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  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 28, 2010 (4 weeks ago)
    In this next episode of Silverlight TV, Arturo Toledo demonstrates all of the new content he and his colleagues have created to teach you to design and develop with Expression Blend and Silverlight. 

    He shows off some really cool samples, all of which you can download and do yourself through hands on-labs. Arturo walks through the .toolbox site and shows the numerous learning materials, videos, demos, and hands-on labs. If you have been looking for a comprehensive set of self-paced learning materials focused on designing  with Expression Blend, you should definitely watch this video and check out .toolbox.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 27, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Find out how Phil Middlemiss uses the ContentControl for separating content from presentation.

    ImageThe ContentControl is often overlooked when building Silverlight apps. It’s used inside many controls such as the Button or ChildWindow, but it also turns out to be quite useful on it’s own for separating content from presentation.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 26, 2010 (1 month ago)
    This is one very cool article in which Phil Middlemiss explains how to simulate backlighting on a selected list box item.

    The challenging bit was getting the selected item in the list box to cast a glow on the things around it. The glow seems to escape the list box itself. The reason this wasn't straight forward is that the ListBox control clips its content to keep everything inside the scrollable area. My first instinct was just to set negative margins on something inside the ListBoxItem's template (ItemContainerStyle), but that's when it became obvious that it was being clipped.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 26, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Take a look at this article posted at the Expression Blend and Design blog in which Kirupa Chinnathambi talks about the ControlStoryboardAction and the StoryboardCompletedTrigger.

    Storyboards are one of the primary ways you create animations in Silverlight, WPF, and Windows Phone using Expression Blend. Creating a storyboard is fairly easy, but actually using a storyboard such as having it play is not. To help with this, you have the ControlStoryboardAction.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 12, 2010 (1 month ago)
    In this video, Adam Kinney explains what the PathListBox is and why it is so compelling. Then, he demonstrates several ways of using it in creative examples.

    The PathListBox is one of the newest features available in Expression Blend and Silverlight 4. It redefines how users look at lists of data as it breaks the mold of a list "box" and opens the possibilities to use any shape or path. Don't miss this episode and be sure to download Adam's sample code.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Phil Middlemiss  on  May 11, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Phil Middlemiss continues his series on creating a theme for Silverlight in Blend. In this post he looks at the TabControl.

    ImageThis is the 6th in a series on creating a "Chrome and Glass" Silverlight theme in Expression Blend. The purpose of the theme is to look at all the common controls and point out any interesting or difficult aspects of styling their templates. If you haven't styled many controls before then I recommend you begin with the first post in the series.

    If you have missed some of the previous parts, you can find it here:
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 5
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 4
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 3
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 2
    • A Chrome and Glass Theme - Part 1
  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Phil Middlemiss  on  May 10, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Have you ever used Photoshop (or similar) to give a button or panel a 3D appearance using inner-bevels etc?
    Phil Middlemis describes an easy way to achieve the same thing but with 100% XAML and completely scalable.

    Some of the graphics were understandably left as raster since there would be no equivalent way to achieve the same result in Blend. But the elements that bothered me were usually simple panels or buttons [...] had rounded corners, and they had some kind of bevel that made them appear raised or lowered.Image

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 10, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Alan Beasley is ready with part 3 of his ListBox styling tutorial in Expression Blend.

    Welcome to my 7th Beginners tutorial for Expression Blend & Silverlight.

    This time we will be looking at Styling the Generated Content of a ListBox via the Additional Templates, & I will do my best to guide you through this.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 05, 2010 (1 month ago)
    In this post Adam Kinney talks about the new feature of Expresseion Blend RC to load resources at design time.

    When building Silverlight and WPF applications that are composited (e.g. using MEF) or written to support UI customization, resources are loaded dynamically at run-time. This is a great solution on the development side, but can be a challenge when working on design tasks.  If your design surface can’t find the resources at design-time you are presented with zero styling or worse, XAML parsing errors.

    Expression Blend 4 RC provides a new feature to support loading resources at design-time.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  May 04, 2010 (1 month ago)
    Tim Heuer announces that some new Silverlight 4 themes are now available and provides a raw drop of the sample project that was used to display the themes.
    A while back I posted a sneak peek preview of 3 new themes that we were working on for Silverlight 4 applications. Our team wanted to do more than just the overall base theme and provide the themes for the core, SDK and some Silverlight Toolkit controls as well.  In addition, there was a lot of internal chatter about how cool these new themes were and a lot of teams wanting to adopt them as default, including WCF RIA Services.

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