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  • Blog Post: Event : UX Options with Microsoft, 11th Dec 2008 (Dublin)

    Event Invite: User Experience Options with Microsoft - a full-day seminar If you've been reading a lot about Silverlight, WPF and all the various flavours of the Expression tools - you might be wondering about how they all fit together, and with more mature technologies like VB6 and WinForms. Well, this...
  • Blog Post: WPF & Silverlight : Sharing skills and code

    I get asked about this quite a bit, so this is session from PDC is a ready-made answer :-) Over the course of the session Ian builds a Twitter client in both Silverlight and WPF highlighting the pros and cons of each approach, what code is the same and what is different and why. Ian covered many details...
  • Blog Post: Eclipse Tools for Silverlight

    Check out this open source project " Eclipse Tools for Silverlight " which allows you to use Eclipse to create Silverlight applications. Basically it's an Eclipse plug-in, with a XAML editor (with code hints and completion), a SL project system and SL compiler, and in a nice touch the SL projects created...
  • Blog Post: High Altitude Deep Zoom - Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 3000m

    I just spent a couple of weeks in Switzerland and one of the highlights was a (two-stage) cable car ride up to Les Diablerets at an altitude of 3000m. The below Deep Zoom collection consists of a partial panorama plus detail of the halfway cable car station perched on an outcrop. At the time I didn't...
  • Blog Post: What a difference a month makes...

    Between TechReady in Seattle (an internal technical conference, think of it as Tech Ed for Microsoft folks) followed by holidays I've been out of the office for the last month, during which there has been many interesting happenings, including SQL Server 2008 RTM (Aug 6th) - you can download an eval...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight now on Ryanair.com

    Yesterday Ryanair.com went live with a new destinations map which uses Silverlight to map all its destinations and routes. (For those of you who may not have heard of Ryanair, they are Europe's largest low fares carrier, with more than 700 routes across 26 European countries). You can access the...
  • Blog Post: Firefox 3 and Silverlight

    I've been doing some work with Silverlight over the last couple of weeks and ran into this question yesterday (specifically re. SL 1.0). The issue arose since Firefox 3 came out after Silverlight 1.0 and is related to silverlight detection, meaning that Firefox 3 wouldn’t pick up on the Silverlight installation...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Beta 2 publicly available this week

    Hot off the press from TechEd US, Silverlight Beta 2 will be available this week. Check out below for a summary of some features, but perhaps most interesting is that Silverlight 2 Beta 2 comes with a commercial go-live license ! · UI Framework : Beta 2 includes improvements in animation support, error...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for Sharepoint

    Just a link post really, but check out http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/cc303301.aspx for details of source code and guidance for how to use Silverlight and Sharepoint together. Six application component samples are included in the kit to get you started: A simple “hello, world” sample showing...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Press E-Book (Introducing Microsoft LINQ)

    Preview the first chapter from any of these Microsoft Press Visual Studio 2008 titles here , and then download the entire contents of Introducing Microsoft LINQ, as well as additional chapters from the other two titles. Introducing Microsoft LINQ by Paolo Pialorsi and Marco Russo ISBN: 9780735623910...
  • Blog Post: When to choose...WPF? Winforms? Silverlight? XBAPs?

    Are you clear on when to use say WPF instead of Winforms? Or, just as importantly, when to use Winforms (e.g. for a more traditional LOB application)? Or that you can easily use both together? How does Silverlight compare to XBAPs? David Chappell has written a white paper which describes the positioning...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 overview video (built entirely in Silverlight!)

    Check out http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/overviewdemo/ for a new video that provides a high level overview of what's in SQL Server 2008. Quite an easy way to learn about the platform for the next generation of data-driven applications!
  • Blog Post: Always-visible Silverlight Ads in ASP.NET (with example)

    This is a simple example of how to ensure that an (animated) ad created with Silverlight (in this case an ad for my blog :-)) can remain always visible regardless of whether your user scrolls down or not - in this case I anchored the ad to the top left hand corner of the page. (Depending on your perspective...
  • Blog Post: Halo 3 (in HD!) on MSN

    Wow. http://halo.msn.com/videosHD.aspx
  • Blog Post: Infragistics controls with VS 2008

    Recently I was asked how Infragistics controls would play with VS 2008 - the answer is very well , as they are developing for Silverlight, as well as working on a new set of server controls which will work on ASP.NET 2.0 as well as ASP.NET 3.5, codenamed Project Aikido . The links above are all to...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti - a new search experience with Silverlight and Live Search

    Earlier Today Microsoft launched Tafiti (which means do "do research" in Swahili) which shows how Web applications such as search can be brought to the next level using Silverlight. Tafiti is essentially a Silverlight interface to Live Search and helps people search the Web by helping them visualize...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET with IronPython, Silverlight DLR Console Prototype

    Technorati Tags: .NET , Microsoft , Developer , DLR , Dynamic Language Runtime , IronRuby , IronPython , Silverlight , ASP.NET Futures If you download the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha and look closely at the contents of C:\Program Files\Microsoft Silverlight you'll see a number interesting assemblies, IronPython...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Streaming

    One of the things I'm playing around with at the moment is Silverlight Streaming which gives you free streaming and application hosting for up to 4GB, allowing high-bandwidth distribution of your content. For example, you can use Expression Media to transcode a video to a Silverlight compliant format...
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