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  • Blog Post: Infer.NET (and Monty Hall)

    Staying on a gaming tip (sort of - was thinking AI), then I saw someone tweet about Infer.NET a couple of weeks ago (sorry, can't remember who). "Infer.NET is a framework for running Bayesian inference in graphical models" which means you can model for stuff like the Monty Hall problem ( like...
  • Blog Post: NerdDinner hosted on Windows Azure and SQL Azure

    I recently got my hands on a Windows Azure and SQL Azure token to try out a little cloud goodness. The challenge I set myself was to host an ASP.NET MVC application (including data) in the cloud. Hopefully just an hour or so of fiddling about, but as I hadn't really used Azure before, it would also be...
  • Blog Post: A bunch of Expression/Silverlight Links

    I've got a bunch of 'ooh, that looks interesting' links in my reader from the past couple of months. So here they are: Expression Big list of example triggers, actions and behaviours for Blend 3 from Peter Blois An 'explode' behaviour (also from Peter) Loads of great Blend and Sketchflow stuff at Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Glimmer – Interactive jQuery Designer

    Cool – just saw that the availability of Glimmer has been announced. Glimmer is a WPF-based application designed to help with interactive scenarios for your web sites – think design-surface for jQuery. Probably handy in any case, but definitely handy for the JavaScript-challenged amongst us (like me...
  • Blog Post: Physics Helper for Silverlight, Blend and Farseer

    Wow! Can’t believe I only just discovered this yesterday: a codeplex project for assisting with the creation of physics based objects . More info on Andy Beaulieu’s blog here and here . Top job!
  • Blog Post: Tesco, the Cloud and IE8

    No sooner have I finished banging on about IE8 than Tesco go ahead and release an accelerator to allow searching for groceries from IE . Cunningly, this accelerator takes advantage of the APIs that Tesco have released (some related posts there) and is hosted on Azure to ensure scalability. Here is a...
  • Blog Post: Web Platform Installer 2.0

    Apart from the variety of product and feature announcements made at Mix ( don’t forget you can download the sessions here ), the “one product to rule them all” is the Web PI 2.0 (I hope that the codename for this project was Magnum…) It’s about this time of year – with all the new widgets and features...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight development for PHP with JCX Software

    If you’re a PHP developer, then JCX Software have updated their VS.PHP plug-in (2.7 Beta) for Visual Studio to provide support for Silverlight 3. Sweet. You can read about it here. And don’t forget, as mentioned in my Mix Day 1 recap that there is now support for Silverlight development in Eclipse which...
  • Blog Post: Mix Day 1 Recap

    I had a bunch of stuff to do at the same time today – a variety of watching, listening, tweeting, responding, and editing for a recap event tomorrow. Sometimes 3 monitors is just not enough… There seemed to be so much awesome stuff to talk about. Here’s my attempt at a recap on stuff: SuperPreview –...
  • Blog Post: WCF REST Starter Kit

    Aaron at Pluralsight is all over this release of a starter kit for accessing REST APIs in an easier way. Essentially, it introduces a new class – HttpClient – that contains a bunch of methods suitable for talking to REST APIs. You can download the preview here and in the process of looking at this info...
  • Blog Post: Mike Snow and Silverlight

    I’ve probably mentioned Mike Snow’s Blog before, but I’m allowed to mention it again! If you’re developing Silverlight then you really should be reading his stuff – it’s “Tip of the Day” style and they’re all worth reading: Yesterday, I was excited about this Sprite Creator from 3D Models (such as .X...
  • Blog Post: Googleman

    Much as it pains me to mention the G word (Oh, get over yourself, I’m not that precious…) I thought this was pretty funny. If only all application launches and launchers could be as exciting. And with a gratuitous use of WPF, they can be! This is the best screen shot I could muster. There’re good sound...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 1

    An exciting time for web development with .NET. In typical “epic blog post” style, ScottGu announces the ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 1 . Stephen Walther follows up which a long list of learning resources. Talking of which, now that there is availability of the IE8 RC , you have been thinking about...
  • Blog Post: XAML Guidelines

    Organising WPF projects is a black art, and when I’m coding some WPF (stop laughing) then I definitely spend quite a lot of time thinking about folder structure and fiddling around with the project files. You could argue that that’s a delaying tactic for doing any coding, but I have a suspicion that...
  • Blog Post: Around the Blogs

    I’m out of touch to the tune of a couple of hundred posts, so here’s a quick round-up of some interesting stuff: From the evangelists: @DeepFat has created a SQL Server Advent Calendar. Start here . I’m so out of touch with SQL. But this definitely helps. Eileen talks security basics. @EricNel needs...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Toolkit – December 2008

    Jeff Wilcox has the news on the latest release of the toolkit which includes a bunch of controls and themes. You can grab the toolkit from CodePlex .
  • Blog Post: Oxite – Content Management System

      This one caught me by surprise – pleasantly so though. Actually I saw it first on Mary-Jo Foley’s blog. From the site: Oxite is an open source, standards compliant, and highly extensible content management platform that can run anything from blogs to big web sites. We know this because it runs...
  • Blog Post: Application Architecture Pocket Guides

    From J.D. Meier’s blog , the Patterns & Practices team have released a bunch of pocket guides – smaller and more focussed – based on the Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Here’s the initial list: Agile Architecture Method Pocket Guide Web Application Architecture Pocket Guide Mobile Application...
  • Blog Post: Seadragon Subtlety

    Wow – no, not the Seadragon Ajax stuff, but Stevecla’s coding skillz … ;) OK, so on first view I missed the incredibly cool part – this is a full AJAX implementation of DeepZoom that doesn’t rely on Silverlight.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Platform Beta

    There has been a little noise about the Web Platform Installer (WebPI) on a few blogs in the past week or so – not least from Hanselman and Phil Haack . I’m pleased to see the challenge of kitting out a machine with all of “the good stuff” is being tackled in this way. The WebPI essentially installs...
  • Blog Post: National Rail Enquiries Concept

    Mark B has also just finished some prototyping work recently but is also able to give some details on what he’s been up to here . I saw the applicaton just after it was finished and it was a smart, practical use of both Virtual Earth and Silverlight . The mobile application is super-useful too and is...
  • Blog Post: Combining IE8 Accelerators and Popfly

    One of my favourite Popfly blocks is the “Whack-A-Mole” block for no other reason than because it’s fun and entirely pointless. JamesO suggested it might be a cool idea to combine a bit of Whack-A-Mole with an IE8 accelerator: a user can highlight a bit of text and then we’ll perform a Live image search...
  • Blog Post: StackOverflow

    I love StackOverflow.com . I’ll never be able to contribute of course as I’m knowledge-impaired but it’s a simple and hopefully effective idea – and a twist on the micro-blogging meme. As a gamer, I like the XBOX Achievement-style badge system . I hope there are some secret hidden badges though. As Phil...
  • Blog Post: AllOfUs and their Microsoft Interactive Canvas

    Much as I’m a big fan of working for big corps like Microsoft, I’m always envious of the environs of agencies such as AllOfUs . I first met these guys when I worked with Leslie from their team on some protoyping late last year. Their all new website points out the work they’re doing for ReMix by way...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight vFuture to support H.264 and AAC

    Given I work in the media space, I should probably be among the first to blog about such things, but of course I never am. This is some of the big news for IBC . This is a pretty big deal though and represents choice for anyone utilising Silverlight, and its media ecosystem. My friend Tim Heuer – whose...
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