Thanks to everyone who attended our “Developing on the Windows Live Platform” session last night in Reading. I did quite a few demos of Silverlight Streaming (probably too many as I ran short of time – next time I’ll have to drop some bits).
These included how to upload a Silverlight application, how to use Silverlight Streaming for content hosting (rather than application hosting), using Expression Encoder and the SL Streaming plug-in to make uploading to SL Streaming a doddle and using the SL Streaming API to automate things.
I’ve just been playing around with a variation of one of my demos and thought I would post it here with the help of the Silverlight Streaming Plugin for Windows Live Writer which allows you to just point and click to embed a SL Streaming app in a blog post. (Note today we also launched the next generation of Windows Live Services including a new combined installer for the Windows Live application suite and a new version of Windows Live Writer amongst other things).
So here we go – a simple, custom media player. You can click on the buttons to “change channel”. I know the buttons don’t work that well – I didn’t get around to sorting that. But I’m amazed at how easy this was to do:
- Build Silverlight application (Silverlight 1.1 in my case)
- Package up necessary components into a .zip archive and add a simple xml manifest specifying required properties
- Upload to your Silverlight Streaming account
- In Live Writer, click on “Insert Silverlight Streaming” and select from the list of SL Streaming applications the plug-in offers you (fetched from your SL Streaming account)
- That’s it