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Silverlight to Support H.264 and AAC
Today's big news from the IBC2008 conference in Amsterdam was that we will be demonstrating a technology preview of H.264 and AAC support in Silverlight. I know that I can't take all the credit for this announcement but in my role as an evangelist I'd like to claim just a little credit: over...
9 Sep 2008
MSDN Webcast: Defining and Managing Requirements with Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System
One of the fun things that I got to do when I was at Mindjet was dream up ways to integrate MindManager with other systems. That's why I created the Mindjet Labs . One of the cool integration demonstrations that I built there was one where I linked MindManager with Visual Studio Team System's Team Foundation...
17 Jan 2008
Posted SilverlightMap code to SkyDrive and Popfly
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 participate in the project you can try the new Popfly...
22 Oct 2007
Should I put the Silverlight Map code on CodePlex or SkyDrive?
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. I posted examples of it on my blog as well and...
17 Oct 2007
Mindjet Should Hire These Guys!
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. What amazing things could happen if Mindjet would...
7 Oct 2007
Using LINQ to Query Data in a Mindjet MindManager Map
As most of you may know by now, earlier this year I left Mindjet to join Microsoft. Mindjet is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner who makes the mind mapping software MindManager. Since I have been at Microsoft, I've been "drinking from the fire hose" and learning about many cool technologies; my challenge...
28 Sep 2007
My Open XML Talk at Mindjet
As many of you might know, before I joined Microsoft this past Spring, I worked for Mindjet as an technical evangelist (one of my many titles) where I demonstrated the power of the MindManager Solution Platform through the Mindjet Labs . One of the coolest demonstrations that I built (with the help of...
31 Aug 2007
Updated Silverlight Applications to Release Candidate
For those of you have heard, a Release Candidate for Silverlight 1.0 was released yesterday. I had written a few applications using the Silverlight 1.0 Beta and 1.1 Alpha. Because of some breaking changes, I had to update those applications. The process was fairly painless; here's what I had to do: Update...
28 Jul 2007
Using Silverlight in a Groove Space
A few months ago, I create a Microsoft Office Groove 2007 to share the source code for my SilverlightMap project: code to transform a Mindjet MindManager Map into a Silverlight Streaming Application hosted on silverlight.live.com. For those of you who don't know Groove is Microsoft's Peer-to-Peer workspace...
16 Jul 2007
OneNote XML uses CDATA for HTML
If you look at the XML generated by the OneNote 2007 API, you will notice that the text outline sections are all escaped with CDATA elements. This, in my opinion, is bad form. I am working on transforming the OneNote XML to Silverlight XAML using XSLT and having that portion of the XML escaped makes...
6 Jul 2007
Why XML in Silverlight is Significant
I have been working with XML for most of my career, from developing a CAD application to my roles at Mindjet to my new role at Microsoft talking about Silverlight . In this career, I have given numerous talks about the relevance of XML and to be susinct, I have it boiled down to this: XML is about...
23 May 2007
Mindjet Recommends Bloggers
In an interesting twist on a blogroll , Gaelen at Mindjet posted a map of MindManager Bloggers on the Mindjet Blog. This works because Mindjet has built a passionate following of individuals who cannot do without their flagship software, MindManager. It's great that Mindjet recognizes these assets in...
16 May 2007
Using Expression Blend to Build Windows Applications
Just when you get really good at a tool, you find something better. This happened to me when I moved from C++ to C# for desktop application development. I see it happening again with Expression Blend which you can use to design windows user interfaces and Silverlight applications. Here is simple application...
10 May 2007
Just Got the Twitter Bug
Last week I went to Scoble's Geek/Blogger Dinner in San Francisco and I realized that I was in the minority because I didn't use Twitter yet. For the uninitiated, Twitter let's you answers the simple question "what are you doing now?" I didn't understand the relevance for me because I didn't think anyone...
8 May 2007
New Groove Workspace for Silverlight Map Project
I have just setup a Groove Workspace for the Silverlight Map demo that I have been working on. If you want to participate and help grow the demo, please send me a message and I'll invite you to the space.
8 May 2007
Ian Blackburn's Map of Silverlight Resources
Ian Blackburn posted a great MindManager Map on his blog of Silverlight Resource. I wanted to see if my MindManager to Silverlight converter could handle it and with some small modifications, it can! I uploaded it to my Silverlight Streaming Service so you could all see it:
5 May 2007
Creating a Silverlight Application with MindManager
As I mentioned in an earlier post , I have been playing around with Silverlight and trying to see how it could work with Mindjet MindManager maps. Because both MindManager and Silverlight are based in XML, it is fairly straightforward to transform the MindManager XML to Silverlight XML (called XAML)...
1 May 2007
Create a Silverlight Map
This is a demonstration of using Microsoft Silverlight to view Mindjet MindManager Maps. You can dowload the source code from here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/SilverlightMindMap Join the Groove Workspace below to to get the source code for a windows client application that converts Mindjet...
30 Apr 2007
Mindjet MindManager and Silverlight
It seems that Microsoft's Sliverlight (formerly WPF/e) is the topic of the day. Since I first learned about WPF/e last year, I started thinking of ways in which Mindjet MindManager could work with it. I started playing around with it and the most exciting feature of it was that it was all based in XML...
16 Apr 2007
Comparing Download Numbers
When I was running the Mindjet Labs , I frequently posted solutions that showed off the power of the MindManager solution platform. In January 2007, I posted an integration between Mindjet MindManager and OneNote 2007 and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were 100 downloads of the solution...
14 Apr 2007
What is a Synergist?
Throughout my career, I have developed a specialty for combining technologies in interesting ways and for the past year, I have been calling this role a Synergist . Until recently I was doing this to evangelize the solution platform for Mindjet MindManager , through the Mindjet Labs . On the Mindjet...
10 Apr 2007
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