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    WPF/E at Mix '06

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    I know, it's been a long while since I've posted. Last October, after Windows Forms 2.0 shipped, I left DevDiv and started working on the WPF/E team. It's been an intense ride so far, but our product is really starting to take shape. So what is WPF...
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    Slides and Demos From My MIX 08 Talk

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    Joe Stegman and I are giving a two part, back to back talk titled Building Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight 2 at MIX today. In this talk, Joe and I are building a video search site. I've put up the demos and slides from my part of...
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    WinForms on Silverlight

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    The team has been obscenely busy shipping Silverlight v1.0 and working on Silverlight v1.1 so I haven't had much chance to post lately, but this stopped me in my tracks. Via Tim's blog I saw this implementation of Windows Forms on top of Silverlight by...
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    Silverlight 3 Beta Sample - Slidentity - Presentation Creation App

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    I’ve been working on Silverlight 3 since July of last year, when we started planning the key features in the release. It’s really exciting to have the blog ban lifted and be able to talk about the new functionality of the platform as well as show off...
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    First Silverlight v1.0 Service Release is Live

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    In the midst of all the work our team has been cranking on for Silverlight v1.1 (controls, databinding, layout, templates, styling and a package based app model, phew!), we've also been working with customers to address the top set of issues folks have...
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    Free Silverlight v1.0 Training on Lynda.com

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    As a few folks have noticed , the Silverlight Essential Training I recorded for Lynda.com is available free on Lynda's site . 4.5 hours of video training on Silverlight v1.0, 100% free. You can watch all the videos and download the exercise files free...
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    Chris Cavanagh's Silverlight Physics Simulator

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    Chris Cavanagh , physics modeler extraordinaire , has created a Silverlight based physics modeler . This is a fun sample to play with but I noticed in his blog post that he's using the HtmlTimer. This class is a wrapper on the javascript setInterval method...
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    MLB.com is using the Silverlight v1.0 RC

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    MLB.com has just launched a Silverlight based video player as a companion for articles. Click the image below to see an article using the new Silverlight player.
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    Is Windows Forms Dead?

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    Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion and view from the trenches. It in no way represents the any official position. Over the last year, whenever we'd visit customers, the Avalon question always came up. The response we repeated over and over...
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    Dave Campbell's Getting Started With Silverlight Article

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    For the few folks who don't know, Dave Campbell is a very prolific Silverlight blogger and frequent poster to the Silverlight.net forums. Dave has a collection of two dozen (and growing) Silverlight samples with in-depth walkthoughs and code explaining...
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    MediaPreview.TV - Beautiful Silverlight v1.0 App

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    Another very polished Silverlight application was launched recently. It aggregates new feeds and music videos in a very slick user experience. For instance, if you click the login button, the background is dimmed and the media is paused as the login UI...
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    Silverlight v1.0 RC is Almost Here

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    We’ve been working like mad to get Silverlight v1.0 ready to ship. We’ve improved perf, added a small set of features and fixed over 600 bugs since the MIX ’07 beta was released. The RC will be publically available very soon, but to prepare, Tim Sneath...
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    Lutz Roeder's C# Silverlight Samples

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    Lutz Roeder , of Reflector fame, has created 3 Silverlight sample apps written in managed code and hosted them on his site. The first is a Boulderdash game clone, the second is a clean mp3 player UI and the third is a scripted sound and graphics demo...
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    Third Silverlight v1.0 Servicing Release is Live

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    As Tim blogged about earlier this morning , last weekend we released a new update to SL 1. This update addresses top customer issues and includes the following list of fixes: Reduced power consumption PCM is used for audio (Fixes this issue...
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    MSN Election '08 Site Using Silverlight

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    MSN's new Election '08 site is using Silverlight and Live Search to display candidate information organized by issues. Its a very efficient way to navigate this information. Click the image below to visit the MSN Election '08 page.
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    More Silverlight Physics - K. Scott Allen's Swinging Rope

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    Last year (well, really early this year), Scott created a version of Conway's game of life in Silverlight . Now he's created a physics simulation of a swinging rope using an algorithm he picked up from Gamasutra . Note that this sample is written using...
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    Source code for the .NET Framework!

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    Microsoft is releasing the source to the .NET Base Class Libraries as well as the top three presentation technologies in the framework, ASP.NET, Windows Forms and WPF. This is huge. I’ve been on the Silverlight team for about two years and most...
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    Netika builds a PowerPoint-alike in Silverlight

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    The folks at Netika who created a set of UI controls for Silverlight v1.1 have taken those controls and built an app that mimics some PowerPoint 2003 functionality. More information and source code is available on the Netika blog . Click the image below...
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    Tafiti.com - Searching in Silverlight

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    The good folks at Jackson Fish have built a very slick Silverlight front end for Live Search called Tafiti . Tafiti lets you search the web, blog feeds, images, books and news. It also has deep linking support so that you can drive it to specific queries...
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    David Anson's Silverlight Based XPS Viewer

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    David Anson has created an XPS viewer using the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha. This app is a very cool idea and really highlights the possibilities of the XAML ecosystem. David's blog post has more information on how this app was created and he's also posted...
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    What is WPF/E really?

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    In a few newsgroup posts on our forums , I’ve seen some confusion about what WPF/E CTP enables and what it doesn’t. This is probably a result of the snappy codename we’ve chosen, but I’ll attempt to add some clarity. WPF/E is a subset of WPF, but the...
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    WPF/E Code Walkthrough

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    Those of you that read my earlier post or saw Joe Stegman's WPF/E talk at Mix, are probably interested in what the code looks like for the demos that we showed. I developed many of the demos Joe presented (the Pan & Zoom app, WPF/E pad, the vector...
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    DesignModeDialog Sample

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    I've been getting a few questions and comments about this sample I wrote a few months back so I figured I'd talk about it here. When we shipped v1.0 of the .NET Framework and VS.NET 2002, many customers asked for a way to put their forms into "design...
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    WPF/E Pad

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    Late last year, one of the first WPF/E samples that our team created was a XAML pad type web page that you could paste XAML into and it would load that into the WPF/E control. This sample highlighted the fact that WPF/E content can be entirely text based...
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    3D Performance Demo in Silverlight

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    bubblemark.com has created a very cool 3D demo using Silverlight. This was posted 2 weeks back but I missed it somehow. More information, including source code, can be found here and you can click the image below to run the sample. I was getting 43fps...
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