October 2007 Entries

Silverlight enabled GalaSoft

GalaSoft is my webpage, where I post information about all my private projects. It's not a firm, it's a project that I use to coordinate my efforts in all the technologies I am interested in. As such, it was pretty natural to add Silverlight content to it. Silverlight is an area where I will be investing a LOT more time from now on, for reasons I will mention in further posts. After posting a screencast about WPF in Silverlight format, the next step is to add a Silverlight logo on some of my pages. ......

Going back home

I am flying back home tonight. I've been in the US for 1.5 weeks now, and it feels good to know that I'll be home tomorrow. I really miss my girls, and can't wait to see them again. Last week at Microsoft has been great. We met tons of people, and learned a big deal about the future of .NET and other technologies (including WPF and Silverlight). I took the occasion to have lunch with Scott Guthrie (our second meeting in person, the first one was during his last visit to Switzerland), and I was once ......

Surface Laurent

Surface Laurent

So, that's me. In a Surface. Isn't that cool? :-)

"Microsoft Strategist @ Siemens" workshop in Redmond

I am back in Redmond, taking part to a one week workshop with other Siemens software architects. It's my first time with this group, which gathers a few times a year to discuss Microsoft technologies. So far, it's a great experience, packed with news about upcoming releases and existing products. Most of what we hear here is under NDA so I cannot report much, but to be here really gives a great confidence in the future of .NET in general, and WPF / Silverlight in particular. We can expect a lot of ......

Designer - Developer, a new collaboration with WPF (Screencast)

I posted a 50 minutes screencast on my website, with a demo involving Expression Design, Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2008 to demonstrate the workflow between the designer, the developer and the WPF integrator in a WPF project. In this demo, I build the foundation for a PDA application from scratch, using VisualBrushes, ControlTemplates, Animations, Gradients, etc... I also use a 2-DLLs architecture, one of them containing all the resources needed to create a new "skin" for the application, ......

Two stars...

I just got my second star on MSDN :-)

WPF, Silverlight: Things I like in Visual Studio 2008 XAML editor (September CTP)

The excellent Nathan Dunlap posted on the 18th of September about Blend September CTP, and the new features he likes. It's very much in line with what I have been thinking too since I tried this latest edition, so I am not going to repeat it, just go ahead and read his post. (By the way, it's good to see Nathan blogging more lately, very happy about that :-) On my end, I want to mention a few things I really like in the XAML editor in Visual Studio 2008 September CTP: When you type a control (for ......