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  • Blog Post: SketchFlow Template for Windows Phone is Now Available

    The SketchFlow Template for Windows Phone 7 adds a new SketchFlow template for Expression Blend* users that makes creating a prototype of a Windows Phone app quick and easy. You can download it from here (CodePlex) With this new template you can quickly mockup a Windows Phone app using all the SketchFlow...
  • Blog Post: MIX11 Sessions Highlight Phone, Azure, HTML5, More

    New sessions for MIX11 have been announced. MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert advice on content strategy, usability and...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack for Expression Blend Improves Integration with Adobe Design Tools, Windows Phone 7

    Expression Blend 4 Service Pack 1 (SP1) includes support for building Windows Phone 7 apps and improved integration with Adobe design tools through support for the FXG file format, as well as bug fixes and stability enhancements. You can get the download from Microsoft Download Center at Microsoft Expression...
  • Blog Post: Expression Studio 4 Launches

    Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Expression Studio 4 . The Expression Studio 4 suite consists of four modules. Expression Blend is a visual UI builder for XAML-based WPF and Silverlight apps, and includes the SketchFlow app prototyping module. Expression Web is a site designer and HTML...
  • Blog Post: New Video - Dennis Estanislao from LeadingSpaces talks with Murray Gordon at MIX10

    Video Link - Dennis Estanislao from LeadingSpaces talks with Murray Gordon at MIX10 Dennis Estanislao talks to Murray Gordon from Microsoft about building powerful applications for event planning industry using the Microsoft Platform. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist...
  • Blog Post: New Video - Gabriel Torok from PreEmptive talks to Murray Gordon from Microsoft

    Video Link - Gabriel Torok from PreEmptive talks to Murray Gordon from Microsoft Gabriel Torok from PreEmptive talks to Murray Gordon from Microsoft about building powerful applications using Silverlight Analytics Framework. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New Video - Victor Gaudioso talks Silverlight 4 with Murray Gordon at MIX10

    Video Link - Victor Gaudioso talks Silverlight 4 with Murray Gordon at MIX10 Victor Gaudioso talks to Murray Gordon from Microsoft about building compelling user interfaces using Silverlight 4. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation (b) http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: New Video - Murray Gordon talks with Ward Bell at IdeaBlade during MIX10

    Vide Link - Murray Gordon talks with Ward Bell at IdeaBlade during MIX10 Ward Bell from IdeaBlade talks to Murray Gordon from Microsoft about building powerful user interfaces for the real world applications using the Microsoft Platform. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist...
  • Blog Post: New Video - Ward Bell of IdeaBlade talks with Murray Gordon at MIX10

    Video Link - Ward Bell of IdeaBlade talks with Murray Gordon at MIX10 Ward Bell from IdeaBlade talks to Murray Gordon from Microsoft about building powerful data driven applications using the Microsoft Platform. John O'Donnell Microsoft Dynamics ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation...
  • Blog Post: Design Your Windows Phone App with Updated Expression Blend

    Updated version of Expression Blend is now available for Windows Phone 7 developers and designers. Here are some cool features of Expression for Windows Phone: You can quickly and efficiently experiment with application flow, layouts, and transitions. Clients can actively engage with working prototypes...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 4 SDK for Windows Phone Streamlines Development

    Expression Blend enables you to rapidly take your ideas from concept to completion helping you deliver innovative applications on Windows Phone. Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone provides exactly the same streamlined development workflow for Windows Phone that was previously only available for Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: 90 Seconds to Prototyping Your Next App

    Want to discover how fast you can prototype your next application? Want to know what SketchFlow is and how it can help you in your next project? The solutions is here: Jon Harris presents SketchFlow in just 90 seconds in this video , and does so with a friendly British accent to boot. It does not get...
  • Blog Post: See How to Tell Your Story in RIA Design Tool

    MSDEV offers a series of videos for designers and developers on using Expression Blend to tell your ISV and line-of-business stories. These 15-minute videos show how you can build interactive animations, manage content and storyboards, Microsoft Expression Blend: States Story Behaviors . Learn to use...
  • Blog Post: Great SketchFlow Book Available

    Over this past last year our team has had so many great discussions on SketchFlow , and what an amazing tool it can be for rapidly prototyping and developing ideas. Very recently one of our User Experience Evangelists, Sara Summers , completed her book Dynamic Prototyping with SketchFlow in Expression...
  • Blog Post: Discover How to Move from Flash to Silverlight

    Project Rosetta site has been updated to include a new a series of Flash to Silverlight tutorials. It includes an updated API Guide with a quick reference list and a full list of recommended tools, code samples and frameworks to download. Review the: Getting Started Series with Setting up the Tools ...
  • Blog Post: Free Silverlight, Expression Blend Training

    .toolbox is a structured curriculum-based program that features two core learning tracks with materials that increase in difficulty to build individuals’ knowledge and understanding. In Design Scenarios , designers and developers learn to create dynamically-rich Silverlight applications using Expression...
  • Blog Post: Designers Get Update for Expression Blend for Windows phone 7

    Expression Blend 4 Beta enables you to create: Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4 applications for the Web Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and WPF 4 applications for the desktop. And now it supports Windows phone 7 Series design too. Download the community preview at...
  • Blog Post: Release Candidate for Silverlight 4 Ships at MIX10

    Microsoft announced a release candidate (RC) for Silverlight 4, available for download today at MIX10 . Silverlight 4 builds on the beta version released at the Professional Developers Conference in November 2009. Get started with Silverlight 4. Silverlight 4 RC provides powerful media and enterprise...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of RIA – Day 7 – Search

    I got a bit ahead of myself with my desire to move on to styling the app, and decided instead to focus on a few more pieces of business app functionality first. And so, I’d like to show an approach for doing searching on more than one attribute. I want to disclaim this a bit, as I haven’t completely...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of RIA – Day 6 – Pagination

    Even though we parameterized the query for Artists in the last step, it could still return a large number of entities depending on the data in question. RIA provides a means to handle this via the DataPager control and what Brad Abrahms calls “connect-the-dots” data binding. I wanted to do the same for...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of RIA – Day 5 – Read Only Data

    Opening Artists.xaml, I’d like to make it so I can search for an artist, and then see all their associated albums and tracks. This is a simple 3-level hierarchy as evident in the data model and the object model created from it. Accordingly, I’d like to start with this by adding 3 data grids to view before...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of RIA – Day 4 – Navigation

    Now that I had a model built over the Chinook database tables, the next step I planned to take was to make use of it in the client. The client app generated by the Silverlight Business Application template functions just as the Silverlight Navigation apps do on Silverlight 3. The white area of MainPage...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of RIA – Day 3 – Domain Service

    Now that we have a model built over the Chinook database tables, the next step to take is to build a domain service that exposes those entities to the client tier (as I mentioned in my previous post.) The RIA services team encourages you to do this in the Services folder of the server-side project, so...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of RIA – Day 2 – Model

    As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be using the Chinook Database for this series. Chinook provides a nice set of tables dealing with music, each with non-trivial data and non-trivial relationships (as shown below): It’s not quite an ERP system, but it’s not as small or overused as some of...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of RIA – Day 1 – Solution

    ISVs I work with have expressed a lot of interest in the recent announcements about building Line of Business applications on the RIA stack, and so I thought it would be a good idea to blog about building a simple app that demos how to do RIA from the ground up, and points out obstacles and workarounds...
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