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i have to say, i'm really excited about this...for a while now i've been talking to customers and communities about wpf and expression blend.  i have to admit though, i'm not a designer, not even a good novice designer :-).  but i "get" expression blend -- the framework is much simpler for me to understand as a novice...and when i see experts open the tool i'm amazed at how quick they understand it and begin to create some compelling visuals/applications.

Expression Blend Traininganywhoo, there is a roadtrip happening...expression blend near you!  so check out the city list and register.  you'll learn some really helpful tips on getting onramped quickly for wpf and expression blend.  very cool stuff.  visit the expression 'designing experiences with expression blend' site for details on cities near you.


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i've been trying to learn more and more about and the current functionality in the february ctp, so i decided to jump on the create-a-video-player-skin bandwagon and mock something up.

i thought it would be quite the incredible thing (read: couldn't think of a better idea) to show a player...so whoala:


and when you click 'start player' (yes i know it would be cool to show the player as a playlist and use the normal zune buttons, but c'mon, v.0.0.3 here...work with me people) it rotates to show you the video (if you don't own a zune, the player shows videos landscape rather than portrait).


anyhow, i'm hoping to evolve this a bit more when i have some more free time -- there is a small bug in the stream downloading calculations that i'm hunting right now.  in case you haven't seen the default video playing, it is the red vs. blue of here's the link to my zune miniplayer.