Community Silverlight Site

I came across SilverlightShow this morning. It’s an independent Silverlight community, and the goal of the site is to "help Silverlight developers to find solutions to common problems, to stay up-to-date with the latest news, to learn the best practices by providing quality articles, tips, examples, showcases, books and many more." The site has lots…

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December Silverlight User Group Meeting

This is the last Silverlight user group meeting of the year. Hope to see you all there! Time: 6:30PM, Tuesday December 2nd, 2008. Location: MSN Office Downtown Toronto, 222 Bay St. Toronto, ON Agenda: 6:30 – 7:30: Animations and Databinding in Blend – by Dan Borkowski & David Stubbs Creating dependency properties in code to…

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Silverlight 2 is Released!

Earlier this week, we shipped the final release of Silverlight 2! This is an important milestone for us in terms of providing rich media and interactive experiences on the web. Scott Guthrie has a very comprehensive blog post on the improvements of Silverlight 2 RTW. Many of you may already have upgraded to the RTW…

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Cozying Up to Silverlight Controls at TechDays

Now the words are out about TechDays and the first stop at Toronto is just around the corner. I’m really excited about the conference because I took up an exciting challenge for myself as a presenter at the Wed Developer track. The challenge has two favors… First is I have been talking about Silverlight as…

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Silverlight 2 Release Candidate Now Available

Late last week, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of the Silverlight 2 Release Candidate.  This is pretty exciting news as it represents a significant milestone towards the go-live of Silverlight 2.  The RC release of Silverlight 2 represents a developer release with the intent of providing a glimpse of what the final Silverlight 2 product…

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Deep Zoom Functionality for PowerPoint

Back in April Qixing wrote a post about how Deep Zoom could provide an innovative way to present slides.  Apparently others have found this idea interesting as well as the Microsoft Office Labs team in Redmond has released a plug-in called pptPlex that allows you to view your PowerPoint 2007 slides in Deep Zoom format. …

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Silverlight Training in French

One of our great partners out of Quebec, RunAtServer Consulting, has just created a great, three-day course on Silverlight 2 and they will be conducting it in various cities in Quebec.  The details of the course can be found here and here, but it is a very in-depth course for those of you interested in…

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Microsofties in Residence Silverlight Training – Day 5

This is it! Day 5 was the last day of our training, and we were scheduled to present our project at 3:30 in the afternoon. The atmosphere in the training room was very intense, and nobody felt there was enough time. From the design side, I needed to restyle the main UI, adding a logo…

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Microsofties in Residence Silverlight Training – Day 4

Day 4 involves a lot of hard work (9 am – 12 am). It feels like the crunch time before final projects back in grad school.  At the start of the day, we reviewed each other’s progress and decided the underlying messaging framework for two Silverlight applications to communicate with each other was too time…

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Microsofties in Residence Silverlight Training – Day 3

John and I started parallel working in Day 3 and chatted back and forth on each other’s progress using Office Communicator. On the Design side, I first focused on creating graphical elements in Expression Design. For each of our application scenario: sending gift, touching hands, and playing games, I created graphics for three different states:…

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