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Attention Adobe Max Attendees

Sep 10,2007

heeliesContinuing my posting craze of the night…

Spread the word: Heelys are gonna be hot at Adobe Max 2007 — If you have them, bring them. If you don’t have them, get them! (And learn how to not fall down wearing them). All the cool kids are gonna have Heelys, and yes, they come in adult sizes. Order them online at Dick’s or other sporting goods stores if you can’t find them locally. And you better hurry, cause we’re down to 3 weeks before Max…

Project Tangerine

Sep 10,2007

Infragistics TangerineWhat is “Tangerine” you ask? Tangerine is a WPF “Exemplar” produced by the Infragistics User Experience Group (UxG) and Visual Design Group (VDG). An Exemplar is the term we use for a reference application. (Click the exemplar link to learn a little more about the terminology.) Instead of re-inventing the wheel here, I’m just going to paste in the description from our community site:
Tangerine v1.0 is a WPF-based asset browser application. It has a pluggable architecture so that you can provide any number of different back-end asset providers while reusing the same snazzy UI that’s based on Infragistics NetAdvantage for WPF toolset. In our first release, we have supplied an Amazon Web Services’ E-Commerce Service provider so that you can use the application to browse and search the catalogue. You can use the links below to both run the application (via ClickOnce deployment) now or download the solution and papers.

This application covers a huge range of techniques and technologies and is great way to increase your knowledge of WPF. We’ve used the xamCarouselListBox throughout the application in several different ways — hopefully this will inspire some additional creative uses of the control.

Silverlight 1.0 Book Coming Soon

Sep 10,2007

Silverlight 1.0 Book CoverI’ve had the good fortune to work on Microsoft Silverlight 1.0, published by Wrox, with a great group of colleagues at Infragistics. We churned this thing out in record time, staying up late, losing sleep, and sacrificing weekends — all while going to our real jobs during the day. For any of you who have written or contributed to a book like this, I’m sure you understand completely. But, the satisfaction that comes at the end of a project like this is totally worth it, and did I mention the book is in FULL COLOR! I’m really excited to see the printed version when it hits store shelves in a few weeks.
For now, you can get more info at the Wrox web site, or pre-order via the listing.

Blend 2 August Preview Now Available

  • Filed under: General
Jul 28,2007

The Blend team recently posted an August preview on the Microsoft Expression web site. Download it here. Among the changes are an updated Storyboard picker (replacing the older Storyboard combo) and XAML Editor improvements (you can now customize fonts, font sizes and tab sizes).

Google Maps Streetview

  • Filed under: General
May 31,2007

If you haven’t checked it out yet, or had a reason in the past 2 days to hit Google Maps, it’s time to take a look a Google Maps Streetview. I can already tell I’m going to waste a lot of late night hours clicking through streets I’ve already walked down. This is currently available only for select cities, but I’m sure they’ll be adding more in the future (at least they say they will). I thought the whole thing was javascript – then I right-clicked the 360 degree view and saw they were using flash. Slick slick.


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