Monday, September 14, 2009

My StackOverflow DevDays countdown app

In response to Joel's request for an application to use as a countdown timer for StackOverflow DevDays, I have created this little app.

Here's a screenshot:

Obviously the design is highly inspired by the website. But I never claimed to be a great designer.

I had a couple of other thoughts about a screen design but liked the simplicity of this one and the ability to maintain the branding.

Obviously, I like the idea of this app being used at the conference but I also saw it as an opportunity to try and do some animation with WPF. (I've only written minimal XAML previously.) While I'm sure that this could be written in much less XAML I'm quite happy with it.

What the above image doesn't show is that the black and white city images scroll in the background and the sponsor images slowly fade in and out - showing one at a time. Also when it starts the different screen elements slide and/or fade into position. Then, when the timer runs out they slide back out as the screen fades to black.

Originally I was going to have a twitterfall type element showing latest tweets at the side of the screen where speakers are shown on the site. Unfortunately as there is no guarantee of internet access when used I left this out.

Here's a video of it in action:

Hopefully you like. If you do and are a StackOverflow user why not vote for it. ;)

Source - Compiled binaries - Installer


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