Monthly Archives: November 2007

Reticulating splines

Technical stuff
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I am testing the Mozy backup service that was praised by many lately. It’s not bad so far, but I am a bit disappointed that it doesn’t work when I am either in the office, or connected to the VPN. Also, it’s really slow for the moment. I am tweaking my firewall to try to expedite things, I hope I succeed because the service sounds like a good idea.

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Silverlight 2.0, Visual Studio 2008, new Alpha tools for Silverlight… hot winter!

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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The community is buzzing with the news about Silverlight 1.1 being re-versioned to 2.0; I really think it makes sense, given what will be added to the platform until next year.

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Creating animations in code with Silverlight 1.1

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff
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I didn’t write here in quite some time, due to a hectic work schedule and a private Silverlight project taking all my time. It’s going great and in the course of realizing it, I stumbled upon something I think I should post about: In the current version of Silverlight 1.1, creating animations in code by creating a new Storyboard and one or more new (for example) ColorAnimation(s) is not possible. In WPF, you can do this, but Silverlight doesn’t have this ability yet. Thankfully, there is a workaround involving string manipulation and the XamlReader class.

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Silverlight: Bug with RadialGradientBrush OpacityMask

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff
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Update: Just posted this at http://silverlight.net/forums/t/6486.aspx

I stumbled upon a bug in Silverlight today related to the way it handles OpacityMasks with a RadialGradientBrush.

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Silverlight: There’s more to it than "just" video

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff
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As I was listening today to the new Foo Fighter CDs I bought a few days ago, I realized that I love one of the tracks: “But, Honestly” (on “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace”). In fact, I especially like the second part of the song, with an incredible progression in energy, Dave Grohl‘s great voice and guitar and the bass and drums bringing the whole crescendo to an harmonic explosion (I feel like a poet today…).

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Expression Blend: Template loops (no problems in Cider, though)

.NET, Blend, Technical stuff, WPF
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In one of my side-projects, I wanted to create a kind of lightweight treeview, as simple as possible: An item can contain a list of items; each item is simple represented by a string. In OO design, it’s rather easy: You crate a DataItem class, which contains a Description and a collection of DataItems (children).

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Silverlight: A jump back in time

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff
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Hilarious experience today: I happened to stumble again on Tim Sneath’s announcement of Silverlight in April this year. I spent a moment reading the comments, and it was really funny! I especially liked the Linux crowd saying (in essence) that there would obviously NEVER be a support for Linux.

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