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Exploring the Grid and Grid Splitter with Blend–North Texas User Group–Blendlet #1
I am honored to start the series of short Blend lessons for the North Texas Silverlight User Group ( ) on October 11th. The first topic will be handling the Grid with Expression Blend. Join us next month for fun with the pathlist box. Today let’s get started with Grids. Put a grid on the canvas and set it to auto width and height by using the set to auto arrow. Also set the vertical and horizontal alignment to stretch. If you mouse over the top or side bar, you will see ......

Posted On Monday, October 11, 2010 10:00 PM

Expression Blend is a great tool to for young web devs
Basic layout One day when I came home, my youngest daughter said “I could never be a geek like you”. So I put her in front of Expression Blend and we started messing around. She has produced her first silverlight site and isn’t done yet. All the development is done in Expression Expression Blend and with a little direction, she has done it herself. There is a secret password that pops up a secret message for her friends (nope, I can’t tell you where or what or it wouldn’t be a secret). I can tell ......

Posted On Saturday, August 7, 2010 2:49 AM

TextBox with Strikethrough in Silverlight by modifying the TextBox template
Someone recently asked about a strikethrough in a TextBlock. The need was for a short piece of text that was dynamically generated. I messed with some solutions and came up with the following: I used a TextBox rather than the TextBlock. If you don’t want it to be editable, I suggest isReadOnly to true. You can change the read only part of the template if you don’t want it to look different in Read only view. Put a TextBox on the form. Right click on the TextBox and choose EditTemplate -> Edit ......

Posted On Sunday, June 27, 2010 1:28 AM

Speaking –NT PC User Group C# Sig – 7/10/10
At Microsoft Office in Irving, TX This meeting changed topic after poling the audiece and seeing what they wanted to hear about. It was still all about blend but it was more about getting started with blend then hard core templating. Here is a link to the video that Shawn Weisfeld took and posted of the event. Enjoy!!! http://www.drowningintechni... Join ......

Posted On Saturday, June 19, 2010 11:38 PM

Now you're Stylin’
The idea is to define colors and style templates in resource dictionaries that can be easily changed out to change the look and feel without touching the code. Blend is a good tool for managing and modifying resource dictionaries. It is the same ideas behind CSS LOCATION: There are very few times when I make a color resource local page and even fewer when I will statically define a color. Instead, I define my Resource Dictionary(s) when I first start a project and in the Dictionary(s), I immediately ......

Posted On Friday, June 18, 2010 5:56 PM

Mousin' down the PathListBox
While modifying the standard media player with a new look and feel for Ineta Live I saw a unique opportunity to use their logo with a dotted I with and attached arc as the scrub control. So I created a PathListBox that I wanted an object to follow when a user did a click and drag action. Below is how I solved the problem. Please let me know if you have improvements or know of a completely different way. I am always eager to learn. First, I created a path using the pen tool in Expression Blend (see ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 1:30 PM

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