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The Great Silverlight Competency Test #6

This is the sixth of twelve questions in The Great Silverlight Competency Test –  each of which I believe a competent Silverlight Programmer ought to be able to complete within no more than 1 hour.

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Styles (followup)

Yesterday’s post did not include source, and left fleshing out the styles as an exercise… this quick follow-up will provide a link to the full code and a quick walkthrough of the styles I ended up creating.

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Visual State Manager A-Z

This is the first of a multipart series on the Visual State Manager which will cover Styles Resources Templates Custom Controls Customizing data validation

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Creating A Silverlight Blog That Doesn’t Suck

Want to stand out from the crowd? Provide me with information I can’t get elsewhere….

You have to focus on what your blog has to offer that is different, new, interesting, better than all the other blogs available, or I return to my original question: is this worth doing? Continue reading

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HyperVideo & Windows Phone 7 Project Update

  This is a quick update on the next steps for the HyperVideo Project that will touch on the following three sub-projects scheduled to be completed in the next six months: Update to the web-based project (HVP v2) Initial “port” … Continue reading

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Today’s Quote: Minds are like parachutes…

… they don’t work unless they’re open …Just because you lost yours, doesn’t mean you can borrow mine.

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Why Developers Should, Must, Do Care About The New Expression Blend

Okay, tough love: if you are serious about Silverlight development, the days of using one Integrated Development Environment for all you work are…. over.  The benefits of adding Expression Blend to your toolkit, and getting serious about learning how to … Continue reading

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Getting Started With Silverlight: A Path Through The Learning Material

I often receive email saying, more or less, “I am starting Silverlight, can you tell me what to read first.” We are working hard on creating a path through all the material for Getting Started. For now, I’d recommend the … Continue reading

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Getting Silverlight Questions Answered Effectively

The single best place to get your questions answered about Silverlight are the Silverlight Forums.   Now, I know that forums are often a company’s way of saving money on customer service, but the dev team and the Community PM’s & … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Screen Scraping – When All You Have Is A Hammer…

I had decided to create a list of what videos were already available on the Learning Pages of Silverlight.net.  When I clicked on the page for the entire list, however, I was quite daunted by the sheer number. I opened … Continue reading

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UK and Ireland Slides and Links

I promised to post the slides I used during my SLHVP and Robust (MVVM/TDD) Silverlight Applications presentations. As noted at the time, they don’t stand on their own terribly well, and beyond that, they make extensive use of images that … Continue reading

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