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  • Blog Post: WPF 4 Unleashed!

    I've been seriously neglecting my blog, but I just wanted to point out that WPF 4 Unleashed is now available! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672331195?ie=UTF8&tag=adamnathannet-20 Maybe someday soon I'll explain the differences between the two books it in more depth. :)
  • Blog Post: Petzold strikes again!

    (Or, rather, struck again last summer.) I just found Jeff's post about receiving a book from Petzold complete with witty comments . I was also a lucky recipient of an autographed book, so I thought I'd share what Petzold had to say to me: Funny stuff! (He's referring to this discussion , in...
  • Blog Post: Today's ego boosts

    PC World has just named Popfly one of the " 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year " WPF Unleashed has just been nominated for a 2007 Jolt Product Excellence Award , which recognizes "the most innovative, trend-making, ahead-of-the-curve products" Obviously I'm really pleased and grateful about...
  • Blog Post: The WPF Challenge

    Check it out . From the man who thinks I use too many exclamation points ! (It's true. I like exclamation points and parentheses!)
  • Blog Post: WPF Unleashed is flying off the shelves... even the shelf in my office!

    I suppose I should be flattered. It seems that someone swiped my copy of WPF Unleashed out of my office last week! (Nothing else appears to be missing.) It does have a few identifying marks on it, so the perpetrator better be careful! At any rate, thanks again to those folks who have given glowing...
  • Blog Post: WPF Unleashed is now available!

    I got my hands on two copies while on vacation and gave them to family members, but now that I'm back home I need to wait for the rest of my copies to arrive. I snooped around the blogosphere and found two references to it: Adam Nathan's new WPF book is awesome! WPF Unleashed - New Book from Sams...
  • Blog Post: WPF Unleashed: The perfect stocking stuffer!

    This weekend I entered the final phase of tweaking and reviewing, so WPF Unleashed is on the verge of being printed! The book is now scheduled to be available right before the new year (December 27, according to Amazon). Although this isn't quite in time for most of the upcoming holidays, perhaps you...
  • Blog Post: WPF Unleashed!

    It's official... my WPF book now has a title, a temporary cover, and is listed on Amazon: The details aren't published yet, but this book will have a feature that I think is quite cool... and I've never seen it done in any other book. So stay tuned! I was surprised to read that it will be available...
  • Blog Post: Aero Glass inside a WPF Window

    Recently Tim shared some code for extending Windows Vista Aero "Glass" inside a Windows Forms window . It sounds like he's eventually planning on showing this with WPF (among other things). I also looked into this for my upcoming WPF book, and I couldn't wait to share the results of my little WPF glass...
  • Blog Post: WPF Book Update (and SD West 2006)

    Long time no blog, but I’ve got a good excuse. Since my last post, I’ve become a father! This event, of course, made me seriously doubt (even more than usual) the wisdom of writing another book. Here's a quote from my wife: “You wrote a book during our first year of marriage. You’re writing a book...
  • Blog Post: The passing of one book and the birth of another

    It's official... I got a letter informing me that .NET and COM , almost four years after its release, is out of print. Of course, it still lives on in PDF form . Like Luke , I've sometimes been baffled by the apparent lack of supply. I've been told many times about someone that wanted to get a copy of...
  • Blog Post: WPF developer/designer cooperation in action!

    Nate Dunlap is an awesome designer. Check out what he did with the Windows Media Player Visualization project I posted last week . Now, I'm guessing he has more programming skills than your average designer, but I love seeing a design go (essentially) straight from Sparkle to being live and animating...
  • Blog Post: Using COM Interop to Create a WPF Visualization for Windows Media Player

    It had been awhile since I've given a talk on COM Interop & PInvoke, but last week I did just that for a developer lab in Redmond. For this, I dug up my old ".NET Visualization for Windows Media Player" example, which uses C#, COM Interop, and some APIs in System.Drawing (in other words, Windows...
  • Blog Post: XAML *Video* Playing Cards

    On XAMLshare I just put the source for the video playing cards I showed in my PDC talk and on the Channel 9 video : Put the XAML inside XAMLPad (Beta 1) and qualify the .wmv references with their full path. Enjoy! Tags: PDC , PDC05
  • Blog Post: Light up on Windows Vista: The "Top 10" List

    PDC attendees got a "top 10" poster, but the details are now live on MSDN: " 10 things you can do to make your application shine when it runs on Windows Vista ." They are, in no particular order: 1. Follow the Windows Vista style guidelines 2. Enrich the user experience 3. Enable users to visualize...
  • Blog Post: Announcing www.winfxhearts.com!

    To correspond with my PDC talk about making an application "light up" on Windows Vista, I've created www.winfxhearts.com . This site has a ClickOnce link that enables you can play a version of my new & improved Internet Hearts game. Here's a "before & after" look: This is still the good...
  • Blog Post: Now available: Adobe Illustrator to XAML Plug-In

    I've been anxiously waiting for Mike to unveil this , and today he has! Check it out at http://www.mikeswanson.com/XAMLExport/Eye%20Candy.htm : There's also a Channel9 video here: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=87407 An awesome, free download for those of you that have Illustrator...
  • Blog Post: XAML creation with Mobiform Aurora

    Last month I talked about tools that create XAML for you, so you don't have to write it by hand. I missed one: Mobiform 's Aurora XAML Designer for WinFX. This tool (which appears to be an Avalon app itself) currently has a free beta that works with Avalon Beta 1 RC. You can download Aurora if you provide...
  • Blog Post: New on XAMLshare: Video-Filled Text

    Chris Han from the Avalon Team just XAMLshared an example of video-filled text : Check it out!
  • Blog Post: Internet Hearts: 112,000 Lines of Code

    On Monday I asked for guesses on the size of the Internet Hearts source base , and the highest (public) one was 45,000 lines of code. The answer: approximately 112,000 lines of code! 51,000 are client-specific, 35,000 are server-specific, and 26,000 are shared by both. Higher than you expected? Well...
  • Blog Post: XAMLshare web service

    A reader who goes by the name of "DarkByte" asked me: Does XAMLShare have a webservice to query for submitted content? Great idea! I had not enabled it, but I have now: http://www.xamlshare.com/editservice.asmx This is the default FlexWiki Web service. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Avalon Beta 1 RC Breaking Changes

    Breaking changes are a fact of life when living on the bleeding edge of betas and CTPs, especially for technologies like Avalon and Indigo which haven't officially shipped yet. There have been lots of changes between the March CTP and Beta 1 RC, and there will be lots more to come. Remembering the CLR...
  • Blog Post: Avalon Beta 1 RC: What's New Since March?

    Tim posted a great document that describes the major additions to Avalon you'll see in the Beta 1 RC bits. I like the promise of being able to recompile your source code on "final Beta 1" with no changes! :) Here's a quick summary of what's new: "Express" applications (hosted in a browser and...
  • Blog Post: Now available: Beta 1 RC of Avalon and Indigo

    I'm happy to say that the Beta 1 RC of Avalon & Indigo is now available here . This version is compatible with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2! As promised, I've updated my XAML playing cards sample here , and I've updated the two pages on XAMLshare as well. I see that Valentin already updated his chess...
  • Blog Post: A new XAML wiki: XAMLshare.com

    Could wikis be the solution to all the world's problems? Probably not, but I've created another one anyway. It's called XAMLshare . I'm starting to see folks share XAML samples on their blogs (myself included), and thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a central repository of samples?" So there you...
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