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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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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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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New Lab Posted: Creating 3D Content with Windows Presentation Foundation

I just posted a new lab for learning how to use 3D in WPF.  This is a great lab that I would highly recommend if you are learning WPF 3D. It shows how to do dynamic animation of 3D content as well as how to do 2D on 3D using the 3DTools.

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North Face Case Study Published

A case study about the North Face Kiosk is now posted to the Microsoft Case Studies site.  This is a nice write up, showing how the technology solved business problems, and explaining the larger context of how the kiosk plays into The North Face’s overall marketing and sales goals. There are quite a few nice…

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Inspired By Flash Math Creativity #3: WPF Flag

There is a clever sample up on Flash Math Creativity by Lifaros that fundamentally does 2D morph meshing by chopping up an image into sections and then animating the sections, resulting in the effect of a flag waving.  I decided to implement something similar in WPF.  When I started thinking about how to chop up something in…

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3D Cloth Source Code Posted: Technique for WPF 3D Morph Mesh

There is a great 3D cloth demo that has been floating around interally for awhile and shown at conferences, talks, channel 9 interviews, etc. However, we haven’t ever posted the source code . . . until now.  You can run it from here and download the source code here. I didn’t write this code; David…

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Inspired By Flash Math Creativity #2: WPF Planets

My next inspiration from the algorithms introduced in Flash Math Creativity was based on the work of Jamie MacDonald. In looking at his work,  I quickly realized that I was going to need to brush up on my trigonometry skills. This led me to another great Friend of Ed book, Foundation ActionScript Animation: Making Things Move,…

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