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Well, MIX10 is over.  It was a great time to meet a lot of people and see friends from afar.  As anyone knows, the networking is a HUGE part of being in-person at any conference…that vibe, value and friendship cannot be matched online.

But the sessions – there were a TON of them.  It is quite impossible to be in 3 places at one time.  Thankfully the MIX team record all regular sessions and make them available for viewing online or offline.  For you Silverlight developers here are my picks to ensure you watch:

And there are many more…

Since OData was a big part of MIX10 this year, I thought I’d make this easier for you to get all the MIX10 Silverlight-specific videos (my pics above and all tagged with Silverlight). 

Yes, this is yet another way to get access to the MIX videos.

The site’s RSS feed will get you *all* of MIX sessions, but you may not want that.  Unfortunately they don’t expose tag-specific RSS feeds.  Fortunately though, they DO have an OData feed available for us.  I thought I’d have some fun and play around with that.

MIX10 Online Silverlight Viewer

If I were the visitmix.com team – I’m sure they love to hear that.  But look at the list above.  If you watched each one of these, you’d be clicking a lot and going from page to page.  Why not treat them like a video library?  Let me see the ‘guide’ in one place and choose which ‘channel’ I want to watch, allowing me to switch channels quickly.  This was my vision:

MIX10 Session Viewer

Since their OData feed was exposed I could create queries to get to the list of sessions, details and video URIs.  I could (and would like) to do a lot more as far as adding a filter by tags, creating a playlist and then just hitting play, etc.  But you know, I was just tinkering.

I will have to say that the OData querying got me frazzled in some places.  OData is SUPER easy for single entity stuff, but trying to understand building up a relational query got me messed up at times since ‘normal’ LINQ querying wasn’t always supported in a translation to a URI query.  Special thanks to Jonathan Carter (@lostintangent) and Chris Woodruff (@cwoodruff) for being my ears of frustration and helping me get the right queries (didn’t end up implementing them all).

The sample MIX Viewer can be seen here and supports multi-monitor full-screen pinning (requires Silverlight 4).  So you can start a video on your 2nd monitor and go to full-screen on that one while still working on the other.

Tag-specific podcast feeds for MIX10 videos

While the MIX team does have RSS feeds for the videos, they are all-inclusive.  I would really like to have tag-specific feeds…let me search on a tag, then generate a podcast feed based on the result. 

Well, I did just that.  Since they expose the feed, I could use Yahoo Pipes to do some quick manipulation in a ‘no-code’ sort of way (yes I could have used OData, etc. blah blah – look, this was no-code/tools…just a few clicks).

So I created a podcast feed for anyone who wants to use it.  Here’s the Silverlight feed links you can use to paste into your iTunes or Zune or whatever podcast software:

If you look at the URI:

   1: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?MediaType=WMV&Tag=Silverlight&_id=2cf69ebc6e9c4f0a1ea4bc76cfd273df&_render=rss

You’ll notice that you can just substitute the format (WMV, WMVHigh, or MP4) and the tag.  This will give you your own custom feed for your topic.

Anyhow, I really enjoyed MIX and have been catching up on all the sessions I missed.  Hope this helps you get caught up as well!

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got mad design and css skillz?  take a stab at redesigning the mix web site for a contest.  i saw through twitter that adam kinney noted only one person entered yet.  and there are three prizes!!! should make winning pretty simple right now ;-).

visitmix.com - restyle

of course i'm ineligible (that's my way of getting off, because i have no mad design skillz), but might i suggest a few themes to try out:

    • halo 3
    • rockband/guitar hero - have you seen this and this yet?
    • reno 911 - man i love this show -- 'sheriff's department!' -- hmm...ballmer as lt. dangle?
    • dora and diego -- go ScottGu go!
    • high school musical
    • election 2008

either way, all you have to do is visit the restyle contest page and download the starter kit.  so what are you waiting for?  deface, er...i mean...restyle the site in a creative way!

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the leaders of the have convinced that phoenix is nice in march (and it is...spring training baby!) and he should visit.  they've organized a super user group meeting and you can find information on when/where here.  it will be hosted at scottsdale center for the arts, which is a pretty killer facility.  i'd recommend carpooling and not messing with the no parking signs (those scottsdale folks like to watch those meters).

having ScottGu come to phoenix immediately after MIX08 is a great thing for the community.  if you couldn't make it to MIX, you'll be able to see some new things from scott in what no doubt will be an exciting, new and learning experience.  there are some great things coming out of his group at MIX and this event in phoenix is a must see.  i'm sure he'll cover some great new web stuff, updates on and we'll all be enlightened by how he still manages to stay close to the code while serving a growing army in the developer division!  be sure to block your calendar now!

i know scott won't be able to cover everything, so we'll ensure that will cover some of the gaps.  be sure to subscribe to the feed to know when we'll be coming back through phoenix -- we'll be updating it soon!

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at the end of november i had a chance to visit seattle to attend the silverlight firestarter event.  the entire day was captured on video.  those videos are now available at the visitmix.com site.  you can stream them directly on the site or download them for offline viewing.  the sessions include content from , , , , and .

all good stuff.  enjoy.

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"Go back to Jersey, Sonny. This is the City of the Angels and you haven't got any wings." (from LA Confidential)

i'm headed to los angeles, ca tomorrow for a week of the .  while last week already yielded some training in some of the expression tools and , i'm headed out to do my best to mentor those that are taking advantage of the microsoft working areas.

what is the phizzpop design challenge?

The PhizzPop Design Challenge pits top interactive, Web, and design agencies against one another to push the limits of technology and creativity in a battle royale. Think Mad Max for design.

basically teams have been chosen and they will be presented with a problem statement on monday.  this problem statement will include instructions to them of what those team should incorporate into their solution.  the implementation, however, will be up to them.  there is a panel of judges who will listen to the teams present their solutions and how they went about solving this particular problem statement.

i've yet to visit the la office and i'm excited to spend some time out there.  i'm coming off a weekend of, well, let's just say "pain."  i'll be bringing my meds though.  more importantly i'm bringing my new camera rig in hops of talking to some of these teams while they are out there.

if anyone knows any celebrities as well that might be in the la area and are willing to do a cheesy public service announcement for internal videos, let me know...i've got some ideas.  if you know anyone in the cast of Heroes that would be sweet...drop me a line.

well, that's where i'll be this week.  i'm hoping to head down to irvine with woodyp on wednesday and chill out at the installfest down there.  hope to see some of you there!