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  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 2: Scott Guthrie on Advancing User Experiences

    Bill Buxton talked about why user-centered design is so important; now we’re going to talk about the “ how ”. We’re going to be talking about three key categories today: web , media and RIA . One of the things we’re trying to do is to provide a single platform – the .NET Framework – that can be used...
  • Blog Post: Configuring a Web Server to Host Silverlight Content

    Deploying Silverlight content to a production web server is a pretty easy process. Despite occasional misconception, Silverlight doesn't require a Microsoft-based web server: Apache can host up Silverlight content just as happily as IIS. But there's one little gotcha: web servers are typically configured...
  • Blog Post: So You've Installed Silverlight 2 Beta 1: What Next?

    OK, so you've got all the bits downloaded and installed on your machine. What's the best way to start to get familiar with everything we've added to Silverlight 2? Well, you could do worse than start with the thirty page hands-on lab that I spent part of last week frantically working on! This lab takes...
  • Blog Post: Great Line-of-Business Controls for WPF

    I'm delighted to see that Infragistics have just released their NetAdvantage control set for WPF. It's a huge download: over 100MB, so either the controls are very big, the documentation is extremely verbose, or there are lots of samples included! This control set nicely fills the gaps in the capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Flotzam: Mashing up the Web

    Have you seen Flotzam ? It's a fun mash-up that Karsten and Tim put together that aggregates a bunch of different data sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and indeed any general RSS feed. You can install it either as an application or a screen saver, and it's a nice way to see what's going...
  • Blog Post: The New Iteration: A Whitepaper on the XAML Revolution

    Whenever we run a WPF or Silverlight training event or lab, the one question that is guaranteed to come up relates to the designer / developer workflow on a project team. In the old days of Win32 or Windows Forms, the workflow was straightforward (albeit extremely limiting). A lot of desktop application...
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