Silverlight based Tafiti released as Shared Source

Windows Live Quick Apps are free to download and modify sample applicaions which harness the power of Windows Live. Tafiti as mentioned on this blog before is a graphical UI on top of the search engine, and is the latest addition to the Quick Apps family. Check out Liveside for the details Hat tip to…

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How cool are you this Christmas?

I’ve been involved (in the wings) in a project with the Windows Live team who used DotNet Solutions and later the Silverlight team in Seattle to produce this festive Silverlight based web site that allows users to search for the favourite and worst Christmas gift ideas and rank them on a "cool wall" (similar to…

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Where are they now? Imagine Cup 2004 and 2005 Competitor – Luke Smith

Luke Smith was a competitor back in 2004 and also a Microsoft Student Partner. I caught up with him recently to hear his thoughts on life since the Imagine Cup. He’s gone on to do lots of interesting things including working at a cool mobile sports service called SportsDo and I recently spotted that he…

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innerworkings – Train your developers to code (properly)

I spent some time talking to Bob and the guys at innerworkings about their product and service – it is a developer training interface which integrates directly with Visual Studio and gives developers (ones that write code for a living rather than students) practice based learning opportunities to hone and improve their skills on building…

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Where are they now? Imagine Cup 2004 Winner – Andy Grieves

This is the first in a series of videos and email interviews with former competitors in the Imagine Cup here in the UK. A very common question we receive is "What happens to former winners and competitors?" and whether the Imagine Cup has had a positive effect on their lives since. I’m not going to…

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Microsoft Download Center and Silverlight

There is a cool preview download centre up that uses Silverlight: http://preview.microsoft.com/downloads/HomePage.aspx  First glances it has: Menu in top right written in Silverlight The Popular and New Downloads tables are Silverlight The Browse Downloads is definitely the best use with a cool interaction when moving through the alphabet Does seem very slow but that is…

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British Army use Xbox 360 controllers :-)

Was sitting with my future brother in-law who is in the RAF as an engineer. We were watching telly and this army jobs ad came on. He knows a few lads who work on UAVs which got us talking, and then I spotted the Xbox 360 controller they were using to drive it – sweet!…

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Software Design competition – work required?

We’ve had some queries as to what is required to enter the Imagine Cup Software Design competition. This is a great question and relevant, as many students worry about the conflict between their academic studies and this competition. The answer is a kind of "how long is a bit of string" one in that you…

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BMW and Silverlight

I love it when two of my favourite things come together. Now, I’m not a big BMW fan (too many lane hoggers in the UK) but am a car nut (driven a Ferrari F430, had 2 MINIs and know way too much about most cars, etc) Silverlight is being used on the BMW TV site…

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Channel 8 – Rob Miles on teaching and all things .NET

I’ve known Rob for over 4 years and its always a joy to work and travel with him whether that is the Imagine Cup or going to PDC in LA. He is always off talking at conferences about .NET development on the Xbox 360 or phones or small embedded things. Here he is talking to…

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