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  • Blog Post: Meet Silverlight Authors and Anders Hejlsberg at PDC

    There's going to be some great stuff going on in the bookstore @ PDC -- including some book launchings, book signings and more. In addition to me being there on Monday signing 'Introducing Silverlight 2', we'll all have the privelige of being able to meet Anders Hejlsberg who will be signing copies...
  • Blog Post: Panoramic Deep Zoom -- Question of the Day -- Repost

    If you want to learn how to stitch diverse photos together into a panorama, and then turn it into a Deep Zoom application, it's actually very easy, and I've got the full details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/webnext/archive/2008/10/18/panoramic-deep-zoom-question-of-the-day.aspx Sorry for the repeat post...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: Great showcase of Silverlight 1 wins, and information on updates...

    Technorati Tags: Silverlight     del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight While many among you are focusing more on Silverlight 2, I still strongly recommend that you look at Silverlight 1 for your development needs. If you weren't at MIX, there's a great showcase video (on youtube no less) that...
  • Blog Post: Live IT : I'm speaking at Tech ED Israel Tomorrow

    If you happen to be hanging out in Eilat, Israel tomorrow, I'm speaking on 'Go Gold With Silverlight' tomorrow afternoon at 2PM local time. I'll be going into detail on what Silverlight is, and where it fits in with Microsoft's overall UX strategy. I'll be focussing on the connectivity aspects in Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Silverlight 1.0 Book is now available...

    Technorati Tags: Silverlight del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight My First Silverlight book: Introducing Silverlight 1.0 is now available. I have to say that I am very proud of this book, and I think it is the best book that I have written. It goes through Silverlight from first principles, taking you on a...
  • Blog Post: If you care about Internationalizing your Silverlight Applications...

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Technorati Tags: Silverlight You should really take a look at Justif-Josef Angel's blog, where he presents some brilliant work that he has done with Silverlight, in particular his work on supporting Right-To-Left languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. These are more of a challenge...
  • Blog Post: Zero to Hero: Using the Browser Cache in Silverlight

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Technorati Tags: Silverlight You may be using the Silverlight downloader object to download content such as fonts but you may have noticed that every page needs to download the resources seperately, making for poor UX. Well the results of the downloader object can be easily...
  • Blog Post: Zero to Hero: How to Check if Silverlight is installed.

    Technorati Tags: Silverlight del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight I've been getting lots of questions on how to check to see if Silverlight is already installed. This is actually very easy to do, but has somehow slipped through the cracks (I even missed it when writing my Silverlight book -- DOH!) -- anyway...
  • Blog Post: Zero to Hero: XAML from the ground up

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Technorati Tags: Silverlight In the last Episode, you looked into Getting Started with Silverlight where you had a simple XAML document containing a TextBlock that you then manipulated in code. XAML is at the heart of Silverlight. You use it to define your user interface...
  • Blog Post: Improving performance in WPF applications

    If you've been using WPF with layered windows to provide transparency [with the Windows.Transparency option set to true ], you may have noticed that the performance isn't what you might expect. A supported hotfix to the problem can now be downloaded. Check out the details here: http://support.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: Data Binding with XML

    The fact that XAML is just XML empowers a lot of interesting scenarios. In my MSDN Article for an RSS Hero Bar, I used a XAML Template to drive the look and feel for the applicaiton, and then use the System.XML.XmlDocument to load and manipulate the template. You can see the full article here: http:...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and 3D

    I just stumbled across this excellent work in Silverlight and 3D. Another great example of how the power of the .NET framework behind Silverlight can empower the developer to drastically extend the runtime. http://www.dolittle.com/blogs/einar/archive/2007/05/19/3d-in-silverlight-1-1-alpha.aspx There...
  • Blog Post: More Silverlight and Ink

    Some great stuff by Julie Lerman on her Blog, who got this up and running today despite her blog being under attack by forces unknown! http://www.thedatafarm.com/blog/ In a famous ice cream store parlance: Like it! Love it! Gotta have it! :)
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: Convert Ink to Xaml

    I have to say that I absolutely love the path mini language that is part of XAML. If you haven't heard about it, there are more details here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms752293.aspx So, while playing with ink in Silverlight, I realized that there was no way that I could see where you could...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: The OnLoad event

    Lots of folks have been asking questions around their WPF/E applications and why the onLoad event that worked nicely with the CTPs breaks in the Silverlight 1.0 beta. Well, it's because the onLoad event signature has changed, and unfortunately the documentation with the beta hasn't fully caught up yet...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: Convert Text to Path

    The WPF APIs provide a FormattedText object that allows you to export its contents as a Geometry, which in turn allows you to generate its contents in the XAML Path Mini Language . Here's an example of a Web service that takes in the text, typeface, size and other parameters, loads them into a FormattedText...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: Using Text from Unsupported Fonts

    In Expression Blend you have the facility to convert text from a textblock into a XAML path. This then has no dependency on the original font, and the text will be rendered by Silverlight. So, for example here's Expression Blend with some text written in Brush Script MT size 48. With the TextBlock selected...
  • Blog Post: WPF/E: Part of a bigger EcoSystem

    The neat thing about WPF/E is that it is not a standalone technology. It is based on standard, open, technologies such as XML (for XAML) and JavaScript (for programming). This opens up some wonderful opportunities for integrating WPF/E with other applications, or building it neatly into existing infrastructures...
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