Synergist

Combining Software in Amazing Ways

October, 2007

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About Synergist

Synergist is about Michael Scherotter's passion: combining technology in interesting ways and about the convergence of technologies. 

Michael S. Scherotter is a Principal Architect Evangelist at Microsoft

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    My First Popfly Mashup: Earthquakes!

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    I just sat through an earthquake; a bit shaking but nothing damaged; no one was hurt. That gave me an idea: why don't I show earthquakes on a Virtual Earth Map using Popfly , Microsoft's new mashup service? Get Geo-RSS Data from the USGS Convert...
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    A Pragmatic View on Silverlight

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    My colleague Denny Boynton recently posted a great blog post with a very pragmatic view on Silverlight. Take a look at it.
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    Silverlight Deployment Guide

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    If you are looking to deploy Silverlight broadly throughout your organization, my colleague Dave Tesar wrote a Silverlight Deployment Guide that you should read. Read all about it here .
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    Microsoft Gives away Mona Lisa with Silverlight!

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    If you're a software developer and not a graphic artist, you might be a bit overwhelmed when you start using Expression Studio to build your Silverlight applications. With all of that control, how do create high quality graphics? The folks in marketing...
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    Webinar Recording & Source Code Posted: Creating a Vista Gadget & Web Player for your Radio/TV Station

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    I just posted the source code from Friday's webinar on Creating a Vista Gadget & Web Player for your Radio/TV Station . The PowerPoint slide deck and the source code in are on my SkyDrive: If you missed it, you can watch a recording of the webinar...
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    Job Opening for Developer Evangelist at Microsoft in San Francisco

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    I've got a secret: the best job at Microsoft is Developer Evangelist and we're looking for more people to fill that role. My colleague Anand Iyer just told me over lunch the other day that his group was looking for a developer evangelist based out of...
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    MOSS Camp in Chicago November 9th

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    If you want to become the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) that you always dreamed to be and you are in the Chicagoland area, then you've got to go the MOSS Camp on November 9th in Chicago. Read my colleague Dave Bost's blog post about it . My...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Monitoring .Net Applications with Intercept Studio

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    During the development, testing, and deployment of any application it is important to understand how the application is performing. In in the context of building .Net applications, especially high-volume web-based applications, monitoring performance...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Better Online Documentation: Creating WPF FlowDocuments from Word 2007

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    One of the challenges with creating online documentation is readability, especially with long documents. Most of the time, we end up printing out documents instead of attempting to read them online. One we print them out we lose the ability to easily...
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    Posted SilverlightMap code to SkyDrive and Popfly

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    I've decided to share the source code for my SilverlightMap project that converts Mindjet MindManager maps to Silverlight application in two venues: Windows Live SkyDrive and Popfly . Windows Live SkyDrive Microsoft Popfly If you want to contribute and...
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    Contributing to MSDN Documentation

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    This Friday I will be giving a web presentation on building a Silverlight-based Windows Vista gadget for Radio & TV Stations. When you build a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget, you can package it as either a .zip archive or a .cab archive and then change...
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    Who Can Train My Team on Silverlight & Expression Studio?

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    I get asked this question too often. Here are three great resources - in no particular order: Wintellect : ( http://wintellect.com ) provides consulting, debugging, and training services Pluralsight ( http://www.pluralsight.com/ ) provides community,...
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    Should I put the Silverlight Map code on CodePlex or SkyDrive?

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    One of the first things that I created at Microsoft built on my previous experience at Mindjet, the creators of MindManager , a mind mapping software. I built a small converter application that transformed a MindManager map into a Silverlight application...
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    Updated Groove Workspace with Virtual Earth 6

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    Virtual Earth has just been updated to Version 6 with a much cooler user interface. I downloaded the latest JavaScript from http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6 , updated the script file in the workspace, and this is what I got:...
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    Recording of Silverlight & Web Analytics Webinar

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    Here is a link to the recording of the webinar that I just hosted on Silverlight and Web Analytics . https://www112.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft1/view?id=3F6QCW Recording Key: F=n3_sjpb You can also download the slide decks from my SkyDrive...
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    Whitepaper on Silverlight and Web Analytics

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    As many of you may know, I have been working to understand how Silverlight applications can best integrate with Web Analytics services. Web analytics is the field of understanding and quantifying how people interact with web sites in order to align the...
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    Heading to Tulsa TechFest

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    Having never been to Tulsa, I was excited when David Walker invited me to talk about Silverlight at the Tulsa TechFest next weekend. I'll be there Thursday through Saturday giving these presentations/workshops: From MindManager to Silverlight: How to...
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    Silverlight Application Architecture

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    One thing that I find very refreshing is that people with software development backgrounds are gravitating to Silverlight development. With that, you can get great application architecture on top of great interaction! Take a look how my colleague, Bob...
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    More Detail on When to use Which Presentation Technology

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    Back in July, I created a simple grid of when to use which Microsoft presentation technology. I did this in response to a workshop I ran at one of my customer's offices. David Chappell just wrote a whitepaper, Introducing WPF explaining WPF and as part...
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    Who Knows Silverlight?

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    Fixing Memory Leaks in Silverlight Code

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    I did something bad. I put some sample code for a Silverlight application on my blog that ate memory at a rate of about 2 MB every three seconds . As soon as I realized it, I fixed the application that I had posted to the Silverlight streaming service...
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    Mindjet Should Hire These Guys!

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    Four guys out of Bulgaria just built this .Net application for mind mapping . It looks really cool with a very fresh look! It was built with WPF and all our latest technology like Silverlight. I can't wait to try it out when it goes beta on November 1st...
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    Using Tags for Simple Hyperlinks in Silverlight 1.0

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    One of the features that I was glad to see added to Silverlight 1.0 was the Tag attribute which can be used to add any metadata (hidden) text to any visual element. I have been using it to add hyperlink features to my applications. Here's how I do it...
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    A Simple Buffering Progress Indicator for Silverlight

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    A customer of mine is creating a cool video sharing site with Silverlight and wanted to see some code for a simple buffering progress indicator to show the user that the video is loading. This is actually pretty easy with Silverlight so I thought that...
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    Other Silverlight SEO Techniques

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    The technique described in my previous post will work for Silverlight solutions that generate XAML on the server side as well as solutions that have multiple static XAML files that are composited at runtime: < div id ="SLHost"> < asp : Xml ID...
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