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  • 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: Windows 7 Multi-touch: Think beyond your Notebook of today.

      I like the rest of the world read about our Windows 7 Multi-touch capabilities and personally thought it was brilliant move on our part. As this paves the way for mainstream use around multi-touch devices, something that the next generation of applications should consider more. That being said...
  • 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: Silverlight Masking Demo

    I've been playing around with masking and trying to think up new ways to approach the axis in which Silverlight can play. In this demo, my approach was to see how I could put in a fake 3D (2D) room with two walls playing video on them, along with reflections on the smooth glossy floor (it just got waxed...
  • 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: Is Wikipedia biased towards Silverlight?

    I'm getting my presentation together for Perth BarCamp tomorrow, and in my assembly of this awesome presentation I stumbled upon the Wikipedia for Silverlight. It has the usual guff around what it is, where it come from and so on, but one thing that stood out was a section titled " Criticism " This has...
  • Blog Post: Performing a hitTest with Silverlight

    In my Silverlight coding travels, I've found the urgent need to carry out a hitTest to determine where my end-users mouse is currently located but also what elements are underneath it within Silverlight. So what's a hitTest you ask? well essentially it's when you ask " Is this object colliding or in...
  • Blog Post: Some minor Silverlight assumptions/queries.

    It's been an interesting couple of days for me, as I've meet some developers in both business meeting setting and via social setting (aka WebJam ). In my chats with these developers, they all seem very keen to learn more about Silverlight but have hesitations on it that range from "Isn't it bleeding...
  • 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: Going Flex to Silverlight: Understanding our DisplayList API.

    Disclaimer: This is part two of my Going Flex to Silverlight series, where I'll be talking about how one is able to transfer concepts they have learnt in Flex world but are looking to explore what Silverlight also has to offer. Whatever reason they have chosen, is entirely up to them and this isn't to...
  • 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: SWF to XAML.

    I just read this over at Mike Harsh's blog Electric Rain recently announced a new product they're working on called Harmony. This app will take .swf files and convert them to XAML. This tool has the potential to help users with Flash assets ramp-up on Silverlight very quickly. Electric Rain is promising...
  • Blog Post: The basics of a Silverlight Control

    I've been sitting here for the past few days really getting my head deeper into Silverlight and I'll post more example's of going from Flex to Silverlight later this week. I will however branch out a bit here and illustrate one nugget that I wish someone had of sat over my shoulder and told me about...
  • Blog Post: Going flex to Silverlight: The basics (easy stuff first).

    Introduction This is going to probably annoy some, and signal mixed messages but overall the approach I am taking is to provide a context driven learning path on how to go from Adobe Flex coding to Microsoft Silverlight. I really don't want these posts to be fuel for the " Flash Killer " BBQ's as that...
  • Blog Post: Thanks Silverlight, you just validated RIA (Wrong, here's why)

    In 2002 one of the guys ( Jeremy Allaire) whom I owe my house & lifestyle to, came up with an idea that Rich Internet Applications (RIA) should exist in a certain way, with a certain direction going forward. I trusted his idea, as the last one was Coldfusion and it paid off for me so I went with...
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