF

    The Silverlight toolkit CTP released at PDC includes some new charting functionality  (Column, Bar, Pie, Line, and Scatter).    The long-term plan is for all of these controls to be ported to WPF; but inspired by Rudi’s work on porting the themes , I peeked into the task to...
  • Blog Post: Working with Collections in Deep Zoom.

    In the Deep Zoom run-time, you can load two types of compositions: A single image composition is when you interact with a single image at run-time. This does not mean you started with a single image, you could start with many images and compose a scene, then you export from Composer and all of...
  • Blog Post: Installing Silverlight no longer requires a browser re-start… woohoo!!!

    A few weeks ago I noticed changes in browser's behaviors… 1) My IE 7.0.6000 no longer prompts for Click To Activate :) 2) My firefox 2.0.0.13 no longer required a reboot after installing Silverlight … If you had not noticed, using silverlight.js on IE allowed you to instantiate silverlight plugin...
  • Blog Post: Viewbox for Silverlight2

    Viewbox is a pretty handy 'container' in WPF..   It is a decorator that scales its child content to the size available to the viewbox ( if child is smaller it scales it up >1, if child is bigger it scales it down such that it fits based on some stretch direction). You can find source code...
  • Blog Post: Some of the Silverlight blogs I read..

    This one got stuck on my drafts on 4/10… sorry …   (FYI, I am back from my trip; more on that soon ) … - –-  -—-— -- - I am out all next 1.5 weeks talking to ISVs in EMEA about WPF and Silverlight… Should be so much fun that I won’t have...
  • Blog Post: built-in Styling and generic.xaml

    Most people already know (from ScottGu’s blog post for example) that in Silverlight 2 you can override the ControlTemplate for a Control and ‘re-define’ the look of the control. However, I have received a few questions around the use of generic.xaml to accomplish this same task; I will try to share a...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight instantiation on 2.0

    On my Deep zoom Post , I recommended that for Deep Zoom applications you instantiate the control using Silverlight.js to avoid the Click To Activate.   Some one picked on this and asked why the new default is using OBJECT. Here is what I know (and most of it comes from past emails with Piotr...
  • Blog Post: Open source charting library for Silverlight 2..

    Visifire has a free, open-source library for 2D and “3D looking” charts built using Silverlight 2..  Very cool!!   For me, this is obviously handy when creating demos and showing Silverlight capabilities; for commercial use they also have a commercial license..   ...
  • Blog Post: A deepzoom primer ( explained and coded)..

    I had to learn DeepZoom recently and along the way I put together some handy notes .. below are the notes organized in a near step-by-step explanation format. This is a very long post, but I hope it has useful insights for any one wanting to do deepzoom so I recommend you read it all. If you must skip...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's "client" strategy for next few years became real at MIX08 ( and is incredibly exciting if you ask me) ..

    Below are my scribbles during my flight back from MIX. I considered not publishing this because it feels 'too positive' (or too marketing-like).. if you don't like those, please skip (no harm). I am sharing to see if any one has feedback. I also want to share for people to understand my current thinking...
  • Blog Post: A carousel control in Silverlight 2...

    Check it out here ... Source is here ! It is very little code so I did not do a write-up. The code does have comments. Ideas? or Improvements I considered but did not implement (yet )... I debated using the animation system; generate ( n storyboards, where n = number of items ).. You can...
  • Blog Post: A sample on referencing URIs..

    Ashish did a great job with his demystifying URIs.. post. I spent a bit of time discussing this topic with him last month due to a regression bug ( fixed before beta1 shipped).. During my 'discovery' I wrote a little test application that summarized it (and tested it all content resolving mechanisms...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight in Financials Demonstrator

    Yesterday at the Financial Services Developers Conference in NY, Marley Gray & Joe Cleaver showed the "Silverlight in Financials Demonstrator". The demonstrator is a 'mock-up' website that shows the interactions and experience you could get from a silverlight enabled site. Features like interactive...
  • Blog Post: Explaining the Firefox Warning: Unresponsive script for Silverlight 1.0 apps..

    I posted before on the " firefox unresponsive script warning " but enough people have asked off-line to warrant this attempt to explain the issue (since it is not what people expect, and can be tricky to track). The explanation: The warning is prompted by Mozilla's heuristics to check on long running...
  • Blog Post: too much System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComException ?? :(

    Lately, I have been seeing System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException quite often when I launch Visual Studio 2008 to work on Silverlight projects.. Here is what I know causes the error.. Error happens when I have wrong templates installed (e.g. running old versions of the Silverlight tools...
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