Silverlight of Yesterday–Saves me today!

Silverlight is an awesome product. As Flash is awesome and it’s glory. Silverlight is nicer for me, as I think in C# v. Action Script. That said, at work, we use the Adobe plug in model for quite a bit, it’s just not something I am personally familiar with.

I have always been a fan of screen casts, and over the last few years, I have been using the screen recorder. ON a few screen casts, I wanted to record my printer printing, using my Desktop web cam. So I started looking for a web site, that simple turned on my web cam. There are  lot out there, but that meant I had to show that website, inside my screen cast, just to show my camera.

And then I remembered …. Silverlight? I could write some C#, to turn on my web cam, and fill a canvas with my camera. I can even write it so that it’s out of browser, chromeless (no borders), and sizable. What? What? Yes, and it was easy.

With that I deployed what I call SilverCam. Uploaded the XAP file, and wrapped an html page around it, and that page is hosted here on Windows Azure. It’s PC and MAC compat, assuming you have the Silverlight plugin installed.

UDPATE: Oct 28, 2013

The Twitterverse has asked for this source code, so I uploaded the project to GitHub. Enjoy!