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  • Blog Post: The Wow Effect (10secs vs. 10mins)

    The explosions of plug-ins today have brought innovative ways to visual experience online in ways that are both exciting and dangerous. I say dangerous, as on one hand they are visually appealing they are at times useless and typically can end up becoming a trend. The Muse. I had the pleasure of being...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: VisualState Manager, Storyboards and why designers should care about them both.

    I've seen a lot of talk around VisualState Manager online and it mostly covers button states and so on. What I want to do here in this post is illustrate why VisualState Manager is a handy tool for the average interactive designer out there and how it can kind of short-cut a lot of animation transition...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Experiment: Create a PullDown Menu using Storyboards.

    This is a basic example of how to create a "PullDown Menu" using Silverlight and Expression Blend. The Objectives The GUI will have a PullDown Menu (UserControl) under the main outer chrome. It's intended that when a user clicks on the "MainMenu" it will not only change state, but...
  • Blog Post: RIA is slowly fading in terms of it's definition.

    When I first started the RIA Evangelism role in Microsoft, I had this nagging feeling that the term RIA was just all over the place. Depending on which technology you are backing and which stream of alliance you uphold, the truth is the term was destined to be abused before it really took off. I even...
  • Blog Post: RIA Designers are smart.

    One thing annoys me more than anything in this world, is when I hear folks whom aren't designers refer to them as "pony tail, black skivvy wearing..." and the comments trail off. It's not that I care whether they think we have pony tails, it's more to the point that it smacks of contempt at...
  • Blog Post: Putting the Rich in RIA : User Account Profiles.

    A User Account Today. Typically when you set out to build a RIA, you look at what data you're about to keep about a persons account. In that obviously "Username, Password and Email" are three key pieces of information you need to begin.  The rest is the other metadata associated to an...
  • Blog Post: Usage Metrics in your RIA

    Inspiration comes from Games. I was at MIX ON CAMPUS (Brisbane) today and I was listening to one of our guest speakers ( Ross Brown ) talk about about some of the projects / research his students are doing with regards to games. One part of this session that really caught my interest was the metrics...
  • Blog Post: POC #1 - Project Harmony (pt1) (Silverlight & Flash)

    I've been enjoying the overall experience of what Silverlight has to offer since I started with Microsoft back in January 07. That being said, I've often been an internal "goto" person at times for some Flash advice on behalf of Microsoft customers around the world. In light of this, recently...
  • Blog Post: Writing Proof of Concept RIA's

    When you sit down one night and decide to road-test a theory or an idea you have, then a Proof of Concept (POC) is something you should consider. That being said, when you do decide to write a POC knowing the difference between when you are writing a POC vs Application is something you can easily fool...
  • Blog Post: RIA: 10 Questions on Icon Design - I ask our Microsoft Design folks to respond.

    I have an Icon fetish that is disturbingly wrong. In that I collect them, horde them and will happily spend Microsoft's good hard earned money on as many of them as I can find - if allowed. Yet, what makes Icon's so special? in that why do they enhance an applications user interface to the point where...
  • Blog Post: RIA: Difference between an Application and Website.

    There are many things that make up a RIA today. I posted last week about Interactive vs Internet, and I think it's played out enough. Personally my conclusion is to let the "I" be silent, and it could be "Information, Interactive, Internet, Interface, Idiocy" etc. "I" of...
  • Blog Post: Rich Interactive Applications.

    I just finished a blog post by James Ward (by far the best Evangelist Adobe have today) and it was a bloody good post, so much so, it helped me formulate this post (inspiration can come from many things I guess). “I was a young man with uninformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering...
  • Blog Post: RIA can change context.

    Context is when you look at a situation from a perspective and generally fall into a predefined segment. In that, if I look at say Microsoft Word, my context of use is to read a document - yet others may use word to construct a document. So different roles play different parts, thus the segments of the...
  • Blog Post: RIA User Interfaces, how much space do you waste?

    The Story (Context) I used to work for a Rail company, and outside my office was the main concourse for our "Central" station. On this platform was a coffee shop, which basically takes up around 10m x 6m of real-estate right next to the exit gates (i.e. its half-inside the gate and half-outside the gate...
  • Blog Post: Key ingredients for a RIA ecosystem.

    Silverlight's announcement recently caught headlines, in that it's release and partnership with Novell to ensure delivery of Silverlight via Linux is supported. This in turn underpins the notion that in order to have a successful RIA (Rich Interactive/Internet Applications) story, you need partners and...
  • Blog Post: JavaScript brings balance back to the force.

    It's funny how you sometimes take something so simple for granted until you one day suddenly realise the answer has been staring you in the face all along. JavaScript is that answer,it's now become this language widely used, mostly understood and pushed to the point where i doubt there is anything left...
  • Blog Post: RIA, the two C's rule.

    Sitting in a conference ( WebOnThePiste.com ) here in New Zealand, reflecting on my previous day where Nigel Parker (NZ) and I were invited to be apart of a Panel discussion with our Australian Adobe colleagues on "RIA & The Future". I wish it was filmed, for not only because it would of captured...
  • Blog Post: RIA, building your control framework.

    Silverlight 1.0 is around the corner, and it won't have controls assigned to it upon official release. Yet, this is something very important to the success of Silverlight going forward, as without a control framework there is really no point right? This is where Silverlight 1.1 will come through strong...
  • Blog Post: Finding that sweet spot between RIA and Desktop.

    I've posted a bit on trust, around prescribing the rationale around why RIA (Rich Interactive Application) is an effective solution - yet - I've not decomposed the approach on when to use RIA vs Desktop. It's a pretty easy decision really, you first have to figure out where you want to go with your...
  • Blog Post: RIA, just who really builds them.

    In Microsoft we have a few bets on whom are the likely candidates who build RIA (Rich Interactive Applications) and what stimulates this behavior. It's a fluid demographic to pin down to be honest as typically speaking it's so new and foreign in many ways that it's likely to change radically tomorrow...
  • Blog Post: The Tools are going to decide the RIA Future

    I just read an interesting article over at Anthony Franco's blog titled " The Future of Rich Internet Applications " (found via Ryan Stewarts blog ). It's quite a balance piece and whether you subscribe to his ideas or not, you have to at least give him points for being openly honest about it all. It...
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