Archive for the Blend Category

Expression Blend 4 does not start after installing the NET Framework 4.5 Developer Preview

Over the last couple of days I have been trying out different combinations for app development on the Metro/WinRT platform and one of these involved installing VS 2011 Ultimate on to my main box that runs Win 7. Unfortunately Blend and the VS 11 Ultimate Developer Preview bits don’t play together out of the box. […]

uk tech.days 2011

This week Ollie and I will presenting at the UK tech.days happening in the Fulham, London. Our first session will be all about building Data Data Intensive apps for WP7 and we are really looking forward to talking to you about what we have learnt building these types of applications. We are also going to […]

WP7Contrib – Page Transitions and Navigation Service

I finally got around to updating the page transistions in wp7 contrib last week, its something that has been on my list for awhile. For a complete sample project check out the sample in the spikes folder where you can also find lots of other samples illustrating other tennants of the contrib. The transitions used […]

WP7 Contrib – Customising the DateTime Picker

As you may already be aware there are two controls in the WP7 toolkit that provide the standard interactions and UI for selecting time and a date. Personally these are 2 of my favourite controls mainly due to the transitions and simple UI. However….. What happens when we are building an application that needs you […]

The cleansing process

I spend a large proportion of my time collaborating with UI designers and UI interaction designers where we work closely together to produce interactive UI’s for customers. As someone who is a novice when it comes to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop I am very reliant on the import functionality in Blend. In this post I […]

PathListBox Adventures – radial layout

The PathListBox ROCKS, if you have not heard of this control before then checkout Christians blog for more details and also his session at mix 10. The PathListBox solves some of the tricky issues related to creating custom panels for a ListBox or ItemsControl. Previously when we need custom layout of visual elements inside of […]

Its a POC don’t worry about the data…

In the last post my aim was to start a conversation around the advantages of building a visual data model. But this is a POC ? Why would you do this? Well its an interesting question and I am sure that there are folks out there who like to build prototypes and POC’s in this […]

JC Decaux and Tag Heuer Surface Application deployed to Heathrow T5

This is really the start of a number of posts that I have been meaning to put together for a while now. These are centred around how to rapidly build prototypes. It’s a technique that I use on a regular basis both for WPF and for Silverlight. In order for me to get across how […]

Resource Dictionaries

In this post I thought that it would be interesting to share some of my thoughts that I have been having recently around Resource Dictionaries (RD) and how they are structured. It is very easy to just put everything into your generic.Xaml or even into your app.Xaml files and let the designer run away with […]

PDC09 – Meet the Griffs Code drop

Ian and myself really enjoyed presenting our pre conference session  “Getting the most out of Silverlight” and we both hope that you enjoyed the sessions. The slide decks will be posted at some point by the event team and I will update the post when this happens so that you can get copies of the […]