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  • Blog Post: MIX10 Registration Open

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when March (and MIX) seem to be both in the distant future and almost upon us at the same time. The conference is billed as: “A 3 day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites.” But it’s even broader than that. If I understood...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC and iWantGreatCare.org

    I recently dragged colleague Mark Bloodworth out to the lake at TVP to chat about ASP.NET MVC and working on a proof of concept with iWantGreatCare.org , a free service for those looking to find the best healthcare for themselves, their family or those they look after. I was particularly interested in...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Adoption – A Few Numbers

    I’ve had the same question asked a few times recently about the rate of Silverlight adoption so I thought I’d try and give some hard and fast figures as well as point to some useful references in case anyone comes here looking for information after our recent “Rich Clients” events. From the October 08...
  • Blog Post: Code Competitions

    I’m a huge sceptic when it comes to code competitions – perhaps Terrarium has left a permanent impression on me – I think they tend to promise much yet offer little. It’s an easy answer to a difficult problem. The barrier to entry is usually too high for broad appeal (unless you have something very special...
  • Blog Post: MIX 09 Announced

    PDC's just out of the way and it's already time to start thinking about MIX. I saw this logo on the website and thought we were going to be expected to run a 10K in the desert. Fortunately it's 10K of storage and a challenge to do as much as you can with only 10k. There's also the traditional restyle...
  • Blog Post: ReMix UK 08 Developer Track

    Things are starting to shape up nicely on the developer track so I thought I'd try and give you a flavour of what you'll see if (surely "when"?) you join us in Brighton in September for ReMix UK. There'll be a big focus on rich client with Silverlight, WPF and IE8 featuring prominently. You...
  • Blog Post: ReMix UK 08 Tickets - Akin to Dromedary Pretzels

    ie get them while they're hot . Following on from the massive success of last year's Mix 07 , the ReMix UK 08 website has just this minute gone live. Here's a Key Facts document: ReMix UK 08 is all about bringing together the very best web design and development talent for a 48 hour conversation ReMix...
  • Blog Post: Deep Zoom Demo now with Mouse Wheel Support

    I've updated my Deep Zoom demo to add mouse wheel support for zooming. There is no way to capture mouse wheel events in managed code in Silverlight 2 so I tried a couple of approaches. Firstly I tried to attach a managed event handler to the DOMMouseScroll event on the HTML DOM's window object. I didn...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Deep Zoom Demo

    With inspiration and a bit of help from MikeT , Daniel and Yasser (and John in his comments) I had a crack at a simple Silverlight 2 demo with Deep Zoom. You'll find links to all the tools etc in the linked posts but essentially I took some images and imported them into the Deep Zoom Composer before...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 and Updated Silverlight ASP.NET Server Controls

    You can download the new ASP.NET MVC Preview here . The updated Silverlight ASP.NET controls get installed along with the Silverlight 2 SDK Beta 1 (or Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 which includes the SDK). For these downloads go here . The readme for the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions has been...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility in Silverlight 2

    I mentioned in a previous post that there was much improved accessibility in Silverlight 2. There's a video interview with Mark Rideout on the Mix08 site with more details. When I talk to customers about Silverlight I often get asked about accessibility so it's great to see the focus the team has put...
  • Blog Post: Mix08 Streams and Session Recordings

    You can watch the Steve Ballmer keynote live starting about now at http://www.visitmix.com And 25 sessions are already available at http://sessions.visitmix.com - here are a few I'll be downloading for the flight home (below are WMV download links, if you go to the site you can also play in Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Mix08 Session - Silverlight Controls

    Again, really a set of shorthand notes but hopefully a few nuggets in here that you might find useful... User Controls Fixed look with some logic Split large pages into smaller chunks Re-use Root XAML element is UserControl and partial class derives from UserControl Replaces 1.1...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 - Hard Rock Memorabilia

    First thing to say - great install experience. I uninstalled Silverlight Tools for VS 2008 Alpha and Silverlight 1.1 and visited the Hard Rock Memorabila site. Below is what I was presented with - a "preview" of the application with an "Install Silverlight" link. The uninstall, re-install process took...
  • Blog Post: Mix08 Session - Building Rich Internet Apps Using Silverlight 2

    Sorry - this is very scrappy as I had the most horrendous headache and it's really difficult to type, watch, listen at the same time while being jostled by the person next to you because the room is so full... :-) New in Silverlight 2 Text, Text Input Controls Layout Styles/Templates...
  • Blog Post: Mix08 Keynote - ScottGu on Silverlight Pt 3

    Important point - not everything in WPF is in Silverlight 2 (obviously) but what is there is API compatible so, for example, you can take Silverlight XAML and re-use that in WPF. LOB Applications - Cirque du Soleil casting application. A handful of people worldwide can perform some of the roles CDL...
  • Blog Post: Mix08 Keynote - ScottGu on Silverlight Pt 2

    Controls Variety of controls such as Button, CheckBox etc as well as higher level controls such as slider. Also shipping the source code for these controls with an open source licence so you can take them, inspect the code, modify it, sell it etc Also shipping today a testing framework for both...
  • Blog Post: Mix08 Keynote - ScottGu on Silverlight

    Big news More than 1.5M downloads of Silverlight per day Silverlight 2 Beta 1 available from today Silverlight for Mobile Silverlight 2 supports adaptive streaming for media - inspection of target machine capabilities and network characteristics to switch bit rates on the fly to optimise viewing experience...
  • Blog Post: Mix08 Keynote - ScottGu

    Scott talked a bit about some of the new things we'll see at Mix08 MVC Dynamic Data framework ASP.NET AJAX Enhancements Internet Explorer 8 Demo of IE8 ( Dean Hachamovitch ) - thinking back to IE7 there was a big focus on security but there's more that could be done for developers and interoperability...
  • Blog Post: In the Keynote @ Mix08

    In the overflow room at least like the good Microsoft employee that I am. Ray Ozzie has kicked things off talking about Software + Services and 2 key themes: Advertising - the economic engine of the web The web transforming of existing Microsoft offerings 3 pillars driving the transformation of offerings...
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