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  • I want my app to look like the Zune client

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 17, 2010 (1 week ago)
    Tags: Zune , RIA Services , Themes , Deepesh Mohnani
    Deepesh Mohnani demonstrates how to make your application look and feel like the Zune client by using the Cosmopolitan template.

    Earlier I had posted about the theme pack for the Silverlight Business Application and amongst them was the Cosmopolitan template. The cosmopolitan theme is inspired by the Metro theme which was first seen in the the Zune Client.

    Since then, there have been many variations of the Metro theme, Windows Phone 7, Metrotwit, the Cosmopolitan theme  and many more. They are all inspired by the Metro theme. Recently, Nikoka pointed out one of the key differences between the Zune client and the Cosmopolitan theme. One thing, I would like to call out is that they are just different variations.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 08, 2010 (2 weeks ago)
    Phil Middlemiss has published part 7 of his series on building a Silverlight theme for use in Blend 3.

    ImageThe first post in the theme can be found here. If you haven't done much styling of controls before then I recommend you start there since it introduces practices to keep your styles manageable.
    This far in the series, I'm focusing on specific parts of the more complex controls.
    In this post, we are branching out into the Silverlight Toolkit to style the Accordian control.

    If you have missed some of the previous parts, you can catch up here:
    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 07, 2010 (2 weeks ago)
    Tim Heuer announces the release of the refreshed Silverlight 4 themes (inlcuding RIA Services templates).  

    The feedback from the Silverlight 4 application themes released and the latest in process have been overwhelmingly toward the positive.  We appreciate the feedback and hopefully you appreciate the transparency in the process.  As a developer I want my fellow brethren to appreciate good design and use it whenever possible … even as a default if you don’t have designers on board.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 02, 2010 (3 weeks ago)
    Because of the positive feedback of the previous Silverlight application themes released last month, Tim Heuer and his team decided to make another theme targeting business application developers. In this post, Tim is going to give a sneak preview of that theme.

    We’re turning this theme around FAST and I wanted to throw it out here in an initial iteration for preview and comment.  This is the ‘dark’ version of the theme and there will be a light version as well.  This represents only the core control set, but like the others will include other SDK controls as well.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Jun 01, 2010 (3 weeks ago)
    In this tutorial, Laurent Duveau shows you how to theme your Silverlight application and to allow the user to switch themes dynamically.

    It’s been a while since Silverlight Toolkit has Theming support, but with the April 2010 version and the new features of Silverlight 4 it is now easier than ever to apply those themes.

    What you need to know:

    • ImplicitStyleManager was removed from the Toolkit, this is because implicit styles are now supported in Silverlight 4.
    • The Toolkit has now a Theme control to apply Themes on your pages.
    • Also a ContextMenuService and ContextMenu control that can allow the user to switch Themes at runtime in this scenario.
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 27, 2010 (4 weeks ago)
    Find out how Phil Middlemiss uses the ContentControl for separating content from presentation.

    ImageThe ContentControl is often overlooked when building Silverlight apps. It’s used inside many controls such as the Button or ChildWindow, but it also turns out to be quite useful on it’s own for separating content from presentation.

  • WCF RIA Services v1.0 and Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2010 are Here

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 18, 2010 (1 month ago)
    The final releases of the Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio and WCF RIA Services are now available for download. Take a look at the original posts of John Papa and Tim Heuer. The final version of the 3 new application themes that they developed are now also available.

    This morning we published the final release of the Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio and WCF RIA Services.  In April, when Silverlight 4 was released, the tools were still in “RC” status.  Today, they are no longer and are officially released.  There is no new update to Silverlight itself, but these tools are the final bits of this version.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Phil Middlemiss  on  May 11, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Phil Middlemiss continues his series on creating a theme for Silverlight in Blend. In this post he looks at the TabControl.

    ImageThis is the 6th in a series on creating a "Chrome and Glass" Silverlight theme in Expression Blend. The purpose of the theme is to look at all the common controls and point out any interesting or difficult aspects of styling their templates. If you haven't styled many controls before then I recommend you begin with the first post in the series.

    If you have missed some of the previous parts, you can find it here:
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 5
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 4
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 3
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 2
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 1
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 04, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Tim Heuer announces that some new Silverlight 4 themes are now available and provides a raw drop of the sample project that was used to display the themes.
    A while back I posted a sneak peek preview of 3 new themes that we were working on for Silverlight 4 applications. Our team wanted to do more than just the overall base theme and provide the themes for the core, SDK and some Silverlight Toolkit controls as well.  In addition, there was a lot of internal chatter about how cool these new themes were and a lot of teams wanting to adopt them as default, including WCF RIA Services.
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Phil Middlemiss  on  May 03, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Phil Middlemiss continues his series on creating a Chrome and Glass style theme, this time looking at the ProgressBar and Slider controls. He takes a close look at the Indeterminate State of the ProgressBar control and explains what Control Parts are.

    Control Template of SliderThe red circle is around the Control Part icon. That icon indicates that the control expects there to be an element in the template called "ProgressBarTrack", and it usually has to be a control of the same type as is used in the default control template - in this case a Border control for "ProgressBarTrack" and a Rectangle element for "ProgressBarIndicator".

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