Silverlight 4 Notification Window Class

Tim Heuer has a great blog post on the new NotificationWindow class for Silverlight 4 Out-Of-Browser applications. This class allows you to create notifications or ‘Toast’ for your Out-Of-Browser applications when you need to provided helpful information to the user as they are interacting with the application. Tim provides great visuals for the notification window in…

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Windows System Color Theme for Silverlight – Part Two

The SDK controls are now themed in the Windows system color theme style, and the Toolkit controls will be themed very soon! The updated project is available for download here. For those of you who desire a bit more contrast in the theme, particularly for high contrast color modes, there are a few approaches you can take… One…

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Windows System Color Theme for Silverlight

Accessibility is important to consider when designing applications. Not only do those with visual, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities benefit from software that is accessible, but those without these disabilities benefit as well. Silverlight makes it possible to create applications that address accessibility needs, and some colleagues of mine and I decided to explore…

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Silverlight 3 Application Themes

Before I dive into the Silverlight 3 application themes, I would like to mention some research that my co-workers on the Visual Studio User Experience Team are doing focused on professional and non-professional web/application developers. The research involves… A short survey A telephone interview to discuss your development experiences A gratuity will be offered to…

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Props to Two Cool Silverlight Applications

Props to Colaab and SchoolMaster; two nice looking Silverlight applications with very compelling functionality. Collab has been designed for people to upload, review, and collaborate on content in real time. I can imagine some great experiences this application will provide such as enabling design reviews of application Ux for geographically dispersed teams and many others. School Master…

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Mix 09′ Was Amazing!

Mix 09′ was amazing! There were so many great announcements and a wide variety of very interesting presentations. The two keynotes were exciting as well, and I particularly enjoyed the keynote on day 2 where Deborah Adler talked in depth about how she designed a comprehensive system for packaging prescription medicine for her master’s thesis. Target saw great…

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