Follow your passion part 3: awarded Silverlight Most Valuable Professional!

Today I’ve received the official communication: for the third year I’ve been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the Silverlight expertise!

It’s always a great honor to be recognized and having the possibility to be part of this group of awesome people sharing knowledge and… passion.

My heartful thanks to all the people who supported me: my family, the great Silverlight team, my MVP lead Alessandro Teglia and all the community. You, all, rock!

I’m looking forward to a new year of amazing technologies: Silverlight, WPF, Windows Phone, WinRT, XAML, Windows 8 – WOW!

As usual, happy Silverlighting all!

The XAML platform is here! Download Windows 8 Developer preview

During the //Build conference in Anaheim the release of Windows 8 Developer preview has been announced: you can download it from this link.

To get started an impressive number of video tutorials is available in the official site of the conference:

Check out also this great post by Michael for downloading all the Build videos in your pc.

Useful resources are available in the SDK: all the XAML Metro style app samples are available following this link.

It’s possible to install Windows 8 side by side with your operating system using a boot from VHD: I’ve followed the instructions described here by Mister Goodcat and all went smoothly.

The new platform and tools are well described in this “Big Picture” showed during the conference:
Laurent Bugnion, Rene Schulte and Doug Seven have great insights into the new platform and tools here, here and here.

Also available for download:

For those like me (also) interested in WPF, a list of the new features is available here.

I’m pretty excited about all these news and I’m looking forward to all the great applications that will be built using XAML, Windows 8, Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone!

Happy XAMLing!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5… Silverlight 5 RC available for download!

Great news today!

Silverlight 5 RC is available for download from the official site:’s-new-in-silverlight-5

This release contains a lot of new features including:

  • P/Invoke support for calling native functions
  • 64 bit support
  • Vector (Postscript) Printing
  • Remote Control and Media Command Support
  • DataContextChanged event
  • In-Browser Trusted Applications
  • PivotViewer Control
  • Power awareness for media apps

Pete Brown has a great post here and “the big list of what’s new and improved” here.

Some useful downloads and links:

Go, grab the new bits and Happy Silverlighting!

Multi-Touch Behaviors updated: Windows Phone “Mango” support, Manipulation / Inertia Processors and more

I’ve just published on CodePlex and the Expression gallery a new release of the Multi-Touch behaviors including these new features:

  • support for Windows Phone 7.1 Beta 2 (refresh) “Mango”;
  • added new property “IgnoredTypes” for excluding particular control types from the manipulations (thanks to Richie for the suggestions, feedback and code samples);
  • the “Manipulation Processor” and “Inertia Processor” are now exposed by the behavior in order to enable personalized manipulations and gestures;
  • new properties: CenterX, CenterY, Rotation, Scale permit to support custom gestures like “DoupleTap” zoom;
  • Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7.1 samples updated with a simple “DoubleTap” zoom example using the new exposed properties.

The source code and samples are available for download here.

Happy Silverlighting!

Landsat Touch for Silverlight

Landsat Touch for Silverlight is a new Silverlight based web application for browsing the newly published Landsat imagery available in ArcGIS on-line by Esri.

The sample comes complete with source code and uses the Silverlight/WP7 Multitouch Behavior available on Codeplex.

Happy Silverlighting!

Silverlight Integration Pack for Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 released

Check out the original post by Grigori Melnik about the new release of Silverlight Integration Pack for Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0.


A Quick look:

Asset Description
Validation Application Block The Validation Application Block supports the following scenarios:

  • Executing validation rules across multiple tiers and gathering results.
  • Annotating your business entities with validation attributes.
  • Ensuring validation attributes compatibility with WCF RIA Services.
  • Defining validation rules in configuration.
  • Validating conditionally using rule sets.
  • Implementing self-validation.
  • Defining validation attributes in metadata. Silverlight doesn’t support the MetadataTypeAttribute. In the .NET Framework, this attribute is used to define metadata classes with validation attributes for your generated business entities. The Validation Application Block provides an implementation of the MetadataTypeAttribute for Silverlight.
  • Supporting IDataErrorInfo.
Logging Application Block Allows you to decouple your logging functionality from your application code. The Logging Application Block routes log entries to various out-of-the-box or custom destinations (locally or through a web service), it supports runtime changes to, for example,  turn existing logging up and down or change logging destinations. Batch logging is supported. The block is shipped with an implementation of a WCF Remote logging service that integrates with the desktop version of the Logging block. Additionally, tracing feature allows you to correlate log entries to a specific activity/workunit scope.
Caching Application Block A brand new implementation of the Caching application block, which is mimicking the System.Runtime.Caching API from .NET with support for in-memory caching and persistent caching (via isolated storage). It has support for expiration and scavenging policies as well notification of cache purging.
Exception Handling Application Block A port of the desktop version of the Exception Handling Application Block, which allows you to handle exceptions that might occur in any layer of your application in a consistent manner.
Interception & Policy Injection Application Block Update to Unity container for Silverlight with support for type and instance interception.
Configuration support The Silverlight Integration Pack offers flexible configuration options, including:

  • XAML-based configuration support
  • Asynchronous configuration loading
  • Interactive configuration console supporting profiles (desktop vs. Silverlight)
  • Translation tool for XAML config (needed to convert conventional XML configuration files) available as a config tool wizard, an MS Build task, or a standalone command-line tool
  • Programmatic configuration support via a fluent interface or attributes
Reference Implementation New Developer’s Guide and an accompanying Reference Implementation to illustrate the typical challenges when building a Silverlight LOB application.StockTrader V2 Reference Implementation (RI) (via a separate download)

More resources, documentation and download links are available in the public announcement.

Happy Silverlighting!

Babylon 3D engine for Silverlight 5 Beta available for download

David Catuhe has announced the availability of Babylon, a 3D engine written to demonstrate the power of Silverlight 5 Beta.

The source code is available for download here together with many other samples for Silverlight 3D in the MSDN Code samples gallery.


Also check out these useful resources by Aaron Oneal:


Happy Silverlighting!

Silverlight 5 Beta available!

Great announcements today during MIX11 in Las Vegas: Silverlight 5 Beta is available for download!

This is a list of some of the new features available:

  • Multiple Windows instances in Out-of-browser applications;
  • GPU-accelerated XNA-compatible 3D and immediate-mode 2D API;
  • DrawingSurface control for rendering 3D content;
  • Double (and multi) click support via the ClickCount event data property;
  • Low-latency sound effects and WAV support;
  • ItemsControl search via the new TextPath attached property;
  • New MarkupExtension base class for defining XAML markup extensions;
  • Data Binding enhancements:
    • Possibility to set breakpoints in XAML;
    • Data Binding enabled in Styles;
    • Binding to ancestors in the VisualTree using the RelativeSource;
    • New DataTemplate.DataType property to bind data templates to the object type;
    • Binding to dynamically-generated properties via the ICustomTypeProvider interface;
    • Application model enhancements:
      • Trusted applications can now be enabled to run inside the browser;
      • Trusted applications can now access the local file system;
      • Multiple Windows instances in trusted Out-of-browser applications.
  • Significant performance improvements, fixes and much more.

 Check out these useful links:

Happy Silverlighting!

Prism 4.0 – Useful Resources and Templates (including MEF support)

A quick shoutout to point out that David Hill has just released a new version of the PRISM Template Pack now including both MEF and Unity support.

Other useful resources about PRISM 4.0:


Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Prism 4

Now available from O’Reilly


Native Extensions 2.0 For Microsoft Silverlight Released

Version 2 of the “Native Extensions For Microsoft Silverlight” is now available for download here.

These libraries contains several COM wrappers and samples for:

  • Touch APIs – Manipulation, Gestures and Inertia processing;
  • Message Interception – Allow applications to intercept Window messages sent to the containing window;
  • Sensor API – Provide full access to the Windows 7 Sensor API;
  • Local Encoding – Allow applications to capture webcam audio/video input into a local H.264/AAC-LC encoded media file. Also allow capturing of application user interface activity as video with audio;
  • Taskbar Access – Allow applications to integrate various Windows 7 taskbar features like taskbar button overlays, jump lists, taskbar button progress notifications, etc;
  • Speech API – Allow applications to use Windows 7 Speech-to-Text and Text-to-Speech capabilities;
  • Portable Devices – Allow applications to enumerate content on connected devices like music players, digital cameras etc.;
  • Windows 7 Notification Area (System Tray) support;
  • “Single application instance” pattern support.

Happy Silverlighting!