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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. January 2011 Entries
Building a personal website using Silverlight.
I’ve always believed that as a developer you should always have a hobby project going on. I think a hobby project needs to contain at least one of following things: Something that you have never done before. Something that you are interested in. Something that you can work on in your spare time without affecting your *paying* job. I decided my hobby project would be an entire web application written in Silverlight that could be used as a self-promotion/marketing tool. This goal of the site is to ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 5:33 AM

Does your Silverlight application really have to end in .XAP?
The answer is surprisingly no. It is time to end the myth that when hosting a Silverlight application, it has to end in .XAP. Let’s look at a sample Silverlight project first. When you create a new Silverlight Project and inspect the ClientBin folder, you will see that the filename ends in .XAP. What do you think would happen if we renamed this file to .zip and updated our hosting page to look like the following? <div id="silverlightControlHost"... <object data="data:application/x-si... ......

Posted On Friday, January 21, 2011 7:22 AM

I will be speaking at SSWUG Spring V-Conference on Silverlight.
I will be presenting several sessions on Silverlight 4 at the SSWUG V-Conference on April 20th through April 22nd. The sessions include: 15 Things I learned about Silverlight. Description: This session is great for an audience that has never worked with Silverlight. It describes my real-world experience developing for Silverlight 4. It should help the audience avoid some of the beginner mistakes with working with Silverlight. Tools and Utilities for the .NET Developer (based off of http://tools.michaelcrump.net) ......

Posted On Thursday, January 20, 2011 7:45 AM

If I were in a Silverlight focus group, here is ten things I would say.
Silverlight is a great product right off the shelf. I use it, love it and spend a lot of time helping the community understand it. This however, doesn’t mean that I don’t think that it can get better. If I were invited to a Microsoft Focus Group about Silverlight here is 10 things I would say: We need more navigation templates. I’ve found (4) templates that Microsoft has released (Cosmo, Windows 7, Accent and JetPack). This number needs to be around 16. In order to get more people developing for ......

Posted On Monday, January 17, 2011 6:34 AM

Create Custom Speech Bubbles in Silverlight.
I had a reader email me the following question: “How do you create Speech Bubbles in Silverlight/WPF without adding any extra .dlls? Right off the bat, I know at least two ways to create the speech bubbles that look just like the ones in comic books. Using the Callout Shapes included with Blend 4. Using the free 3rd party control named FreeBubbles (I used this before Blend 4). Unfortunately, we cannot use either of these as they will both add extra .dll’s to the project. So why wouldn’t you want ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:56 AM

Prevent your Silverlight XAP file from caching in your browser.
If you work with Silverlight daily then you have run into this problem. Your XAP file has been cached in your browser and you have to empty your browser cache to resolve it. If your using Google Chrome then you typically do the following: Go to Options –> Clear Browsing History –> Empty the Cache and finally click Clear Browsing data. As you can see, this is a lot of unnecessary steps. It is even worse when you have a customer that says, “I can’t see the new features you just implemented!” ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2011 9:49 AM

A better way to organize your Silverlight Code Snippets.
I hate re-writing code. I also hate it when I find a great code snippet on the web and forget to bookmark it or it gets lost in my endless sea of bookmarks. So what do you do to get around this? This is the question that I was asking myself at the end of 2010. How can I get my Silverlight code organized? My requirements for a snippet manager were: Needs to be FREE. An easy way to view XAML/C# code behind together in one “view”. I wanted the ability to store the code snippets in cloud in case my HDD ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 4, 2011 8:55 AM

What is the best book on Silverlight 4?
Silverlight/Expression 4 Books! I recently stumbled upon a post asking, “What is the best book on Silverlight 4?” In the age of the internet, it can be hard for anyone searching for a good book to actually find it. I have read a few Silverlight 4/Expression books in 2010 and decided to post the “best of” collection. Instead of reading multiple books, you can cut your list down to whatever category that you fit in. With Silverlight 5 coming soon, now is the time to get up to speed with what Silverlight ......

Posted On Monday, January 3, 2011 11:07 AM

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