LIDNUG & Wintellect: Pixel Shaders, Custom HLSL Supercharge your XAML
Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (EST)
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Ten years ago shader algorithms revolutionized the gaming industry by providing a way to write custom code that runs on the massive parallel processer available in the GPU.
Now these shaders are available for .NET developers too. Pixel shaders can take existing UI elements and perform impressive transformations upon them.
If you've worked with photo editors like Photoshop then you've probably encountered effects like Sharpen, Gaussian blur and Inner Glow. Now you can create similar effects in your application with Silverlight and WPF custom pixel shaders.
In this session you learn the concepts behind pixel shaders and see how .NET makes it simple to create managed wrappers for the shader binaries.
You’ll also explore the special language for constructing shaders; known as High Level Shader Language (HLSL) and learn how to produce stunning effects with this C-like language. In addition you will explore useful third party shader tools and see how Expression Blend can be used to quickly add and configure shaders for your UI.
About the presenter:
Walt has trained thousands of corporate developers since 1998. His teaching schedule takes him throughout the world providing developer training at corporations, universities and software conferences. He writes for industry magazines and collaborates on books and videos produced for the developer market including his latest book entitled "HLSL and Pixel Shaders for XAML Developers" from O'Reilly Media (2012).
He's worked on numerous high visibility ASP.NET sites including work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Microsoft Learning.
A Microsoft MVP and author of the popular Shazzam Shader Editor tool, Walt focuses on Windows 8, Silverlight, Surface, WPF, and ASP.NET MVC APIs.
He is also deeply involved in the local developer community — founding the .NET Developers Association in Redmond, WA and continues to help organize the Seattle Code Camp, developer hackathons and other local events. You can find his blog at blog.xamlwonderland.com.
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