Zleek is 2nd Runner-Up in ComponentArt Silverlight Coding Competition

12 11 2009

Zleek placed 3rd in the ComponentArt Silverlight Coding Competition. Thank you to all who voted!

The winner of the competition, PuzzleTouch, combined usage of almost all of the new Silverlight 3 features – including Multi-Touch, Out-Of-Browser, and Perspective3D – with a slick UI. I highly recommend checking it out.


Zleek 2.0 is here!

23 09 2009

Zleek Logo

Zleek 2.0 has released!

Check it out at http://zleek.com.

Here are the new features:

  • Completely new design and flow – much easier to use.
  • Customizable albums (page color, border color, border sizes, etc)
  • Video support
  • Facebook integration (login and stream posts)

Those are the “new” features from the 1,000-foot level. In reality, the entire site was rewritten from scratch using new technologies and optimized workflows.

Here is the breakdown of what it’s using:

Check it out today!

ComponentArt Silverlight Competition

Please vote for us in the ComponentArt Summer Silverlight Coding Competition!

Agnition.Utils Code Drop

Due to the release, there is a new drop of the Agnition.Utils library containing our final production code. Get it now!

Fish Eye Menu Control

12 05 2009

For the new version of Zleek, I wanted to create an intuitive page menu for the bottom of the albums. I wanted to go with an OS X – style menu.

Here is what I came up with.

You can add any FrameworkElement as a menu item, so primitive shapes up to User Controls are all fine.

This control is part of the Agnition.Utils library, which has been updated.

Get it here!

New Agnition.Utils Code Drop

7 05 2009

There is a new version of the Agnition.Utils libraries available containing some updates (mostly new functionality). In short, there has been a migration from some of the unpublished Zleek-specific code into the general base classes, most notable in the authentication pieces. There have also been a few bug fixes.

If you’re using this library for anything, I strongly suggest upgrading. Get it here.

MIX ’09 Summary (so far…)

20 03 2009

Wow. MIX ’09 is over halfway over. First we have Silverlight 3 Beta with out-of-browser, hardware acceleration, multi-touch, RIA services, pixel shaders, H.264 support, a smaller runtime, and better rendering performance on Wednesday; accented by a great keynote about design by Bill Buxton and SketchFlow in Blend 3 (not to mention true support for Photoshop/Illustrator import).

Then we have the launch of IE8 with a hilarious introduction video about the history of the web from the perspective of a ninja.

And those were just the keynotes.

I met up with Rick Barraza and played around with his mind-blowing Surface applications. I watched Clint Rutkas show off videos of his bartender robot (Bartender.PourDrinkByName(“Irish Car Bomb”);) and self-balancing skateboard.

Then, there was the Show Off competition. I thought I was doing pretty well for a while until someone showed off a WPF webcam application with 3D object detection and Rick came along with his two (as if one wasn’t hard enough to beat) videos – one of the aforementioned Surface applications, and another where he used his Jedi powers demonstrating a WPF app that interfaced with a brain wave scanner for “thought control”. After those, I would be happy if I got a single vote for my entry which I guess is not bad for a single developer part-time with no budget.

Then, of course, there was getting to hang out with the smartest designers and developers on the planet.

Also, I’ve been making a fool out of myself taking pictures around MIX with my sons’ stuffed animals. Here’s scottgu playing along.

scottgu loves stuffed animals

scottgu loves stuffed animals

And here’s Bill Buxton.
The design guru

The design guru

They loved it, so it’s worth it.

For my friends at APS, I couldn’t resist this picture of Ward Bell and his Vegas jacket.

Mr. Las Vegas

Mr. Las Vegas

Anyway, check out my MIX photo album for some pictures of the event.

Restful Uploader and Extenders Update

20 03 2009

There have been some slight modifications made to both the RESTful Uploader and Silverlight Extenders libraries. In addition, I have combined them into a single solution.

Get it here!

Zleek @ MIX

18 03 2009

If you’re at MIX, join in on the publicly editable Zleek album!

I will be adding pictures starting tomorrow morning.