Free eBook – Build a Web Site That Sells

A colleague of mine (thanks, Leon) brought this to our team’s attention: a free downloadable eBook from Microsoft on web design. Here is the abstract:

Get your free downloadable ebook “Build a Web site That Sells” from Microsoft Office Live. This ebook includes tips, techniques, and tools to help you design an effective and engaging Web site, generate more Web site traffic, maximize search engine results, provide a more secure online experience, and much more.

It’s free, so what are you waiting for? Grab it here …

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Recreating iTunes in Silverlight

I think the greatest way to learn a new technology is through tutorials. Following my other post about a working replica of the Outlook UI (here), I recently found another great hands-on lab: recreating the iTunes UI in Silverlight. The author has a development diary (with videos!) on his blog where he walks through the steps required to build this thing. Very, very good stuff! Check it out here: http://advertboy.wordpress.com/project-silverlight-11/

Cheers,
Koestie

More WPF hands-on labs

Some more WPF hands-on labs here: http://wpf.netfx3.com/files/default.aspx. Check them out, they run up to 1 hour per lab and should be well worth a visit. Be sure to check out the left-hand navigation also for even more examples and sample applications!

Trynt Technologies – web services for your applications

This site offers a number of ready-to-use web services and api’s you can use to build web applications with Silverlight, Popfly or WPF. Services offered range from the useful to the plain wacky:

Check out the complete list here: http://www.trynt.com/apis/

Cheers
Koestie

Movies I like: Pirates of Silicon Valley

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I collect old computers. I have a fairly large collection of 80s machines and I like to tinker with them now and then. Mostly, this is because I grew up with these things and I still enjoy playing one of these 80s games on the real machine as opposed to an emulator. Dead knowledge for sure, but fun it is …

Apart from fiddling with the machines, I also like to read books and watch movies about the rise of the personal computer. Boring, you think? Not quite – there is a lot of drama in these stories. I will post a reading list some time in the future, but for now let me tell you about a movie called Pirates of Silicon Valley. From Wikipedia:

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) is an unauthorized made-for-television docudrama written and directed by Martyn Burke. Based on the book Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine, this film documents the rise of the home computer (personal computer) through the rivalry between Apple Computer (Apple II and the Apple Macintosh) and Microsoft (MITS Altair, MS-DOS, IBM PC, and Windows).

The central story of the film begins in the early 1970s and ends with a birthday toast in 1985 to Steve Jobs shortly before he was fired by CEO John Sculley from Apple Computer.

This is a truly entertaining flick that at the same time gives a pretty good overview of the rise of both Apple and Microsoft. As movies go, the main personalities (Bill Gates and Steve Jobs) are pretty cliche, but it is very entertaining nevertheless. Sadly it is only available on DVD in the US but you can order it through Amazon. Also, the book this is based on is a great read as well – I might post a review later …

Cheers,
Koestie

Geeky: the BusBike

Something completely different for today: apparently, there is a bus line in Rio de Janeiro that is equipped with exercise bikes – so you can take the bus to work and exercise at the same time … the site is in Spanish, but take a look at the pictures & video: http://www.busbike.com.br/fotos_curso.htm.

And in case you are wondering: the bus itself is powered by a gasoline engine …

Cheers
Koestie

mix:uk Event Videos

Microsoft’s event series featuring Silverlight, Expression and Popfly are usually called mix. Here are the videos from the event in the United Kingdom: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/mix07/agenda.aspx.