Embedding a Silverlight video in a webpage

Sunday, 27 July 2008

When most people link to YouTube videos, it ends up embedding a still image of the first frame of the video. You can then click on it to start playing.

I linked to my demo video in my demo competition entry post, but I couldn’t figure out how to do the same thing. I personally prefer not to force someone to start downloading a video if they didn’t want it. Is there a simple way to do this? (Apart from having to manually save the first frame out as a jpeg).

Passed 70-561

Friday, 25 July 2008

To be honest, I didn’t expect this!

I just found out I’ve also passed Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications.

I remember I was pretty tired, and was still a bit exhausted after taking 70-562 the previous day. About 3/4 through I noticed the tiredness was catching up on me as I was having trouble focusing (Excom’s crumby old test computer doesn’t help – nothing like a CRT monitor with the refresh frequency set way to low to wear you out quicker). The thought even crossed my mind that maybe I should give up and leave. But then I figured, no, I won’t get this opportunity again so try and give it my best shot. Looks like it was a good thing I stuck it out :-)

Heroes Happen 2008 Demo Competition entry

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Rob should be happy, I’ve finally got around to recording my entry for Microsoft’s demo competition!

I demonstrated this earlier this month at the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and then did a slightly longer version at CodeCampSA.

Welcome Nigel and Richard

Monday, 21 July 2008

Today Nigel Spencer and Richard Hollon joined us at ABB.

Timothy has dubbed us the “Dream Team”. I’m not sure if that means we’re really good, or we’re really sleepy.

Passed 70-562

Thursday, 17 July 2008

I’ve received confirmation that I passed Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development. This was one of the two beta exams I did in early May.

The one good thing about doing beta exams is they are free. The bad thing is that unlike regular exams, you have to wait 6-8 weeks to find out if you passed or not, and you don’t get a score – just a pass or fail.