Silverlight HVP – Next Steps and Community Involvement

The Silverlight HyperVideo project ran full steam from January through the day before Mix, and then went on hiatus while we all recovered, and while I pondered three critical questions:

  • What features and changes are needed to bring the HVP up to the point that we can offer it for use by Silverlight.net and related sites (version 1.1)
  • How do we involve volunteer developers from the community more successfully?
  • What is in the next release (version 2)

I’m pleased to announce that we’re ready to resume development. The features for version 1.1 are now listed as ready for development in our Kanban board, however I no longer have an accurate picture of which developers would like to be involved.

If you are already listed as a developer/contributor and wish to continue, please send me an email.  I’ll be purging that list in a week.

If you are interested in participating and are not yet signed up, please go to the developer page, follow the directions in the How Do I Contribute link, and read through the rest of the developer page and then as much as you can of the rest of the documentation.

The key tasks & features for version 1.1 include

  • Making the application more self-revealing
  • Showing the scrubber and its movement when changing topics
  • Breadcrumbs so that you can follow a link and find your way back
  • Topics light up as they are reached while the video plays

The key tasks and features for version 2 are divided among feature additions for the existing HVP (e.g., upgrading to version 2 of the player, adding additional modules) and creating (first) a port of the application to Windows Phone 7.

I have a number of ideas about how to smooth the path for contributing community members, but the first step is finding out who is interested.

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About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is an independent consultant and programmer with three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and multiple Pluralsight courses, and has been a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP and Telerik MVP.
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2 Responses to Silverlight HVP – Next Steps and Community Involvement

  1. Andrew says:

    The example posted on silverlight.net needs to be updated with the latest version:

    http://www.silverlight.net/content/samples/slhvpcurrent/

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