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I thought I spice up my MIX09 UX notes with more evidence today.


I loved the keynotes with all the cool product announcements on day 1 and 2 at MIX09, but I especially thought Bill Buxton‘s and Deborah Adler’s  talks were very inspirational. Daily life overcomes us too fast and we forget very soon our reinforced inspiration and ambition, which we need to put our ideas into reality. Yet this time I have something to hold on to! I had the chance to get a photograph with Bill Buxton and he even remembered me the next day, so that I got an autograph with an extremely meaningful message. Since – “Verba volant, scripta manent” (Words fly away, the written remains); my newly fueled energy and ambition should endure for quite a while I hope.

Bill Buxton@MIX09

Bill Buxton@MIX09


Inspiration Boost

Inspiration Boost


As a Computer Science graduate, I’m definitely not a Design Pro, however I try to enrich my design knowledge everyday with books and courses. Design and technology, in my case software development, are intertwined and I don’t just care for the functionality, but also for the overall interaction between those two. I wanted to attend the UX Design class at UCLA Extension from March till June, however the class was filled up too quickly. It might be offered next semester too, we’ll see. At least I started off with Design Fundamentals at CalState this Winter-Term and I’ll continue with Design Management in the Spring Term.  There’s no time to lose; right?


Additional Note: What I love about Silverlight is that it gives me the option to do coding, while practicing design basics and doing my RIA experiments with a lot of fun. For those interested, there is an all day .NET Master Series event on April 4, 2009 at the LA .NET Developers Group with Jason Beres. The event will cover rich interactive web development with Silverlight, and working with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) to transport data across the wire.

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MIX09: My UX

Due to the crazy list of releases and announcements (Silverlight3 Beta1, SketchFlow in Expression Blend, Blend 3 Preview, Super Preview, IE 8, ASP.NET MVC 1.0 etc.) at MIX09, there is already an intense overload of information out there. Some blog entries were posted the minute the keynote was over. So I decided to let the storm cool down a little bit, before I write about my first impressions and experimental samples. I truly plan to keep this wait short… But until then I want to share personal UXs of my MIX09 Adventure, which turned out to be inspiring, unique and … yes, they are all mine! First thanks goes out to my geeky MIXDIVA – Developer Evangelist Lynn Langit.


Let’s start off with my Silverlight UX:

On the last day of MIX09, I finally had a chance to meet Dave Campbell(Wynapse), who spent almost two hours to introduce me to a brilliant Silverlight crowd. Right at this moment, I still blush, as he has even mentioned this encounter on his blog.

I should thank him once again; I guess I got a real-time demo of a sincere developer community involvement action. As a matter of fact, he is always very kind to include my Silverlight entries in SilverlightCream.


Here’s a list of Silverlight Pro’s I had a chance to meet:

Jesse Liberty: Silverlight Geek” and “Developer Community Liaison

Tim Heuer: Microsoft Silverlight Program Manager

Laurent Bugnion: Author of Silverlight Unleashed. Surprisingly he is from a German speaking country (Switzerland); which was so refreshing!

Shawn Wildermuth: Microsoft MVP C# and he is the one, who’s behind the Silverlight-Tour workshops

Mike Harsh: Silverlight Program Manager

Corrina Black:  Silverlight platform – Lead designer

John Papa: Microsoft C# MVP, Author of Data Driven Services with Silverlight 2

Corey Schuman: Author of Microsoft Expression Blend 2 for Windows:
Visual QuickStart Guide

Pete Brown: Microsoft MVP for Client Application Development (Silverlight and WPF)

Koen Zwikstra: The Silverlight Spy guy

Corey Miller: Senior Consultant Magenic Technologies

Bryant Likes: UX Developer for Avanade, Co-author of SQL-Server 2000 XML Distilled


I even have some pictures to support or should I say prove:) my happy ending SL UX. To recognize me, just look out for the girl, who doesn’t know where to put here hands; isn’t that funny?

 MIX09 - Silverlight Pros

MIX09 - with Silverlight Pro's


Certainly, it wasn’t only me, who took pictures… So I discovered myself on Jesse Liberty’s Photo Essay blog entry as well…

It seems – what happens at MIX, doesn’t stay there! Luckily all content is also available to everyone. You can check out tons of Silverlight video sessions right here! Get ready to be surprised!

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February is starting off good! I am going to MIX09 in March – thanks to Lynn Langit; who is now not just SocalDevgal but is also nicknamed MixDiva.  I’m already excited about the Silverlight 3 announcement and the Silverlight sessions. And who knows – I may get a chance to network with some Silverlight and UX Pro’s? Just to mention, I am one of the 10 readers Adam Kinney was talking about in his Silverlight 3 blog entry; however I am not sure if he knows that and actually will say hi? Well, will see.


There is a lot more information about the sessions and speakers on the MIX09 web site.  Here are a few sessions that caught my eye:

Building Microsoft Silverlight Applications with Eclipse – Shawn Wildermuth. A few weeks ago, I played with the Eclipse Silverlight plugin; so I am really looking forward to this one!

The Future of Microsoft Expression Blend – Douglas Olson

What’s New in Microsoft Silverlight 3 – Joe Stegman

What’s New in Microsoft Silverlight 3 Media – Larry Olson

Integrating Microsoft Expression Blend with Adobe Creative Suite – Joanna Mason

Go Beyond Best Practices: Evolving Next Practices to Prosper in the 21st Century – Lewis Carbone

Escaping Flatland in Application Design: Visualizing Data – Peter Eckert, Eric Gould Bear

Building Accessible RIAs in Microsoft Silverlight – Reed Shaffner, Chris Auld. Lately I am trying to get some insight into Web Accesibility and having an accesibility + silverlight combo presentation sounds fantastic.


There is also a section called SHOWOFF, which gives you the chance to share bits and pieces about your uber-cool projects with a video. You can find more details under the Mixtify tab on the MIX09’s website.



I feel that the MIX Conference is so much different from many big geek events. The overall concept seems to be more colorful, inspirational and crazy creative! Probably bringing developers and designers together makes it so devign (=divine).

If you register until February 13th, you can save $400 or try to look out for some geeky angels without wings!

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Microsoft has launched a new contest called “Mix 10K Smart Coding Challenge” for the Mix09 conference. Project entries will be accepted until the end of January 2009. The web applications must be in Silverlight, WPF or run as a XAML Browser application. Applications will be be made available online for “Public Voting”, which means that there will be a “Community Choice” winner besides the “Judge’s Choice” winner. The winners will receive cool prizes; you can check them out here: http://2009.visitmix.com/MIXtify/TenKRules.aspx


So basically you should maximize the user’s Silverlight/WPF experience, but minimalize everything else – cut down/optimize your code, remove irrelevant libraries, comments, whitespaces etc. The code might not be pretty in the inside; but everything is about polished looks these days any way 🙂 Just kidding!


The 10K challenge info page also gives the following list of similar contests for some inspiration:

Wolfenstein 5K: http://www.wolf5k.com/

5K: http://www.sylloge.com/5k/entries/list.html

Stewart Butterfield’s 5K: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/5k


I googled and searched through tweets to check out some blog entries/news about the 10K contest. Bill Reiss’ Silverlight blog has some tips+tricks on how to cram an application into 10K. The notes really gave me “food for thought”! But I’m not sure if I’m motivated enough to become a contest participant; probably I need some food for courage as well?

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