Faking 3D in Silverlight

June 15, 2007    Category: Blog, Technical   No Comments »

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One of the key differences between Microsoft’s .NET 3.0 full blown Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and the sub-set Silverlight (formally WPF/e) is that Silverlight doesn’t support true 3D support. (Flash is the same way… if you want the appearance of 3D in flash or Silverlight you have to fake it)

Here is a project that started over at CodePlex that uses that power of the .NET framework to convert / render (fake) WPF 3D over in Silverlight. nice!

http://www.dolittle.com/blogs/einar/archive/2007/06/13/balder-3d-engine-for-silverlight-source-code-is-out.aspx

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Playing with PopFly

June 4, 2007    Category: Blog, Technical   No Comments »

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Update: So, it looks like the current PopFly site requires you to log in to the site in order to view the embedded content. The result was that everyone visiting my blog was getting re-directed to the PopFly site and getting a “page not found” error (since most people aren’t logged in to PopFly). Hopefully, this will change after the alpha/beta period. It’s too bad, because if you could see the results of about 5 minutes of playing with PopFly, you’d be telling your self that you gotta get you some of that!

 

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I’m playing with Microsoft’s new Popfly. So far, I’m having fun. 🙂
http://www.popfly.ms/users/calebjenkins

Basically, it’s a web based site for non-developers to creating Silverlight mash-up. Pretty much everything is point and click, very easy to use, and still very flexible. You can create your own “blocks“ that then connect to other blocks (that’s where the mash-up part comes in). So, for example, you can take a sphere display or tile image view (display block) and connect it to a flickr feed block (data) and it just all works. One of the other cool parts is that you can easily share the mash up on your own web site (like here) or download and install it as a Vista Gadget. Popfly is currently in an invite only beta (alpha?) mode, but I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with it so far!

Look for the public availability soon… in the mean time, go check out:

http://silverlight.net/ and http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/ to find out more about Silverlight.

Enjoy!

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Kim Cameron mentioned this over 2 months ago… but I just now saw it. 😛

This looks very promising for anyone that wants to use CardSpace in their ASP.NET applications. (everyone wants to use CardSpace in their applications BTW).

http://www.codecomplete.de/blogs/digitalidentity/archive/2007/03/18/22.aspx

Enjoy!

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The Dallas Code Camp is back and happening this Saturday at the Las Colinas Microsoft Campus! The schedule is packed with great speakers and content.

I’ll be there talking about CSS Adapters in the real world (or something like that 😛 )

See you there!

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Working with Visual Studio 2003

February 1, 2007    Category: Blog, Technical   No Comments »

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It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve opened VS2003! I’m on site with a client for the next couple of weeks and that is what they are using. It took me a while to remember some of the great plug-ins that I used to use. I’m listing them here in case you find yourself in the same boat as me. 🙂

  • ReSharper – This is a great plug-in, it allows for great refactoring capabilities in VS2003. I’m not using it right now, because you have to purchase the license… and I’m not planning on doing ALL of my development in VS2003.
  • DPack – This is a free plug-in. It’s very stable and does *some* of the things that ReSharper does. Mostly is makes surrounding code blocks with try..catch or #regions a snap
  • WhidbeyCommands2.1 – a must have if you are working with solutions that contain several projects. Small, simple… and a must have!
  • GhostDoc1.3 – I just discovered this… but so far, it makes adding XML comments a snap.

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I just found a great blog entry over at Infinities Loop covering the ASP.NET viewstate.

Enjoy!

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For anyone interested in writing there own computer game (or XBox 360 game) check out the new Microsoft Game Technologies Center. While you’re there download the new Game Studio Express beta. (Released yesterday) Also check out the community site: http://www.xnadevelopment.com/.

Have fun!

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I was reading through the WPF Blog, and I came across this comparison of Flash and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF is a part of the newly named .NET Framework 3.0). He also does a nice job talking about the Expression tools. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Expression Team continues to improve these tools through the beta process!

Stay tuned!

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Introducing .NET 3.0!

June 12, 2006    Category: Blog, Technical   No Comments »

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Check out Somasegar’s blog entry announcing .NET 3.0. For those of you that are wondering, basically, this is .NET 2.0 + WCF + WPF + WF + WCS = .NET 3.0.

Cool.

 

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When you install the final version (RTM) of Visual Studio 2005, you should do so on a “clean” machine. That is, one that does not have a Beta version or CTP (Community Technology Preview) versions on it already. The recommended practice before RTM was to install on a VPC, or on a machine that you could easily “refresh”. However, I have run in to a handful of people that did neither of these, and are now trying to figure out how to get the Beta 2 off of there machine. Until now I had to recommend f-disk 😉 … now I can tell you to go get the Automatic Unistall Tool that Dan has linked to.



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