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Laurent Bugnion (GalaSoft) Diary of a Code Trotter
Expression Blend lab

I downloaded Karsten Januszewski's Expression Blend labs, and I am going through them slowly. I finished the first one tonight. While it's relatively basic, it's still great to be able to consolidate what I otherwise learned through try-and-fail, and through reading parts of the user documentation. Additionally, it's a good support to learn useful shortcuts for some commands.

I am looking forward to going through the remaining two labs, and I will highly recommend them to the developers I am training this month and the next. The more I work with Blend, the more I think that every WPF developer should really get acquainted (at the very least) with this tool. Just like you wouldn't do WinForms development without the visual designer in Studio, why would you do WPF without Blend?? is now mine!!

When I started to make private projects in software development (back then in HTML, JavaScript, Java...), I wanted to have a clear concept, including web identity, logo, etc... That's how GalaSoft was born. It's not a firm, it's rather a concept, and for those who are curious about it, Gala was the name of my cat back then (unfortunately, she is not with me anymore). The logo's colours (the cat's head) are also her 3 colours. Anyway...


When I registered my domain name, I noticed that was already taken. There was never any page at that URL, but someone "secured" the name and never used it. I found this idiotic, but you know, first come first serve. I hesitated to contact them (like "Hey idiot, publish something or give me that domain), but finally I gave it up, and I reserved "" instead, the "lb" standing for my initials. A bit awkward.

Last night however, I noticed by chance that that firm had gone bankrupt. So I checked, and saw that was free for me to grab. Well, that's done now!! The great team at was very fast to make the change, and is now live.

In the coming days, I will replace the URLs "" by "". Of course I keep the old URL, but only as a pointer to the main domain. Like this, all the old links will continue to work.

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 10:16 AM Personal , Technical stuff , .NET , WPF , Website , Expression Blend | Back to top

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