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  • Blog Post: Binding to Dynamic Properties with ICustomTypeProvider (Silverlight 5 Beta)

    Silverlight 5 Beta introduces a new ICustomTypeProvider interface that enables data binding to objects the structure of which cannot be known until runtime. This is a common problem when you work with data in any format from databases to metadata or XML files to JSON objects. New attributes or new columns...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Silverlight 5 beta? 3D graphics support!

    Happy Silverlight 5 Beta day! The biggest additions to Silverlight 5 are certainly the support for GPU accelerated video and 3D graphics and the SDK team has been hard at work trying to get samples and documentation together for today. If you're a developer, after downloading the Silverlight 5 beta runtime...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight for Windows Phone [VIDEO]: Quick App for Push Notifications (Uses Windows Azure)

    Hey Silverlight people! So I just uploaded a video that takes you from from zero to an Azure-hosted, push notification-sending web service and an accompanying phone app in 19 minutes. 1) Do you want to see how to send/receive every kind of Push Notification that there is for Windows Phone? 2...
  • Blog Post: Ach du Lieber! A tour of some localization gotchas in Silverlight

    Ach du Lieber is an expression in German. It's what you say when you can't believe something really lame has just happened, usually to you. Something like, you are trying to set up your Silverlight application for proper localization, but you keep running into gotchas that you really would have been...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released!

    Its time to start building more applications and games for Windows Phone 7. Developer tools beta for Windows Phone has been released . Few important updates in the beta are: Blend is now compeltely integrated into the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. Now you can unlock you Windows Phone 7...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Silverlight Applications for Windows Phone 7

    I’ve gotten the Windows Phone App fever. The past few days I’ve been creating my first Silverlight applications for Windows Phone and I have to say I’m impressed with the development environment and the emulator. I’ve done a lot a work with Windows CE and Windows Mobile in the...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with Silverlight (New QuickStart Articles)

    Are you new to Silverlight or want to send your newbie friends somewhere to get started? Or maybe you've already kicked the Silverlight tires and now want to get an overview of other features? Check out the expanded and updated Silverlight QuickStarts , with 25 topics including embedded running samples...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight designer sample code is posted

    If you’ve been wishing for some helpful designer gestures for your Silverlight DataGrid controls, look no further. The Silverlight Designer Sample is available at the WPF and Silverlight Designer Extensibility site. It demonstrates a pretty neat designer implementation for Silverlight’s TabControl and...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight delivers online viewing experience for Sunday Night Football

    The NFL and NBC will be delivering the entire Sunday Night Football season by using Silverlight 3.0 and IIS Smooth Streaming. The first game of the season will be broadcast tonight, with the Tennessee Titans vs. the Pittsburg Steelers. Game starts at 5:00pm PST and you can watch online for free: http...
  • Blog Post: Seadragon.Com

    Microsoft Live Labs recently released Seadragon.Com . Using Seadragon, you can share any size image on the net as a zoomable photo. You can then share the image on Facebook, Twitter, or embed it directly on your blog or any other site. The picture viewer is developed using the Silverlight Deep Zoom...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Video Player with Source Code

    Here's a link to a silverlight video player with all the basic features like progress/seek slider, full screen toggle, play/pause/resume, etc. The player is meant to be relatively simple while still sporting the basic features you'd expect in a video player. Thanks to Nick Kramer (project manager at...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3D Overview

    Applying simple 3D effects (a.k.a. perspective transforms) to objects in your Silverlight 3 Beta application is easy. Currently there are no meshes to define, no camera, none of that "3D engine" stuff-- just 12 properties of the PlaneProjection that you define. Granted, without a real 3D engine you probably...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating and decelerating animations (silverlight keyspline sample)

    You can create more realistic animation effects like acceleration and deceleration in Silverlight using keyframes, however, if you're going to do this by hand (as opposed to using a tool like Blend) you're going to have to use keysplines which are not immediately intuitive. For example. Let's say...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Offline documentation as up to date as the web?

    The Silverlight 2 Offline documentation has been updated. There isn't a ton of new content in here since last refresh, mostly fixes to innacuracies, etc. FYI, we'd like to update the CHM every time the web updates (maybe even more often than the web). What a strange world we would live if your offline...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight design time extensibility

    Justin Angel has an exhaustive blog post on Silverlight design time extensibility. You can get it here . Nitya.
  • Blog Post: Offline Silverlight Documentation now has Index

    The Silverlight 2 Offline documentation now has an index (before it only had a table of contents and search). When you open the CHM, click on the Index tab to try it out. IMPORTANT! If you open the CHM and cannot view content, do the following to resolve the issue: - Right-click the CHM file, and...
  • Blog Post: Search Engine Optimization for Silverlight Applications

    I recently helped Ashish publish a whitepaper on SEO of Silverlight Applications . The paper talks about some of the best practices for search engine optimization of Silverlight content. You can use these practices to make your Silverlight content discoverable on a Search Engine Results Page and to provide...
  • Blog Post: List of Silverlight bugs and Workarounds

    There are a number of bugs in Silverlight that might give you grief. I've compiled a list of some of these bugs as well as their respective workarounds here: Silverlight Bugs and Workarounds . I published this list on a blog page rather than a blog post because our team will be adding more bugs to the...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Bugs and Workarounds

    There are a number of bugs in Silverlight and/or in the web browsers which Silverlight is designed to run in that might trip you up. Below is a rough list of many of these bugs along with workarounds (when available). Note: I list the bug status to give folks an idea of whether these issues are truly...
  • Blog Post: Show/Hide a Border and other Border fun

    While adding a bunch of content to the Border class documentation, I discovered many questions about using borders. I'm going to attempt to address one issue which is how make a border appear and disappear. Before I get into it, if you are interested in the basics of using borders, this is a nice post...
  • Blog Post: More on layout and the LayoutInformation APIs

    As I was digging around in an old spec, I came across some very enlightening drawings which I pushed through art review and I will now share with you. Ashish wrote a nice post on the layout and rendering engines which might help you understand what's happening when you put something in a panel. This...
  • Blog Post: Deep Zoom (Zooming and Panning Images using Silverlight & SeaDragon)

    Deep Zoom which is a technology that combines Silverlight with SeaDragon is a powerful and easy way to impliment zooming and panning large images. Below are a few examples. Exploration of Very Large or High Resolution Images with Great Performance: Take a huge high resolution image or collection...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life of a Programming Writer

    Ever wonder how the MSDN documentation gets written? Who are these people? What do they do? Where do they come from? Here are the answers to a few of those questions as I blog about a random day as a writer on the Silverlight User Education team. 7am Leave for work in my car. Yes, I’m one of...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Custom Panel

    I've spent time the last couple weeks trying to figure out how to create my own panel. At first I was completely confused and it seemed like I would change something small and the entire layout of my panel would radically shift. But after stumbling around in the dark for a while, I feel like the light...
  • Blog Post: Make a Silverlight Timer (Silverlight 2)

    I've seen several questions related to timers on forums and in internal mail so I thought I'd toss up a simple example. To create a timer, you have to use the DispatcherTimer in the System.Windows.Threading namespace. Here's an example of a simple counter that uses DispatcherTimer: Run this sample...
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