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  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    This series will walk through the various refactorings that Page has been working on to make the CoolMenu control better. 

    Page Brooks: "One of the biggest issues with the control was the fact that it did not inherit from an ItemsControl.  The ItemsControl, according to the MSDN documentation, is used to present a collection of items.  That’s a pretty powerful statement.  It is fairly common that we need to display a collection of items, so why not take advantage of what this class has to offer?  When I first set out to build this control, I naïvely inherited from Control and consequently ended up writing a lot of extra code to handle my items collection.  This worked, but the syntax was ugly and furthermore, the control did not support DataTemplates."

    Read more about inheriting from ItemsControl.



  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Tags:   .net-rocks , ria-panel

    Jesse Liberty: "As promised, here is the .NET Rocks recorded panel on RIA at Code Mash. It was a blast and got a great reception."

    In this recording you will hear Carl and Richard talking to an esteemed panel of experts about Rich Internet Applications, focusing on web-based apps at CodeMash 2009 in Sandusky, OH.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)
    Tags:   HyperVideo , Silverlight

    Jesse Liberty is happy to announce that the first two of the four-part series of videos on HyperVideo are now available.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Jesse Liberty has created a quick introduction to the HeaderContentControl of the Silverlight Toolkit that will lay the ground work for future entries on the Expander control.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Dean Chalk has made Silverlight ‘loading’ spin icon in XAML.

    Dean: "When loading large object collections in Silverlight, there is enough of a time delay so that I need some kind of animated icon that indicates a ‘loading’ state. There were many such icons used when loading data via AJAX, which are basically animated Gif’s. As Gif’s aren't supported in Silverlight, I needed to create one. I decided therefore to create a design in Expression Design, and then animate it in Blend, with a little tidying up in VS2008."

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Dean Chalk has designed a base collection class that automatically generates test data in debug builds, but loses all of that redundant functionality for efficiency and security in release builds.

    Dean: "One of the big issues for me with using Expression Blend for design in conjunction with VS2008 for the hard coding, is that you need to create at least test data loading stubs in the middle tier, delivered over WCF/WS in order visualize databound controls in the Silverlight app.This means that you often need to have everything ‘working’ on the data delivery backend before you can effectively design the visual elements, otherwise you’ll be trying to work with empty ListBoxes and DataGrids etc. "

    Read more and find the solution of the problem.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Jim Lynn has made funky popups using Tweener. If you have some controls which have to pop up more info when clicked or using MouseOver, then this is the right article for you. You’ll find a lot of code and very good ideas how to make your ‘appearance’ animation more interesting.

    Jim: "On a current project, we have some controls which have to pop up more info when clicked or using MouseOver. Because this is Silverlight, obviously we want it to look nice, so just switching Visibility from Collapsed to Visible doesn’t really cut the mustard. And I feel there are definite benefits from having some form of animation which conceptually links the box that pops up with the object you used to pop it up - this has been the case right back to the first Mac when new windows would grow and shrink accompanied by a simple animated border. I’ve been playing with various ways to animate these transitions, including using the Tweener class from the SilverlightContrib project."

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    This is the second part of Alex Golesh's series about Silverlight in the Mesh and the “Cloud”. Here he is talking about hosted service and blob storage.

    Alex: "As I promised, I’m starting to describe my experiences in creating Silverlight Mesh Enabled Web Application (MEWA or SMEWA) with Cloud Hosted Services and Cloud Storage. Today I’ll talk about creating the storage and supported hosted services."

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    Alex Golesh has posted the third part of his series about Silverlight in the Mesh and the “Cloud”. Part three is about Silverlight Mesh Enabled Web Application (SMEWA). Here Alex will show how to create management SMEWA and use Azure Storage  and Azure Hosted Services to save the data from Live Mesh Application to the Windows Azure Storage.

    Alex: "Today I’ll talk about SMEWA (Silverlight Mesh Enabled Web Application) creation. To create one (as for today) you need to be a member of Live Framework CTP. Invite to this CTP could be received through Microsoft Connect site."

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jan 19, 2009 (more than a year ago)

    In “Fun with ItemsControl” Shawn Wildermuth  will explain why you should use ItemsControl instead of ListBox. He gave an example - a small Silverlight app that shows some XBox games in a scrollable horizontal list, but many people complain that it doesn’t work in their browser.

    Shawn: "I spend a bit of time on the Silverlight forums and I've noticed a trend recently. A number of people are trying to get the ListBox to behave like something other than a ListBox. Most often I find it when someone is trying to handle mouse effects for items in a DataTemplate in a ListBox. What's interesting about that is that many are surprised by the neat little ItemsControl control. "


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