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  • 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: How to: Make Innerglows with Expression Blend.

    I'm knee deep in a WPF project i'm writing for my team. I had the need today to have an innerglow, and noticed that we seem to have forgotten this little BitmapEffect of goodness (which I'll be promptly hassling Jon tomorrow for in the next revision). That being said, as stubborn as I am I decided to...
  • 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: Learning Maya and the side lessons i've learnt.

    I shopped around a lot in the past 5 months as I've wanted to get back into 3D modelling for quite some time. Given my day to day life is Microsoft, I needed a non-Microsoft hobby - mainly to keep me partially sane. I began to research what software out there can cater to my needs, in that i have a few...
  • 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: 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: Clawing our way beyond the browser.

    RIA (Rich Interactive Applications) have this approach that's quite unique, in that they kind of want to sit with fingers in both barrels. On one hand, they want to stay within the browser whilst on other hand they want to breach the browser and live on the desktop. It's a hard nut to crack as both have...
  • Blog Post: RIA and Search Engines.

    The latest annoyance with RIA (Rich Interactive Applications) these days (not wide-spread thankfully) is how they aren't really suitable for search engine's such as Google. There's a reason for this and it's simply put, they aren't web pages. They aren't documents, and furthermore they aren't worth indexing...
  • Blog Post: RIA is a belief, Silverlight is the execution.

    I interact a lot around discussions in the Rich Interactive/Internet Application (RIA) space. I read as much as I can on it and keep tabs on what I find interesting around theories associated to RIA. I also engage folks whom never have even heard the acronym RIA and it's interesting conversation to have...
  • Blog Post: FREE WPF - in person - Training.

    I'm going back through a few emails I received when I first started with Microsoft, with "Where can I get training on WPF". Chuck has organized a FREE day of training to any or whom want to attend, provided you can donate from $1 - whatever you want to the Red Shield Drought Appeal (hey its a good cause...
  • Blog Post: I predicted Microsoft Surface in September 2005

    It was 29th September 2005 , I posted on my old blog " AJAX is a one trick poney " (yes, it should be pony). Inside my rant you'll find the following snippet "..Content is king, and always will be but how does one access the content, thats the key deciding principal. Its now about User Experience and...
  • Blog Post: Coding 24hrs Straight, do you gain in time?

    I mentioned on Friday/Saturday that I decided to roll-up my sleeves and help out the iTraveller team with some coding issues they had in WPF (mostly just binding stuff). It was an interesting night to be had, everyone was stressed emotions were high and low at times but overall they are were all determined...
  • Blog Post: WPF and SVN, it's good but also bites.

    I'm currently sitting in with the team behind iTraveller.com.au , a WPF application that is being shipped locally here this week. It's down to the last hour(s) so to speak and everyone is tired, over worked, stressed and have taken Expression Blend (May Preview), Orcas and XAML out for a nice hard run...
  • Blog Post: Lightmaker Downunder Doing great things.

    Lightmaker is one of my favourite RIA companies and have quite an impressive portfolio ranging from JK Rowling's infamous Flash Site through to Orlando Magic built in Silverlight . These folks are kicking some nice goals in the RIA space and are quite talented / agnostic in their approach. Last month...
  • Blog Post: MIX07 Day0 - Calm before the storm

    It's DAY0 , Registration tonight and everyone's whom could make it is flying into Las Vegas for the action packed MIX07. There is a huge buildup to this conference and I think honestly Microsoft is going to deliver well. I flew in a day earlier last night because I was bored in Seattle and my co-Developer...
  • Blog Post: Vista's doing well, which means WPF = Good.

    Paul Sakuma/Associated Press - Image Link to New York Times I see a lot of hype, street talk around Windows Vista and how it's doing world-wide. It usually ends up in a Apple conversation and it gets noisy from there. At any rate, Microsoft announced yesterday that we are essentially growing the Windows...
  • Blog Post: I love electric Rain Standout.

    In my role, Powerpoint Presentations is usually a must and while I don't mind all the new bells and whistles in Office 2007 Powerpoint, it's still not as good as if I would build in say Flash Professional (like I've done in the past). Never fear, for Electric Rain have come to the resource and put together...
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