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  • Blog Post: MSDN UK events – Silverlight and WPF

    The guys in the MSDN team are presenting a load of events on rich client technologies during February: Event Description Audience: Developers In this half-day session we’ll do a refresh of the technologies that we can use to build rich, interactive clients with .NET in 2008. We’ll take a look at how...
  • Blog Post: BMW first car company to implement Microsoft Surface

    Phizzpop winners from New York, Vector Form have worked with BMW to create this Microsoft Surface based car designer. Very nice indeed! Can’t wait to see some UK agencies and what they can achieve with WPF, Expression and Surface! (Via Engadget )
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Student Technology Day Videos Online - SteveB and more industry/MSFT greats

    On 1 October 2008, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer and a host of industry professionals discussed the next generation of computer science innovations with more than 300 students and lecturers from across the UK - the event was the Student Technology Day . The videos are now all online in glorious Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Remix videos online

    Remix was only a few weeks ago now, and for those that missed out on the experience we have uploaded all the sessions and recordings for the event to the Remix site.   Highlights for me: Anything by Bill Buxton! How we built the wall by AllofUs Becoming human; smiling like you mean it, and learning...
  • Blog Post: I'll be at Remix UK in Brighton on 18-19 September

    I'm going to be at Remix in Brighton on 18-19 September. It is going to be great. Tonnes of great content. Great speakers. Great location. It should be the Great British Remix :) I'll be there in my new role as Expression Product Manager, rather than my other role with academics/students. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Mix UK is event registration is live

    Ian has the scoop on Mix UK event site going live. Great news for all web developers and designers in the UK interested in stuff like Silverlight and Expression . Sign up quick as places will go fast!! Technorati Tags: mixuk , mix , silverlight , expression
  • Blog Post: WPF Hands on lab - building an Outlook clone

    One of the questions I get asked most when talking about Windows Presentation Foundation is around whether this technology is just for 'whizz bang fancy pants graphics stuff' (I'm paraphrasing) and not really for serious business type apps. The answer I hope is obvious - it's BOTH. And now there is a...
  • Blog Post: WindowsClient.net community for rich-client/desktop developers

    Ian Moulster has the scoop on WindowsClient.net launching - it is a new site focused at developers working on rich client applications (run on desktop). It's a really nice site that combines the two worlds of WinForms and Windows Presentation Foundation. What is Windows Forms ? "Windows® Forms is a set...
  • Blog Post: An introduction to WPF for academics

    In my old job, I used to spend a lot of time talking to academics about curriculum development covering a number of subject areas. Unfortunately, WPF was never really on the agenda due to timing and it being a beta product - now that it is prime time several academics have contacted the team and they...
  • Blog Post: End to end WPF demo - Family.Show

    Vertigo Software have just shipped Family.Show (family history explorer - stuff that my Dad would dig really!), a complete end to end reference example of building an application using Windows Presentation Foundation The Source Code is available for download Tim Sneath on Family.Show end to end reference...
  • Blog Post: WPF Styles and Template explained with style

    Via Nathan Dunlap . This article by Nick Thuesen introduces the concept of Styles and Templates in WPF in a fun and compelling way. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Nick’s Twisted Perspectives on Styles and Templates
  • Blog Post: PhotoStore WPF demo

    For those people who have seen my demo of styling a photo browser application using Expression Blend recently at the MSDN road show or user group meetings, this demo may be worth downloading. It is a much richer version of my 'on-stage' demo using the sweet Flickr.NET API (and by a Brit too ) that uses...
  • Blog Post: VBUG Northeast WPF, Expression and WPF/E event follow-up

    This is for attendees of the event earlier in the week in Newcastle (Northumbria Uni venue). As promised, the slides and demos are attached although you will need to source your own WMV video for the WPF/E demo as the one I used is 70 meg and I'm sure the server hosting this blog wouldn't appreciate...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for Visual Studio 'Orcas' March CTP and Blend not playing together

    I've had a couple of email exchanges with customers who are playing with Visual Studio Orcas and Expression Blend and facing challenges with incomaptibilities. The problems arise when trying to open Blend created projects in Orcas and Blend not being able to build Orcas related projects. Thankfully,...
  • Blog Post: Hosting WPF/E code on an ISP - adding content types

    Due to the limitations of hosting my blog on the mammoth blogs.msdn.com and wanting to write WPF/E demos that I could show other people, I got myself some hosting space with www.discountasp.net It does everything that you would expect an ASP.NET hoster to do like ASPX, Ajax and SQL. All I had to do get...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend Release Candidate now available

    Just noticed on the Expression site that there is an RC available. Downloading it now and will have a play but it's getting really close to production quality as I haven't had any show stoppers or niggling quirks in a while. Download Expression Blend RC
  • Blog Post: WPF and Accessibility

    A developer at Devweek asked me yesterday how WPF handles accesibility and I wasn't 100% on the answer, other than I took for granted that it just worked. And to demo this was really simple, I turned on the Screen Narrator (Login page and the little accessibilty button on the bottom left) and booted...
  • Blog Post: Extreme WPF Makeover by Frog Design

    There is a nice video over on Channel 10/on10 that walks through a case study of design agency, Frog Design, going through the design process with a real life customer and showing how quickly they can go from requirements to proof developed in WPF. I'd love to see us do something like this in the UK...
  • Blog Post: WPF based Daily Mail (UK) eReader beta released

    At the UK Vista and Office 2007 developer launch h event a few weeks back, I had Rich Griffin from Conchango come on stage to give a sneak preview of the Daily Mail eReader he was working on a few months back. You can still watch or download the video online (It looks even better on 1920x1200 resolution...
  • Blog Post: WPF Application Portfolio on Channel9

    Looks like there are a lot of people jumping on the WPF gravy-train at the moment with an absolute tonne of applications being released (some good and some, well err, not so good!). Eric Nelson in my group has some short and sweet additional commentary on the ones to check out and the ones to avoid....
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend tutorial videos

    Martin Grayson , a UX guru in the Microsoft Services part of our business has worked with a colleague in my group, Richard Godfrey to put together these excellent video tutorials of working with WPF (from a real world project perspective) and Expression Blend . Real World WPF Videos: Introduction to...
  • Blog Post: Rich Client Development with XAML Resources: MS UK Technical Roadshow 2007

    Below are a list of resources which are relevant for attendees of the UK Technical Roadshow running across the UK over the next couple of months. Websites .NET Framework 3 Community - WPF MSDN Developer Centre - WPF What is XAML? MSDN Developer Centre - "WPF/E" Channel9 "WPF/E" playground MSDN...
  • Blog Post: In Seattle for training this week

    I meant to post that I was heading to the north west US for our annual "chip-in-neck-upgrade" but forgot as I rushed myself onto the BA flight to Seattle from London. It's been a good week so far with lots of new stuff with a really heavy emphasis on WPF , "WPF/E" (give it a name already?!:-)), Windows...
  • Blog Post: WPF Screencast - Layout

    Layout is one of WPF's fundamentals and can be used to create complex layouts which scale according to desktop contstraints. In this nugget, we look at the various types of Panels which enable developers to create elegant layouts in our applications. (duration approx. 24mins 54secs) Link to streaming...
  • Blog Post: WPF app - Yahoo Messenger looks amazing

    With Vista general availability under 3 weeks away, there are more and more companies jumping on the WPF and great user experience bus. Yahoo has just announced its new Messenger applicatin which takes advantage of the .NET Fx 3 and more importantly WPF . The video demo and screenshot show what you can...
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