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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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:
  • Blog Post: 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)...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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