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  • Blog Post: Converting SVG to XAML with IE9 and the Microsoft XPS Document Writer

    There is a growing library of content on the internet in SVG, especially with sites like The Noun Project . With a Windows Phone project that I am working on I wanted to use a graphic from the Noun Project. To do this I needed to convert the SVG file to XAML in order to put the graphic into a Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 at the Sprint Developer Conference

    Tomorrow, October 26, 2010, I will be at the Sprint Developer Conference in Santa Clara, California, where I will be giving a talk about Windows Phone 7 and running a coding session on developing Silverlight applications for Windows Phone 7.  We are very excited to be partnering with Sprint to deliver...
  • Blog Post: Download Progress Bar for Silverlight Media Framework Player

    One of my customers has been using the Microsoft Silverlight Media Framework player for their Business-to-Business media sharing portal and wanted to add a download progress bar behind the scrub bar.  I was able to show them how to do this with a combination of template binding, re-templating the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework 1.4.7 Released

    This weekend, in preparation for today’s Windows Phone 7 launch , we released, the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework 1.4.7 .  We fixed a few bugs and added tracking for the Microsoft Silverlight Media Framework 2.2 now available for both Silverlight and Windows Phone 7. Thank you to the...
  • Blog Post: San Francisco Silverlight User Group 10/14 Meeting: Windows Phone 7 Design & Development

    What San Francisco Silverlight User Group Meeting When Thursday 10/14/2010 7:00 PM Where Golden Gate North Conference Room Microsoft Corporation 835 Market Street Suite 700 San Francisco, CA 94930 Who Navin Prasad, Netflix: Designing for Windows Phone 7 Mat Trunnell, Netflix: Tips for Successfully Developing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework 1.4.6 Released

    We have just released on CodePlex the latest version of the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework to support the final release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools .  You can read the release notes here .  New Features for Windows Phone 7 Since the last release, we also added some more...
  • 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: A Value Converter for the BALL Watch Silverlight Contest

    A contestant in the BALL Watch Silverlight Contest was working on creating his entry (Due August 5, 2010) and sent me a question on data binding to the day of the week. The watch that he is creating displays the day abbreviated and capitalized and he wanted to use data binding like I showed in this tutorial...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Updated

    We have just released an update to the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework to include the following new features: Support for Windows Phone 7 Support for the Microsoft Silverlight Media Framework 2.0 Support for Webtrends for Silverlight 4, WPF, and Windows Phone 7 Added support for Google Analytics...
  • Blog Post: Next San Francisco Silverlight User Group Meeting July 8

    The next San Francisco Silverlight User Group Meeting will be held this Thursday night at the Microsoft office in San Francisco.  I will be talking about the Ball Silverlight Design Contest that is currently running for one more month until August 5.   There will also be a Q&A Forum...
  • Blog Post: Word to XAML Converter Updated

    I have just updated the Word to XAML Converter application to support Word 2010, WPF 4, and Silverlight 4.  You would use this converter if you have documentation or text in Word that you want to integrate into WPF or Silverlight applications. The Add-in is now surfaced in the Word 2010 Backstage...
  • Blog Post: Pivot Control Now Available for Silverlight

    The Microsoft Live Labs Pivot Control is now available for Silverlight as a custom PivotViewer control that can be easily added to Silverlight applications.  You can learn more about the control on the Silverlight.net community site and download the control here .  I have been talking about...
  • Blog Post: Recording Available from LiveMeeting on Creating an Entry for the Ball Watch Silverlight Contest

    If you haven’t heard yet, Ball Watch USA and Microsoft are giving you a great reason to download and learn the new Microsoft Expression Studio 4: you can win a new Watch.  Earlier this week, I recorded a LiveMeeting showing how you would get started with creating a entry for the contest. Learn about...
  • Blog Post: Review: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook

    In my experience with explaining and demonstrating technology, I have not been in the practice of recommending books that are tied to a specific version of a specific technology. The obvious problem is that once the next version of the technology comes out, much of the book is obsolete and suitable for...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Event: Creating an Entry for the BALL Watch Silverlight Contest

    Just to get everyone started with their fun summer exercise to learn Expression Blend 4 and Win a this very cool BALL Watch , I’ve scheduled a LiveMeeting web conference to help you get started with creating your Silverlight watch: When 6/21/2010 9:00 AM PST – the event will...
  • 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: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Virtual Event

    Since we released it this past March, we have had very enthusiastic interest around the globe for the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  On June 17, 2010 I will be running a virtual event on the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework with a series of LiveMeetings covering various aspects...
  • Blog Post: Analytics for the Bing Maps Silverlight Control?

    We are considering adding analytics tracking for the Bing Maps Silverlight Control in the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  To make this useful, we are asking for your input.  Since the analytics framework is event-based, what are the events that would be relevant for tracking using...
  • Blog Post: Next San Francisco Silverlight User Group 5/13/2010

    After a hiatus, the San Francisco Silverlight User Group is starting up again.  If you are a designer or developer in the San Francisco Bay Area and you are interested in Silverlight, please come to the next meeting of the San Francisco Silverlight User Group at the Microsoft office in San Francisco...
  • Blog Post: Four Great Online Resources for Learning Silverlight

    I wanted to share some great free resources for developers and designers to learn how to create experiences in Silverlight: Silverlight.net : This is the main page for getting started with Silverlight development – including a community, tons of tutorials, forums, and examples User Experience Kit This...
  • Blog Post: New Free Silverlight 4 Training Course Available

    A new free Silverlight 4 training course is available for download on Channel 9 .  The number of people asking my colleagues and me about getting started with Silverlight is steadily increasing and this is a great resource to learn at your own pace in an 10-part course with hands-on-labs and videos...
  • Blog Post: Silverlytics: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework + Windows Azure + Live Labs Pivot

    Since we announced the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework last month, we’ve been getting interest from all over the globe.  One segment of interest has been coming from the Service Oriented Analytics behavior that comes with the framework.  This behavior could be used to send analytics...
  • 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: PreEmptive Solutions Runtime Intelligence for the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework

    Sebastian Holst at PreEmptive Solutions just posted a walkthrough video of their Runtime Intelligence analytics component for the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework . PreEmptive was one of the launch partners for the framework and has done a great job with enabling both designers (in Expression...
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