MIX09 Day 1 Keynote Pt 2: Scott Guthrie on Advancing User Experiences

Bill Buxton talked about why user-centered design is so important; now we’re going to talk about the “how”. We’re going to be talking about three key categories today: web, media and RIA. One of the things we’re trying to do is to provide a single platform – the .NET Framework – that can be used…


Download Links for MIX08 Announcements

Here’s a consolidated list of all the key downloads you’ll need to update your developer workstation to the latest and greatest technologies announced this morning: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x86) Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x64) Windows XP (x86) Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86) Windows Server 2003…


Flotzam: Mashing up the Web

Have you seen Flotzam? It’s a fun mash-up that Karsten and Tim put together that aggregates a bunch of different data sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and indeed any general RSS feed. You can install it either as an application or a screen saver, and it’s a nice way to see what’s going on…


The New Iteration: A Whitepaper on the XAML Revolution

Whenever we run a WPF or Silverlight training event or lab, the one question that is guaranteed to come up relates to the designer / developer workflow on a project team. In the old days of Win32 or Windows Forms, the workflow was straightforward (albeit extremely limiting). A lot of desktop application development teams I’ve…


Attend the WPF Virtual Bootcamp – no need to register!

People frequently ask me how they can learn WPF quickly. Now the technology has been on the market for a while, there are a number of different choices: books from the likes of Petzold, Moroney, Nathan, MacDonald, Anderson and Sells/Griffiths, classroom training from companies like Pluralsight, Wintellect, Developmentor and IdentityMine, and online tutorials like those…


Silverlight 1.0 RC1 is Here!

As indicated in a previous post, we’re homing in on the launch of Silverlight 1.0, and today marks another milestone with the launch of the first release candidate. Since the beta we released at MIX, we’ve fixed approximately 2000 bugs and work items and we’re now feature complete with the final JavaScript-based API. This version…


Announcing Family.Show 2.0

Three months ago, we launched Family.Show, our first end-to-end reference sample for WPF. Family.Show is a genealogy program that demonstrates the usage of WPF for a complex, realistic scenario. If you’re a fledgling WPF developer who wants to pore over some code that demonstrates best practices for application construction, there’s nothing better out there today….


A Summer of WPF and Silverlight Training

Summer’s here, and that usually means a bit of a slow-down in the office as folk take off on vacation. It’s also a great time for some new skills development and training, and as there’s a smorgasbord of WPF and Silverlight-related courses taking place over the next few months, I thought I’d take the opportunity…


Snack Tutorials for Hungry Designers

Celso Gomes is an amazing interactive designer working at Microsoft who is responsible for the beautiful sample applications that ship with Expression Blend and did some of the earliest design explorations for Silverlight. Now he’s come up with Nibbles: a series of “snack tutorials for hungry designers” that cover the use of Expression Blend to build…


More Fun with Silverlight Video: Ad Overlays

Viral video sites are everywhere: it seems that everyone has an embarrassing moment or unusual performance that they want to share with the world at large in the hope of becoming the next internet celebrity. All those videos eat up a huge amount of bandwidth, of course, and content sites are almost universally looking to advertising…