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  • Blog Post: Tech Days Online Conference in January

    Looks like I’ll be presenting on the Tech Days Online Conference “Build an app for that” on 20th January 2011. It’s an online conference featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. The online day will offer three tracks, letting you choose which...
  • Blog Post: Writing Cross-Platform XAML Applications

    This week's feature article is written by Colin Eberhardt and tackles the issue of sharing code between Silverlight, WPF and Silverlight for Windows Phone. It’s an issue that often comes up in conversation and it’s great to see Colin describe a practical example and demonstrate it’s quite possible to...
  • Blog Post: PDC 10 Sessions - The Pick of the Bunch

    I’ve created a list of my favourite PDC10 videos for next week’s MSDN Flash and thought I’d share it here first so you get early access. The Future of C# and Visual Basic The Future of F# Lambdas, Lambdas Everywhere LINQ, Take Two – Realizing the LINQ to Everything Dream Inside Internet Explorer 9 Performance...
  • 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: Expression Design Resources

    Following on from my post about the Expression family , I said I’d follow up with some more details on Expression Design. Someone commented on my other post that Expression Design is “too basic” and I suppose for many people that will be a fair criticism. For someone like me, who’s not a graphic designer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Expression 1..2..3

    Blend, Encoder, Web, Design, Media, Studio – it’s easy to get confused by the plethora of Expression family products but given we’re nearing another release I thought it might be worth a few posts to try and to try and simplify things as well as provide a “jump-start” for some of the individual tools...
  • Blog Post: Demos - Catching Up on Rich Clients Part 1

    Rich Client Sample Sites http://www.thirteen23.com/experiences/desktop/blu/   (Desktop Twitter Client – it’s been renamed from Chirp to Blu) http://www.photosuru.com/ (Desktop Photo browsing / sharing application) http://www.mscui.net/PatientJourneyDemonstrator/ (Patient demonstrator – the Secondary...
  • Blog Post: Today’s Event – Catching Up on Rich Clients

    Thanks to everyone who turned up for a very busy event today at Cardinal Place. The slides are now available on SlideShare and the originals will be on the MSDN Events Website in a few days. Catching up on Rich Clients Part 1 of 2 View more presentations from ukdpe . (tags: wpf xaml ) Catching up on...
  • 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: chirp – Really Nice Looking WPF Twitter Client

          I’m afraid my screen clipping doesn’t really do it justice but it’s easily the best looking Twitter client I’ve seen. Things I like: It’s WPF It’s ClickOnce Lovely UI design Infinite tweet scroll Nice transitions Very intuitive Things I’d like: Keyword searches Replies view Overall...
  • Blog Post: Screencasts – Creating 3D Models for WPF

    My screencasts for Creating 3D Models for WPF have started to appear on Channel9. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 there already. Technorati Tags: wpf , 3d , blender , blend , screencast , channel9
  • Blog Post: Creating 3D Models for WPF

    I’ve had an opportunity recently to play around with WPF’s 3D capabilities to try and recreate part of the Tesco product viewer demo at PDC08 . Of course one of the first hurdles is actually having some sort of 3D model to play with (once you get bored with a cube). There are lots of sites where you...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Special Offer - 40% Discount

    That's right, there's a 40% discount available for the first 200 registrations using RSVP code MIXspecial1 . Simply visit the registration page , click on "Register for the event using an RSVP Code" and, well you can figure out the rest... Even in the current economic climate, $795 looks like...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight No Selection ListBox and ViewBox

    I wanted to display the list of search terms at the top of my Twitfeed Silverlight app (see below) and highlight the current search term. The obvious way to do this is to databind a ListBox to the search terms collection. I ran into a few things I needed to resolve: ListBox supports selection ...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Rich Client event in Manchester now confirmed

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM MSDN: Catch Up with Microsoft Rich Client Technologies for 2008 This event is free to attend but you must register at http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032397778&Culture=en-GB Overview: In this half-day session we’ll do...
  • Blog Post: Adventures with the Silverlight Viewbox

    When I threw together Twitfeed one of the things I wanted to do was to have the "swatches" scale appropriately so if there were only a few words in a particular tweet it wouldn't look too lost. The Viewbox (currently in preview as part of the Silverlight Toolkit ) is perfect for this. The role of the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming MSDN Events

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM MSDN: Catch Up with Microsoft Rich Client Technologies for 2008 Registration is required for this event. 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...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 4)

    No keynote today so straight into the breakout action... TL36 Microsoft .NET Framework: Declarative Programming Using XAML Meant to be a very good session on what you'll be able to do direct from XAML in the future PC49 Microsoft .NET Framework: CLR Futures Good session on CLR Futures and a bit about...
  • 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: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 2)

    KYN02 Day Two Keynote - Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell Better than Day 1's keynote this one covers things more from a UI perspective with Windows 7, Office Web Application in Office 14, Visual Studio and Live Services. KYN03 Day Two Keynote - Chris Anderson and Don Box...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Session Video Downloads

    If you want to watch any of the PDC 2008 sessions, you can simple peruse the session list at: http://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/timeline.aspx select the session you want to watch and click the "Watch Session Recording" icon. On the other hand, if you want to download sessions, you might...
  • Blog Post: VBUG Annual Conference 4-5th November @ Microsoft, Reading

    Both MikeT and I are speaking at the VBUG Conference this year. I'm doing an Intro to Silverlight 2 session (need to update my materials to RTW!) and Mike's doing a session entitled "Beyond Silverlight with Windows Presentation Foundation". I see quite a few other names I recognise on the agenda...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 Sp1 Event Resources

    Eric and I have published the full set of resources links from yesterday's event on What's New in Visual Studio 2008 Sp1. http://blogs.msdn.com/ukdevevents/archive/2008/10/02/2008-10-02-whats-new-in-visual-studio-2008-sp1.aspx Technorati Tags: vs2008 , visual studio , wpf , asp.net , ado.net , entity...
  • 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: 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...
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