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The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Just in time for Thanksgiving, Betty Crocker creates the Kitchen Assistant

    It’s Like a Cookbook, Only Better The Betty Crocker® Kitchen Assistant application has everything you need to make cooking and baking a breeze, and it’s all in one place – your computer. From your desktop access thousands of kitchen-tested recipes, discover expert tips, plus add notes and sort recipes...
  • Blog Post: Using WPF in a Truck

    U.S. Xpress is a Tennessee-based truckload carrier with a reputation for delivering excellent customer service and using innovative technology to do so. In the mid-2000s, the company deployed an in-cab solution that automates engine diagnostics and provides communication, navigation, and training-video...
  • Blog Post: Expression Studio 3 Available to All MSDN Premium Subscribers

    Yes, way! Expression 3 is cool, and now MSDN Premium customers can get all of the new version of Expression.   Expression Web Expression Web makes creating compliant standards-based Web sites faster and easier... Find out more about Expression Web here »   Expression Blend Expression Blend...
  • Blog Post: MIX09: Sharing Skills and Code with Silverlight & WPF

    Session: Recording , Code: T87F, 59 minutes Jeff Wilcox , Software Development Engineer, Silverlight Toolkit team, Microsoft Agenda Client platform vision What’s shared between Silverlight and WPF? Today’s Controls and Features Building controls for Silverlight and WPF Bringing...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Unleashed, in a city near you

    Session 1 : Demystifying WPF Today’s applications need to do more than simply work. They need to draw in the user, and provide a differentiated experience. This means moving beyond battleship gray forms, boxy UIs, and providing a positive user experience. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides...
  • Blog Post: What is Your Top Feature in .NET 3.5 SP1?

    I was just reading an article in Application Development Trends, titled Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2008 and .NET SP1 . It has a nice walk-through of some of the new capabilities in .NET 3.5 SP1, and they are grouped into logical categories. They start out with WCF, and mention that that " SP1...
  • Blog Post: How do you get ready for .NET 3.5 SP1?

    Yesterday, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 released. And as I've been saying, there is a lot in there. ASP.NET Dynamic Data, AJAX enhancements, URL routing (used by ASP.NET MVC in a later release), Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, WCF enhancements including REST additions, WPF Enhancements...
  • Blog Post: Next Web Talk at our Cincinnati Office, June 12, RSVP

    Register Join Microsoft and Pluralsight in a timely discussion on Next Web In this seminar, you will take part in a technical exploration of the latest technologies Microsoft has to offer, and how you can take advantage of those technologies to provide a truly next-generation user experience in you Windows...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

    Ever since I heard about this, I've liked this idea. Talk to any designer about SharePoint, and they won't be happy about the default skin. Thankfully, SharePoint has all sorts of extensibility. And this project takes it a step further by utilizing Silverlight. Take a look at the link below and specifically...
  • Blog Post: The Value of XAML

    Of the many interesting MIX things that I learned, saw, and brought home, one is a copy of The New Iteration . Subtitled  How XML Transform the Collaboration Between Designers and Developers in Windows  Presentation Foundation , I've found this an interesting read. I'm not an XAML or WPF guru...
  • Blog Post: The News Reader SDK is waiting for you!

    Tim Sneath reported this, and I think it is very cool. Way back when - when the New York Times reader came out, I loved it. What a great way to read the newspaper. Now, you can build your own application using this SDK as the foundation. Be sure to notice that it's now called the Syndicated Client Experiences...
  • Blog Post: Video.Show - a reference app for Silverlight and video

    Just released is a sample app from Scott Stanfield (RD in San Francisco) and his company Vertigo . As presented on Tim Sneath's blog , this is a sample that shows how to deal with video presentation using all the new tools and Silverlight - almost like a Soapbox or YouTube experience. The source is located...
  • Blog Post: Charles Petzold Coming to Memphis

    As stated in previous posts, the Memphis .NET Users Group will be hosting the Memphis Day of .NET on NOV 10. Today, they announced that Charles Petzold will be the keynote speaker. His topic: SKIP INTRO: The Future of Web and PC Graphics . He explains on his blog today that the presentation will explore...
  • Blog Post: User Experience Guidelines from Microsoft

    I didn't even know that this site existed. From the Windows Vista developer center, here is the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines site . It includes several interesting pages like: Top Rules Top Guidelines Violations Designing with WPF New Features in Vista that one should utilize Also includes...
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