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Pete Brown writes on a variety of topics from XAML with the Windows Runtime (WinRT), .NET programming using C#, WPF, Microcontroller programming with .NET Microframework, .NET Gadgeteer, Windows on Devices, and even plain old C, to raising two children in the suburbs of Maryland, woodworking, CNC and generally "making physical stuff". Oh, and Pete loves retro technology, especially Commodore (C64 and C128). If the content interests you, please subscribe using the subscription link to the right of every page.
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This is Windows Client Developer Roundup #57.
The Windows Client Developer Roundup aggregates information of
interest to Windows Client Developers, including WPF, Silverlight, Visual
C++, XNA, Expression Blend, Surface, Windows
7, Windows Forms, Windows
Phone, Visual Studio, WCF RIA Services,
sometimes even a little jQuery and HTML5. I also include fun
non-Windows client tech like th...
Monday, January 31, 2011 |
.NET, WPF, Silverlight, Expression-Encoder, Expression-Design, XNA, Visual-Studio, WindowsClient, WindowsClientRoundup, Windows-Phone |
I recently published two new interview videos on Channel 9, both
with product team folks here at Microsoft. You'll also see that
I've redone the video overlays to bring them in line with my site
theme. Love it? Hate it? Let me know.
The first is with Henry Sowizral. Henry and I
chat about what it takes to take a real application, with tons of
legacy C, C++ and even a...
Congratulations to the Microsoft Expression teams for another great release! If you are an MSDN Premium subscriber, you’ll probably want to wait a week or so until Expression Studio 3 show up on MSDN. That will take about a week or so. The exciting news buried in that sentence is that MSDN Premium Subscribers will get all of Expression Studio 3 (including SketchFlow) as part of their subscript...
Three makes it a meme, right? :) Shawn and John recently posted about their Silverlight toolkit, so I thought I’d do the same. These are the tools and products I use on a regular basis when working in SL. There are others that pop up now and again, but I figured I’d only list the things I really rely on daily. I try to keep my working set fairly small so I can stay focused. Visual Studio 2...
A great but sometimes overlooked resource for Silverlight and WPF developers is the Expression Newsletter. It covers the Expression suite as a whole, but always has good content for Blend, Design and folks writing applications for WPF and Silverlight using VS2008. I like the focus; while it certainly includes Expression tools, it is more about how to get something done - when appropriate author...
On June 13, 2008 in the Microsoft Reston Technology Center, join AIS, Cynergy and Microsoft for the first Silverlight TechFest. This is a full day event focusing on Silverlight and Expression. We'll build a full application showing key parts of the process both on the UI side with the designer/developer relationship, and on the back end with WCF services and and business logic. I'll be ...
I've had a number of folks request I provide a walkthrough and/or source code for the chat application demo I did at the CMAP Spring Code Camp, so I put together this two part series. This is essentially the same demo I do live. Total time it takes me when presenting live is about 1 hour, assuming the sockets code is mostly pre-built. If you're new to Expression Design or Expression Ble...
For all of you attending tomorrow's CMAP code camp, here's a sneak peek at what I'll be building in my 10:30 Silverlight 2 and Microsoft Expression session. The session is targeted towards developers, but anyone with an interest in Silverlight or Expression is welcome and encouraged to attend The application has a server piece (the windows forms app) and, in this instance, two Silve...
A quick reminder that the CMAP Code Camp is coming up quick!I have a morning session where I'll build out a small Silverlight 2 application using Microsoft Expression Design, Expression Blend, and Visual Studio 2008. Almost all live demo, with only a slide or two at most. I really think you'll enjoy it.Hope to see you there on April 12, 2008! Loyola College Graduate Center - C...
A while back, I showed how to vectorize "drop shadows" in Expression Design. It wasn't perfect (especially at the start and stop points of the line), but it was quick, easy, and didn't require any additional png files.Since then, Expression Design 2 has been released in Beta form, and the Expression Design team dropped the ability to vectorize the brush strokes. From speaking ...
I'm still adjusting to the 3 hour time change plus 1 hour daylight savings time (why do they even bother with that any more?) However, here are some useful sites and links that came out of MIX08:First, of course, is the Microsoft Silverlight Community site. This is the first place to visit if you are at all interested in learning Silverlight. Visit the getting started section, and then head...
Silverlight lacks the bitmap effects that are commonly used in WPF applications. Most can be simulated using pngs, but some can also be simulated using xaml. The example below shows a passable (but not perfect) drop shadow effect that relies only on vector content exported from Expression design.First, open expression design and create a shape that duplicates the extents of the object you want ...