I’ve had a couple things sitting in my inbox for a week or so and rather than call them out individually and take up your precious aggregation space, I’ll summarize them here.
3rd Party Silverlight Controls
Got a note from Valentin about the roadmap for the Telerik Silverlight controls. As they’ve previously noted, they are planning a set of controls: Window, Menu, TreeView, TabControl, PanelBar, Cube, ComboBox, Upload, Calendar, DatePicker, NumericUpDown, MediaPlayer, Range Slider, ProgressBar, WrapPanel, DockPanel, UniformGridPanel. Right now it looks like they are incorporating the feedback provided and doing some polish work like adding Blend tool support for skinning, etc. They also announced a Grid and Carousel control for Silverlight as well. I particularly thought their mention of working on something similar to their RadDock for Windows for Silverlight sounded particularly interesting.
Silverlight Sidebar Gadget Template
Microsoft has a program called Student Partners. These are individuals still in higher education and have shown their enthusiasm toward Microsoft technologies. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of these individuals and appreciate their energy around geekness. Ioan Lazarciuc is one such Student Partner and took one of my previous samples of a Vista Sidebar Gadget Template for Visual Studio and Silverlight-ified it…enabling a template for creating Silverlight content-enabled Vista Sidebar Gadgets.
Deep Zoom and Mosaics
Creating Deep Zoom applications seem to be all the rage these days :-). Another tool is making it more fun (and easier) to create some pretty cool visualizations with Deep Zoom and images. The tool is Andrea Mosaic and is a tool to take a set of images and make a mosaic picture out of the images. Then taking those mosaic collections and Doom Zoom-ifying them. One hilarious implementation is the DeepLOL, using the various LOLCat phrases/images. Take a look at what Rob Burke did (via Silverlight Streaming – hint: move your mouse and zoom in with the scroll wheel):
Of course you’ve probably heard of the Olympics on NBC. The NBCOlympics.com by MSN site is serving over 3,600 hours of online content live and on-demand for your viewing pleasure. If you install Silverlight you’ll get to enjoy the enhanced player experience that will deliver HD-quality content to your computer in the comfort of your own home. I’m pretty excited to see some of the Olympics this year and will have to check out this experience for some of the live events. I already like the HD experience I’ve seen so far…check it out!
That’s a few I had in my queue…more to come!