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Silverlight 1.0 Book Coming Soon

Monday
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 Amazon.com listing.

Image to XAML Converter

Thursday
Jun 21,2007

Sometimes an idea strikes and immediately you know it should be forgotten, discarded, but you just can’t help yourself. The Image to XAML converter is the product of just such an idea. I was looking at some bitmap patterns that I use as tiled textures and thought I should just convert them at a pixel level to a XAML representation. THEN I thought I could just convert entire images on a pixel-by-pixel basis to Rectangles in XAML! What a fantastic idea! This little app is a model of what you should not do with XAML, but it’s still entertaining to use. And yes, I’m sure I could make it more efficient using DrawingGroups and RectangleGeometries, but that’s just not the point is it? So, download the app and watch a 16KB png grow to a 1600KB text-based monstrosity.

Download: Image to XAML Converter

(Warning: start with small images, then test your luck with larger ones)

Mix Wristbands

Sunday
Apr 29,2007

Lee just posted pics of the Mix Swag Bag contents, so I won’t do the same. I just want to note that I’m disappointed the Design wristbands are yellow. I really want to lay claim to those green wristbands. After all, the IKEA leaves living atop many a designer’s cubes are green. I’m just sayin…

IKEA Green Leaf
Mix Wristbands

Firefox ClickOnce Plugin

Thursday
Apr 26,2007

From the download page at addons.mozilla.org…

“Allows Firefox to run a .NET ClickOnce application…

Allows Firefox to run a .NET ClickOnce application.
ClickOnce is an application deployment technology developed by Microsoft. (See http://msdn.microsoft.com/clickonce/)

Please find more information at the FFClickOnce homepage, http://www.softwarepunk.com/ffclickonce/

There is also a testing guide available at: http://www.softwarepunk.com/ffclickonce/testing.html

Download here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1608

I just tested with the WPF Twitter app and it worked great.

Monday
Apr 23,2007

xamDataPresenter -- NetAdvantage for WPF The wait is officially over! NetAdvantage for WPF 2007.1 is available today and is packed with all kinds of goodness. The suite ships with the xamDataGrid, xamDataPresenter, xamCarouselPanel, xamCarouselListbox, xamDataCarousel and a collection of xamEditors. It’s xamTastic… xamAmazing… xamCreateYourOwnXamAdjective!

These controls (in their various stages) have been featured in Microsoft Keynotes the past three years and were featured in Vista launch events around the country/globe. The xamCarouselPanel-based controls are truly amazing — they allow you to present data along any arbitrary path you can create and provide automatic transition animations. You can define Opacity, Scaling, Skewing and ZOrder effect stops to get an infinite range of visual results.

Download the trial and check out the xamShowcase to get an idea of what can be achieved.

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