Summary of the MSDN Freedom Roadshow

For those not at the MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, PA today, you are missed a good show. Here’s what happened: David Solivan – David presented a talk called UI, UX, U confused? The purpose was to show the various options we have and to explain when one option may be better than another by stepping through the design process. There’s a URL he had mentioned during his talk that will show your best options. Check it out at Lindsay Rutter started off by talking about the PDC 08. She mentioned that all should come out and attend the … Continue reading Summary of the MSDN Freedom Roadshow

MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, PA on November 14th, 2008

Microsoft and .NET Valley would like to invite you to come to the MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 14th, 2008. The event will be held at Scranton University in Room 405 of the DeNaples Student Center and will begin at 9am. A schedule of events can be found below. To register for the event, you can use the link on the hompage of or go direct to the MSDN registration page here. Event Schedule 8:30 to 9:00 – Breakfast and Registration 9:00 to 10:30 – Windows Presentation Foundation Demystified Today’s applications need to do more than … Continue reading MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, PA on November 14th, 2008

Quake Ported to Silverlight. Seriously.

How cool is this? One of my good friends, Aaron Seet, just posted a message to one of the email lists that I’m on with the following link: Yes. Quake is being ported to a Silverlight game. I’m sure this isn’t the last game we’ll see ported either.

Silverlight 2 is here

Scott Guthrie announced yesterday that Silverlight 2 has been released. Rather than reposting everything he stated, you can read his original post here. Here are a few links to note: Microsoft Expression Blend 2 Service Pack 1 (Containing Silverlight 2) Microsoft Silverlight 2 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Deep Zoom Composer (Needed for the Deep Zoom feature in Silverlight 2) Scott Guthrie’s 8-Part Demo – Building a Digg Application Never build anything using Silverlight? Try this. Hope this helps to get you started using Silverlight 2. Finally, I always wondered what their reach was with Silverlight. According to their … Continue reading Silverlight 2 is here

Expression Blend Tip: Modifying the Rows or Columns of a Grid

It took me a couple of minutes to realize that RowDefinitions and ColumnDefinitions of a Grid are in the Advanced Properties of the Layout category. For more information about using a Grid to layout data, you can read more on Scott Guthrie’s blog at

XAML Tip: Adding a Line Break to a TextBlock

I’m just starting to mess with XAML as I’m looking to see what I can do with it. As I come across some pretty basic tasks that I’m struggling with, I’ll post about it in case any other newbies run into the same issue. One of my first tasks was to create some text on a canvas. However, I couldn’t figure out how to do a line break. After searching Live and Google in an attempt to find something, I finally did (on page 3 of each engine). There is an object called <LineBreak/> that will perform a line break … Continue reading XAML Tip: Adding a Line Break to a TextBlock

Web 2.0 – You need to jump on the bandwagon

With Web 2.0 getting more and more publicity, you need to jump on the web 2.0 bandwagon now. AJAX and Silverlight can help you. I came across a posting on called the Web 2.0 Rap (by Phillip Gordon): "Now don’t you knowWeb 2.0 is the way to goYou gotta go fastOr you become the pastWhatever IT you gotForget it dude, it ain’t hotLike Web 2.0It’s better than blowYou’ll get high on Web 2.0Be a media starYour career will go farOnly do it now the gurus sayGotta get it done or you’re yesterdayDon’t think about it any moreCause you don’t wanna … Continue reading Web 2.0 – You need to jump on the bandwagon