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Happy New Year from SilverlightCream!
Happy New Year everyone, from SilverlightCream! I hadn't decided if I was going to do a retrospective post this year, I've done a couple, and if you haven't read them, they shouldn't be hard to find on my blog :) Going through my blog list, however, I came across a year-ender by Chris Alcock of "The Morning Brew", and taking his lead, I thought I'd put out some metrics on SilverlightCream. I have a list of 210 blogs I scan every day. This is an ever-growing list. As someone submits something to the ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 31, 2008 5:06 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 31, 2008 -- #473
In this issue: Laurent Bugnion, Jeff Paries, Robby Ingebretsen, and Damon Payne. Shoutout: If you have a 30G Zune and you haven't turned it on today, don't (for now) as reported by Guy Barrette : Zune Y2K9. From SilverlightCream.com: New Year's Greetings and Silverlight Greeting Card Laurent Bugnion sent me the link to this earlier today, and wow... what a bunch of work... very cool slideshow, Laurent... awesome pictures and remembrances! Seattle Waterfront 1907-2002 Jeff Paries has a cool post up ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 31, 2008 4:05 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 30, 2008 - 2 -- #472
In this issue: Guy Ellis, Jonathan van de Veen, Jesse Liberty, Beatriz Stollnitz, Justin Angel, Manish Dalal, and Damon Payne. Shoutout: Earlier today I left out a shoutout to Laurence Moroney because he announced the availability of his Silverlight 2 Book – In Russian/u>! From SilverlightCream.com: BMI Calculator Guy Ellis is one of Phoenix' own, and decided to enter the MIX09 10K competition. He has a very clever BMI calculator with and expanding/contracting person showing... pretty clever, ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 30, 2008 11:30 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 30, 2008 -- #471
In this issue: Pete Brown, Damon Payne, Agata Staniak, Justin Angel, and David Anson. Shoutout: John Papa responded to some of the Silverlight security posts lately: Security and Silverlight. From SilverlightCream.com: Dealing with the “Project file must include the .NET Framework assembly …” Error I missed this one from just before Christmas by Pete Brown detailing how to resolve the error in the title... pretty simple, actually! Run time is design time for AGT [11] Episode 11 of Damon Payne's coding ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:41 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 29, 2008 -- #470
In this issue: Steve Commisso, Damon Payne, and Tim Greenfield(2). Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra has uploaded a new (signed) version of SilverlightSpy. You'll have to uninstall the previous version to install this one, but don't think about it... just go get it... you'll like it! Silverlight Spy 2.0.0.39 available. From SilverlightCream.com: Consuming RESTful Web Services in Silverlight Steve Commisso gives credit to Rob Bagby for the foundation for this post, and extends it... good stuff, Steve, thanks! ......

Posted On Monday, December 29, 2008 12:17 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 28, 2008 -- #469
In this issue: Maurice de Beijer, Damon Payne, Expression Blend and Design BLog, Bart Czernicki, Ning Zhang, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutout: If you haven't seen Silverlight Solution Center, check it out: Microsoft Help and Support From SilverlightCream.com: Unit testing in Silverlight part 1 Maurice de Beijer sent me this link to part one of a series he's doing on Silverlight Unit Testing. I'll catch up with him, but if you're more interested, you can read ahead on his blog :) Run time is design time ......

Posted On Sunday, December 28, 2008 7:02 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 27, 2008 -- #468
In this issue: Al Pascual, Damon Payne, Laurent Bugnion, Shawn Wildermuth, Jesse Liberty, and Jobi Joy. Shoutout: Shawn Wildermuth has announced that Silverlight Tour Now includes Coverage of the Silverlight Toolkit. From SilverlightCream.com: Vote NO on the crossdomain.xml file, use the cloud to bypass errors. Al Pascual opens up a way to cause himself and everyone else some problems with Cross-Domain issues, but I looked at his post of combining his Azure proxy with Silverlight as being more interesting ......

Posted On Saturday, December 27, 2008 11:05 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 26, 2008 -- #467
In this issue: Brad Abrams, Justin Angel, Damon Payne, David Betz, and Adam Kinney. From SilverlightCream.com: Resolution Randomizer Brad Abrams has a link to this New Year's Resolution site in Silverlight. I can't see who the author is, but there's some fun resolutions come out of it :) Custom VSM VisualStateManagers in Silverlight 2.0 Justin Angel has a seriously interesting article up on building a custom VSM... no, really... I told you it was seriously interesting! Run time is design time for ......

Posted On Friday, December 26, 2008 4:48 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 24, 2008 -- #466
In this issue: Jim Lynn, Silverlight Girl, Microsoft Natal, Damon Payne, Lutz Gerhard, Tamir Khason, Imran Shaik, Ning Zhang, and Joe Stegman. Shoutout: Cameron Albert is almost to the Alpha stage on Parenthia. Check it out: Almost Alpha Time! From SilverlightCream.com: Christmas in Silverlight Jim Lynn sent me this admittedly no-code Christmas card. Cool Deep Zoom demo though... I like it :) Create shadow effect in Expression Blend - Part 2 Silverlight Girl Continues with her Expression Blend Shadow ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 24, 2008 8:13 PM

.... any suggestions for learning [SIlverlight]?
I was asked this question (subject) by a friend last week, and have been so busy, I haven't taken the time to respond.. sorry Josh! I figured others may ask this question as well, and having it in a post might be the way to go. So if you're just getting ready to attack SIlverlight, where to start? Obviously Silverlight.net "Getting Started" is the first place. Follow the steps under "Get Started Building Silverlight 2 Applications". You might leave off the Deep Zoom composer at this time, but I'd ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 24, 2008 9:02 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 23, 2008 -- #465
In this issue: Damon Payne, Bryant Likes, Expression Blend and Design BLog, Jesse Liberty, and Kevin Dockx. Shoutouts, and almost as many of these as Silverlight posts: This isn't Silverlight, but the Shoutouts aren't necessarily :) ... Bill Reiss announed that Dr. Popper now on Xbox Live Community Games... very cool, Bill! Joe Stegman has an Update on Silverlight and Opera from yesterday's post... if you're using Opera and Sivlerlight, give this a read. Jeff Paries has entered the MIX 10K Challenge ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:22 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 22, 2008 -- #464
In this issue: Mark Monster, Daniel Crenna, Damon Payne, Expression Blend and Design BLog, Joe Stegman(2), and Jonas Follesø. Shoutout: Andy Beaulieu is entering the MIX 10k Smart Coding Contest, and is shamelessly asking for our votes. From SilverlightCream.com: Restarting the Silverlight Object with different initParams from within Silverlight Mark Monster shows us how to restart our SL app with different init parameters, and he's doing it from either JS or the app itself.. cool stuff, Mark, thanks! ......

Posted On Monday, December 22, 2008 5:28 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 21, 2008 -- #463
In this issue: Steve Commisso, Silverlight Girl, Tim Greenfield, Damon Payne, and Agata Staniak(2). Shoutout: Adam Kinney reported on Twitter that the SilverlightNews Twitter feed has been getting a lot of new followers lately. Welcome aboard, and tell a friend :) From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Extenders Steve Commisso is a local (Phoenix) developer and sent me this link to some extenders he has done that are very cool. Dragging, rotating, resizing, etc... very useful and I look forward to ......

Posted On Sunday, December 21, 2008 11:46 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 20, 2008 -- #462
In this issue: Nikhil Kothari, David Wynne, Damon Payne, Laurent Bugnion, Terence Tsang, Scott Morrison, John Papa, Ning Zhang, Jesse Liberty, and Lee Shoutouts: Koen Zwikstra, has promised, has uploaded the Slideshow 2 Source Code If you want to go to MIX and you haven't registered yet, at least as of sometime yesterday Special Offer Still Open – Save 40% on MIX09 Registration ... best $795 you'll spend! Falling in the 'oh crap' category... Sara Ford has announced: Did you know that today’s tip ......

Posted On Saturday, December 20, 2008 2:25 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 19, 2008 -- #461
In this issue: David Wynne, Damon Payne, Nigel Sampson, Jeff Prosise, Ning Zhang, and Terence Tsang. Shoutouts: John Papa's book is out... I haven't seen it, but it's one I'm going to have to get... all the info I've seen says it's a keeper: Now Available: Data Driven Services with Silverlight 2!. Martin Grayson has announced an update to the Patient Journey Demonstrator with lots of screenshots and a video demo: Patient Journey Demonstrator December 2008 Released . Keep an eye on Jeff Weber's blog ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2008 8:45 AM

+1 for twilert
I'm not sure how long twilert has been alive, and can't remember where I saw it, but someone was tweeting about it the other night. With twilert, you can set some search parameters, and get a daily email of any mention in the titterverse of those items. You probably wouldn't want to use a common word as a parameter unless you like scrolling through really long email, but if you're very specific, it works quite well. Since I can't get to twitter during the day, I know I've missed some replies or queries ......

Posted On Friday, December 19, 2008 8:04 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 18, 2008 - 2 -- #460
In this issue: John O'Brien(Deep Earth), SilverlightShow, Jesse Liberty, Dan Wahlin, Koen Zwikstra, Jeff Wilcox, and Terence Tsang. Shoutout: Adam Kinney reports that XboxFriendsWatch Gamercard v2 has arrived! From SilverlightCream.com: Deep Earth John O'Brien sent me this link to Deep Earth on CodePlex. He also has a great demo up at Soul Solutions... thanks for the links and demo John! Happy Christmas Tree SilverlightShow put up a very cool site ... you go there, log in and get a Christmas tree. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 18, 2008 10:54 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 18, 2008 -- #459
In this issue: Pencho Popadiyn, Infragistics, Damon Payne, David Betz, Koen Zwikstra, Jaime Rodriguez, Jeff Wilcox(2), Karl Shifflett, and Jonathan van de Veen(2). From SilverlightCream.com: Exploring the Model – View – Controller (MVC) pattern Pencho Popadiyn at SilverlightShow has (I think) the first entry for the Write & Win Contest up .. this one is on MVC in Silverlight ... good-looking tutorial. Infragistic's Holiday Gift Infragistics sent out an email yesterday. If you aren't on the list, ......

Posted On Thursday, December 18, 2008 11:15 AM

Silverlight Write & Win Contest
The guys at SilverlightShow are running another Write & Win contest... this one ends on January 31, 2009, and they've enlisted folks from the Silverlight community to help judge this time. Check out the site and all the prizes they have lined up ... what can it hurt to post your article to them?? Do ya feel lucky, well do ya? Stay in the 'Light! Technorati Tags: Silverlight ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 17, 2008 11:12 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 16, 2008 - 2 -- #458
In this issue: Rob Houweling, Damon Payne, Bart Czernicki, Timmy Kokke, James Bacon, Katrien De Graeve, Adam Kinney, Alex Golesh, Terence Tsang, John Papa, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutouts: I thought this Overnight Website Challenge - Looking for Developer Teams now! looked like it would be fun... if you're in the area consider it! Adam Kinney reports a flash of Silverlight on Zune.net: mixview on Zune.net in Silverlight. From SilverlightCream.com: Merry Christmas Rob Houweling has a very cool Christmas ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:56 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 16, 2008 -- #457
In this issue: Boyan Mihaylov, Jeff Prosise, Tim Heuer, Bryant Likes, Page Brooks, Michael Wolf, Jeff Wilcox, Swiss MSDN Team Blog, Robby Ingebretsen, Anna Wrochna, and Andy Beaulieu. Shoutouts: If ya wanna go to MIX09, and particularly if you're self-funded, I don't know if there's any left, but they're giving away 200 seats at $795... go there fast then come back :) Act Now! Limited Number of MIX09 Conference Passes Available for $795. I also want to say +1 for Thumbtack ... this is filling in ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:17 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 15, 2008 -- #456
In this issue: Michael Washington & Jeff Paries, Lutz Gerhard, Jeff Wilcox, and David Anson. Shoutout: Shawn Wildermuth tells us Don't Forget the MSDN Developers Conference in Atlanta . If you're in that area... don't miss it! Shawn is going to be speaking on Oslo... say hi to him for me! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Dashboard Michael Washington & Jeff Paries have collaborated once more... this time they took Jeff's awesome graphics and put them into a Silverlight app ... it's about ......

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2008 8:44 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 14, 2008 - 2 -- #455
In this issue: Kevin Dockx, Mike Ormond, Nigel Sampson, Terence Tsang, and Chris Hay. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra at First Floor Software is striking out on his own: So, what's all the fuzz about? .. and best of luck, Koen! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Easily Reading Application Settings from Configuration File (web.config) Kevin Dockx came up with a clever way of being able to store SL-related info in the web.config file and reading it with a web service. Along the way he also makes use of ......

Posted On Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:40 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 14, 2008 -- #454
In this issue: Bart Czernicki, Alexey Zakharov, Martin Grayson, Ning Zhang, Jesse Liberty, and Kevin Dockx. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3 - What we Know So Far & What We Can Predict (Part 1 of 2) I'm not big on fortelling the future, but Bart Czernicki is willing to take a shot at Silverlight 3 ... check out what he has to say about it! Silverlight Tip: Splash screen issues. Alexey Zakharov was working on a splash screen for his new site (a link included), and has some tips from the ......

Posted On Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:41 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 13, 2008 -- #453
In this issue: Silverlight SDK, Shawn Oster, Jeff Wilcox, Bart Czernicki, David Anson, Jonathan van de Veen, and Kevin Dockx. Shoutouts Adam Kinney has a link out to NEC Biglobe’s Deep Zoom multi-layered photo viewer, and they've done some cool effects on it. From SilverlightCream.com: Advertising with Silverlight The Silverlight SDK has a post about Advertising with Silverlight, and a link out to a guide for doing so. Working with Units of Measure in a NumericUpDown Shawn Oster takes on the NumericUpDown ......

Posted On Saturday, December 13, 2008 8:50 PM

BlogMailr to GWB updated instructions
In case you're coming to the party late, and maybe try to read an older post of mine about this... Apparently the rules have changed just a bit. When you "Add a new blog" at BlogMailr, you're going to want to use the following credentials: Web Address of your blog: http://geekswithblogs.net/&... BLOG NAME> In the past this was presented a bit differently, and apparently you need to generate a new one to make the magic work. The jury is still out on if they've blocked posting to GWB from here, ......

Posted On Friday, December 12, 2008 11:31 AM

Blogging from BlogMailr
I'm not sure if it is a temporary thing, or if the IT folks here have blocked GWB... time will tell.At least for now, I want to try to see what it will take to get a nicely-formatted post out with BlogMailr since I haven't used it in a while.Try pasting a link to SilverlightCreamThat looks fine in email, push the button, see what GWB gets :)[sent from newly generated BlogMailr address] ......

Posted On Friday, December 12, 2008 11:13 AM

Thumbtack
I know most of you are probably working in places that you can run new tools and toys. Not everyone is so lucky! I find myself working on .NET 2.0, IE6, VS2005, and Office 2003. I am able to run FireFox so that takes some of the sting out of IE6, and I can cope with most everything else in the interests of getting a paycheck every month. But... I would dearly love to be able to run OneNote, they tell me they don't have it for Office 2003, and I've been told that they aren't even going to start looking ......

Posted On Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:27 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 11, 2008 -- #452
In this issue: Kevin Dockx, Jeff Wilcox, Karsten Januszewski, and the Library of Congress... really! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Scale from sender-popup animation Kevin Dockx sent me this yesterday... and it works great... it's modal popups flying out to the center of the app from the point of button push... which, realistically, could be anywhere... good job, Kevin.. thanks! Silverlight Charting: Creating rich data point tooltips Jeff Wilcox takes tooltips in the Charts to a new level ......

Posted On Thursday, December 11, 2008 9:41 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 10, 2008 - 2 -- #451
In this issue: Michael Washington, Ruurd Boeke, Jeff Wilcox, and David Anson. From SilverlightCream.com: Implementing "Drag and Drop" in SilverlightDesktop.net Michael Washington sent me this yesterday and I forgot it on my list :( ... he has implemented Drag and Drop in SilverlightDesktop... don't ignore this... he's dragging and dropping between modules! Check out what Michael is up to... Silverlight controls toolkit december released Ruurd Boeke discusses the December Toolkit deployment... and ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2008 12:25 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 10, 2008 -- #450
In this issue: Russell Greenspan, Chris Anderson, and Rob Zelt. Shoutouts: Adam Kinney posted about a new open source project by Microsoft: Oh, Oxite, we love this open source .NET blog software, and he has links to other folks that are early blogging. Bill Reiss has a cool post up on converting C# to VB using Reflector: Converting C# samples to VB.NET. From SilverlightCream.com: How-To #11: Build a Silverlight ToolbarButton user control Russell Greenspan builds a toolbar button User Control... huh... ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2008 6:10 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 08, 2008 - 2 -- #449
In this issue: Page Brooks, Jeff Wilcox, Jesse Liberty, Robby Ingebretsen, Rob Zelt, and Jonas Follesø. Shoutouts: Jeff Weber is giving some sneak peeks at a new game: Introducing Tire Storm (Sneak Peek). Shemesh has updated his Grid splitter: Silverlight: GridSplitter with a collapse button (V2). From SilverlightCream.com: Building a Resizable Silverlight Control Page Brooks has a nice tutorial on building a resizable control... why you may need to do that and how... cool stuff, Page! Creating a ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2008 9:16 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 08, 2008 -- #448
In this issue: Bill Reiss(3), Mark Monster(2), and Nigel Sampson. From SilverlightCream.com: Embedding a F# class library in a Silverlight 2 Application Bill Reiss has three new posts up this first one is on F#, the other two are on game development. The F# one is interesting because he produced a template for us that produces a C# SL app and an F# class library... good stuff! A simple Silverlight game particle system Bill also has added a particle system inherited fro CenteredSprite that gives you ......

Posted On Monday, December 8, 2008 6:13 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 07, 2008 -- #447
In this issue: Pete Brown, Tim Greenfield, Boyan Nikolov, Jesse Liberty, Mike Ormond, David Justice, Tim Heuer, Chris Szurgot, Matthias Shapiro, Budi Kurniawan, Mike Snow, Martin Grayson, and Azret Botash Busy folks... I've still got a backlog and I was only slow a couple days :) From SilverlightCream.com: Pie Chart Styling in the Silverlight Toolkit - Cross-Slice Gradients Pete Brown gives us the benefit of his excursions in the chart control plus his conversation with team members, and he ends ......

Posted On Sunday, December 7, 2008 8:23 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 06, 2008 -- #446
In this issue: Alex Golesh, Bart Czernicki, Matthias Shapiro(3), Michael WOlf, Swiss MSDN Team Blog, Michael S. Scherotter, Jesse Liberty, Chris Carper, Bill Reiss, Jonathan van de Veen, and Jobi. Shoutout: Adam Kinney reports that Project Rosetta turns into a MIX09 workshop From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Tip: How to Inject and Execute JavaScript Function(s) on-the-fly from Silverlight Alex Golesh has a post up on injecting JavaScript Functions from Silverlight. He has a nice text-entry front ......

Posted On Saturday, December 6, 2008 9:21 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 04, 2008 -- #445
In this issue: Jobi, Russell Greenspan(5), Mike Ormond, Tim Heuer, Matthias Shapiro(2), Terence Tsang, Gerard Leblanc, Azret Botash, Jesse Liberty, and Jonathan van de Veen. From SilverlightCream.com: Interactive Silverlight Greeting Card Jobi posted this one to me and I forgot it the last time... sorry Jobi, because it's the first Silverlight Christmas Card of the season (AFAIK), and it is very cool... also check out the header on his blog :)... nice work, Jobi.... oh, and he gives up the source ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:00 PM

DevTeach Montreal Day 3
Wow.. what a week... by the third day of a conference, I find I'm just totally maxxed on information and tired, and this one is no exception. My first presentation was yesterday just before lunch and I got some nice comments which was cool... also had some negatives, but I think it was from folks that were expecting more meat. Yesterday I spoke on styling controls with static resources, then moved on to the toolkit themes, ImplicitStyleManager,and then moved the app.xaml resources into a Resource ......

Posted On Thursday, December 4, 2008 3:10 PM

Silverlight Cream for December 02, 2008 -- #444
Chris Anderson, Tim Heuer, Michael S. Scherotter, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutout: If you don't read Scott Guthrie's blog, shame on you :) ... he posted his latest aggregation today: Dec 2nd Links: ASP.NET, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ASP.NET AJAX, ASP.NET MVC, Visual Studio, Silverlight/WPF . From SilverlightCream.com: Building a Silverlight Line-Of-Business Application – Part 4 Chris Anderson over at SilverlightShow put up the fourth part of his LOB series ... definitely a keeper. Silverlight install ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2008 4:55 PM

DevTeach Montreal Day 1
I made the trip from Phoenix to Montreal yesterday with only a couple issues... our flight out of Phoenix was delayed 20 minutes so my 45 minutes between planes in Denver got tight. From wheels down to wheels up was exactly 30 minutes and that included switching concourses and almost giving me a stroke :) Of course my bag-o-clothes did NOT make it, and as of 8am it has not yet, but Air Canada just told me on the phone that it was on it's way. I packed one spare set of clothes in my laptop bag, thankfully. ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 2, 2008 6:14 AM

Silverlight Cream for December 01, 2008 -- #443
In this issue: Alex Golesh, Silverlight SDK, John Stockton, Page Brooks(2), Mike Snow(2), Terence Tsang(2), Adam Kinney, Shawn Wildermuth, Jesse Liberty, and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutouts: Adam Kinney has some good comments about a much-viewed Surface video: Extending the Surface experience in the BMW app. Jesse Liberty waxes poetical about divElements, and it looks like with good reason :) SandDock for Silverlight – Commercial floating windows Corey Schuman is going to be on GeekSpeak on the 10th: ......

Posted On Monday, December 1, 2008 10:22 PM

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