Silicon Valley Code Camp : October 8th and 9th, 2011.
Paul D. Sheriff is the President of PDSA, Inc. (www.pdsa.com), a Microsoft Partner in Southern California. Paul acts as the Microsoft Regional Director for Southern California assisting the local Microsoft offices with several of their events each year and being an evangelist for them. Paul has authored literally hundreds of books, webcasts, videos and articles on .NET, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone and SQL Server. Paul can be reached via email at PSheriff@pdsa.com. Check out Paul's new code generator 'Haystack' at www.CodeHaystack.com.
Most programmers are not artists; but you do not to be in order for your applications to look professional. Just a few little touches such as styles, color gradients, pictures, animation and a few other XAML "magic" tricks and your application can look great! This seminar will present you with a collection of tips that will spice up your Silverlight or WPF applications in no time at all. The best thing is you can do all of these in Visual Studio; no need to learn Expression Blend! You will be shown some great re-usable styles, colors, mirror reflections, gradients, a sample menu system and other XAML techniques that will take your XAML applications from drab to fab! You will walk away with a set of styles and resources that you can put to use in your applications immediately!
Silverlight does not offer a wide variety of built-in ways to navigate through your business application. However with just a little bit of XAML and code, you can create a variety of Silverlight navigational scenarios. In this session you will learn what is built into VS.NET, what is available on the web and how to create some of your own navigations that can be used in a variety of application scenarios. A unique, data-driven approach to a menu system will be shown using XML and XAML together in a reusable user control. You will also see how to use animation and converter classes to create some interesting navigational effects. You will walk away with a set of re-usable navigation components that you can use right away in your production Silverlight applications.