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  • Blog Post: MIX09 – Why YOU should be there.

    Ok, so we turn on the news and we see economic crisis everywhere, we hear of layoffs and cost cutting and rumors of depression. Well, I’m a rose-tinted-glasses kind of guy, and I firmly believe that it is at times like this that the smarter investor sows so that he can reap later, and there is nothing...
  • Blog Post: Some great new Silverlight Apps from the Netherlands :)

    A few new Silverlight Apps from our friends in the Netherlands are definitely worth checking out. First up is Monteverdi.tv, a portal for classical music events, built in PHP, but which delivers Silverlight: http://live.monteverdi.tv/rco/view.php It allows for both a full screen 'player' as well as a...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Otaku – A match made in heaven :)

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m an Otaku and I’m happy that I work in a job that allows me to visit Otaku heaven (Akihabara) once or twice a year. Anyway, it was only a matter of time before someone used Silverlight to build a site for Otaku like me :) Anyway, the site is from Korea and it is at http...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Windows Live

    For those of you who have been asking about Silverlight and Windows Live, I’m now pleased to announce that Windows Live downloads will include Silverlight in the installation. If you haven’t already tried the Windows Live applications, I thoroughly recommend them. Windows Live Writer is the best blogging...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Update for BiDirectional Text in Hebrew and Arabic

    In its early days, Silverlight concentrated on being Web friendly with its text, meaning that the number of fonts were constrained to those that would be available on most computers. On this blog I listed a number of workarounds for languages such as Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Since then, Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Book – In Russian

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Technorati Tags: Silverlight First of all I’d like to say a big Happy New Year to everybody reading, and in particular to my friends in Russia who have made my ‘Introducing Silverlight 2’ book a big success over there. С Новым годом! If you can read Russian, or if you’re...
  • 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: Introducing Silverlight 2 Book now available

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight       Technorati Tags: Silverlight   My Silverlight 2 book is finally available! Amazon's page for this book is a little confusing, so I thought I'd clear some stuff up :) Despite the title, this is the First edition of the book for 'Introducing...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 Beta 2: Available very soon

    Technorati Tags: Silverlight del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight We're just wrapping up the final details for Silverlight 2 Beta 2. It should be available to download very very soon, so keep your eye on http://www.silverlight.net for details. There's lots of new features in this release -- including, but not...
  • 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: A quick note on Silverlight Evangelism...and a great blog on Business Development of Silverlight

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Technorati Tags: Silverlight Working for Microsoft is something that I'd recommend to anyone that is interested in technology. I work with the Developer Platform Evangelism team, which, if you're a geek like me, is a great place to be because it lives at the intersection...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Dynamic Languages in Visual Studio

    Technorati Tags: Silverlight , Dynamic Silverlight , IronRuby      del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight , Dynamic Silverlight , IronRuby Silverlight's support of Dynamic Languages is really cool, but, as there is no template in Visual Studio or Expression Blend that supports them it might...
  • Blog Post: Determining Silverlight Installation Metrics at your site

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Technorati Tags: Silverlight Following lots of requests from folks inside MS, I wrote this paper as a very simple guide to determine installation metrics. No reason why it shouldn't see light of day, so share and enjoy! :)   Introduction This paper is intended to provide...
  • Blog Post: DeepZoom in C# - Not just possible, but easy

    DeepZoom with the MultiScaleImage control Technorati Tags: Silverlight , MIX08 , Deep Zoom del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight , MIX08 , Deep Zoom DeepZoom is a new technology which has been added to Silverlight 2 which gives you a new and unique way of managing images within your application. It is implemented...
  • Blog Post: 2 New books in one week! and a great DeepZoom in C# tutorial on the way...

    For those of you who were at MIX this week, you would have received a nice free sample copy of my "Introducing Silverlight 2: First Look" book. This sample has 3 chapters from the finished book, giving you a tour of XAML, as well as an introduction to building Silverlight applications and controls...
  • 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: Japanese Pop (JPop) and Silverlight

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight , JPop Technorati Tags: Silverlight , JPop I'm currently in Tokyo for ReMIX Tokyo, and have seen some amazing stuff. Last night, a singer, Ai Takekawa, who is new to the music scene played a concert at our venue. She was _amazing_ and sure to be a huge hit in the JPop scene...
  • 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: Zero to Hero: Getting Started with Silverlight

    del.icio.us Tags: Silverlight Lots of people have been asking about how to get started with Silverlight, and what they need to do to get up and running with Silverlight quickly. Inspired by blog posts such as Jesse Liberty's , I'm going to take this from first principles, with no prior knowledge assumed...
  • Blog Post: Some more great Silverlight games

    Check out Bubble Factory by Vincent Vergonjeanne who in four days went from no knowledge in Silverlight 1.1. to writing this pretty cool little game: http://cosmik.members.winisp.net/BubbleFactory It's a fast frenetic puzzle game where you have to beat the computer (which is fiendishly difficult to do...
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