Do you know Silverlight has an inbuilt native RSS Reader?

Interesting, I keep asking this question a lot and the responses I get are something that un-nerves me. In that, in Silverlight there is a native RSS Reader built in, so the ability to consume an RSS Feed is so easy, it’s almost cheating (Sharepoint readers, pay attention here). The secret to this can be…

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Silverlight has a more natural support of JavaScript.

It was interesting to read this CNet.com article around Flash, HTML and AJAX. It talked about the various ways in which the Adobe Flash is struggling to compete with AJAX in the RIA space. In fact, some of our early research showed that AJAX was associated with RIA, and not Flash, despite Adobe’s best efforts…

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Finding your balance between AJAX and Silverlight

Tonight, I found via twitter a deck from Plaxo’s Joseph Smarr. In this deck he talks about the war injuries he received in heading down the AJAX route. It’s a great deck and worth checking out but what I liked the most about it, was that it reminded me of my struggle back in 2002…

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POC #1 – Project Harmony (pt1) (Silverlight & Flash)

I’ve been enjoying the overall experience of what Silverlight has to offer since I started with Microsoft back in January 07. That being said, I’ve often been an internal "goto" person at times for some Flash advice on behalf of Microsoft customers around the world. In light of this, recently I also encountered a situation…

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RIA: Difference between an Application and Website.

There are many things that make up a RIA today. I posted last week about Interactive vs Internet, and I think it’s played out enough. Personally my conclusion is to let the "I" be silent, and it could be "Information, Interactive, Internet, Interface, Idiocy" etc. "I" of the beholder if you will. Yet, one thing…

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How To: Using AjaxControlToolkit to animate Silverlight.

In my Silverlight travels, I was thinking on how one is able to animate a "PullDown" menu, in that it comes down and then goes back up upon triggered events. Approach A. I decided to approach this using simplistic rules, where I’d create two animations inside Expression Blend using the KeyFrame Recorder.  I’d simply move…

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RIA and Search Engines.

 The latest annoyance with RIA (Rich Interactive Applications) these days (not wide-spread thankfully) is how they aren’t really suitable for search engine’s such as Google. There’s a reason for this and it’s simply put, they aren’t web pages. They aren’t documents, and furthermore they aren’t worth indexing. That being said the data that they connect to,…

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RIA is a belief, Silverlight is the execution.

I interact a lot around discussions in the Rich Interactive/Internet Application (RIA) space. I read as much as I can on it and keep tabs on what I find interesting around theories associated to RIA. I also engage folks whom never have even heard the acronym RIA and it’s interesting conversation to have as how…

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We gave birth to RIA.

Adobe’s Mike Downey and I were throwing comments back and forth on twitter.com this morning, it was derived from Brad Becker (ex Flash Product guy @ Macromedia and now Microsoft staffer) post on RIA. Brad posted this a few months ago when JD @ Adobe got all fired up over Rich Interactive Applications vs Rich…

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Performing a hitTest with Silverlight

In my Silverlight coding travels, I’ve found the urgent need to carry out a hitTest to determine where my end-users mouse is currently located but also what elements are underneath it within Silverlight. So what’s a hitTest you ask? well essentially it’s when you ask “Is this object colliding or in contact with that object?”. It’s used…

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