Xbox Friends Watch : Silverlight Sidebar Gadget - Video

Now that HALO 3 has been released, my Xbox 360 and I are hanging out together again, Xbox Live is in the picture too. Why? Best answer could be HALO 3 multiplayer mode, and what's better than multiplayer mode? Multiplayer mode with friends.This resulted in a perfect opportunity to create a new sidebar gadget, which […]

Now that HALO 3 has been released, my Xbox 360 and I are hanging out together again, Xbox Live is in the picture too. Why? Best answer could be HALO 3 multiplayer mode, and what's better than multiplayer mode? Multiplayer mode with friends.

This resulted in a perfect opportunity to create a new sidebar gadget, which of course since I'm a big fan of Silverlight I used it as the UI for the gadget. I'm pretty happy with the results and this video is a quick demo of how the gadget works.

You can download the gadget directly from my server, although I will be posting it to the Gadget Gallery shortly.

Just make sure that before you run the gadget you install Silverlight 1.0, otherwise the gadget will not work.

My data source for Xbox Live information is coming from Duncan Mackenzie's REST service and the UI is done completely in Silverlight 1.0.  This turned out to be a really fun project and the Sidebar hosting environment was a great place for a Silverlight application. 

One of the most obvious benefits is that within the Sidebar you can make cross-domain calls, no need for any server-side proxies.  You also gain access to certain System properties and a small data storage model all through the Gadget API.

Video: WMV

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Silverlight, Gadget, Sidebar