The Wow Effect (10secs vs. 10mins)

The explosions of plug-ins today have brought innovative ways to visual experience online in ways that are both exciting and dangerous. I say dangerous, as on one hand they are visually appealing they are at times useless and typically can end up becoming a trend. The Muse. I had the pleasure of being a part…

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Silverlight Experiment: Create a PullDown Menu using Storyboards.

This is a basic example of how to create a "PullDown Menu" using Silverlight and Expression Blend. The Objectives The GUI will have a PullDown Menu (UserControl) under the main outer chrome. It’s intended that when a user clicks on the "MainMenu" it will not only change state, but animate down or up (depending on…

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RIA is slowly fading in terms of it’s definition.

When I first started the RIA Evangelism role in Microsoft, I had this nagging feeling that the term RIA was just all over the place. Depending on which technology you are backing and which stream of alliance you uphold, the truth is the term was destined to be abused before it really took off. I…

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RIA Designers are smart.

One thing annoys me more than anything in this world, is when I hear folks whom aren’t designers refer to them as "pony tail, black skivvy wearing…" and the comments trail off. It’s not that I care whether they think we have pony tails, it’s more to the point that it smacks of contempt at…

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Putting the Rich in RIA : User Account Profiles.

A User Account Today. Typically when you set out to build a RIA, you look at what data you’re about to keep about a persons account. In that obviously "Username, Password and Email" are three key pieces of information you need to begin.  The rest is the other metadata associated to an account, and in…

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Usage Metrics in your RIA

Inspiration comes from Games. I was at MIX ON CAMPUS (Brisbane) today and I was listening to one of our guest speakers (Ross Brown) talk about about some of the projects / research his students are doing with regards to games. One part of this session that really caught my interest was the metrics associated…

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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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Writing Proof of Concept RIA’s

When you sit down one night and decide to road-test a theory or an idea you have, then a Proof of Concept (POC) is something you should consider. That being said, when you do decide to write a POC knowing the difference between when you are writing a POC vs Application is something you can…

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RIA: 10 Questions on Icon Design – I ask our Microsoft Design folks to respond.

I have an Icon fetish that is disturbingly wrong. In that I collect them, horde them and will happily spend Microsoft’s good hard earned money on as many of them as I can find – if allowed. Yet, what makes Icon’s so special? in that why do they enhance an applications user interface to the…

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