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Arturo takes you on a .toolbox site tour on Silverlight TV

May 27, 2010 3 comments

 

On the latest Arturo Toledo episode of SilverlightTV, Arturo Toledo takes you through a tour of the .toolbox site a new site (went public during MIX10) to help designers and developers learn Silverlight and Blend from a UI and design-centric point of view.

The site currently contains two courses Design Principles and Design Scenarios. In the Principles track fundamental principles of design are reviewed and applied to application interfaces.  A great resource for developers who find themselves doing more and more design work and would like to improve their skills.

The Design Scenarios track is where you apply those principles by building Silverlight-based applications in Blend. Great material for those new to Silverlight and experienced Silverlight developers who looking to improve their interface implementation skills.

In the video, Arturo demonstrates how each module is presented in video and hands-on lab format and he shows just a few of the cool applications you build while rolling through the course.

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.toolbox events in May – Free Blend training in Chicago, New York, Boston and Austin

April 20, 2010 8 comments

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.toolbox is going on the road!

The .toolbox site is hosting 4 events in May. These interactive workshops are focused on improving your skills with Expression Blend and Silverlight. Topics covered include:

  • the Blend workspace
  • prototyping with SketchFlow
  • drawing and animation
  • importing artwork from other tools
  • styling and skinning controls
  • transitions and effects
  • adding interactivity with behaviors
  • and whatever else we can fit in based on time and interest of attendees

Who should attend?

  • designers who want to build on their interaction skills
  • developers who want to learn Silverlight
  • developers who want to improve their Silverlight UI skills

When and Where will the events be held?

  • May   7 – Wyndham Hotel, Chicago – register
  • May 11 – Crowne Plaza Times Square, New York – register
  • May 14 – NERD Center, Boston – register
  • May 26 – Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin, Austin – register

Are these the same events as the Silverlight Design Days?

Yes. If you have already registered for a Silverlight Design Day you do not need to register again.  The good news is that along with the re-branding of the events we have also added seating at each event. When we started these workshops in February, the .toolbox site was not live yet, but now we’re ready to celebrate and shout out its name. 

Will these events be as entertaining as the Conan O’Brien show you just saw?

I can’t play guitar, but I hope to make the events engaging.  I will be there presenting along with some other local stars to be confirmed shortly.

I can’t make it to an event, but I still want to learn, where do I go?

The .toolbox site, of course!

Other sites with Expression Blend and Silverlight tutorials include:

    Hope to see you there! If you plan to attend, feel free to let me know here or @adkinn

.toolbox – Free online Silverlight and Expression Blend training

March 12, 2010 6 comments

 

Woohoo, the site is live! .toolbox is a free online training program where designers and developers can learn to create Silverlight applications using Expression Studio and to apply basic UX concepts to their solutions.

I was lucky enough to get involved with the project while it was coming together and I’m very excited to see it out there in the wild.  I hope you really enjoy the training content.  This site will be the answer to two questions I am asked often:

To Get Started

  1. Go to .toolbox and sign up using your Windows Live ID
  2. Visit the School section and explore the curriculum.
  3. Select a module, watch the videos, and follow along using the provided guide & assets.
  4. Take the evaluation for a completed level to achieve a badge.
  5. Broadcast your achievements by posting to Twitter and Facebook.

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SNEAK PEEK: .toolbox design school for Silverlight and Expression

March 12, 2010 1 comment

Almost there!

Follow @designtoolbox to learn when the site launches…