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A lap around MIX09 announcements

Many new things came out before the actual keynote, like ASP.NET MVC RTM, Silverlight 3.0 Beta 1 (with Blend for SL3 and its VS2008 tools), RIA DataServices. Not sure if it was something they planned or an error by someone that forgot that 9AM in Las Vegas happens 8 hour after 9AM in Europe, but that’s what we’ve got. The Opening keynote by Buxton I would have never expected such an awesome keynote by Buxton: it was about user experience designer, about UX in MS, about the importance of sketching. Buxton is a researcher, but it was one...

Silverlight 2.0 RTW available from Oct 14th, on a Linux machine next to you

Just listening to TheGu announcing the official release of Silverlight 2.0 RTM together with the full stack of development tools, including an Express version of the tool, and Soyatec, a plugin to build Silverlight application inside Eclipse (available next year). Furthermore, they will be releasing a Silverlight Control Pack on Codeplex, that include a pack of controls that will follow a fast iteration process. Everything will be available from tomorrow, October 14th. More info on Microsoft Press Pass: Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide UPDATE: They will porting Silverlight to Symbian teaming up with Nokia Technorati Tags: Silverlight,Eclipse

Which is faster? Flash or Silverlight?

The answer is: it depends. Flash/Flex is faster when it comes to graphic rendering, but Silverlight is faster when it comes to pure computation speed. There are two speed benchmarks for RIA application, and they both focus on UI rendering: BubbleMark: it displays many bubble floating around the screen as fastest as possible, and use the resulting frame per second as result of the test GUIMark: similar to the BubbleMark, but with more effects and animations used: vectorial images, alpha transparencies, text reflow and so on. Then another benchmark has been developed, CountingPrimes, which...

The links from MIX08 already available: MVC 2 and Silverlight 2.0

I'm watching MIX keynote online, but for curiosity I browsed the MS download site, and I found those 2 interesting links: ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 - with Silverlight 2.0 beta 1 runtime and tools Technorati Tag: mix08,Silverlight 2.0,aspnetmvc

How to survive to (Pre) Mix Envy - MIX08 webcast

Just watch the MIX '08 webcast live. Tim Sneath just announced that the keynote will be webcasted live from Vegas.   The live webcast will begin at 9:30AM Pacific Time on Wednesday March 5th, which is: 5:30PM GMT (London time) 6:30PM CET (Italy, France, Spain and Germany) 11:00PM Indian Time 6:30AM, Thursday 6h Wellington For other times: TimeAndDate.com I have to make sure I get home in time for the live webcast: there will be 3 different bandwidths: 100kbps 300kbps ...

Suffering of Pre Mix Envy

Today a new psychological condition is born: Pre Mix Envy. A new condition for developers who want to be in Vegas but can't. It was coined by Chris Hayuk, a British .NET developer and Silverlight blogger that can't go to the MIX08 event that is starting in a week in Las Vegas. I would have been to the event as well, and hear from the mouth of ScottGu all the cool announcements that they are going to make (ASP.NET MVC vNext, Silverlight 2.0, IIS7, IE8 and so on), but I guess I'll have to stay up at night and watch the...

European Silverlight Competition: the winners

Last week I announced the winners of the competition I took part in, the Polish competition. Today I just read about the winners of the continental competition on the INETA website (scroll down for the results). The winner is a Reversi game developed by Dejan Anevski from Macedonia, then a Google Earth clone made in Germany by Florian Kruesch and, as 3rd, a Silverlight RSS reader developed by Radenko Zec from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Congratulation to all, and happy MIX-ing to Dejan and Florian, that will be showing their work in a few weeks in Las Vegas....

Silverlight Competition: And the winner is...

A few days ago the list of competitors has been published, and today Marcin published the winners of the Polish Silverlight competition: Iteration burn-down chart: a burn-down chart with nice animations and good usability BrickMaster: a kind of Tetris SilverPostcard: a drawing application My silverlight prototype arrived 5th, which I think is a good position given the full fledged applications taking part in this competition. But not enough to have a chance to win a ticket for the MIX. Good luck to the 3 winners for the Continental Competition. Daniela and I are working on a v2 of the...

Silverlight Competition: here are the participants

Even if the Italian edition of the Silverlight INETA challenge was closed for lack of participants I still managed to submit my small Silverlight application: Marcin Celej, the organizer of the Polish edition, invited me to take part in his country's edition, and Jose Luis Latorre, the organizer of the continental competition was very kind to allow this exception to the nationality rule. So I submitted my "proof of concept" to the Polish competition. Unlike Italy, France and the other so-called Western European countries which showed no or very few participants, the Eastern European countries had a lot of submissions. In...

Sharing some Silverlight's bits: Full Screen Mode cannot be changed from HTML

I've been working a bit more on Silverlight so here is another quick tip on it. This time it's about supporting the fullscreen mode of a Silverlight application. ScottGu wrote about this topic back in early days of Silverlight 1.1 (Tip/Trick: Supporting Full Screen Mode with Silverlight) but I had a few problems implementing it: I tried to send my application in Full Screen mode handling an event raised by a control on my HTML page but the IsFullScreen property didn't want to go to true. Let's first see how to send a Silverlight application in FullScreen mode:...

Italian Silverlight Competition: no go

As I said last week, Daniela and I were developing a small application to take part in the Italian and INETA EU Silverlight competition. This morning I tried to upload the ugly proof of concept we came out with, but it was not possible to upload projects any more (probably I misunderstood and the final date was Jan 28th in the morning, and not at midnight). Too bad since I checked yesterday and there was no other application submitted to the contest (actually one, but without the application). But, this post is not about me not being able to take part into...

Sharing some Silverlight's bits: how to make a dashed line

In the last weeks I started playing around a bit with Silverlight in order to build something decent of the Italian Silverlight competition, so I decided to start sharing something of the things I found out while doing it. The first one is about drawing dashed lines. Here is how to do it in code: Line line = new Line();line.StrokeThickness = 1;double[] dashArray = new double[2];dashArray[0] = 2;dashArray[1] = 4;line.StrokeDashArray = dashArray; All you need is to define an array of double, size 2, and set the length of the dash as first element and the spacing between to dashes as second element of...

Minority Report-like interaction in WPF

Microsoft Surface and Jeff Han's multi-touch UI seem to be ages behind if compared to Project Maestro, developed by Cynergy, a RIA development company based in Washington, DC. What Project Maestro is?:It's a prototype of a no-touch interface, developed with WPF, XAML and using the WII remote with some custom-built IR gloves. And they say they built it in 8 days. Here is the video of how it works: If you want to do it yourself, here are some pointers to get you started: Connecting the Wii Control to WPF and the Wiimote project. Seems like we are not far from revolutionizing the way...

Silverlight 1.1 renamed to Silverlight 2.0

A lot of talking went on in the last months whether 1.1 was a good version number for Silverlight vNext, the one that will support managed code, a more extended BCL. And almost everybody agreed that, since the "next" Silverlight was a completely different beast from the currently released 1.0, a point release didn't give the feel of the differences between the 2 versions. Today ScottGu announced that Silverlight 1.1 has been renamed to Silverlight 2.0: Previously we've been referring to this .NET-enabled Silverlight release as "Silverlight V1.1".  After stepping back and looking at all the new features in...

Silverlight 1.0 goes live, and supports Linux

Silverlight 1.0 has been released tonight, and it will natively support Windows and Mac, and will officially support Linux via a partnership with Novell and Moonlight, which is part of the Mono Project. Together with Silverlight 1.0 RTM, also the RTM of Expression Encoder has been released. A lot of MS blogger already blogged about this announcement, here are a few posts where you can get more info: ScottGu - Silverlight 1.0 Released and Silverlight for Linux Announced Video on Channel9 - Scott Guthrie: Enter Silverlight 1.0 (And it now runs on all Linux distros) Sean Alexander...

Silverlight interesting resources

Just stumbled upon 2 interesting resources on Silverlight Silverlight Mindmap Ian Blackburn, developed a mindmap to help developers find their way through the huge amount of information that are available online. There 2 versions available online: jpg version of the map Silverlight version of the Silverlight map ScottGu's MIX recap Scott was the main speaker at the MIX keynote last Monday: a lot of things were announced. In his last post he recaps all the announcements made during the mix, and provide links to useful external resources I wish there were at least 28 hours per day to be...

More Silverlight bits

I usually don't like to write posts that contains only links to other posts, but with all that MIX07 information overload I'm doing it here as reminder for myself, hoping you will find it useful as well: Silverlight poster (the original post has a missing link, so down at the bottom of the post here is the image I downloaded this morning) Top Banana, a video editing application, totally built with SL 1.1 A Getting Started paper from O'Reilly: Getting Started with Silverlight a...

MIX07 Announcements

MIX07 started yesterday and, as I forecasted, there has been a lot announcements during the keynote. Today I opened my feedreader and I was flooded by almost 30-40 posts reporting the news coming from the MIX. A bit of information overload, isn't it? I cannot watch 2,5 hours of keynote video here at work, so I've to wait to get back to home tonight, so I've to try and understand the announcements reading other people blogs. A brief recap, mainly to clear up my mind than to report again the same things you can find around the blogsphere: Silverlight...

Silverlight Community Site

Due in a few hours, probably it's going to announced at MIX07: Silverlight Community Site. I'm going to reload that site tomorrow morning as soon as I wake up: http://www.silverlight.net/ PS: Look at the order of the list of browsers : "... all major browser including Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer..."   Technorati tags: Silverlight

Silverlight vs Flash

Michael Schwarz, the creator of Ajax.NET, the first .NET library to enable Ajax, just wrote on his blog a nice feature to feature comparison of MS Silverlight and Flash/Flex: Rich Media Platform Comparison I don't get the why he (or better the original source) included in the comparison also .NET 3.0, which is a completely different beast. Anyway it turns out that they are basically the same for Rich Applications, but Silverlight, being based on WMF, has a lot more features (DRM, HiDef, production tools) than Flash in the video field. Technorati tags: silverlight, wpf/e

Is WPF/E really named after David Silverlight?

Reporting the release to the public of MS Silverlight (codename WPF/E) I was wondering if that product has been named after David Silverlight, creator of many community websites like Community Credit. I heard that Microsoft has just started an extremely high reward system for very active community leaders, and that WPF/E is the first reward issued with that system. David is reporting a conversation he had with Bill Gates: To be honest, I didn't really believe him when told me about actually meeting Bill Gates a few months back to discuss some really high honor, but anyway it's a awesome honor for...

WPF/E has name: Silverlight

Sunday 15th was NAB day, and everybody was waiting for some shocking announcement from Apple (which announced only a professional version of Final Cut Server), but the shocking announcement came from the other side of the wall. Microsoft announced its "flash-killer" web platform: MS Silverlight. I've always been a fan of advanced GUI for the web, and finally we have a flash-like platform that can be developed with Visual Studio and developer oriented IDE. Flash was good but it lacked a powerful IDE as Visual Studio. Here are some link to blog of people directly involved in the development: ...