August 2008 - Posts

Yes, you can add games to your Zune right now!
Although this is not really a public feature yet… it is more for XNA developers to test their games.

!!This is not a supported scenario yet!!

So by installing XNA Game Studio and Visual C# 2008 Express (both free) you can deploy some games to your Zune, this will add a “Games” entry in the main menu.

As you can see Games can take advantage of the wide screen (horizontal display).

I made it work for me, but I won’t detail here as you can find the procedure there:
http://tinyurl.com/6kqsfl

 

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During my trips in West USA I have been twice in Yosemite National Park (California) and I loved it!
Today I am happy to experience that awesome Yosemite Extreme Panoramic Imaging Project made with Silverlight DeepZoom and 45 gigapixels of Yosemite views!

 
Can you find the hidden pic…?

They also have a Google Maps version, but you’ll find the Silverlight one far better…

 

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IE8

Downloaded it
Installed it
Love it!

www.microsoft.com/ie8

Unlike beta 1, I am gladly surprised by this version!
IE8 really improve the way you browse the web.

The IE team seems to have listened to users more than usual, did a strong research on how people browse the web, and as a result worked a lot on user experience.

First we have a wonderful new tab experience. I am a really heavy tab user, usually after 5 minutes of surfing I have more than 25 tabs opened and my browser start to freeze (I have IE taking 400 MB of memory more than often).

  • Related tabs are grouped by color, that means all the tabs opened from links on one tab are identified with the same color.
  • Tabs are more isolated from each other so crashes won’t stop your browsing session anymore.
  • You can reopen closed tabs, or even your entire last browsing session!

New tab menu:
IE8 new tab menu

Related tabs grouped by color:
IE8 tabs grouped by color

IE8 also brings nice features I was waiting for (often copied from Firefox):

  • Find as you type! at least!!!!! I use it every time so I had to install an addin before.

IE8 Find as you type

  • The Search bar also search in your favorites (and history and feeds).

IE8 search bar 

I won’t detail but you will also find other features to make your daily browsing more efficient, like Web Slices and Accelerators (new name for Activities).

 

Conclusions:

After MIX conference my advice to people was to install the beta 1 in a VPC only because it was developers oriented only and not very user friendly. After a few hours I can tell that IE8 beta 2 is safe ton install on your machine. For those who wonder, beta 2 is much more responsive than beta 1, which is not difficult..


Can’t wait for the final version!

 

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Montreal .NET Community

The Montreal .NET User Group has a new name (Formerly GUVSM: Groupe d'usagers Visual Studio Montréal), it is now the Montreal .NET Community (Communauté .NET Montréal) with a broader range of activities.

We have new stuff this year:
Each month we will host a new type of meeting at lunch time: it is called @Lunch and the goal is to be like Alt.NET discussions and Open Space sessions which involve users participation.

Check out the new site here:
www.dotnetmontreal.com

For now my main resource to learn Silverlight is the official portal: www.silverlight.net

You won’t find any better resource on the web, this is a dream website where you can find everything you need to train yourself on Silverlight:

  • Quickstarts
  • Hands-On-Labs
  • Whitepapers
  • Download links
  • Controls gallery
  • Incredible “How Do I?” videos
  • Great Tutorials
  • The best Silverlight Forum on earth
  • News
  • Wonderful Showcase
  • Latest blog post from industry experts
  • … and so much more!

This is truly the one and only website you first want to visit to learn Silverlight… but recently I found www.silverlightshow.net which surprised me for having great articles. In fact it is something missing in silverlight.net. They have some exclusive content, and they also gather and categorize articles from the community. What I particularly like is the fact that articles and sample code are updated for each Silverlight version change.

For now it is hard to find a specific article, but I am sure they will improve that soon. SilverlightShow also have other interesting resources, such as Jobs and Events sections.

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Mesh

Live Mesh is now available for Canadians without waiting list!

Note you still need to run with an English locale for now.
To install Live Mesh desktop client in a non English-US computer, you might be interested by this tutorial:
How to install Live Mesh client on non-US systems.

What is Live Mesh ?
Earlier this year I wrote a post to introduce Live Mesh.

What can you do with it ?
Read my Mesh tutorials:

Are you a talented designer ?
Are you well-versed in web design ?
Using Photoshop and Illustrator on your day to day job ?
Are you a flash designer interested to add a Silverlight competency ?
Are you living in Quebec or available for remote work ?

Then contact us at RunAtServer Consulting!

RunAtServer Consulting is a company based in Montreal, we are specialized in web development with Microsoft technologies.

We are seeking a web designer with skills on the new Microsoft designers tools like Expression Blend, as well as good knowledge of XAML.

We are web developers looking to work in pair with a designer for our Silverlight projects.

Silverlight developers Montreal

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Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is available and as always you might wonder if your Silverlight 2 projects will work after this update!
Good news Silverlight Tools Beta 2 has been updated to support Visual Studio 2008 SP1!

Beware that some pre-release programs and updates (like Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 1) will prevent Visual Studio 2008 SP1 from installing successfully.

So here are the steps:

  1. Install Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack Preparation Tool
  2. Install Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  3. Install Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008

Also beware that the updated Silverlight library for ADO.NET Data Services is not compatible with the RTM of .NET 3.5 SP1's version of ADO.NET Data Services. [source: VS 2008 SP1 RTM + Silverlight 2 Beta 2 == No ADO.NET Data Services]

So if you want to use ADO.NET Data Services with Silverlight, wait for Silverlight 2 RTM before installing VS2008 SP1!

Le Silverlight Tour a Montreal C’est dans moins d’un mois… le Silverlight Tour arrive au Québec!!!

Quand: 3-5 Septembre 2008
Où: Montréal, Qc

“Le Silverlight Tour est un cours de trois jours sur Silverlight 2. Il divise son contenu en trois domaines différents : Design, Développement et Langage serveur. En suivant cet atelier, les étudiants seront capable de développer des applications Silverlight 2 avec Visual Studio 2008 et les logiciels Expression. La formation est un mélange de leçons didactiques, de démonstrations et d'ateliers. Chaque étudiant créera différentes petites applications Silverlight 2. Cette variété d’apprentissages nous assure que tous les étudiants deviendront compétents dans cette technologie, et ce, de façon rapide et amusante.”

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The Silverlight Tour in Montreal This is less than 1 month… the Silverlight Tour is coming to Québec!!!

When: September 3-5, 2008
Where: Montreal, Qc

“The Silverlight Tour Workshop is a three-day french course on Silverlight 2. It divides the content into three distinct areas: Design, Development and the Server-Side. Students should be able to develop Silverlight 2 applications once attending the workshop. The Workshop is structured with a mix of didactic lessons, demonstrations and hands-on labs. Each student will leave the workshop having created several small Silverlight 2 applications. This variety of learning techniques will ensure that all students become proficient in the technology quickly and in an exciting way.”

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