nibbles tutorials blog

blend 2 september preview is out
September 17, 2007, 5:47 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

This is the most exciting Blend release, and because of that we’ve prepared a few new sections at Nibbles Tutorials to explain some of the new features in Blend 2 September Preview.

There is a new Sample (Lava Lamp) that shows an example of Vertex Animation in Blend. Don’t miss it!



new wpf samples available
August 6, 2007, 4:49 am
Filed under: WPF

You can download two new samples for WPF in the Nibbles Tutorials:
Go to Samples > WPF Samples to download them.

First sample: T-Rex 3D
You can see how easy is to work with 3D in Blend & WPF. This sample uses a pretty big 3D file (~5 Mb just for the geometry). Five buttons trigger a few animations that move the camera to show different angles of the T-Rex. But be aware… 3D demands good hardware!

Second sample: Planets 3D
Another 3D sample, but now showing big textures. Note that the buttons have 3D content inside of their Control Template. Nice WPF!

Also Note that there are NO CODE in these samples. All XAML created using blend. Nice!



New Session available – Samples!
July 30, 2007, 6:42 am
Filed under: Silverlight

You can access a new session from the Nibbles home page: Samples. In this session you will find complete projects in Silverlight and WPF, but they are not explained step-by-step like the tutorials. However, they will also be short projects, in order to be easily understood. To start, we have two samples about Silverlight and RSS Feeds / XML.

The first sample gets an RSS feed from the Weather Channel, and shows how Silverlight can turn meteorology into something fun! And the second one populates a custom list box with new releases from Netflix.

XML is easy in Silverlight. Give it a try…



Nibbles Tutorials Running on Silverlight 1.0 RC
July 30, 2007, 6:40 am
Filed under: Silverlight, WPF

Nibbles is already running on Silverlight 1.0 RC. That means you have to install:

1) Silverlight 1.0 RC (Release Candidate)
2) Expression Blend 2 August Preview

All tutorials were also updated to reflect changes in the new version of Blend:



Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate!
July 27, 2007, 11:18 pm
Filed under: Silverlight

Silverlight 1.0 RC (Release Candidate) is available!

Download it here >

Please, check the previous post. Nibbles Tutorials will be available in Silverlight 1.0 RC this Monday, July 30th. Or maybe before… 🙂


Upcoming Changes – New versions of Blend and Silverlight
July 27, 2007, 8:19 pm
Filed under: Silverlight, WPF

Today Microsoft announced two upgrades that will impact Nibbles Tutorials:

Expression Blend 2 August Preview
Silverlight 1.0 RC (Release Candidate)

The Silverlight web site doesn’t have the new RC version up to this date, so if you want to start playing with RC you will have to use the same link above (Blend’s install). The instructions about installing Blend 2 will also show links to Silverlight 1.0 RC. Because of these announcements, I will also update Nibbles Tutorials.

Starting on Monday, July 30th 2007, in order to access Nibbles Tutorials you will need to:

1) Install Silverlight 1.0 RC (Nibbles will not work with Silverlight 1.0 Beta anymore)
2) Install Expression Blend 2 August Preview

You will be able to use Expression Blend 1.0, or Expression Blend 2 May Preview only if you are creating WPF applications. Although, I will update the screen shots and instructions to reflect the new UI in Blend 2 August Preview, so you should update to be able to better follow the tutorial’s steps.


new Nibbles: Blend & WPF
July 23, 2007, 8:51 am
Filed under: WPF

The session Blend & WPF is live! It begins with three nibbles. Two of them are about User Controls and one is about effects (reflection).

The first part about User Controls shows how to create something similar to movie clips in Flash. The second part shows how to create a Dependency Property, and expose it in Blend. That means you can change the properties of the User Control just by using Blend’s UI.

The nibble about effects shows how to create an animated reflection. No tutorial about WPF can leave this out 😉