Archive for April, 2008

Ah, summer is coming to Seattle.  Warm weather, mountain views, and the sun glinting off the lakes.  Best of all, if you are a Silverlight fan, our first Silverlight dev camp is now official.   There have been a few of these mini conferences already (Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington DC) and now we’re having one in Seattle! 
Kurt Brockett got the ball rolling by writing the requisite blog post an registering an Upcoming.com event.

A few hours later I heard from Adam Kinney about the same event… Guess it must be official.

The sad part,  I’m going to be in Florida that day.  I’m sure I’ll be missing a great event.


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Portland Oregon is home to a batch of dedicated techies.   There seems to be an interesting programming event or conference every month in the Rose City.

A couple months ago I heard about a new family oriented conference, called PDX Webfoot, that is happening on April 12th.  The idea is to have a conference with lots of developer content, but also have sessions and activities for the rest of your family.  Games for the kids, general web sessions for the older kids and spouses.  This year there is more technical topics than family ones, but the concept is refreshing.

Webfoot is this weekend and there are still lots of seats available.  The event is free and scheduled on the weekend.  There is supposed to be plenty of good food (not pizza) and a Lego Mindstorm area. 

Looks likes sessions include Flex/AIR, Silverlight, XNA, Deep Zoom, ASP.NET 3.5 and IE 8.0

Oh, did I mention that Adam Kinney and I are doing a couple of Silverlight talks?  Adam is covering the design aspect and I doing my Touring the Silverlight API talk. 

Why not sign up today?


When: Saturday, April 12th
1:00pm to 7:00pm (dinner provided)

Location: OGI School of Science and Engineering (map)
Wilson Clark Center for Lifelong Learning
20000 NW Walker Rd
Beaverton, OR 97006

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There’s a new charting tool available for web developers.  The chart is shown via Silverlight.  You use the VisiFire chart generation tool.  It creates an XML for you.  Add your new data XML file to your web server and then add a small JavaScript element to your page.  BTW the script can be placed in any type of web page (HTML, ASP, ASP.Net, PHP, JSP, ColdFusion, Ruby on Rails)

<script language=”javascript” type=”text/javascript”>
        var vChart = new Visifire(“Visifire.xap”,600,400);

      //xml file name goes in the place of Data.xml

That’s all there is… 


Visifire is licensed under GPL, a popular Open Source license. Visifire can be freely used in your web sites, blogs and internal applications as long as you comply with GPL.

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