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XAML, WPF, Silverlight, .NET, Office 2007, Windows code samples and other interesting things

I'm very happy to announce that I'm moving this blog to http://nokola.com Click here to visit the...

Author: Nikola Date: 09/14/2009

Exposed: 5 methods to create game loop: which is the best?

Edit: fixed broken links What is the best method to create a game loop? I created a small experiment...

Author: Nikola Date: 08/19/2009

Nice background image

My latest creation last night... space view of a planet on a starry background The image is...

Author: Nikola Date: 08/13/2009

Large Star Field - Take 2, how to make it look "deep" and more reallistic

Check out the new starfield and compare it with the old one. Edit: thanks to fashai for pointing out...

Author: Nikola Date: 08/11/2009

Large Star Field in Silverlight - Taste of Game, Part 2

Edit2: After posting this, I made a significant improvement on the star field... will post it...

Author: Nikola Date: 08/10/2009

A Taste of What's To Come - My New Game Concept Art

Here...a quick bite from the new game coming out... Silverlight 3, full screen, Got an idea for a...

Author: Nikola Date: 07/17/2009

Human Movements - The Easiest Motion Capture File Format

This is the second post of the "Reallistic Human Movements with Silverlight" series. I'll spend a...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/29/2009

Reallistic Human Movements in Silverlight - My Own Motion Capture Viewer!

Hoho! yes! How to make reallistic human movements in Silverlight? Check out this stickman animation...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/26/2009

Silverlight: Super-fast Dymanic Image Generation Code (Revisited)

I decided to give a third spin of Joe Stegman's dynamic image generation code. This time, it's many...

Author: Nikola Date: 03/04/2009

Windows 7 Look-alike Taskbar Button Control in Silverlight

Last night, inspired by the cool taskbar in Windows 7, I decided to see how easy it will be to make...

Author: Nikola Date: 02/28/2009

Silverlight Game Competition - $5000 prize

Submission deadline is April 30, 2009 Check it out: http://www.serverquestcontest.com/ Too bad I...

Author: Nikola Date: 02/22/2009

Anatomy of a Silverlight Game: Avoid Common Mistakes When Building Online Games

Last week I created a document that incorporates my experiences developing the Shock Silverlight...

Author: Nikola Date: 02/05/2009

Play this Silverlight Game Online: Shock v2

I'm very proud to announce version 2 or my online Silverlight game "Shock": Play it...

Author: Nikola Date: 02/05/2009

Cool All-age Silverlight Game

I found a pretty cool chill-out style game in Silverlight. Just go and draw your first animal :)...

Author: Nikola Date: 10/27/2008

XAML PowerToys for VisualStudio - Speed up Development of Business Apps and Just Edit XAML Faster!

Check them out - including screenshots - on Karl’s (one of my friends) site:...

Author: Nikola Date: 10/05/2008

3 Easy Steps to WPF Pixel Shaders. Template Project and Five Shader Samples (Twirl UI, Light, Blobs, Grayscale and Wave reflection)

In This Tutorial: · Template project and simple 3-step instructions to kick start WPF pixel shaders...

Author: Nikola Date: 09/04/2008

Cool Silverlight Splash Screen Concept Demo (including Source Code)

In this tutorial: Creating a cool (and easy) Vista-like "ray of light" effect in Silverlight...

Author: Nikola Date: 08/14/2008

7 Easy Steps to Learn C#: Silverlight C# Compiler and Loading DLLs from a server at runtime in Silverlight

In This Tutorial: · C# compiler demo for the web - type code in a web page, compile and execute it...

Author: Nikola Date: 07/27/2008

ASP.NET Authentication for Silverlight Applications (Accessing ASP.NET Membership, Profile and Role Services)

This is very good for web sites that have ASP.NET Authentication (or plan to have) and have...

Author: Nikola Date: 07/08/2008

Building the Reallistic Water Ripples Sample in Silverlight

In this tutorial: - creating and rendering water ripples - optimized image generation - JPEG...

Author: Nikola Date: 07/04/2008

Optimized Joe Stegman's Dynamic Image Generation (Twice the Speed)

I needed a good and relatively fast dynamic image generation code for Silverlight (for the next...

Author: Nikola Date: 07/04/2008

EasyHyperbar Navigation Control - A hyperbar, only easier (in Silverlight)

In this Tutorial · Analysis of the usability of the typical Hyperbar Control · Silverlight sample...

Author: Nikola Date: 07/03/2008

Ray Tracing in Silverlight

I had some free time today and did this: I'd like to note that LukeH made the core raytracing engine...

Author: Nikola Date: 06/10/2008

Silverlight: How to Make Your WCF Web Service Work for All Users

Specification of the Problem A WCF web service works when a user types site in his browser with www...

Author: Nikola Date: 06/08/2008

Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Is Released!!!

Oh, yes! :) Install tools and runtime from here: http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/ There are so...

Author: Nikola Date: 06/07/2008

Deep Zoom - Redefining Any Web Site Experience (super cool, check it out)

These are completely new and revamped web sites (I don’t mean just “silverlight added” or a cool app...

Author: Nikola Date: 06/02/2008

LayoutTransform control in Silverlight 2

I found a very good post: How to do LayoutTransform in Silverlight. Currently Silverlight supports...

Author: Nikola Date: 06/02/2008

Building 1977 Computer Emulator in Silverlight

In This Sample · How to build a 1977 PC emulator with Silverlight · Dynamic image generation · 25...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/21/2008

What's new In the WPF 3.5 SP1 Visual Studio Editor with Erick Ellis and Mark Wilson-Thomas

Erick Ellis and Mark Wilson-Thomas talk about what's new in the WPF editor for Visual Studio in .NET...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/16/2008

Create Your Own Silverlight HD Video Tutorial: From Video File to Working Silverlight Streaming Application

In This Tutorial · Learn how to process video file with the Expression Encoder to prepare it for...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/16/2008

Reading Embedded Resources

Just a small reminder for myself. I have to do this way too often recently to remember. This is how...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/14/2008

Super Cool Visual Studio Color Schemes and Fonts

Update: I kind of like the following one, optimized for XAML editing too: Nikola's_XAML.vssettings...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/08/2008

Deep Zoom: Creating Working Application in Less than 5 Minutes Using the New Deep Zoom Composer

This post shows how to: · Create working deep zoom application in less than 5 minutes* · Upload a...

Author: Nikola Date: 05/07/2008

.NET Debugging Tricks: Formatting Class Appearance in the VS Watch Window

These are two cool tricks that I just learned from a friend and colleague - Mike. Formatting How...

Author: Nikola Date: 04/28/2008

Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines: Designing controls, text style and tone, placement and many more

· What is the correct style and tone for user UI? · How to make a good looking UI for Vista · What...

Author: Nikola Date: 04/28/2008

We're Hiring - Part 3 (Revolutions)

Update on job positions! Do you want to work as part of the Microsoft Visual Studio Product Team? If...

Author: Nikola Date: 04/25/2008

Image Effects with Silverlight: Creating the Saturation Light Sample

This sample demonstrates the following: 1. Simulating any image effect with Silverlight 2. Using the...

Author: Nikola Date: 04/23/2008

Setting Cookies in Silverlight

Here is a simple way to set, retrieve and delete cookies from within a Silverlight application....

Author: Nikola Date: 04/14/2008

Binding Animation To and From Properties

When trying to bind animation To and From properties to something else you may get this exception:...

Author: Nikola Date: 03/20/2008

Here are some interesting Silvelright 2 Beta 1 documentation links: High-level portal to the Managed...

Author: Nikola Date: 03/16/2008

Calling Web Services and Accessing UI from Timer Event in Silverlight

If you try accessing UI from a timer event, you'll Exception: Invalid cross-thread access. This...

Author: Nikola Date: 03/13/2008

Visual Studio 2008 Walkthrough: Creating, Hosting and Using WCF Services with Silverlight 2

Before we Start The final project is a sample that sends a string to WCF web service from...

Author: Nikola Date: 03/12/2008

Configuring IIS 7 to work with WCF Web Services for Silverlight 2

I've tried these, and there are some interesting parts that can take some time figuring out by...

Author: Nikola Date: 03/06/2008

We're Hiring Reloaded!

Update on job positions! For the people that contacted me already: thank you. I've been forwarding...

Author: Nikola Date: 03/04/2008

We're Hiring!

Do you want to work as part of the Microsoft Visual Studio Product Team? If "yes", please contact me...

Author: Nikola Date: 02/12/2008

WPF Application Quality Guide v0.1 Released

This is a v0.1 white paper that we hope upon completion to be a one-stop point for guidance and best...

Author: Nikola Date: 01/31/2008

Visual Studio 2008 is Out!

Nice. I'm so happy. Our product is RTM now!!! Yes!!!!!!...

Author: Nikola Date: 11/19/2007

Optimizing WPF 3D scenes for Tier-2 Hardware (roughly Pixel Shader 2.0+)

I just found this very nice blog entry with hints for WPF 3D Summary of the hints that I found more...

Author: Nikola Date: 06/01/2007

Converting RTF on the Clipboard To XAML

Here is a simple function that will convert RTF data on the clipboard to XAML: /// <summary>...

Author: Nikola Date: 02/18/2007

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