Announcing Flotzam: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and Blog Mash Up

Awhile back, for MIX, Tim Aidlin and I built Flitterbook.  We liked it so much that we now have version 2, renamed Flotzam, ready for your consumption.  Lots of improvements, including a new UI, RSS support, Facebook notifications and complete configuration control. Also, check out the Silverlight-created video that is a screen capture of the…

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COLLABORATING ON CREATING ANIMATIONS IN WPF AND BLEND: POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS

One area that is currently top of mind for me is designer and developer collaboration with WPF and Expression Blend, in particular around animation.  I’d like to start documenting some techniques and outlining things that can and can’t be done.   Before diving in, let’s quickly review the animation system in WPF.  The two ways to…

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Microsoft Facebook Toolkit Is Open Sourced and Moves to Codeplex

It was two weeks ago that Microsoft released the Microsoft Facebook Toolkit.  The response has been great and an wiki popped up that people in the community were using to make enhancements to the toolkit and make fixes.  As a result, Clarity Consulting (who developed the original toolkit for Microsoft) has posted the toolkit to…

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CREATING A .NET TWITTER API in 4.5 SECONDS

I’ve been meaning to document how I wrapped the Twitter API … in 4.5 seconds.   There is a very powerful feature in .NET is a tool in the sdk called xsd.exe.  Darren David actually has a fabulous post on exactly the power of this tool: never touch a DOM or XPATH again!   His post explains what is happening…

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UPDATED WPF PERFORMANCE PROFILING TOOLS POSTED

A new version of the WPF Performance Profiling tools has been posted, x86 and x64, as an .msi. These tools were previously only available in the beta .NET Framework 3.5 SDK, but that is a rather hefty dowload at over 1 gig.  Now, you can get at these invaluable tools as a simple download which…

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UDDI RESOURCES MIGRATED

This post has nothing to do with WPF, Expression, Silverlight, Vista or pixels. Rather, it has to do with web service discovery and with my former role at Microsoft in working with UDDI. I had a bunch of resources up on GotDotNet which I have had to migrate with the phase-out of GotDotNet.  These resources…

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FLITTERBOOK: INTEGRATING WITH THE FACEBOOK PLATFORM

I’m here at the Facebook Developer’s event down here in San Francisco.  Dan’l Lewin from Microsoft was on stage as a parter: Lots of good stuff announced as far as Facebook/Microsoft partnership: Microsoft just released a great wrapper to the Facebook API written by the guys at Clarity Consulting.  They’ve got some nice sample applications, including…

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THREE NEW EXPRESSION BLEND HANDS-ON LABS

I just posted three new hands-on labs for Expression Blend that were created for MIX but haven’t been posted for the world yet. There’s lots of little nuggets in there worth checking out, things like creating a user controls, databinding, triggers, styling controls, using web services, paging, data input and more.  The more I use Blend, the…

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TWITTERPATED: ON TWITTER AND CONFERENCES

I’m very interested in the phenomenon of Twitter.  In this piece, I want to write about a particular aspect of Twitter and the one that I’m most familiar with, the usage of Twitter at conferences.  In fact, I was first turned on to Twitter at South by Southwest Interactive. They had monitors scattered about the…

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