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  • Blog Post: RIT Game Camp–December 2-4

    Game Camp is only half the story, well actually it’s only a quarter of the story!  For the weekend of December 2-4 at the Rochester Institute of Technology there will be a number of concurrent events focused on game development for the phone, XNA, and HTML5.  My colleague, Andrew Parsons ,...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Firestarter and Nerd Dinner This Week

    It’s not too late to register for the Silverlight Firestarter for Windows 7 featuring my Philly-based colleagues Dave Isbitski and Dani Diaz   They’ll be making two stops this week (click the location link to register): Tuesday, Feb. 22 – Microsoft Office, Waltham MA Thursday, Feb. 24 – RIT Inn...
  • Blog Post: Firestarter: Silverlight for Windows 7

    Here’s another free series of events brought to you in early 2011 by my East Coast colleagues: Dave Isbitski , Dani Diaz , Joe Healy , and Glen Gordon . Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications.  Together, you have the power to build smart, visually...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Futures

    Yes, despite some of the recent press and speculation, “Silverlight Futures” is NOT an oxymoron, and you can have a front row seat for the Silverlight Firestarter on December 2nd, 2010, kicked off with a keynote by Scott Guthrie . Time (EDT) Presenter Session Details 12:00 noon   Scott Guthrie The...
  • Blog Post: Cavalcade of Camps: .toolbox Event - May 14

    My announcements of upcoming free, developer (or in this case designer) camps continues with a rebranding of an event I announced a while back .  Note, this one’s on a Friday though! Adam Kinney, Technical Evangelist for Silverlight and Expression Studio, is delivering a day’s worth of presentations...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Blend – Perfect Together

    As a Developer Evangelist (emphasis on the Developer) I’m the first to attest to my lack of design skills, and those of you who’ve seen me present on Silverlight or Expression Blend are likely nodding your heads in agreement right now. Fear not!  Relief is in sight!  Adam Kinney , a Technical...
  • Blog Post: What’s Up at Mix: Silverlight And Windows Phone 7 Series

    Well, I’m #notatmix, but luckily with the live Silverlight streaming, what happens in Vegas is definitely not staying in Vegas, as least as far as MIX 10 is concerned.  If you didn’t have a chance to catch Scott Guthrie’s opening keynote live, it’s available for replay (as will be the individual...
  • Blog Post: Code Mastery Event - February 11th

    Get your head around what’s coming up with Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4, TFS, Sharepoint and more in the full-day, FREE Code Mastery event presented by Magenic at the Microsoft Office in Waltham on Thursday, February 11th.  You’ll spend a day with noted national and local Magenic consultants, including...
  • Blog Post: Discovering Dallas: Part 3

    This is the final post of a trifecta examining Microsoft “Dallas” , a marketplace for data services announced at PDC 2009 . In my first post , I provided an overview of “Dallas”, including how to access various trial data services via the developer portal and in code. I followed that up last week...
  • Blog Post: PDC: Pretty Darn Cool!

    I got back from PDC yesterday and have managed to (mostly) make up for my sleep deficit.  Undoubtedly you’ve heard by now some of the major announcements at the conference (including the free multi-touch laptop that all the paying attendees received!): Silverlight 4 Windows Azure availability “Dallas...
  • Blog Post: See the (Silver)Light

    Today marks the release-to-web (RTW) of Silverlight 3 as well as the release candidate of Expression Blend 3. You’ve heard of the cool and innovative new features and maybe even caught our recent Roadshow where Chris demonstrated many of them – smooth streaming, SketchFlow, out-of-browser applications...
  • Blog Post: Summer of Silverlight – Win $10K

    I missed the mark on this one, but thanks to a recent posting from Dino Esposito , I just became aware of ComponentArt’s 2009 Summer Silverlight Coding Competition .  The best application (as selected by the panel and community votes) will win $10,000, and two-runners up will receive ComponentArt...
  • Blog Post: Awesome WPF/Silverlight Guidance

    I don’t casually throw around words like ‘awesome', but this is indeed it.  If you’re building applications for WPF and/or Silverlight, you’ve certainly become XAMLized, since XAML (eXtensible Markup Language) is the “common” user-interface description markup.   Well, more-or-less “common...
  • Blog Post: Atta Boy, Andy

    Congrats to the Northeast’s own Andy Beaulieu (MVP and leader of the Central New York .NET Developer Group ) for winning the ServerQuest II Silverlight game competition, with his entry Boss Launch   And from the “great timing department”, my colleague, Glen Gordon , and I had the privilege of chatting...
  • Blog Post: NERD to Host XAML Fest - May 27th - 28th

    My colleague, John Pelak, is bringing another edition of the XAML Fest series to the Boston area, this time to Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center (aka NERD) in Cambridge.  The past several sessions in this area filled to capacity quickly, and like those sessions we’re limiting...
  • Blog Post: RIA = Developer + Designer

    That’s an equation you’ll typically hear us evangelists espouse, with XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language) being the lingua franca of the developer/designer relationship, and Visual Studio and Expression Studio the tools of choice.  It’s a compelling story and one that’s easy to talk about...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Emerges from the Shadows

    Scott Guthrie gave a bit of a teaser in a blog post last November , but today Silverlight 3 is a significant step closer to reality through the official announcement of a beta release at MIX 09 in Las Vegas.  Coinciding with the beta is the availability of a preview of Expression Blend 3. So what...
  • Blog Post: Get into the MIX09

    It’s exactly two weeks until MIX09 , and here’s the scene from my home office window juxtaposed with one of the MIX09 venue.  Vegas is looking pretty good, huh?   Weather aside, there’s a lot of other great things in store at this year’s edition of *the* conference focused on next generation...
  • Blog Post: I is for�� Isolated Storage

    Isolated storage is a pretty nifty concept that’s actually been part of the .NET Framework since version 1.1 but is getting a bit more attention these days with the adoption of Silverlight and the desire to leverage the client machine for a better user experience. Since Silverlight is a browser-based...
  • Blog Post: Prism 2: Now With Silverlight

    Back in the fall on our Northeast Roadshow , I presented on the various User Interface Experience options available for both smart client and browser-based applications.  At the end of the discussion, I mentioned the Composite Application Guidance for WPF (also known by its code name of Prism). ...
  • Blog Post: Are You Game to Win $5000?

    Check out this new Silverlight developer competition in which you could pocket $5000 for showcasing your Silverlight skills.  The contest rules aren’t that apparent from the site unless you register (or spot the tiny link in the footer), so I’m copying below what you’ll see on the Submit Game page...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Control Mega-List

    If you’re working on or considering Silverlight for application development, then the sine quibus non of your daily blog reading should include both Tim Heuer and Jesse Liberty . Tim just posted A Comprehensive List of Silverlight Controls for Developers , an awesome reference post definitely worth filing...
  • Blog Post: I Hereby Resolve To ...

    Having trouble figuring out how to fill in the blanks? Fret no longer; I found this link to a Resolution Randomizer on Brad Abrams's blog, and it's too fun not to forward on. Plus it's a Silverlight application and, therefore, legitimately work-related!
  • Blog Post: Silverlight DataGrid Update

    During the recent Northeast Roadshow series, I talked about data binding in Silverlight and mentioned a number of data-oriented controls that are part of the Silverlight 2 release as well some recently added to the Silverlight Toolkit . While we didn't really cover these controls in any depth, one that...
  • Blog Post: Another Roadshow Gone By

    As I write this post, I'm looking out the window at the first two four inches of what promises to be a bona-fide Winter storm - a fitting end to the 2008 Winter Northeast Roadshow series. As always, it was great to see familiar faces, as well as a number of new ones. We experienced a significant up tick...
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