Martin Grayson: Adventures of a 'Devigner'

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  • Blog Post: Animated Layout Panel (from the Blacklight Controls)

    A video from Mike Parker, introducing the Animated Layout Panel control, found in Blacklight! Get the controls from here. See the showcase here.
  • Blog Post: Blacklight v2.0 (Dec08) is here!

    It has been a really busy November for me, however, the December release of Blacklight has arrived. This release contains tonnes of bug fixes, as well as some really cool new features. Check out the the new showcase here. Get the latest release code from here. Some of the new fully customisable...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 RTW, the Patient Journey Demonstrator and Blacklight

    What a week! Silverlight 2 is here - horray! This release really feels like it has come out of nowhere. First up - where to get the stuff... Uninstall the old Silverlight runtimes, Silverlight tools for VS, Silverlight SDK and Blend 2 (any CTP). Get VS2008 SP1 installed, if you havent already...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Samples: Dragging, docking, expanding panels (Part 3)

    UPDATE: Get the latest Dragging, docking, expanding panel code from Blacklight , our new CodePlex project! In Part 1 , we looked at how we construct a Dragging, docking, expanding panel, and added the ‘dragging’ functionality by placing the panel in a Canvas. In Part 2 we looked at the host panel...
  • Blog Post: New Silverlight 2 Media Player for my blog!

    UPDATE: Get the latest blog media player code from Blacklight , our new CodePlex project! I have been meaning to start video blogging (vlogging) for some time. I think you can get stuff across far more simply that way. However, I hadn't gotten around to building a simple video player for hosting on...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Samples: Dragging, docking, expanding panels (Part 2)

    UPDATE: Get the latest Dragging, docking, expanding panel code from Blacklight , our new CodePlex project! In Part 1 , we looked at how we construct a Dragging, docking, expanding panel, and added the ‘dragging’ functionality by placing the panel in a Canvas. In this part, we are going to look at...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Samples: Dragging, docking, expanding panels (Part 1)

    UPDATE: Get the latest Dragging, docking, expanding panel code from Blacklight , our new CodePlex project! NOTE: Part 2 and Part 3 now posted, with a demo of the final sample here . A control that we used in a number of places in the MSCUI Patient Journey Demonstrator was the dragging, docking...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Samples: Animating Controls

    UPDATE: Get the latest animating control code from Blacklight , our new CodePlex project! Whilst developing the MSCUI Patient Journey Demonstrator, we made use of animation in a number of places to show how the user interface is moving and adapting to the user tasks. Animation is a great tool for...
  • Blog Post: Brand New Silverlight 2 Application: Healthcare Demonstrator

    I have been fairly quiet for the last few months, and one of the reasons is that I have been working on a Silverlight 2 application, showcasing some future thinking for rich UI in the healthcare space. The Microsoft Health Common User Interface: Patient Journey Demonstrator is the result of work from...
  • Blog Post: More Video Tutorials

    Hi all, whilst I continue to work on Real World WPF videos, including some recent work on WPF/e (!!), take a look at these videos provided by Content Presenter . Very nice.
  • Blog Post: Fish Eye for the Blend Guy

    Thought I would share a panel that I and one of my dev friends, Paul Tallett created a while back. I also wanted o show you how you can use it in Blend. A while back, we wanted to create a panel that would scale up its contents depending how close the mouse pointer was - however - we didn't want the...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Glass Button: The Complete Tutorial

    Well, it was a while back that I posted the first Creating a Glass button tutorial. Of course, that was based on the old look of Sparkle, and I have had some feedback recently that the project doesn't run anymore. Also, the completed tutorial never 'made it to press' leaving people with a rather lifeless...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Glass Button - PART ONE

    PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED TUTORIAL HERE Alot of people ask, when it comes to WPF, how do I make my app look cool? WPF allows to fully customise the look and behaviour of all the common controls - this means a button no longer needs to be represented by a grey rectangle, or a radio button no longer...
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