SCREENCAST: Implementing Single Touch Gestures with MouseGestureTrigger

A common need for Windows 7 touch user interfaces is to react to a touch gesture.  In this screencast, I demonstrate a very simple and easy way to interpret single touch gestures using MouseGestureTrigger from the Expression Blend Samples. To learn more about Behaviors, Triggers, and Actions mentioned in the screencast, visit http://tinyurl.com/TriggersActionsBehaviors.  If you…

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FOLLOW UP: DevDinner – Silverlight 4, WCF RIA Services, MVVM

Ok, this is a first!  I have always had good intentions of getting the follow up material for a developer dinner out before the dinner started.  However, my schedule inevitably has gotten in the way.  I can finally say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.  Here are the decks and sample downloads: Silverlight 4 Deck WCF RIA Services Deck…

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EventToCommand + DataStateBehavior eases MVVM pain

  MVVM is a pattern.  There are all sorts of MVVM frameworks popping up that help make implementing the pattern easier.  If you select the MVVM tag off of www.codeplex.com, you will find a number of them: http://www.codeplex.com/site/search?TagName=MVVM&ProjectSearchText=%22MVVM%22 One I have recently grown fond of is http://mvvmlight.codeplex.com/.  The reason I like this one is because…

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Hidden gems in the gaming starter kit

Yesterday I blogged about the SketchFlow starter kit and how great I thought it was.  Well, last night, I went ahead and tried the Venture into Gaming with Behaviors in Expression Blend 3 starter kit from: http://adamkinney.com/Blog/4-Expression-Studio-3-Starter-Kits-available-for-download Much to my surprise, this felt more like a Blend 3 Fundamentals through Building a Game.  To understand…

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Get up to speed on SketchFlow FAST

SketchFlow is a feature of Expression Blend 3.  If you aren’t familiar with SketchFlow, then you should check out: http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/SketchFlow_OverView.aspx “SketchFlow revolutionizes how quickly and efficiently you can demonstrate your vision for an application. It provides an informal and quick way to explore, iterate and prototype user interface scenarios, allowing you to evolve your concepts…

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Developer Dinner tomorrow

I have really been slacking when it comes to my blog.  I have a few posts planned, but I have been “heads down” on some really fun Windows Azure work that I should be able to talk about soon.  Hopefully, you don’t use my blog as the source for Developer Dinner announcements since there are…

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XamlFest DC (March 4 and 5)

Here’s a chance at some free WPF and Silverlight training.  XamlFest is an event touring around the US enabling developers to ramp up their WPF/Silverlight skills quickly.  Here is the description of the event: “Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve?  Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to…

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DevDinnerOnDemand: Implementing Modern User Experiences with Expression Blend & Silverlight

Building off the sample app built during the Building Business-Focused Applications Using Silverlight 2 and Beyond Developer Dinner, James Chittenden will cover all the basics that every designer and developer of WPF and Silverlight applications needs to know. Building off of preceding developer session, we’ll use Expression Blend to walk through the process of creating…

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Don’t miss the Designer Dinner next week

Based on the success of our Developer Dinner series for US Public Sector Partners, James has been delivering Designer Dinners focusing on the design side of software development.  James is the User Experience Evangelist on our team.  He has a Designer Dinner scheduled for next week on Silverlight and WPF animation 101.  The event is…

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DESIGNER DINNER: Expression Blend 2 deep dive

Sorry for the late notice, but my teammate James is hosting a Designer Dinner on Expression Blend 2 this Wednesday.  James is the new User Experience Evangelist (UXE) on our team.  The Designer Dinners are much like the Developer Dinners my team has done for the last few years, except the content focuses on the…

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