Monday, July 26, 2010

Speaking at RIAPalooza in Chicago

by Victor on Jul.26, 2010
Hello All!

This weekend (7.23.10) I was invited to speak at RIAPalooza, a one-day conference dedicated to building Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). During my presentation I showed how to build Silverlight applications without writing any code whatsoever. In doing so I introduced and showed off Silverlight Behaviors. I then used the Farseer Physics Engine to build a very simple version of Asteroids complete with simulated physics, a ship that could move and rotate using the arrow keys and a few asteroids that when hit would destroy your ship. I then showed how to build the Slide to Unlock control that is used on many smartphones these days. This was especially cool because I had a touch screen laptop running touch-enabled Windows 7.

After my presentation I then participated in a speaker panel that was addressing questions, topics, etc proposed by the audience. We talked about some very cool subjects including HTML5 vs Plugins.

A very good time was had by all and I look forward to returnining next year for RIAPalooza 4. If you missed this year I suggest you make plans to attend next year as it was an enlightening experience. Also, I suggest you do as I did and stay the entire weekend and visit Chicago as it is a wonderful city. I also suggest that you take in two restaurants, Gibbson’s Steakhouse and then Joe’s Steak and Seafood Stone Crab House. Both had simply amazing food and an atmosphere that was crazy-fun! During the day make sure and checkout the Navy Pier for boat rides, shopping, and a stain glass museum to die for.

Getting back to RIAPalooza, you can view my presentation by clicking the link below:

Video Now Available

I will be posting the Source code for the two sample Silverlight applications I developed on stage in about 3 hours.


2 Comments for this entry

  • Eric

    That is an awesome shirt, but you should train your guns a little bit more so that they bulge out of your sleeves a little bit better! :)

  • Kareem

    Hi Victor,
    I am currently reading your Foundation Expression Blend 4 book.
    This video is just 5 minutes. Can you post the full presentation?
    Thank you for your clear explanations.

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New SIlverilght Video Tutorial: How to Create a ListBox with a Static Background

Someone from my Silverlight Email List emailed me and told me that he had been struggling trying to create a ListBox with a static background image. So, I made this short, 3 mintue tutorial I show you how to do it all in Blend. So, if you need a ListBox with a background image then watch the video located here:
Download the Source Here

Enjoy! Victor
PS: To join my Silverlight Email List email me at wpfauthor at gmail dot com with the subject line Silverlight Email List.  I never advertise or share your email address with anyone.

6 Comments for this entry

  • Sung Kim 

    Who’d have thought that you were able to cover this topic within such a short amount of time?
    That was a great tutorial, Victor.
    Great Job as usual.

  • Paul 

    Gee, why make it so complicated when you can use a ListBox with a transparent background on top of an Image?

  • Victor 

    Because Paul, I would think that is the “Hacky” way to do it instead of taking a little extra time and doing it the right way. But by all means if that works for you go right ahead :) Victor

  • Paul 

    What’s so hacky about the technique in use by the basic controls? If you examine their templates, most of them are using the grid to superimpose one control over another. This is exactly what this simple solution is all about. If you prefer something more complicated, well maybe that justifies a blog entry, wouldn’t you say?

  • Paul 

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the net effect of your “solution” is Silverlight/WPF internally superimposing that listbox on top of your image. Ha ha.

  • Mike Filley 

    Hey Victor, I appreciate your blog.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How to Stream Video to your Apple Device (iPhone/Pad) in Five Minutes

by Victor on Jul.13, 2010, under Demos, Open Source, tutorials
Hello All, In this short, 5 minute video I show you how to stream adaptive video to your iPhone or iPad device using IIS7 and HTML5. This article asumes you have an IIS7 website setup on your local machine and know how to get to it: http://LocalHost/ It also assumes you have Expression Encoder 4 Pro. So, if you have these then let’s get busy and stream some video to your Apple devices! Video: HTML5 Source Code:  (in IE click View Source ).

<title>Victor Gaudioso | iPhone live streaming page</title>
<h1>Victor Gaudioso Live stream.</h1>
<video width="640"
controls="true" >Live 36</video>
<h2>Ver 62</h2>



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  • Hugo SImoes
    Hello there. I am new to streaming to Apple Devices and I absolutely love your tutorial.
    I am NOT at all familiar with Windows Server 2008.
    It took me a long time to add all the necessary roles that I see based upon your demo. I still am not able to get the “MOBILE DEVICES” tab to show up when I click on “Live Smooth Streaming Publishing POint”.
    My 2008 server was a clean install, so I am assuming you added a “Role” or something similar.
    It looks like I have IIS6 maybe?!?! not sure… When I try to download IIS MEdia Services 4.0 Beta 1 – it tells me that I have Media Services 3.0.
    I have no idea what I need to do – i thought 2008 server had IIS7 already. But I guess not. Please help.
    Can you help me out? Just point me on the direction/software I need in order for that tab to show up?
    I am running

  • Victor
    Hugo, Yes I was using IIS7 with IIS Media Services. I don’t recall if it was Beta or not but I think it was. You should be able to download everything you need from the Web Platform Installer:
    Good luck! Victor

  • Holli Tyra
    Liking this wallpaper! Looks great on my new Mac :)

  • Patrick Crawford
    Great information Victor! Now, how do we eliminate all that manual labor and automate it? Got API’s?

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