Jit Ghosh's WebLog

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    Capturing a Bitmap (using the BitmapEncoder/BitmapDecoder)

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    I was recently working on a Windows Metro app, where we needed to capture a user’s scribble on an image background as a composite bitmap. The scenario was this : Display a bitmap on screen. Let the user scribble something on the image using a pen, mouse...
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    Here we go again…

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    It has been a long hiatus from blogging for me. So here goes another attempt to restart the process. Quite a bit has changed in the past few years, but a lot remains unchanged. I am still at Microsoft, still working for Developer Evangelism and still...
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    Silverlight Developer Vacancy at a Microsoft Media Service Partner – Interested ?

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    A premium media service partner Origin Digital ( http://www.origindigital.com ) who I work with regularly is looking for a contracting position to be filled right away in northern NJ. They require superior Silverlight development skills.   If interested...
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    TimeCode Ranges from Windows Media Metadata

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    As a follow up to my previous post , I have updated the code to add the ability to extract SMPTE timecode ranges.    The WMMetadataReader class (in WMMetadataReader.h) now has a public method like below: System::Collections::Generic::List<SMPTETimeCodeRange...
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    2nd Edition of our Silverlight Recipes book is now available…

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      Rob and I worked hard on updating this for SL 3. If you do happen to purchase it, please let us know if you like the format, the topics and any thoughts on how we can improve. We are about to start early work on the next edition for Silverlight...
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    Windows Media Metadata in Managed Code (and by extension - Silverlight)

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    I have encountered several inquiries about accessing the metadata embedded in Windows Media file headers from Silverlight. Unfortunately Silverlight does not expose this information out of the box. The only way you can access this is by utilizing the...
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    IIS Media Services 3.0 Released!!

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    The IIS Media Services team just released the IIS Media Services 3.0 suite of technologies. This is pretty big release for us – with Live Smooth Streaming possibly being the coolest part of it. If you are watching the NBC Sunday Night Football on the...
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    Silverlight 3 is now officially released!!

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    WooHoo!! Go read more about it in Scott’s blog here . I will be positing my own experiences and thoughts in the coming days.   Learn more and download at http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/   Enjoy!!
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    Architect Council Webcasts

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    The Microsoft Patterns & Practices team, in collaboration with members of the Microsoft Developer Evangelism team (my uber team that is) is putting together a series of webcasts titled “Pragmatic Patterns for Architects” . I would vote “must attend...
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    MTV & Silverlight 3 at NAB 2009

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    NAB 2009 rocked !! It was exhausting working the booth, standing on my feet all day, talking to so many people over the course of four days, but it was so exciting at the same time. We showed many cool things at the Microsoft booth, including Silverlight...
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    Binding an embedded image using a value converter

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    Recently I needed to bind some embedded images to data templates. If you look at the Image type in Silverlight 2, you will see that it exposes a Source property of type ImageSource that can be set to the URI of an image either relative to the XAP, or...
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    Open position in our team..

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    Our team (Developer & Platform Evangelism for Communications, Media & Entertainment) is looking to hire a person in the role of a Platform Strategy Advisor. A PSA is a very exciting, highly visible, and influential role within the team and the...
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    Back to blogging - my book and other news…

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    I have been inconspicuously absent on blogosphere for a while now. For my handful readers – I hope you missed me :-). I am back to blogging and hope to put out some more interesting stuff for you guys in the coming weeks. First for exciting news. We are...
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    Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is now available !!

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    Woo - Hoo!! Navigate over to http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/ to download the freshly minted beta 2 bits including the runtime, the SDK, and the Visual Studio 2008 tools for Silverlight 2 development. There is also a brand new version of Blend 2...
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    Broken link to attachment fixed for previous post

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    Sone folks pointed that the code sample attachment in my previous post on the Async Multiple File Upload Control for Silverlight 2 was broken. I have fixed it in the post as well provided a link below to the code on my Windows Live SkyDrive. http:...
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    Async Multi File Upload Control with Metadata support for Silverlight 2 (Beta 1)

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    By now a lot of you must be having a lot of fun of Silverlight 2 Beta 1. If you have not downloaded, installed and played with SL 2 Beta 1, I urge you do it right away - you are missing out!!! You can download SL2 here . I have been working on a number...
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    Slides and Demos from Developer Days, March 13th in New York

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    I recently gave two presentations at one of our events in New York - one on WPF and one on Silverlight 2. A lot of folks asked me to make the slide decks and the code demos available. So here they are (zipped) - you can download them from my Windows Live...
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    WPF based Music CD Ripper

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    One of the WPF based projects I am working on right now needs some functionality to enable ripping music CD's a la Windows Media Player. I was digging into the various Windows Media SDK's as well as the Media Foundation stuff in Windows Vista to find...
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    WPF Control Templates - An Overview

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    In several of my discussions with customers around WPF in the recent past, I got asked a bunch of questions around Control Templating. Most of them can be summarized to one - "how do control templates work". Control Templating is fairly fundamental to...
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    New Drops for ASP.Net 3.5 Extensions CTP and Entity Framework Beta

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    Scott Guthrie announced a CTP release for ASP.Net Extensions available for public download. Lots of exciting features that you can play with, including the new ASP.Net MVC Framework, as well as the Entity Framework. ASP.Net 3.5 Extensions CTP MVC Toolkit...
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    Great article on Communications As A Service

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    It is becoming increasingly obvious that designing telecommunication architectures in a service oriented way actually makes a lot of sense.  Joe Hofstader, another Architect on our team, has tons of experience building service based solutions for...
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    .NET Product Roadmap Announcements

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    If you have seen Scott Guthrie's recent post on the .Net Web Product roadmap , also check out my team mate Harry Mower's post . Harry adds some more information  about the impact of the roadmap on media serving, specifically highlighting features...
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    Demo Live Streams in Silverlight

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    Customers that I demonstrate Silverlight to, often ask me about Live Streaming using Silverlight. It is actually pretty trivial to demo a live stream. To create the live source, all you need is a digital video camera that plugs into either a USB port...
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    I like LINQ...

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    Especially LINQ To XML. There are many exciting aspects of LINQ in general, and LINQ To XML in particular , but I especially like LINQ To XML as an option to (de)serialize between XML and CLR types. The established pattern for XML serialization in...
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    Trying again...

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    My first and only post to this (or for that matter any) blog was about 4 years ago - that probably tells you something about my abilities to provide insightful information on a blog. However, I wanted to give this blogging "thing" another shot. Since...
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