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It’s out! The Microsoft team have been incredibly busy but they’ve managed to make Silverlight 2 Beta 2 public today!

Get your old versions of Silverlight uninstalled and upgrade to the new Beta now!

Like the previous Beta 1, it comes with "Go Live" licence to allow developers and organizations authorization to begin deployment of their applications using pre-RTM code. The recommendation is for developers to use the "Go Live" license and the Beta 2 to begin building applications with the knowledge that Microsoft will be updating the bits in the future. In fact those that already have "Go Live" licences should be rapidly upgrading to the new version this week.

You can download the runtime and development tools/addons at the Microsoft Silverlight website.

As always, Scott Gu  and Shawn Wildermuth have done some outstanding blog posts on the pertinent/interesting changes in Beta 2 and Expression Blend.

Enjoy and get Silverlighting!

This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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I run various Virtual PC systems from my laptop but recently, for some reason I lost the VPC 2007 console off screen. I thought that a new addition to my list of VPCs had trashed my configuration, since I could run a desired VPC by double-clicking it’s respective ".vmc" file but the VPC console would briefly appear on the task bar but disappear off screen!

No matter how hard I tried to get the console back it remained minimised on my taskbar and the systray applet would just tantalisingly flash an outline of the console when selecting "Show Virtual PC Console". Gahhhh!

Then through a combination of uninstalling/reinstalling Virtual PC 2007 and changing my extended desktop settings I finally came across a settings file for the console. This file resides not in the "Program Files" folder as I had assumed… but rather in my local profile – try typing "%appdata%\Microsoft\Virtual PC" into the "Run command" box on the Windows Start menu. You should be able to see an "Options.xml", which contains a the following definition towards the end of the file:

    <window>
        <console>
            <height type="integer">254</height>
            <left_position type="integer">237210383</left_position>
            <top_position type="integer">237210383</top_position>
            <visible type="boolean">true</visible>
            <width type="integer">359</width>
        </console>
        <new_pc>
            <left_position type="integer">469</left_position>
            <top_position type="integer">254</top_position>
        </new_pc>
        <virtual_disk_wizard>
            <left_position type="integer">469</left_position>
            <top_position type="integer">254</top_position>
        </virtual_disk_wizard>
    </window>

Note, the values for the left_position and top_position are completely wacky! They definitely do not correspond with any screen position that is viewable from my laptop or extended desktop! Resetting these values to something sensible like 100 and restarting VPC 2007 solves the problem….

            <left_position type="integer">100</left_position>

            <
top_position type="integer">100</top_position>

 

Console restored – Excellent!

By the way, if you want to ensure that your VPC runs in peak condition, check out Merrick Chaffer’s Virtual PC tips.

This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.

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What better a subject for my first Conchango blog post here than the kickoff of the Silverlight UK User Group? Well, I helped facilitate the inaugural event here in our London office (Notcutt House) last night with Michelle Flynn and our main frontman Paul “awesome” Dawson.

Firstly, a massive thanks for all that attended because it was a really interesting and a very interactive evening – exactly what was wanted. Then I would like to thank Microsoft UK who presented but more importantly, provided the beer and pizza midway through.

We a had a number of presentations but it was not all stare at the screen and fall asleep at the back, the audience participation was brilliant.

In ‘pole position’ we had the tag team of Richard Griffin and Felix Corke showing a Formula 1 website that they had knocked up in a couple of days for a real project that required RSS, news feeds, audio, video, Flickr, Twitter and DeepZoom! They were very keen to explore the experiences of the audience, with regard to the Developer-Designer relationship and how others had got round the technical problems they had faced while building the site.

Second up and possibly the highlight of the evening was a open discussion with Microsoft Evangelist Tim Sneath (over here from Seattle on a customer tour) who gave a status update on Silverlight 2 and WPF. Open questions from the floor got a fair and candid response too, reinforcing that Microsoft does want feedback for the product teams.

Finally, were all wowed by Mark & Alex from Shaxam who demo’ed some of their 3D work in WPF and Silverlight… Silverlight? YES! They did a fantastic job at showing off their 3D animating of MRI scan data – zooming in and out of the human foot slice-by-slice (very CSI). If you want to do some funky 3D in Silverlight then talk to these guys!

I’m now trying to get the next meeting organised, get a community site planned and a mailing list too. One interesting straw poll revealed that we were Developer heavy… out of the 50 people present only a handful were Designers. So, come on Designers… Silverlight is all about getting both designers and developers working side by side producing dazzling, sexy, interactive web applications… come and join the discussion!

This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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