Physics, Silverlight and Visualization…How Businesses Can Benefit!

Recently we had an engagement at a cutomer with a department responsible for knowledge management. They were looking for a way to visualize some of their knowledge data in a intuitive way and make content related to that data acessible to all relevant people in that company. The underlying data model of the knowledge system…

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What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace – Part 2

Q: Can a card be marked as “not exportable”?A: No this is not possible at the moment. After a card has been installed in the card-selector the card can always be exported using the standard facilities of the card selector. This allows easy tranportation of cards and use of the cards on several devices/PCs. If…

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Astoria Dataservices Featured @ Xtopia

This week the German Designer Conference held by Microsoft took place in Berlin. I wrote a blog entry about it quite a while ago. The event is called Xtopia and it was the first event of a reoccurring series. I held a session there about a Microsoft technology you are also a little bit familiar with…

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What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace – Part 1

Since the Identity Metasystem and Microsoft Cardspace is quite a complex topic but is a great means to enable the user to have better control how and when identity information and login credentials are used I felt that there needs to be some more clarification about certain aspects of Microsoft Cardspace. Therefore I will start…

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Smart Enconding Enables Content Reuse

As I work with many customers from the media and entertainment sector which naturally have a high affinity to Windows Media Center and Silverlight technologies I’m frequently asked the question on where the overlaps are between Media Center and Silverlight when it comes to supported Video and Audio formats. And this question is obvious as…

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Faster Or Richer – What Determines Success For Web 2.0 Platforms

It is not always clear what makes the success of a platform. This is even more true for Web 2.0 platforms build around social networking and community content. Well the success metric is the number of users that are using the platform but what does users really attract to the platform? One important factor could…

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Silverlight Is Cool Because It …

As you all have probably seen, read or heard about the announcement of Silverlight the new Microsoft technology to create Rich Internet Applications. Some of you might still wonder what it is all about and therefore I thought I will provide you a brief, bulleted-list-style overview of the main capabilities and advantages that Silverlight introduces…

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Quick Win Series – Silverlight Background Transparency With "Orcas"

Have you already tried to create a Silverlight project with Visual Studio “Orcas” and wondered why setting the isWindowless property to true and the background property to transperent on the Javascript function that creates the Silverlight control like seen below has no real visible effect when you run your application? function createSilverlight(){ Sys.Silverlight.createObjectEx({  source: “Page.xaml”,  parentElement: document.getElementById(“SilverlightControlHost”),  id: “SilverlightControl”,  properties: {   width: “640px”,   height:…

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Astoria: Data Services for the Web

Although my colleague Frank Fischer already mentioned it already on his Blog I think the technoloy is worth to mention it at least one more time. And it is worth because of the fact that the very early bits of a new technology from Microsoft are available for download. Astoria focuses on exposing data to web applications through…

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Astoria – Hello World Style Walkthrough

Create a new project in Visual Studio “Orcas”. Be careful not to create a new website. Then choose Web –> ASP.NET Web Application as project type. Right-click on the application in solution explorer and choose Add –> New Item. In the add new item wizard choose ADO.NET Entity Data Model In the ADO.NET Entity Data…

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