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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. August 2010 Entries
Silverlight 4 Application Template Themes by Microsoft
I watched John Papa’s Silverlight TV Ep 42: Apply and Customize the new Silverlight Themes this morning and decided to try it out. I felt that the documentation for getting started was sparse, so I decided to write my own to help the community. First, what is is and why do I care? The themes are designed to provide a navigation template for a Silverlight Business Application. If you are not a designer then chances are you are not going to make something this pretty. =) First, you should download ......

Posted On Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:56 PM

Flashing Text (using behavior/storyboard) in Silverlight 4
I noticed a lot of confusion around flashing text in Silverlight 4/WPF and wanted to show you a simple way to pull it off using Blend 4. I’ve seen plenty of examples of people using code-behind to accomplish this, but this should really be handled in the View or the .XAML file (if you are not familiar using the term View from the MVVM pattern). If you can get a grasp of Storyboard’s and Behaviors, you can do a lot of things similar to this without cluttering your code-behind files. Full XAML is provided ......

Posted On Thursday, August 26, 2010 6:13 PM

Silverlight Spy 3.0.0.12 Review
Let me start by saying, I love looking at other people’s code. I have learned so much by reading code that I would put that in a top 5 list of things every programmer should do. If it wasn’t for tools like .NET Reflector or Snoop then I would have missed reading a lot of great code. I started working in Silverlight a few months ago and wanted a utility to browse the tree nodes like Snoop does for WPF. I found several solutions but wasn’t happy until I stumbled upon Silverlight Spy 3 by First Floor ......

Posted On Saturday, August 21, 2010 9:32 PM

“Fade in” Screen in Silverlight 4
I’ve had a couple request to create a fade in screen using Silverlight/Expression Blend 4 and decided that I would add it to my blog. The whole point of this application, is to present information to the user and once they click on the screen for it to appear in the background. This could be used in numerous ways for a business application. (click to shop, click for more info, etc). Before diving into this, I did not want multiple XAML pages and chain them together. I wanted to use some of the built ......

Posted On Saturday, August 14, 2010 7:21 PM

Book Review: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step
Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step (click book logo to be taken to the Catalog Page) By: Laurence Moroney Publisher: Microsoft Press Pub. Date: June 30, 2010 Print ISBN-13: 978-0-7356-3887-7 Pages in Print Edition: 336 I decided to do my first review with the new Silverlight 4 Step by Step book from Microsoft Press. I have read the entire book and completed all of the exercises. I have found several errors in the book’s code, but they were not hard to figure out. Instead of writing a formal book ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 4:02 PM

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