A Brief History of MIX: Feet on Ground, Eyes on Cloud

From now through the end of the MIX09 conference in Las Vegas, Rob Burke will be providing his insights from the conference on a daily basis. Robert Burke is a Toronto-based IT Consultant who’s attending his fourth MIX event this year.  By day he’s knee-deep in Microsoft User Experience technologies, including Silverlight and the Windows…

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Investing in Your Skills – A Collection of Courses

  Hi! My name is Rini Gahir. I’m the Senior Product Manager for Developer Tools (which includes Visual Studio and Expression Studio) here at Microsoft Canada. It’s an honour to be granted a regular blog spot on the Canadian User Experience blogosphere alongside Paul and Qixing. My goal is to add value by providing business…

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Silverlight User Group Meeting Tomorrow

It’s our first Silverlight user group meeting of the year. Mano and I are going to share our experience with animation and DeepZoom in Silverlight. Hope to see you there! Agenda: Wednesday, Feb. 25 6:30 – 7:30: Creating Animations using Blend and Code Behind, by Mano Kulasingam                   – Storyboards and Animations                   – Animation…

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Quince: Explore UX Patterns in Silverlight

Infragistics, one of the top UI controls vendors, has recently launched Quince – a UX Patterns Explorer in Silverlight. You can explore various UX Patterns by User Tasks, Tag Relations, and Wireframe (i.e. arranged by their UI positions). Of course you can also search for a UX Pattern. Once you find the pattern you like,…

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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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Oct. 22 Silverlight User Group Meeting

In the last Silverlight user group meeting,  Mano and Chris gave everyone an overview on Expression Blend and demoed the workflow between designers and developers using the new toolset to create Silverlight applications. In the next user group meeting, I’ll take a closer look at the latest version of Expression Blend and show you some…

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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 for Flash Experts

Flash, Silverlight.  Silverlight, Flash.  The debate started a little over a year ago when Silverlight was introduced and as time has passed, the debate continues stronger than ever. While some people are attached to a specific RIA toolset and platform due to a strong preference or sense of loyalty to a company or its technology,…

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Sports and Silverlight

This year is definitely a big year for sports. Euro 2008 just ended over the weekend, Wimbledon 2008 is happening now, and the most splendid sports event of all – summer Olympics is just a little over a month away. It’s also a big year for using Silverlight supporting an online rich experience to view…

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[Mini-Tutorial] Creating a Silverlight Video Gallery

As I promised in one of my  earlier posts to do a tutorial on how to create a Silverlight Video Gallery, here is the mini-tutorial (about 10 mins). It has two parts: Use Expression Encoder 2 to create a standard Silverlight video gallery Customize your video gallery in Expression Blend and save it back to…

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