I’ve been working hard the past few weeks on a Silverlight Rich Media Expandable Ad project at PBJS. The task at hand was to really push the Silverlight 1.0 plug-in to do things it wasn’t really designed to do. The project was generally a success. What I’m planning on doing is putting up some code snippets that I used to create this project to hopefully shed some light on Silverlight 1.0 for anyone that is interested in learning it.
The project pays homage to the Justice D.A.N.C.E. Video but adds an interactive element where you can influence the animations on the shirts.
For now, please check out the project.Please leave comments about any questions you might have.
I’m also going to try to see if I can get everything working live on this page, just curious at how well the Silverlight 1.0 plug-in will work inside blogger.
update: didn’t work so well. so please view the project here.
XAML is pretty slick. The biggest drawback that I’ve seen so far is it’s a little verbose for markup. In many cases, characters could be left out and it would cut down significatly on the file size of the XAML. It also requires all data to be a string, which isn’t very efficient in my option. In many cases, I had to convert values to and from integers and strings because I couldn’t use integers as values for attributes like Canvas.Left and Opacity. That struck me as a little odd, but I digress.
The other thing is every time you enter a value for a color, XAML adds the Alpha value as well. In my opinion, the default should be full Opacity every time unless otherwise stated. So #ff0000 for Red rather than #ffff0000, which is two extra characters for every color. There is probably a good reason for this, but I don’t know why.
The Code Trip is kicking off after Mix08. I’m really anxious to see what kind of apps the guys come up with. I think Silverlight does have a valuable place on the web, and I hope to see more cool implementations in the near future using the new 2.0 features. For now I’ve been reading Scott Guthrie’s blog which has a preview of Silverlight 2.0. There will be a lot of Silverlight hype in the coming months, I’m looking forward to the dust settling and taking a calm look at the aftermath and enjoying some full featured Silverlight Apps.