MyComix Update

I made some minor modifications to the MyComix Silverlight viewer. I wasn’t happy with the look of the drop-down info panel, so I crufted up a new design in Expression Blend. I also added a simple animation that allows comic book covers to pop into view (as opposed to simply appearing out of nowhere) once the…

Updated Silverlight Viewer (and Source)

I did a little rearchitecting on MyComix’s Silverlight viewer tonight and added a new feature, too. Now when you move the mouse into the region of the window above the top of the comic book, a partially transparent info panel containing pertinent information about the comic slides into view. To check it out, go to http://mycomix.wintellect.com/Spotlight.aspx?Item=1845 and have…

Watch Silverlight Go Zoom

We’ve been keeping the airways hot here at Wintellect. First there was Devscovery Denver. Then came MIX in Las Vegas, Devscovery New York, and a trip to Redmond, all in consecutive weeks. I’m looking forward to having (most of) a couple of weeks at home before heading to TechEd and then back to India. Below are…

A Touch of Silverlight

I’ve been playing with the Silverlight bits Microsoft published last week and am having a blast. I just finished adding a Silverlight viewer to MyComix. To check it out, go to http://mycomix.wintellect.com and click a comic book cover. (Make sure you’re in thumbnail view, because I only have the Silverlight viewer wired into that view.) You…

MIX Update: WPF vs. Silverlight

I’ve heard a lot of talk around MIX this week about Silverlight obsoleting WPF. Developers are asking “why would I develop a WPF app when I could do the same thing with Silverlight and have it run in a browser?” I can think of two big reasons why WPF is still relevant: 1) WPF has…

The Day the Web Changed: NET in the Browser!

MIX 07 opened yesterday and I believe we’ll look back on that day as the day that the Web changed. Microsoft made several announcements, not the least of which is that Silverlight, formerly known as “WPF/E,” will include a cross-platform version of the CLR that runs in the browser. What does it mean? It means…

Announcing MyComix

For a couple of years now, I’ve been showing an ASP.NET 2.0 sample app named MyComix to conference audiences and promising that I would make it available for downloading. I finally found the time to clean up the source code, and the app is now live and available for downloading at http://mycomix.wintellect.com. MyComix is, first and foremost, a…

April Fool’s for Programmers

I got a laugh out of an entry in Scott Adam’s DilbertBlog describing favorite April Fool’s jokes. It reminded me of maybe the best (and dirtiest) prank I ever heard about. It happened years ago at PC Magazine. I wasn’t there when it happened, but it was related to me by someone who was. The…

Creating Sophisticated Animations with the Microsoft AJAX Library

The AnimationExtender control in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit makes it easy to add animated effects to Web pages. I especially like the fact that you can compose complex animations from simple animations and use <Parallel> and <Sequence> elements to control animation order. Much of AnimationExtender’s magic is found in a file named Animations.js, which…

Goodbye Europe, Hello Vista

I arrived home from Europe Friday night in time to spend a quiet (and much needed) weekend at home. My last stop was at Developer & IT Pro Days in Ghent, Belgium. The conference was well attended and featured a keynote by David Chappell. Ghent is a beautiful little town about 30 miles northwest of…

Kissing the Blarney Stone

My luggage wasn’t waiting for me at Heathrow as British Airways said it would be Friday morning; it got sent to Helsinki instead. But BA flew it back from Helsinki and it finally caught up with me last night in Cork, Ireland. It was so good to change into clean clothes! This morning I visited Blarney Castle…

Why Europeans Don’t Check Luggage (Continued)

The luggage story gets sorrier and sorrier. I’m at the airport Hilton at Heathrow airport in London tonight. I flew in from Helsinki and tomorrow morning I fly on to Ireland. When I checked in at the airport in Helsinki this afternoon, my luggage was not there as promised. I got to Heathrow and went straight…