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  • Blog Post: BALL Watch Silverlight Contest Winners Announced

    The judging for the BALL Watch Silverlight Contest is now over and we are proud to announce the winners. Entrants had 59 days to recreate one of the watches from BALL Watch USA with Silverlight using Microsoft Expression Blend 4 (no images, or video allowed - only XAML vector graphics). Once the entries...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Updated for Silverlight 4

    We have just updated the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework to synchronize with a number of product and technology releases.  An installer is available today to start using.  Here is what’s new: New Analytics Service Support EQATEC Analytics Omniture, an Adobe Company (Omniture customers...
  • Blog Post: Enter to Win a Ball Watch by Creating One in Silverlight

    Ball Watch USA and Microsoft are teaming up to give you a reason to try the new Expression Studio 4 to build one of the Ball watches in Silverlight 4 like this. You can win one of the watches! Ball Watch Company has a line of beautiful railroad-inspired watches aimed at the adventurers that many of us...
  • Blog Post: Using SketchFlow for Presentations

    If any of you caught my Mix presentation on the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework , you may have noticed that I used SketchFlow the prototyping feature in Expression Blend to present the session.  I really like SketchFlow and I thought it would be a great way to demonstrate the technology...
  • Blog Post: New York Times Silverlight Kit Updated for Windows Phone 7 Series

    I spent a little time adapting the New York Times Silverlight Kit this weekend to work on the Windows Phone 7 Series and created my first Silverlight application for the Windows Phone 7 Series. It was actually very easy – I just had to add a few #if statements to the code to create the kit which is...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Released at Mix

    On Monday I gave an hour long presentation to a standing-room-only room at the Microsoft Mix conference in Las Vegas about the new Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  I knew there was interest in this but I was overwhelmed by the amount of interest.  I did the presentation in a Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework at Mix

    I’m excited to share with you that I’ll be talking about a new framework for web analytics in Silverlight at our Mix conference in Las Vegas next week.  Seven months ago I blogged about building a new analytics framework for Silverlight and now we’re about to release it next week on CodePlex as...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Sensor Trigger for WPF Applications

    One of the cool new features of Windows 7 is a sensor platform that unifies the way that Windows 7 applications work with sensors. For .NET developers, we’ve released a Windows API Code Pack that makes it easy to create .NET applications that use the sensor platform. The Sensor Platform supports biometric...
  • Blog Post: New Silverlight 3 Behavior for Toggling DataGrid Row Detail Visibility

    I was chatting with a customer last week about how they were using Silverlight for their B2B portal.  They were having some difficulty with showing and hiding the DataGrid component’s Row Detail template programmatically.  I found a WPF-oriented solution to the problem on StackOverflow and...
  • Blog Post: Scrubbing with Thumbnails with the SMF Player

    One of the developers from one of my media customers asked me how they would implement the thumbnail preview while scrubbing in a Silverlight video player. He was turned onto the idea from seeing that feature in the Netflix Watch Instantly Silverlight player. I thought that would be something that...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Design Days – Free Blend Training on Tour

    My colleague Adam Kinney will be taking a road trip over the next few months to spread the word about Silverlight and Blend with free training.  Take a look at his post about his tour to see the dates and locations. Start the year out by Sharpening your Saw on Silverlight and Expression Blend!
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Web Analytics – the Next Generation

      Ever since I wrote about Silverlight and Web Analytics (and PDF here ) with Silverlight 1, I have been meaning to update the document and guidance for Silverlight 2 and now Silverlight 3.  There are some new features in Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 that really make a compelling case...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight, Video, and SketchFlow at MGFest in Austin Next Week

    Next week I will be teaching two full-day workshops at the Motion Graphics Festival in Austin, Texas.  If you want to learn about Silverlight and Video Distribution and Encoding, then register for the Motion Graphics Festival today. Introduction to Microsoft Silverlight (May 12) Video Distribution...
  • Blog Post: Artist Explorer – a Silverlight 2 Mashup

    At the South by Southwest Interactive Conferece in Austin, Texas this past week, Mashery hosted a contest, Circus Mashimus to encourage people to create mash-up applications using their customers' web services.  I learned about it a week before and decided to create an entry with Silverlight 2 using...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Expression Blend for E-Learning Applications

    One of my publishing customers is going to start building a series of E-Learning application in Silverlight and we will be starting off with a two-day LiveMeeting web conference workshop on February 25 and 27 (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT).  On the second day, I’ll have someone from the Microsoft Semblio...
  • Blog Post: Deep Discounts on Microsoft Expression until January 31

    When I joined Microsoft, I was a Visual Studio user having spent my career developing, designing, and crafting software.  I could build a Windows forms application very quickly – and it had a beautiful gray background with buttons arranged in a boring grid layout.  Then, as I started working...
  • Blog Post: How to Teach Yourself Expression Blend

    So you’re an interactive designer or developer and you have been hearing about Silverlight.  Now you want to teach yourself how to use the design tool for creating Silverlight applications, Expression Blend.  Where do you go?  http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/cc136535.aspx#ExpressionBlendTrainingVideos...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Jobs Feed

    It seems like there’s real interest in freelance designers who are proficient in Silverlight and Expression Blend.  In the past week, two of my customers came to me asking where to find freelance resources.  I just posted one such opening for a partner here on my blog and created a feed URL...
  • Blog Post: Los Angeles-Based Freelance Silverlight Designer Needed

    A partner of mine, eblizz in Los Angeles is working on a new Silverlight-based site and needs a freelance designer fluent in Silverlight and Expression Blend: We need an experienced Silverlight designer for freelance work in December and maybe January. He/she is responsible for the visual design and...
  • Blog Post: Updating Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Demos to RC0

    In preparation for the upcoming release of Silverlight 2, we have released Silverlight 2 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) to developers to start the process of updating their code.  Scott Guthrie just wrote about this in his blog yesterday. All of the details, including a breaking changes document are...
  • Blog Post: Updated Ball Trainmaster Cannonball Watch to Silverlight 2

    One of the fun Silverlight 1 applications that I built over the past year was Ball Watch's Trainmaster Cannonball ( http://xmldocs.net/ball ).  After seeing an ad in Wired magazine, I contacted the manufacturer with an idea and was sent a 2.93 MB TIF image of this watch.  In about 8 hours using...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Silverlight 2 CLR object for Photobucket's API

    Over the past few months, I have been working on a Silverlight kit for Photobucket's API .  I have used this sample to demonstrate a few things: How to build an API kit for a REST Library How to adapt existing .Net code to Silverlight (OAuth Library) How to build a unit test application for a Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and WPF Workshop in NYC 9/3/2008

    Next week I will be in New York City meeting customers and I will be holding a free half-day mini-workshop  at the Microsoft office on 6th Avenue to teach people about building Silverlight and WPF applications with Expression Studio and Visual Studio.  I've put together an ambitious agenda...
  • Blog Post: Talking About Expression Blend at SDForum Windows SIG in Mtn. View 8/28/2008

    I love using Expression Blend.  With both a design education (architecture) and a career in software development, I've become somewhat of an expert on using Microsoft's Expression Blend for designing WPF and Silverlight user experiences.  Over the past year, watching (and participating in)...
  • Blog Post: Vote for my SxSW 2009 Panels

    If you have any interest in Expression Blend or how I made these journals , you should vote for the two panels that I've submitted for the South by Southwest (SxSW) 2009 interactive festival : Extreme Expression Blend for Silverlight Designers - as many of you know, I love to show people how to use Expression...
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