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Redesigning my website with the help of Expression Blend

.NET, ASP.NET, Blend, Technical stuff, Website, Work, WPF
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I decided to completely redesign my website www.galasoft.ch (yes, it’s about time, I know). For this process, I decided to inspire myself (loosely) from my good friend Robby Ingebretsen‘s site, which is both simple and beautiful.

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Converting and customizing XAML to PNG with server-side WPF

.NET, ASP.NET, Blend, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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One Tweet by Oliver Sturm (http://twitter.com/olivers) the other day got me to thinking. He was asking about the possibility to host graphics for a web site in XAML format, and the best way to render it.

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Microsoft to add jQuery in Visual Studio: Why I think it’s great

.NET, ASP.NET, JavaScript, Technical stuff, Work
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The news took the community by surprise and the reactions are overwhelmingly positive: Microsoft is going to ship jQuery with the ASP.NET MVC framework (very soon) and with Visual Studio (in a near future). For more details, ScottGu and Scott Hanselman are talking about that in a very complete way.

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TweetMyPage V0.2 – Now with “from TweetMyPage” indicator

.NET, ASP.NET, Technical stuff, TweetMyPage, Work
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As soon as I had my info page online, I asked Twitter to accept TweetMyPage as a Twitter application, and to mark the messages posted with TweetMyPage with “from TweetMyPage”. Note for developers: There is a form to fill on the Twitter API page. It’s really fast, and one day later I got the answer that it was accepted.

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MIX08: Keynote

.NET, ASP.NET, Blend, MIX, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Work
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So here we are, the breakfast was had, and now we’re getting ready to listen to MIX08’s keynote. I will do my best to post new information as we receive it. To make sure that you don’t miss anything, check this page:

http://hashtags.org/tag/mix08/

That’s an interesting project: It scans through all the twitter feeds carrying the tag “#mix08″ and aggregates them. Many tweeters here are using this setting, so it’s a good way to keep track of what’s happening in real time. I just regret that there is no RSS feed for the hashtag page, that would make things easier to follow.

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MIX08: Random pieces of news

.NET, ASP.NET, Blend, Personal, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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  • Expression Studio V2 is coming this April.
  • It will include V2 of Expression Design!!! (Yes, finally)
  • Expression Design V2 allows selecting a “slice” of your design and export it to XAML directly. Seems that the export process improved a lot. Not sure about roundtrip export-import though.

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Porting to VS2008 / New WPF book / Pictures of Sicily

.NET, ASP.NET, Technical stuff, Website, WPF
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Porting to VS2008

I am working on a few ASP.NET projects I do privately, and had a small issue, which I couldn’t debug in VS2005. I decided it was time to give a serious try to VS2008, so I converted most of my private ASP.NET projects to VS2008, and everything wen smoothly. I didn’t take any risk, and I chose to continue using .NET 2.0 for these projects, so that only the IDE changes, but not the framework. After a very fast and painless conversion, finding the error was a breeze (I was having problems adding a tagprefix to an ASPX page, because somehow the referenced DLL was not recognized by VS2005. In VS2008 however, not only the[ DLL loaded without any problems, but I even got Intellisense in the ASPX for free! So far, it’s been a real pleasure using VS2008, and I can only recommend it to everyone.

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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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ReMix Zurich tomorrow

.NET, ASP.NET, MIX, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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ReMix 07 Zurich
ReMix 07 Zurich

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On the road to Silverlight: Download…

.NET, ASP.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Website, Work, WPF
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Now that my site has been cleaned up, I want to add Silverlight content to it soon. I blogged about my plans here, and first of all I need to download all the development environment. That also includes Orcas (Visual Studio 2007) which is currently still in Beta. I didn’t install it before because Microsoft told us that it was a bad idea to install it on a non-virtual machine, and that uninstalling it was very difficult. Since the last Beta 1 version, however, things are better and I have been told that it’s OK to install VS2005 and VS2007 on the same machine. So that’s my plan!

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