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2011 Conferences

By Jesse Freeman
December 28, 2010

Here are a list of conferences worth checking out in 2011.

WP7 UX Introduction: Part 6

By Jesse Freeman
November 24, 2010

In this series we will explore the phone, it's UX and some early experiments I have done on the phone.

WP7 UX Introduction: Part 5

By Jesse Freeman
November 22, 2010

In this series we will explore the phone, it's UX and some early experiments I have done on the phone.

WP7 UX Introduction: Part 4

By Jesse Freeman
November 17, 2010

In this series we will explore the phone, it's UX and some early experiments I have done on the phone.

WP7 UX Introduction: Part 3

By Jesse Freeman
November 15, 2010

In this series we will explore the phone, it's UX and some early experiments I have done on the phone.

WP7 UX Introduction: Part 2

By Jesse Freeman
November 10, 2010

In this series we will explore the phone, it's UX and some early experiments I have done on the phone.

WP7 UX Introduction: Part 1

By Jesse Freeman
November 8, 2010

In this series we will explore the phone, it's UX and some early experiments I have done on the phone.

Flex vs Silverlight: Versioning in the eyes of the coder

By Justin J. Moses
September 28, 2010

In this topsy turvy world of RIA development, both Adobe and Microsoft are guilty of version inflation. Don't let complacency fool you into believing the marketers and their arbitrary numerbering systems.

WP7 UX Introduction: Part 1

By Jesse Freeman
September 1, 2010

In this series we will explore the phone, it's UX and some early experiments I have done on the phone.

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act IV)

By Justin J. Moses
April 26, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is the final in a four part series. We cover databinding, dependency properties, attached properties and a few of Silverlight's standout features.

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act III)

By Justin J. Moses
April 5, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is part three of a four part series. We cover resources, styling, templating and state management.

A Flash Developer's take on Mix 2010

By Jesse Freeman
March 23, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will go over - A Flash Developer's take on Mix...

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act II)

By Justin J. Moses
March 16, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is part two of a four part series. We cover graphic primitives, effects, animations and events.

Where the Wild Things Are: an Adventure in Silverlight (Act I)

By Justin J. Moses
March 2, 2010

Late last year, I took it upon myself to learn Silverlight. You see, I’m both a Flex and a .NET developer, so it makes a certain sense. I’ve also spent plenty of time criticising fanboys of both genres, so here I am putting my money where my mouth is. This is part one of a four part series.

QOW: What is your definition of RIA?

By Rich Tretola
February 15, 2010

Just over 2 years ago when we starting this project known as InsideRIA, I posed the question "What is RIA?" to a select group of InsideRIA contributors. Please revisit the original post at What is RIA? to see the responses....

The Renaissance Developer

By Jesse Freeman
January 6, 2010

Advanced Flash Tactics or AFTs are techniques that come from deep within the Flash Art Of War, the oldest Flash military treatise in the world. In this AFT I will discuss - The Renaissance Developer. When I was an...

28 Rich Data Visualization Tools

By Theresa Neil
December 10, 2009

We're currently working with a dozen different clients, all web application (re)designs. All of these clients have data rich applications and need equally rich data visualizations to help their end customers analyze data quickly and effectively. What makes my job really interesting is that these clients are in different industries and are using different technologies. So we have pulled together a set of 25 tools for creating graphs, Gantt charts, diagrammers, calendars/schedulers, gauges, mapping, pivot tables, OLAP cubes, and sparklines, in Flash, Flex, Ajax or Silverlight.

RIA Radio Episode 1 - Mike Downey

By Garth Braithwaite
October 23, 2009

Mike Downey joins us to discuss the competition between Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash. Prior to working for Microsoft as a Silverlight Evangelist he worked for Adobe for 9 years with the Flash Platform. Joining us on the panel...

The importance of ubiquity

By Scott Barnes
October 23, 2009

I've spent a few years studying the behavioral pattern associated with ubiquity, and I'm surprised at what I've learned along the way. Here right now, I'm going to unload my findings, and it's up to you to keep an open...

New Series: Programming Silverlight 4

By Jesse Liberty
September 2, 2009

New series of blog postings on Silverlight and related technologies

Eclipse Tools for Microsoft Silverlight

By Tom Barker
July 31, 2009

Something you might not be aware of is that the part of Comcast that I work for is all open source. We use open source technology, we open source projects, we're even all on Macs which is something new for...

Silverlight 3 Launch

By Corey Schuman
July 14, 2009

One year and ten months is how long it's taken Microsoft to release their third version of Silverlight. From the beginning, Silverlight has been media and consumer focused. Projects such as the NBC Olympics, Wimbledon, the NCAA March Madness basketball video player have defined what Silverlight is. What isn't as well known is that Silverlight is quickly becoming a viable option for RIA development.

Poll Results: HTML 5, are Flash, Silverlight, and JavaFX in trouble?

By Rich Tretola
June 28, 2009

This poll was one that brought many votes and most of you don't feel that HTML 5 will be making any major impact any time soon. Over 40% of you voted for "I don't think so: HTML 5 doesn't touch...

Flash and Silverlight... an unlikely symbiosis?

By Justin J. Moses
June 24, 2009

Recently Mike Slinn wrote a post suggesting how Adobe could win the RIA war. War? You mean the whole Flash vs Silverlight thing? It’s not a war - it’s sibling rivalry. The only bloodshed I’ve seen is amongst those comment-stream melees that follow controversial blog posts, instigated by the usual suspects. Antagonisms aside, Adobe and Microsoft are working together, shaping our RIA landscape.

New Poll: HTML 5, are Flash, Silverlight, and JavaFX in trouble?

By Rich Tretola
June 22, 2009

HTML 5 has been the topic of buzz lately in the Internet/RIA world. With new features like Canvas, offline local storage, etc. many have been suggesting (including a recent article from infoworld) that HTML 5 could steal market share from...

Flash Builder, Linux and Winning the RIA War

By Mike Slinn
June 17, 2009

Summary: Adobe should address developers with a marketing program that is separate from their designer marketing program, and offer products aimed at hard-core developer interests. The goal would be to leverage the influential developer community to drive sales of products...

REMIX09: Nice taste; lacks meat.

By Justin J. Moses
June 14, 2009

In fine tradition, Microsoft Australia hosted its version of the annual MIX event in Sydney. The conference, aptly named REMIX, featured the upcoming Silverlight 3, SketchFlow and Blend 3 products, though, much to my chagrin, somewhat superficially.

Flash vs. Silverlight on Smashing Magazine

By RJ Owen
May 11, 2009

Earlier this month Smashing Magazine posted a broad review of Flash and Silverlight. The review covers the way the two products handle things like animation, publishing to the desktop, scripting, small file sizes, socket connections, capturing web-cam content, etc.

Expression Blend Is Sweeeeeeeet

By John Papa
May 1, 2009

Expression Blend is a great tool for creating Silverlight applications. VIsual Studio is wonderful for coding, but every Silverlight RIA developer should have Blend open as well. Blend 3 only adds to the productivity enhancements.

Top 3 What's There and Not There for Silverlight 3 Beta 1

By John Papa
April 16, 2009

My top 3 features that are in and not yet in Silverlight. What are yours?

Silverlight Development for the Flex Developer

By Tom Lauck
March 25, 2009

The jets and sharks, Hatfields and McCoys, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, Adobe and Microsoft. Now several years in the making, the Adobe - Microsoft rivalry is gearing up. Especially with the anticipated new release of Silverlight 3 and...

MIX09ers Head Home with Silverlight and Expression Betas in Hand and Design in Mind

By John Osborn
March 24, 2009

As they headed home from Las Vegas last Friday, the roughly 2000 designers and developers -- not to mention Microsoft employees -- returning from the three-day MIX09 web conference in Las Vegas had plenty to consider. For O'Reilly author and Silverlight MVP John Papa, the big news was the support for "out of browser" and line of business applications announced for Silverlight 3. For Vertigo developer Jon Galloway, the SketchFlow designer planned for Expression Blend 3 and demoed for the first time at MIX, promises to revolutionize the way designers prototype their user interactions. As for Scott Guthrie, VP of the Microsoft's Developer Division, reflecting on his keynote at an after hours reception, he was just pleased that MIX09 had come together without the "fire drill" of years past.

Service Communications with Silverlight

By John Papa
March 1, 2009

Silverlight can talk to a number of types of web services using REST or SOAP, returning JSON or XML, or even communicating with RSS feeds. Its important to evaluate the type of service you need before developing it.

Silverlight for Business Applications

By John Papa
March 1, 2009

Good design is important in any business application. With Silverlight there are tools and techniques that can help improve the design and make an application more testable, modular and scalable.

Presenting at MIX 09

By John Papa
February 23, 2009

MIX09 has a lot of great content for developers and designers alike. This year I will be presenting my session on "When Errors Happen: Debugging Microsoft Silverlight".

Getting Started with Silverlight 2

Getting Started with Silverlight 2
By Kathryn Barrett
February 18, 2009

You've learned how Silverlight can produce stylish interfaces and highly interactive applications in a variety of browsers, and now you want to build a Silverlight application. Not just a bouncing ball, an embedded video, or a spiffy-looking series of buttons, but a walking, talking, fully functional line-of-business application. Of course, you still want the snazzy interface, too. The good news is that you can have it all with Silverlight 2. The following excerpt is from John Papa's new book, Data-Driven Services with Silverlight 2.

Silverlight Evangelism

By John Papa
February 13, 2009

Great points about Silverlight, Flash and the road ahead for them by Jordan Knight.

Adobe Comments on Silverlight

By John Papa
February 13, 2009

Silverlight Fizzling? Flash Thriving? The truth lies somewhere in between.

Novel Releases Moonlight 1.0 (Silverlight for Linux)

By Andrew Trice
February 12, 2009

Today, Novell officially released Moonlight version 1.0, the open source Silverlight implementation for linux.

Can't wait for Mix 09 and Silverlight vNext

By John Papa
February 1, 2009

I am very excited to be in the middle of the next evolution of Silverlight and Flash ... the next few years is likely going to blow the doors off of RIA. I think both of these technologies are going to gain a lot of ground amongst the non-RIA groups and put RIA in the forefront of many people's minds.

One of the Keys to Silverlight is XAML

By John Papa
January 26, 2009

XAML is at the core of what allows Silverlight to create a visually compelling UX. However XAML also makes data binding in Silverlight applications simple and powerful.

Installing Silverlight on Linux

By John Papa
January 7, 2009

The SIlverlight install experience on Linux is progressing ...

Scripted Animation in Silverlight

By Jeremy Bierly
January 6, 2009

For any developer moving into Silverlight from Flash, one quickly notices that there is now enter frame event in Silverlight. Each Silverlight control does not inherently have a timeline, but instead can have any number of storyboards. A nice way to create your own enter frame event is by using storyboard looping.

What Would You Like to See in Silverlight 3?

By John Papa
December 29, 2008

Silverlight 2 is ten times better than Silverlight 1 with tons of improvements. But that does not mean its done, by any means. I have some things I'd like to see in the next version, what do you want to see in Silverlight 3?

Silverlight 3 Predictions Are Flowing

By John Papa
December 29, 2008

Silverlight 3 predictions are starting to come out of the woodwork. Are they right?

There is Silverlight at the End of the Tunnel

By John Papa
December 19, 2008

After months of writing just about every night, Data Driven Services with Silverlight 2 is now available. I targeted this book to be different than other Silverlight books on the market, focusing more on data, networking, and other features needed to make a RIA application work for data driven situations.

Google Native Client: A Game Changer or an Also-Ran?

By Richard Monson-Haefel
December 15, 2008

Friday Google announced a new RIA platform called Google Native Client (NaCl). NaCl provides a browser plug-in that allows your browser to run C/C++ applications directly on your x86 processor.

Wanted: Guidance for Building Large Silverlight Applications

By John Papa
December 8, 2008

Silverlight 2 has a lot to offer for business applications. All of the pieces are there ... what is needed now is best practice gudiance to put it all together.

The RIA and the Polyglot VM

By chromatic
December 3, 2008

The Adobe/Microsoft/Sun strategy for producing rich Internet applications can solve most of the problems in developing web applications -- at the cost of a huge step backward away from ubiquitous computing.

Parsing XML in Silverlight

By John Papa
December 1, 2008

Parsing XML from SIlverlight is a whole lot easier with LINQ to XML.


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