6 Extremely Interesting & Creative Silverlight Hobby/Fun projects You can’t miss

By Anoop Madhusudanan

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In the last couple of moths or so, I’ve come across a number of very exciting Silverlight hobby/fun projects. Most of them are interesting in one way or other, and each of them involve a lot of creativity and innovation, and carries a lot of inspiration. Here is my ‘Top 6’ list for your reference.

Farseer Physics Engine

Farseer is a nice 2D Physics engine for Microsoft Silverlight and XNA platforms. And hey, this one is not just a ‘fun’ project, Jeff and his team is pretty serious about this. Farseer components will let you add real world effects and behaviors like Spin, Rotate, Move etc, to your objects. You can use Farseer to create pretty advanced effects in your Silverlight games.

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Windows Phone 7 Puzzle Game

I simply love this. A very nice Sokoban game for Windows Phone 7, in Silverlight, from Daniel. Apart from the game, the article he has on Code project is a good starter for anyone who want to start developing apps for WM7 in Silverlight.

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Bugcam Smash

Bugcam Smash let you ‘smash’ bugs in your screen using your real fingertip pointed against the web camera. Bugcam smash contains some interesting code to do motion detection of your finger, and you can see bugs getting smashed in the screen if you correctly position your finger on a pest. Nice idea from Adam Kinney.

 

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Facelight

Facelight is a very interesting project from René Schule, that can do facial recognition using a web cam and Silverlight. The face detection algorithm is not the perfect one, but it works really cool. Basically, it’ll replace your ‘normal’ face with a monkey’s face :).

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Silverlight Facebook Client

Hope you’ve already heard about this one. I’m listing this last because I don’t thinks the source code is available yet for this one. This Silverlight client for Facebook provides a very nice presentation of your face book content. The layout and visualization aspects are truly interesting.

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Silver Draw

This one is a real-time white board that can sync information between various participants, using Silverlight + Polling Duplex. Silverlight + WCF Polling Duplex services enables you to write Silverlight apps that can share information almost real time between users, over HTTP.

Users can draw together in the white board, and may chat with each other. Did I tell you that I developed this? lol

 

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Conclusion

Oh yea, just wanted to tell that Silverlight is pretty cool.

If you have/know about an extremely interesting application that I have not yet listed here, please leave a comment!! To have a look at the source code of most of these applications, you need to have Visual Studio 2010 + Silverlight Developer tools. You can get it for free if you wish.

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