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Bringing Pay-Per-View to Online Users with Silverlight, Smooth Streaming, and PlayReady - Oct 23, 2009


"Back in August we told you about how UFC.com used IIS Smooth Streaming for the UFC 102 pre-fight weigh-ins. Building on the success of that, we’re excited to announce that this Saturday, October 24th, UFC 104 will use Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming not only for the weigh-ins, but also for the actual fights. Even more exciting is that Silverlight can now enable pay-per-view of live Smooth Streaming events with PlayReady DRM."


Silverlight Toolkit Drag Drop (Part 2): Customizing Drag and Drop Behavior - Oct 23, 2009


"In part 1 you were introduced to the new Silverlight DragDropTarget controls.  In addition to being powerful these controls are very flexible, allowing developers to customize almost every single aspect of their behavior.  In order to understand how to customize these controls you must first understand how they communicate.  The good news is that DDT’s communicate via a WPF-compatible implementation of the drag/drop events!"


Round-tripping Silverlight 3 projects with Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 - Oct 22, 2009


"Now that Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is out, it is a lot of fun to use the fully interactive design surface for Silverlight. However, it comes at a cost: you need to use the conversion wizard to bring your Visual Studio 2008 solutions and projects up to the expected format for the designer tools and new build environment."


Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 Sample Data Project Templates - Oct 21, 2009


"Displaying Sample Data in the WPF and Silverlight Designer for Visual Studio 2010 Beta2 is now very easy with the DesignData markup extension.


The below video is a complete tutorial for using Sample Data in your applications.  Please take a view few minutes to view it."


Silverlight Design Time: Toolkit October 2009 Release Update - Oct 21, 2009


"Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is available now. For Silverlight developers, the most exciting news about VS2010 is that Silverlight designer will be in feature parity with WPF designer, and VS2010 will support multi-targeting for Silverlight development."


Announcing Convexion - A New PowerPoint-to-Silverlight Add-in - Oct 21, 2009


"Electric Rain is excited to announce a new product called Convexion, a PowerPoint to Silverlight converter that’s aimed at both presenters and Silverlight designers and developers. This first-of-its-kind tool works as an add-in to PowerPoint and offers single-click export of any slideshow into a self-contained .XAP file, or with the Convexion Pro version, a complete Expression Blend project."


Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Silverlight updates - Oct 19, 2009


"Today (19 Oct 2009) the Visual Studio team released the second beta for Visual Studio 2010 to the public.  This is a significant milestone for the team and a huge improvement over the previous beta in my opinion as a user."


Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live Beta - Oct 19, 2009


For those who use the Windows Live streaming service:


"Since May 2007, we have been offering a free beta service to host Silverlight applications and videos. This service is being discontinued to make way for a new Windows Azure-based service. Once this new service is launched, the current Silverlight Streaming beta service will eventually be taken down."


Silverlight Toolkit gets Drag and Drop - Oct 19, 2009


This post by Tim Heuer demonstrates how to implement Drag and Drop in standard controls such as the ListBox:


"One of the cool things I came across the in the October 2009 Silverlight Toolkit release was the addition of drag-n-drop targets for some of the core controls.  Now I know you are thinking great, another drag-n-drop useless control?!? and you’d be wrong."


Thoughts on Silverlight Part II: Design and Animation - Oct 14, 2009


Tyson and his team offer their thoughts on designing in Silverlight/Blend:


"Our initial thoughts on the Blend interface were fairly positive. It reminded us somewhat of After Effects and it wasn't a difficult program to pick up if you already are familiar with Flash or After Effects."


Silverlight 3 Client Network Stack - Oct 14, 2009


An interesting article from Jeff Prosise about the Client Network Stack:


"One of the most useful yet little-known new features of Silverlight 3 is one that has nothing to do with UIs: a brand new networking stack called the client HTTP stack, the client networking stack, or simply the client stack."


Animating with Storyboards in Blend - Oct 12, 2009


Gavin Wignall has written this useful tutorial showing how to animate using Storyboards in Blend.


"Silverlight animation is time based not frame based, this means that your animation will benefit from running at the maximum frame rate that the users machine will allow. Multiple storyboards can be created and run at the same time, but for the purpose of this basic tutorial we will create a single storyboard."


Using Merged Resource Dictionaries - Sep 30, 2009


With merged resource dictionaries, application resources can now be distributed among multiple files. Silverlight 3 provides the capability to then import those resources into a page so that a single resource can be used in multiple pages. In this video, Todd Miranda demonstrates how to use merged resource dictionaries.


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