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  • Blog Post: HTML5 Demo Sites

    In addition to my work on PDC10 and Tech·Ed Europe 2010 (stop me and say “hi” if you attend one of these events), I’ve been spending quite a bit of my spare time on an upcoming project for the purveyors of standards-based web development over at the finely crafted MIX Online...
  • Blog Post: Evolving the PDC09 Event Site

    Did you know that the PDC is assembled and run by the same group that does MIX? At this year’s MIX09 in Las Vegas , we hired a company to facilitate seven on-site focus groups, each comprised of around 10 attendees. While the questions covered a broad range of event topics, many related to our “online...
  • Blog Post: PDC09

    Are you ready for our 14th Professional Developers Conference!? We’re back at the Los Angeles Convention Center this November, and as always, it’s going to be fun event! We have one day of workshops (formerly referred to as pre-cons ) on Monday, November 16th, and the main conference runs from Tuesday...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Keynote and Session Videos

    Whew…what a show! Thanks to everyone who joined us in Las Vegas last week for our fourth MIX conference, MIX09 . It was great to meet many of you in person and to associate Twitter aliases with real names. It’s awesome that someone can walk up and say, “Hi, I’m WoogyChuck,” and I actually know what that...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Sessions

    Fantastic news! The team that's responsible for the MIX09 site has heard your feedback, and they've created an always-up-to-date, simple list of all MIX09 keynotes and sessions for easy viewing and download. If you want to read about some other download options, or if you want to rename your downloaded...
  • Blog Post: Native Text and Symbol Support Added to My Illustrator to XAML Plug-In

    Wow! I can hardly believe that this is the third post on my Illustrator to XAML plug-in in the past month. After not touching the code for well over two years, it’s been fun digging back into the project. Adding Mac OS X support has been a brand new challenge for me, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. The...
  • Blog Post: Test Version of My Illustrator to XAML Plug-In for the Mac

    One of the most frequent questions I get related to my Adobe Illustrator to XAML Export Plug-In is: “does it run on a Mac?” Unfortunately, the answer has always been “no,” because I’ve never owned a Mac, and I’ve never done any Mac development…ever. If you can believe it, the last Apple computer I wrote...
  • Blog Post: Updated Adobe Illustrator to XAML Plug-In

    It's been five months since I posted an Update on My Illustrator Plug-In and Flash to XAML Conversion Tool . When I wrote that post, I was in deep preparation for our 2008 Professional Developers Conference, and I didn't have any time to focus on the plug-in. On top of that, I have to admit that I wasn...
  • Blog Post: MIX09

    Yes, I’m still alive, and no, the rumors about the PDC Hard Hat Challenges melting my brain are false (it was only a minor contusion). The good news is that I’ve fully recovered, and I’m now focused on our upcoming MIX09 event in Las Vegas! This time around, I play the role of MIX09 Keynote Owner . That...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Keynote and Session Video Links

    I've posted a PDC2008 Sessions page that contains a simple list of all keynotes and sessions by title with links to each corresponding page on Channel 9. I've also made it easy to download the PowerPoint presentations and to grab any sample code the speaker has elected to provide. I hope you find it...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Sessions

    While you can browse sessions by tag on the Channel 9 PDC2008 page , here's a simple list of all keynotes and sessions by code and title. Clicking the keynote or session title will take you directly to the corresponding page on Channel 9 where you can stream and download each video. If available, I've...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 Session and Keynote Recordings Are Now Published

    Recordings of the PDC2008 sessions and keynotes are now available online for free , for anyone (no login required). Each session has its own page that includes a Silverlight viewer to watch streaming video and a Download link for iPod (MP4), WMV, WMV (High), and Zune. A few of the sessions and formats...
  • Blog Post: Update on My Illustrator Plug-In and Flash to XAML Conversion Tool

    Just over three years ago, in July, 2005, I released the first version of my Adobe Illustrator to Avalon/XAML Export Plug-In . The plug-in started off as a weekend project, and it’s since become quite popular. The plug-in is included in most WPF and Silverlight books, and it’s fun to see it referenced...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #4

    So soon after A Day in the Life #3 , you ask? Indeed! There are a few questions that I get over and over from people both internal and external to Microsoft, and I thought I’d address them in a blog post. Question #1: “I’m a third-party speaker (or ‘I know a third-party speaker…’) who has spoken at other...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #3

    Before I forget, be sure to check out the latest videos on Channel 9 in our weekly Countdown to PDC2008 series (or just look for anything tagged PDC08 ). The 10-minute-or-so shows are fun to make, and Jennifer and I would love your feedback, questions, and suggestions. Plus, we’ve been introducing a...
  • Blog Post: New Show: Countdown to PDC2008

    Jennifer Ritzinger and I have started a new show called Countdown to PDC2008 , and we just published our first episode on Channel 9. We’ve been recording an internal video series (of the same name) for about ten episodes now, and some fellow employees suggested that the format might also work for an...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: A Day in the Life #2

    [You can skip to the last two paragraphs if you’d like to offer suggestions] Here we are…one month later with the second post in a series about the PDC2008 Content Owner role. If you don’t know what a Content Owner does, I’d recommend reading PDC2008: A Day in the Life #1 for context. As mentioned...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Conference Scheduling Using a Genetic Algorithm

    If you read my What Do I Do post, you'll know that I'm the Content Owner for this year's PDC 2008 in Los Angeles. MIX08 is behind us, and I've just recently transitioned away from my Web GO role. This means that I can now focus 100% of my time and attention on our October event. It's going to be fantastic...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 Show Off Winners

    It's hard to believe that MIX08 is over. I was involved in so many aspects of the event that it seems like I attended in some parallel universe! At least I got to see many of you there. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for Show Off . Thomas and I weeded out the less inspiring entries and ended...
  • Blog Post: SEAMonster Loosed to CodePlex

    Well, I had good intentions. Ever since my first post about SEAMonster in October, 2007, I've wanted to refactor and clean-up the code for release. In the meantime, I've received many, many e-mails asking when that would happen. To everyone who has patiently waited, today's the day. SEAMonster is now...
  • Blog Post: What Do I Do? Top sites, MIX08, and PDC08.

    A few days ago, I received the following e-mail: Help me out here. I've been reading your blog off and on for years and I can't figure out what it is you do. Your obviously involved with the PDC and MIX conferences, you send a lifesize cardboard cutout of yourself as your resume, you've made a...
  • Blog Post: Programming Collective Intelligence

    I tend to read a lot of books , and most of them have a technical focus. Every once and awhile, I run across a gem that is timely, coherent, unique, and well written. Programming Collective Intelligence: Building Smart Web 2.0 Applications by Toby Segaran is one of those books. If you've ever wanted...
  • Blog Post: TiVo Gadget v1.0.2 Enables Video Download

    I made a very minor update to my TiVo Now Playing gadget that allows you to download recorded shows to your computer. While viewing the show details window, simply click on the title to begin the download. Because the video files are protected, you'll be prompted for a user name and password. The user...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Slide.Show

    Our friends at Vertigo have created a free application for Silverlight 1.0 called Slide.Show . If you have Silverlight installed , you should see a slide show of my photos within the body of this blog post. Most of them are from my collection of wallpaper images , and a few are from a cruise to Italy...
  • Blog Post: TiVo Gadget for Vista

    For awhile, I've wanted to try my hands at writing a gadget for the Windows Sidebar in Vista, but I could never come up with a project idea that was small enough to accomplish and useful enough to justify. Since we recently added two TiVo HD units to our home network, I thought it'd be handy to expose...
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