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  • 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: 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 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Great Silverlight Game

    You just have to check out Zero Gravity, a cool and cute Silverlight puzzle game based at: http://www.ltbennett.com . This is the result of 4 weeks work from a team of 5 people (designers, developers, animators and artists) using Expression Design, Blend and Visual Studio to implement the designer/developer...
  • 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: 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: Font Embedding

    There's some great stuff been put together by Slyi on his blog around subsetting and embedding fonts. You've all been asking me lots of questions about it, but he answers it better than I ever could! Check it out at: http://wpf-e.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2B248D261D0E0035!122.entry Thanks!
  • 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: Silverlight Book

    There have been lots of questions since MIX07 about a book on Silverlight. I'm working on one for MS Press, which is designed to be 1/3 ASP.NET, 1/3 AJAX and 1/3 Silverlight. It's intended to be an introduction to the Microsoft Stack for folks coming in from PHP or other frameworks, or a refresher on...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight article in MSDN Magazine

    MSDN Magazine's June 2007 issue will be carrying my Silverlight article. You can read it online here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/07/06/Silverlight/ There are a few more in the hopper. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and Beijing 2008 Olympics

    I've been working on a project involving Silverlight and the Beijing 2008 olympics. We demonstrated this at MIX 07, and the session is online here: http://sessions.visitmix.com/default.asp?event=1011&session=2010,2011&pid=XB005&disc=&id=1557&year=2007&search=XB005 We also had...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Install Modes

    Did you know that there are two install modes for Silverlight -- inplace installation (aka 'Direct') and indirect installation. When you build your site or application using Silverlight, you can use the 'inplaceInstallPrompt' property in your call to Sys.Silverlight.createObject and set it to true...
  • Blog Post: Super Tuesday

    Tuesday at MIX07 has been phenomenal! My session this morning on Silverlight and the 2008 Olympics went very well, we tag teamed 4 speakers from 4 companies who had three different primary languages, but it all went smoothly. We had huge inflatable versions of a couple of the 'Fuwa' mascots who ended...
  • Blog Post: Illuminate the Web: Silverlight is unveiled.

    Microsoft have announced Microsoft Silverlight, our next generation, cross platform, cross browser runtime for building rich media experiences on the Web. Silverlight, formerly known as WPF/E is the beginning of the next generation of the web, empowering Great user experiences. There's a great post...
  • Blog Post: Chinese, and other International Text in WPF/E

    For our friends in the international community, text rendering is possible by means of the Glyph tag. So, for example this XAML: < Canvas x:Name = " GlyphDisplayCanvas " Canvas.Left = " 0 " Canvas.Top = " 0 " > < Glyphs x:Name = " GlyphDisplay " Fill = " Black " FontUri = " ./simhei...
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