Cider Performance for VS2010

Brian in Cider | 0 Comments January 8, 2010

It’s been a long time since this blog has seen any posts about Cider.  I haven’t been sleeping.  Instead, I’ve been tuning.  For the last six months I’ve been heads down focusing on the performance of Cider in VS 2010 both for WPF and for Silverlight.  ScottGu’s post about creating another public release candidate hopefully has you convinced that we’re very serious about ensuring that the performance of the product meets your expectations.  I thought it would be helpful if I talked about some of the specific things we’ve done in Cider to help with performance.

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Some Silverlight 4 Beta Links

Brian in News | 0 Comments November 18, 2009

There's a lot of cool stuff coming in Silverlight 4. Here's a couple of interesting links to get you started:

And of course, if you're brave enough to be running VS 2010 Beta2, you can download the Silverlight 4 Tools Update that gives you full VS 2010 / Cider support.

Live Video Streaming of PDC 2009

Brian in News | 0 Comments November 18, 2009

Probably old news by now, but live streaming of PDC 09 is available here. The video is Silverlight based, and it's awesome to see how well Silverlight is handling it. You can rewind the stream almost instantly and when you zoom it to full screen it will adaptively update. On my 1900x1200 monitor at work I'd say its DVD quality or better.

If you're itching to see Cider in VS 2010, scan back to 1:30 in the video. 

Welcome to Pocket Silicon

Brian in News | 0 Comments November 17, 2009

Ok, I've finally done it. I've split off personal from professional. Pocket Silicon is a blog about stuff you put in your pocket, stuff you code, and meta stuff related to that stuff. You can subscribe to Pocket Silicon without fear that all the posts will be about my three year old, while folks who still subscribe to Urban Potato won't be confused with all the technobabble and TLAs.

Pocket Silicon is run on the excellent BlogEngine.NET, originally written by Mads Kristensen and now maintained a horde of talented developers. It's flexible and simple enough that I could easily make it do what I want. And, it's possible to run the site on XML files instead of a database. It performs worse, and maybe someday I'll want to move, but for now I love the freedom of just passing text files around instead of dealing with SQL. BlogEngine.NET is about what my former blog engine -- LiveCast, written by yours truly -- wasn't: simple. I intend to try to keep things that way.

I worked for a bit on the theme of this site, but I'm not super jazzed about it. It's not personally "me" and it's too colorful for my taste. I will be updating it with a custom theme I plan to design, but for now it works great and allows me to get the site up quickly. The site also supports mobile phones and the iPhone, but the iPhone support is pretty budget right now. That's also something I hope to improve on.

Cool Baml Viewer for Reflector

Brian in XAML | 0 Comments January 22, 2007

Lutz is at it again. He's pointed me to a very cool tool that allows you to disassemble BAML files into the correct XAML.

First, download the tool here (the page requires an email address) and run it once so it can register a per-user shell extension for BAML files. Then, fire up reflector and navigate to one of the WPF generated resource files. Here I've decided to pick on PresentationFramework.Aero:

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