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  • Blog Post: jQuery to ship with Visual Studio

    I posted a little while back about how much I liked jQuery so I was excited (not to mention surprised) to read that we're going to be shipping jQuery with Visual Studio in the near future . Not only that but we'll have a special annotated version of the library to get the best possible Intellisense support...
  • Blog Post: IE 8 Compatibility - Meta Tags, Http Headers, User Agent Strings etc etc

    I've been wrestling with this for a little while now and wanted to try and get down some thoughts so at least I can refer to them in future. Others will hopefully find them useful as well. I'm not going to pre-amble with all the reasons for why we've had to do this in IE8 - there are plenty of other...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight - Databinding Images to URIs

    Mike's already blogged about this one so I'll simply highlight his post. I was building a simple music jukebox app to demo OpenFileDialog and IsolatedStorage . You can select some tracks to play and add them to a queue. The queue is maintained in isolated storage so queued tracks persist through a re...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Beta 2 Links

    Just gathering these together in one place before I go ahead and install myself... Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 for Windows XP Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003 SP2 64-bit Edition or Windows XP Professional...
  • Blog Post: MultiScaleTileSource Demo Source Code

    I've published the demo source for my Deep Zoom, MultiScaleTileSource and the Mandelbrot Set post to my site at http://mikeo.co.uk/cs/files/8/silverlight/entry43.aspx . I also made some changes to the colouring algorithm. Instead of using the simple "Escape Time" algorithm it now uses a refinement...
  • Blog Post: More on Dynamically Loading ListView Templates

    I got quite a few comments on my post on Dynamically Loading ListView Templates so rather than trying to paste code into a comment in reply, I thought I'd paste an update here. Specific issues raised were problems when databinding without a DataSource control and problems on postback. Here's a new version...
  • Blog Post: Deep Zoom, MultiScaleTileSource and the Mandelbrot Set

    There are some changes to Deep Zoom in Silverlight 2 Beta 2 including a new XML based file format and the ability to dynamically generate Deep Zoom images by creating your own MultiScaleTileSource . MultiScaleTileSource is an abstract class with one method to override - GetTileLayers() . protected abstract...
  • Blog Post: LINQ to JSON

    One of the new features you'll see described (or mentioned) in various places about Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is "LINQ to JSON support". In my Vista Squad session last night I wanted to draw a comparison between DataContractJsonSerializer and LINQ to JSON (basically the two mechanisms you have for...
  • Blog Post: Join Us in Brighton for ReMix UK 08

    If you haven't already done so, go take a browse at the agenda for ReMix UK , now published on the site. There are 4 tracks of 9 sessions as well as opening and closing keynotes. A key goal for me as a track owner was to ensure there was a structured path through the content. It *really* annoys me when...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth - Finding Multiple Locations

    Of course, once you've found one postcode , you find yourself a reason to find lots of them as Ashley [no link] found out. You could do something like the below (which plots all the locations in postcodeArray and even labels them this time). The pushpins are added to an array before being added to the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events

    I've just been going through my diary to make sure everything is up to date and thought it might be worthwhile posting a list of events I'll be speaking at in the near future while things are fresh in my mind. Many of these events aren't open for registration yet so if you want to come along, make sure...
  • 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...
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