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SketchFlow projects can be either in WPF of Silverlight. Let’s focus on a Silverlight version here and look at the differences of a SkechFlow project between other ‘normal’ Silverlight projects.
A Silverlight SketchFlow project (solution) consists of two projects on file:
Silverlight project containing the SketchFlow player
Silverlight library project referenced by the player project
The SketchFlow player is set as the RootVisual of the Silverlight application (in App.xaml.cs):
private void Application_Startup(object sender, StartupEventArgs e)
this.RootVisual = new Microsoft.Expression.Prototyping.Workspace.PlayerWindow();
When you add screens, all this is done in the library project since the base Silverlight (SketchFlow) project calls these screens automatically.
Let’s review the main task panes and elements we use in Expression Blend when working on SketchFlow projects.
Note: Your own workspace might differ from this one since all task panes can be moved around or hidden as you wish.
A project reviewer or stakeholder can give feedback by adding comments through the SketchFlow player. When importing the feedback into Expression Blend, the feedback file itself is imported into the “Feedback Files” directory in the screens project.
Using the Feedback pane you can choose which feedback file details to view and whether or not ink feedback should be overlaid on the screens.
After a few versions of feedback, you might want to clean out feedback files. You can do this by simply deleting the physical file from the Feedback Files directory.
When the application is ready to be shown to the stakeholders you package it and distribute it.
For a Silverlight application this can be a directory that you host on a web site, making the application available online. Another option is to create a zip file with the package and transfer that to the stakeholders.
If you .zip the whole directory and send it to end users make sure the full directory contents are unzipped before they run the application.
To package the application from within Expression Blend choose File > Package SketchFlow project and choose a destination folder. The end user can access the TestPage.html to load the project.
Good news if you are looking for an update on the content for the .NET 4 Pre-conference at TechDays. We’re happy to confirm our speaker for the pre-conference: no less than Matt Milner from Pluralsight will be talking at TechDays.
Here’s what you can expect: 5 sessions that will give you a jumpstart on the new .NET 4 Framework.
What’s new in .NET Framework 4.0 Every new version of the .NET framework comes with new features, enhancements to core libraries, and some great new libraries. Learn about the improvements in .NET framework 4 including updates to C# and VB.NET, the introduction of MEF, the Dynamic Language Runtime, and parallel programming extensions. We will also cover some of those less glamorous, but highly useful additions to classes and libraries you use every day like System.IO and System.Net.
What’s new in ASP.NET 4.0 The web programming framework in .NET has seen a great deal of growth over the past few years. This session covers the new features for web programming ASP.NET 4 including request routing, MVC 2, updates to Dynamic Data, and improved control over the rendering of controls. In addition, we will discuss the new features related to search engine optimization (SEO) and deployment in web applications.
What’s new in WF 4 Learn about the completely rewritten Windows Workflow Foundation in .NET 4. We will cover the programming model, data flow, hosting, and execution of workflows. Learn how you can use workflow to simplify the development of your web and rich client applications.
What’s new in WCF 4 WCF 4 brings with it simplification of service configuration and improvements to the discovery and monitoring of services. See how these improvements along with the new routing service can address scenarios such as versioning, application routing, and other common requirements that benefit from more decoupling between the client and service. In addition, we will discuss the improvise to the REST (web) programming model and workflow services.
Entity Framework / Data Services in .NET 4.0 Data programming in .NET 4 has undergone a great deal of work based on customer feedback. This session will cover the improvements made to Entity Framework (EF) to make your data layer more testable, the use of POCO objects and T4 templates for customization of the entities, and more. In addition, we will cover the improvements to the Data Services programming model including updated support for databinding, query projection, and custom data providers.
To register, just one day left to take advantage of the early bird discount: http://www.techdays.be
Get Ready Sessions are 1 day level 200-300 technical trainings given by top level speakers, generally acknowledged as experts in their field. The sessions are organized by Microsoft Partners, more specifically Certified Partners Learning Solutions (CPLS), warranting a high quality learning experience for the trainees.
The participating Microsoft Partners are InfoSupport, Ordina and U2U with developer sessions. Below is an overview of the different topics for which each Partner is organizing MSDN Get Ready Sessions in the coming months.
In this one-day training, we will give you a guided tour through both Silverlight 4 and WPF 4.
Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for rich web application building. Silverlight is the new platform for creating compelling web based internet and business applications, also known as RIAs. Windows Presentation Foundation is the way to build next-generation Windows applications.
The course consists out of many demos and hands-on material, making you ready to start developing the next big thing!
This Get Ready Session by U2U gives you an overview on what is new in SharePoint 2010, for Power Users, Developers and Administrators.
Development teams can use a range of new tools and frameworks in Visual Studio 2010 for the software development-lifecycle. Using Visual Studio 2010 makes it possible to determine: the test impact as a result of changes in the code, plan the test activities, perform the tests and monitor the progress. New functionalities of Team Foundation Server in terms of versioning, such as work item tracking, team build and project management will also be shown.
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2010 is an integrated Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) solution comprising tools, processes, and guidance to help everyone on the development team improve their skills and work more effectively together. VSTS 2010 provides multi-disciplined team members with an integrated set of tools for architecture, design, development, database development, and testing of applications. Team members can continuously collaborate and utilize a complete set of tools and guidance at every step of the application lifecycle. This one-day session is the perfect start for every .NET developer, architect and project manager to learn about the new team system features with Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server. We’ll highlight all the new features that are available in the most recent release. We will also cover project management with Team Foundation Server (TFS), leveraging TFS source control, and new features such as integration with MOSS, and managing the build process with continuous integration.
This Get Ready Session by U2U is meant for experienced .NET developers, who want to learn about the new features in .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010. In this in-depth training you will see how C# and VB.NET grow closer together, look at WPF designer improvements with Visual Studio 2010, learn about writing better multi-threaded code, and learn about the improvements in WCF and WF.
Microsoft recently released its technologies to build applications for the cloud ... and it promises to be an exciting platform for developing highly scalable, global reachable and cost effective internet applications. This is a full day of content on cloud computing, how Microsoft looks at it and how to get ready for architecting and developing on the Windows Azure platform. This "get-ready" session is focussed on the business value and the new architectural paradigms of the platform combined with a deep dive in many developing aspects. Based on practical experiences with Azure we explore the concepts and technologies to create cloud applications. You can expect to learn a new development approach and a new vision on software architecture needed for building cloud applications.
Discover Azure Development in this free event, your chance to learn and try out Windows Azure development. If you are still not sure how to place the Azure platform, what the development tools and and such this is a good opportunity to get up to speed.
The Azure Roadshow are half-day sessions in the following places:
Follow the link directly to register!
TechDays 2010 agenda is filling up quite nicely (Antwerp on 30-31st March and April 1st 2010). This morning we published more than 80% of all sessions. We’re using a Silverlight application to let you browse and filter through the sessions easily:
You can identify sessions based on tags filtering, speaker or full text including a combination of all three. Check out the sessions for both Developer and IT-Pro content at http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays/2010/sessions.aspx
Worth mentioning that we have more than 20 speakers confirmed for the developer tracks! As you will notice a strong focus on .NET Framework 4, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio Team System, SharePoint and Office 2010, Silverlight 4 and SQL Server 2010.
We’ll have four different Pre-conferences on March 30th:
Early bird offering: don’t forget a special early bird is ending next week on January 31st!
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