Monthly Archives: March 2008

Silverlight 2 beta 1: ScrollViewer with auto-layout crashes both IE and FF

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Update 2: The Silverlight team at Microsoft was able to reproduce the bug, and it has been entered in the bug database. Thanks all for your precious help!!

Update: Apparently this bug is not consistently reproducible. If you get the bug, please enter a comment with your system information. I was able to reproduce on a number of machines and OS, but on some other PCs it works just fine.

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TechDays 2008: Slides and Code of my presentation available online

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The slides and demo source code of my presentation at TechDays last week are available online.

 

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Silverlight: Downloading Zipped files with the WebClient

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In the “old” alpha edition of Silverlight, you could use the Downloader class to download a zip file containing one or many packed media elements (images, videos). The Downloader provided a progress report (to update a progress bar, for example). After the download was completed, you could use the Image.SetSource or MediaElement.SetSource method to directly unpack one file from the downloaded zip file.

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Silverlight: The Power of Skinning by Corrina Barber

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If anyone still needed to see the Power of Skinning for Silverlight controls, well, Corrina just did it (again). In addition to the 3 existing skins “Bubbly“, “Red” and “Flat“, she just published a 4th one “Rough” (click on the links for a live demo, requires Silverlight 2 beta 1).

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TechDays 08: Talked about WPF and now back home

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The Swiss edition of the TechDays 2008 is over. It was a great success,many people came, and as far as I can say, people had a good time. I didn’t attend any sessions though, because I hung out in the main area instead and met a number of people (some of them I knew from MIX or other occasions), and talked talked talked. Yesterday evening, there was a party, I didn’t stay too late though because I wanted to be well rested for my talk this morning.

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Arthur C Clarke, 16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008

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In the time zone where I post this from, Arthur C Clarke didn’t die yet. I still have 20 minutes of a time paradox that he would have loved, I am sure.

 

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Silverlight: Don’t forget to add the XAP extension!

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Silverlight 2 now packs all the files needed to run the application in a XAP file (which is essentially a ZIP file). Think of the XAP file a little as the JAR files of Java applets. Because these files must be served by the web server in the correct way, it is necessary to pay attention to this extension (we had exactly the same problem when XBAPs were introduced, or for serving “pure XAML files”.

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TechDays 08: My talk next Thursday in Basel, Switzerland

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TechDays 08

Next week, on Wednesday the 19th and Thursday the 20th of March, the TechDays Switzerland will take place in the St. Jakobshalle in Basel. Apprently, it’s sold out and they expect around 2300 people in 5 parallel tracks. Now that’s kind of making me nervous, because I will be presenting a session on Thursday the 20th at 9AM!.

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#MIX08: Wrap-up post

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MIX08 is over, and I am home with what one could call the “post-MIX” mood. It’s a mix (pun intended, haha) of various feelings

  • Obviously I am extatic to be with my family again, even more so because I was away for almost two weeks, which I usually try to avoid. It’s just so good to be with them again. I wish I could take them with me every time I am abroad.
  • Excitement about all the new things we saw. Thinking all the time of what I’ll be able to improve in my various projects using these new techniques and resources. Lots of planning to do.

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#Mix08 evenings are pretty cool

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So last night was the last evening for many (but not for me since I am flying only tomorrow, ha ha), and there was a number of dinners and parties going on. I was lucky to be invited to a great dinner at Zeffirino’s thrown by IdentityMine. These dinners are always wonderful occasions to meet and talk to the big players in the field of WPF and Silverlight, designers and developers mixed. Yesterday was not an exception to that rule, with Scott Guthrie, Miguel Icaza (of Moonlight and Mono), Grant Hinkson of Infragistics, Rob Relyea, Karsten Januzsewski (can’t believe that I missed you, so sorry about that!), Ryan Stewart of Adobe, and many others that I was really pleased to meet.

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