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“Coming Home” to Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 Vol 12-41 | July 15th 2009
Joey DeVilla
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Even though  Silverlight and  Expression are brand new, they make me feel nostalgic. My first job out of university was developing multimedia apps, which in those days came on CD-ROMs. Building rich interactive software with beautiful visuals, multi-channel sounds, animation and even video was worlds away from the programming assignments at school. How it could it be called “work” when the process was so much fun and the finished product was so cool?

Given my history, it’s no surprise that I’ve been following  Silverlight and  Expression with great interest. I’ve watched  Silverlight and  Expression evolve in leaps and bounds and have been very impressed. 

Silverlight 3  ups the video ante with improvements to streaming and compression, lets you go beyond “toy” applications with support for perspective 3-D rendering and enhanced databinding. Your rich internet apps can even break free of the browser!  Expression Blend makes it easy for both designers and non-designers to build beautiful, usable interfaces. Whether you collaborate with a designer or code it all on your own, you’re going to find it indispensable. And then there’s Sketchflow, which lets you go from sketches on napkins to quick demos to full-on production code.

I’d like you to join me on my “return to multimedia”, which I’ll be blogging about along the way. Take Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 for a spin, build rich apps and have fun! I’ll post tips and tricks regularly, and if you have questions or get stuck, feel free to drop me a line !

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