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2 comments  /  Show #18 with András Velvárt  /  20 minutes  /  Feb 11, 2010
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The first screencast shows how to create the ugly version that I am going to work from in the later parts of the series. The ugly version lists all the videos (or ReferenceItems), and allows the user to see the explanation and play back the showcase videos.

That screencast is connected with the Transforming an Ugly Duckling to a Graceful Swan with Expression Blend and Silverlight - Part I article.

Here is what happens in the screencast:

Time Content
@ 0:00 Introduction and showing off the finished application
@ 1:59 Creating the application in Blend
@ 2:50 Using Blend’s Sample Data feature to store the data for the video
@ 6:58 Displaying the sample data in a ListBox
@ 8:37 Creating the Details view with title, description, video and the more information link
@ 13:33 Running the project for the first time, master-detail scenario works
@ 14:39 Importing the videos into the project
@ 15:42 Importing the thumbnail images to the project
@ 16:20 Replacing the sample data with real data
@ 17:20 Running the Ugly Duckling application with the real data
@ 19:10 Wrapping up

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András  Velvárt

András Velvárt

András is the founder, lead developer, architect, idea-man and CEO of Response Ltd ( - a small, 6 years old ISV company, with 6 developers and designers, based in Hungary. András is extremely passionate about technology, user experience, and how technology can be brought closer to people (he coined the term “grandmother’s computing”).


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  • RE: The Ugly Duckling  

    posted by geokaps on Feb 12, 2010 22:18
    Looking forward to the rest of the series!
  • RE: The Ugly Duckling  

    posted by geokaps on Feb 12, 2010 22:18
    Looking forwared to the rest of the series, thanks!

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