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  • Blog Post: Feedback Req: Do you need to know the list of released runtime build numbers?

    Hi All, I've noticed a few occasions where developers have wanted to know what Version of Silverlight is installed on the end users computer when they arrive at a site. There are a number of ways you can approach that question that will yield a response, namely in non-IE browsers tapping into the navigator...
  • Blog Post: A tip on learning Silverlight. Throw away your code

    You can stare at that blinking cursor inside Visual Studio all you want, it’s not going to give you an immediate insight into how you should architect your Silverlight solution so that it can be reusable and scale. It’s not that you’re an idiot or aren’t good at programming, it’s just that you are trying...
  • Blog Post: Reality Check: How did you adopt Silverlight?

    As most would imagine, here at Microsoft we are constantly researching various ways folks adopt Silverlight and have quite a large amount of notes on the subject. I however love the old, “Why not just ask them?” approach, so I’d be curious to see how you all adopted Silverlight? In that what made you...
  • Blog Post: Thank you Silverlight Australia.

    It’s now 2:25 AM here in Seattle, and I’m of course Jet Lagged with a head cold. I figured what a perfect time to update my blog with a big thank you to all who turned out to see me in my Australia wide tour. I met a whole bunch of you folks from all walks of life, and i am really impressed with the...
  • Blog Post: The ripple effects of Silverlight.

    I have been away from Australia for about a a year now, and I came home the other night and noticed the intersection outside my old house has changed significantly. I thought wow, progress is a beast that never rests. Taped to one of the stop light poles was some flowers with a photo of a young 20 something...
  • Blog Post: The back-story about the brand new Silverlight Blog design & development.

    I’ve just uploaded one of the first revisions of the new blog design to team.silverlighet.net . It’s a more focused design this time and one in which i had the luxury of spending more time on than the one before. In this post I’ll walk through some of the experiences I had designing it and hopefully...
  • Blog Post: Peter Elst Interviews me on Silverlight 3

    I rarely do interviews or podcasts as typically I find them goofy, and I despite my blogging/twitter prowess, am quite a shy guy. That being said, I find value in Peter and openly respect his approach to technology as whilst he obviously prefers Flash over Silverlight, he still reminds me of the folks...
  • Blog Post: Sports can be competitive. Who knew! :)

    Steve just did a great post on how well we’re doing in the sporting scene , and it’s worth checking out over at the team.silverlight.net blog. It does provide some basic common sense rebuttals to what MLB.Tv folks stated today in the CNET article. If you’ve not read it, then I’ll save you the trouble...
  • Blog Post: What makes Silverlight better than JavaScript/CSS/HTML?

    Damian Edwards stayed at my house a week leading up to MIX09 and he’s had an amazing impact on our product teams whilst he stayed. One question he did provoke my way was what makes Silverlight better than JavaScript/HTML (forgot the actual wording but the meaning i walked away with was just that). I...
  • Blog Post: Dear Silverlight, where’s my view source?

    Chris Messina is quoted as saying the following: There’s been a long history of innovation on the web founded in open access to the underlying source code that first websites, then later interactive web applications, were built on. The facility of having ready access to the inner workings of any web...
  • Blog Post: Replaced my MSDN Graphic Header with Silverlight

    When you create an MSDN blog here at Microsoft you’re pretty much given very little access to it, especially if you want to customize it. I’ve managed to basically hack my way around this through both CSS and JavaScript manipulation. Tonight, I decided to hijack my graphical header and put Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: I hate it when a designer touches XAML..

    I’ve meet with a few die-hard Silverlight developers in my time and some feedback I get at times is how designers produce bad XAML. “..I hate it when a designer touches XAML..” – oh? why? My first thought was, “bad XAML?” how on earth can a designer produce bad XAML. *confused look* After digging I find...
  • Blog Post: Egads… it’s a Silverlight Spy!

    When I’m working in Silverlight I typically like most developers heavily rely on the breakpoint/debug workflow. Although this is extremely powerful, I at times need to inspect what’s been loaded in a more hierarchical manner to ensure my various UIElements are loaded as per my instructions via code....
  • Blog Post: Silverlight is all over The Moment..

    CNN CNN is inviting people witnessing “The Moment” to take part in a special iReport assignment by e-mailing their pictures to themoment@CNN.com . The photos will post immediately to iReport.com, CNN’s user-generated news community, and shortly after the oath of office, viewers and users can see the...
  • Blog Post: Scott, why should I use Deep Zoom?

    I’ve been asked this a thousand times and i often give a thousand different answers, as typically each time you ask me, I think of something new to do with it and respond. Deep Zoom is one of this fascinating differentiators we put into Silverlight that can be used and abused in a multitude of ways,...
  • Blog Post: Controlling your Silverlight Installation Experience.

    I’ve been doing plug-in development & design for many years, and often I've seen many a battle around this space. It typically starts with ubiquity, once that is overcome it then settles down at abandonment rates and from there the curse of the dreaded plug-in ends. The reality however, no matter...
  • Blog Post: Must fight urge to do "year in review 2008" post.

    Look, I have lots of regrets and at the same time I have heaps of wins, above all, I did what I could, and where it counted the most. Going forward, I just want to spend more time working with .NET developers & designers whom want to succeed in WPF & Silverlight more than before. Twitter me ...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Toolkit Released.

    We've just released the Silverlight Toolkit via Codeplex . The release will include the following additions to our toolkit story: TreeView AutoCompleteBox DockPanel WraPanel Label Expander HeaderedItemControl HeaderedContentControl NumericUpDown ViewBox ButtonSpinner ImplicitStyleManager Chart PieSeries...
  • Blog Post: The Olympic Numbers are in..

    Ben just posted some interesting stats on our efforts with the NBC Olympics site: During the 17 days of the games, the site had 51.9 million unique visitors (106% more than Athens and Torino combined) 1.3 billion page views 75.5 million video streams initiated (601% more than Athens and Torino combined...
  • Blog Post: SmoothHD just ownz.

    We've got IIS7 Smooth Streaming in play and Akamai have put together a demo site called SmoothHD.com All I can say is "wow" in terms of quality. I always knew Silverlight could pull itself together for HD video online, but it's truly amazing to see IIS7 handling the workload here. Check it...
  • Blog Post: Quakelight, Shenanigans you say.. I say not!

    Adam & I have been talking to Julian Frelat from InnoveWare Solutions , and we've been both extremely impressed by QuakeLight - a Silverlight port of id Software's Quake. This was a few days ago, and Julian the other night sent me a link to the demo of QuakeLight. I then this afternoon grabbed a...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight - Light up the web.

    To celebrate the Silverlight 2 launch, I've posted just a quick Silverlight application that has home made fireworks in it.. http://www.spidaweb.com/ Click on the screen to create more explosions..well kind of... :)
  • Blog Post: Michael Bach and his Web Platform Installer Beta

    I was roaming the hallways early today and Michael Bach (Product Manager for Web Platform) was grinning like a he was up to no good. Given we're all working hard on the various efforts required for PDC , Silverlight RC0 etc I was wondering what he could possibly be happy about? I asked him: " wtf...
  • Blog Post: You know Microsoft won an Emmy for H.264 right?

    Scott Guthrie is close to being back from his vacation (which for Scott maybe a case of 20,000 emails a day instead of 50,000 heh as he was still somewhat active internally). He was recently interviewed by Microsoft Press Pass around some new developments for Silverlight in the future. Below is the a...
  • Blog Post: How to Submit a Bug/Feature Request for Silverlight.

    Stephen Price sent me a piece of email asking how the heck does one submit a bug to Silverlight Team? I replied "connect.microsoft.com" thinking it was self-explanatory from there and off you go. I then actually clicked on it and I'm embarrassed to say that not only is it not visible as to...
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