Why you should check out Expression Blend Behaviors when using Silverlight

What are Behaviors? Expression Blend 3 introduced us to a slew of new technologies including one of my favorites – Behaviors.  You can think of Behaviors as snippets of functionality that can be dragged directly onto elements on the Artboard.  This gives designers the ability to add interactivity to the application without having to write…

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Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4 are here! Check out a local launch event near you.

The Launches Visual Studio 2010 Wow – what a week it has been for .NET Developers!  On Monday April 12th, Visual Studio 2010 officially launched at the DevConnections conference in Las Vegas.  For those that missed it you can watch the entire Launch Event here.  Right after the event Visual Studio 2010 immediately became available…

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My trip to Microsoft’s MIX10 Conference

  The Keynotes I felt this years keynotes told a cohesive story better than any Microsoft conference I’ve been to.  After months of hearing about 3 Screens and a Cloud we saw a fulfillment on that promise.  Demo after demo the same tools (VS2010/Blend4) and the same framework (Silverlight) were used to create applications that…

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Why User Experience in the Enterprise Matters

Prior to coming to Microsoft, I lived the life of an Enterprise Developer for many years.  The technologies changed, the people I worked with changed, even the industries were different, bu tone thing remained the same.  IT was always asked to do more with less.   There are numerous ideas floating around that were created…

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What’s new in Silverlight 4? NYC Silverlight meetup presentation available for download

I had the pleasure of speaking at the local NYC Silverlight Meetup recently.  The goal of the presentation was to give a starting point for the Silverlight 4 beta that we released at PDC09 as well as some of the new Silverlight features in Visual Studio 2010.  Since this is a hot topic right now…

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Are you a developer or designer in the NJ/PA/VA area? I’m hitting the road and would love to meet you!

Over the next three weeks I will be packing it up, hitting the road, and talking directly with Developers and Designers like you!  From Philly to Norfolk to Harrisburg to Pittsburgh I’ll be showing off in person everything Expression Studio 3, Silverlight 3 and Windows 7 can bring to your applications.   MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow…

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How to install cool, custom fonts (like PDC09) into Windows and use it in your Silverlight application (or even Microsoft Word)

Whether you are someone who leans more towards design or coding you have probably come across the need for some interesting fonts.  Typography is a fascinating area with a long history dating back to the origins of print.  When we look at creating an engaging user experience today we are often trying to make a…

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