Monthly Archives: June 2007

WPF training (Swiss edition) completed

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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Life is pretty good in the moment. I just finished giving the WPF fundamentals training to my Swiss colleagues. We also had the pleasure to host two US colleagues from Chicago who came specially for the training. I hope it was worth it, but I can safely say that everyone had fun and learned a lot in 3 days. That’s a very short time to getting to know WPF, and noone became a WPF expert between Monday morning and Wednesday evening, but everyone improved their knowledge and, most importantly, I put a lot of emphasis on where to find resources on the web or in MSDN, how to educate oneself by reading blogs, websites and books. (BTW, I heard that Chris Anderson’s book is very good too (I got this from ScottGu himself, so that must be true), and I just ordered 2 copies for my office.)

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Various WPF resources online

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WPF: Finished the Expression Design / Expression Blend hands-on lab

.NET, Blend, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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Update: Removed the IFRAME, because of annoying “download” effect in Firefox. Added a link to the XAML page instead.

Excellent lab!! I finished today the lab I started yesterday about Expression Design, Expression Blend and their collaboration.

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Crazy work weeks

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The first of the craziest work weeks I ever lived is over… I don’t necessarily mean crazy as in stressful, just, you know… crazy.

Last Monday, I attended Remix07 in Zurich, and spent quite some time with Scott Guthrie. It was just great to talk about WPF, Silverlight and the future. He is without any doubts one of the brightest minds I ever met (the second one who comes to my mind is Dr Jack Preger, whom I will meet again in 2 weeks time (see below)). Scott is also a very nice person, who gives a lot of care to the people he talks to, and in his presence you feel listened to, and (what’s rare) understood :-)

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WPF: Expression Design hands on lab

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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I just finished the first half of the “Creating WPF buttons with Expression Blend and Expression Design” hands-on laboratory created by Karsten Januszewski. It’s a really cool lab, especially for a WPF integrator with a developer education. I was always interested in design, but I am really not a designer, so it’s quite nice to learn a few tricks and techniques.

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Silverlight: More tutorials, and really good ones!

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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Celso Gomes, excellent designer working for the WPF team (Blend, Design and Silverlight) put together a Silverlight only website with great short tutorials. I just took the “Animations” ones, and I like the concept. Short lessons, easy to remember.

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Scott Guthrie talks about the future or ASP.NET and Orcas

.NET, ASP.NET, MIX, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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The ReMix event was nice, well, not really comparable to Las Vegas, of course, but it was nice to see the demos again. For me, in fact, the real opportunity was rather to connect with other people interested in these technologies, and in this aspect it was really nice. I’ve been wanting to meet Ronnie Saurenmann (the guy behind the Zurich Airport XBAP and the “Outlook-like” WPF hands-on lab) for quite some time, I hope for the beginning of a nice collaboration.

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Road to Silverlight: My First Silverlight Application

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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I just published my very first Silverlight application to my website. OK, I just had like 1 hour to build it, so it’s not very impressive, but still, I am happy that it works!!

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LiveWriter is watching you

Personal, Technical stuff
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Checking the LiveWriter developer page during the ReMix event, I noticed that I am getting stared at :

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ReMix 07 in Zurich with Scott Guthrie

.NET, MIX, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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Today, the ReMix 07 event is taking place in the World Trade Center in Zurich, Switzerland. Lots of great speaker, including Scott Guthrie, Wayne Smith, Beau Ambur and more.

Wayne Smith just showed his video encoding and XAML editing demo, pretty much the same demo as in Vegas, but very well received here anyway! You got to love his accent :) but more important, the content is great. Read the rest of this entry »