Category Archives: Blend

Yet Another Podcast #13–Corey Schuman

Talking with Corey Schuman about Windows Phone, Blend and more. Listen | Return to Yet Another Podcast Call in comments:  1-347-YAP-CAST

Posted in Blend, Patterns & Skills, Podcast, WindowsPhone | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Windows Phone Tutorial: Why Windows Phone Developers Should Must and Are Learning and Using Expression Blend

Back in June, I wrote this to Silverlight developers: Okay, tough love: if you are serious about Silverlight development, the days of using one Integrated Development Environment for all your work are…. over.  The benefits of adding Expression Blend to … Continue reading

Posted in Blend, Data, iPhoneToWP7, Styles and Templates, WindowsPhone | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Great SL Competency Test Part 2 (Answer)

The task: Create a custom button that has non-standard visual behavior when you hover over it, and when you click it but which otherwise acts exactly like a button. The idea was to be able to do this in under … Continue reading

Posted in Blend, Community, Patterns & Skills, Styles and Templates | Tagged , | 5 Comments

10 Programming Books You Absolutely Want Within Easy Reach

To make this list, a book must be on my “close” shelf, and must Be useful today Be incredibly well written

Posted in Blend, Data, Essentials, Languages, News, Opinion | 117 Comments

Teaching An Old Control New Tricks With Templates

This is the fourth in a short series on Templates and DataValidation. [ First In Series    Previous In Series ] You will remember that in the previous post in this small series, we created a new button template with a … Continue reading

Posted in Blend, Mini-Tutorial, Styles and Templates | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Templates, Visual State and Fun With Controls

This is the third (if you count Sunday’s update!) in my short series on Templates and Data Validation. [ First In Series.  Previous In Series ] Today we’re going to create a templated  Button that changes the appearance and visual … Continue reading

Posted in Blend, Mini-Tutorial, Styles and Templates | Tagged , | 3 Comments

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.

Posted in Blend, Mini-Tutorial, Tools and Utilities, z Silverlight Archives | Tagged , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Blend, Mini-Tutorial, Tools and Utilities, z Silverlight Archives | Tagged , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Blend, z Silverlight Archives | Tagged , , , | 26 Comments

Green Eggs and Blend

I’m pleased to say that the accident of not recording my first (new series) Webcast led to the opportunity to reformulate it as a video, which is now available for viewing or download. This is a brief, somewhat  tongue in … Continue reading

Posted in Blend | Comments Off on Green Eggs and Blend

Cider vs. Blend

I think there are a lot of developers who work alone or in very small teams who do not have access to professional designers and who might, at least for a while, be a bit intimidated by Blend. We can … Continue reading

Posted in Blend | Comments Off on Cider vs. Blend