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  • Blog Post: How to detect if your code is being executed inside Expression Blend

    Introduction In order to provide an editing experience as close as possible to the runtime, Expression Blend executes some of the user defined code (it instantiates controls, data sources, sets properties, etc.). But in some cases, you may want to avoid this behavior (if that code doesn't work properly...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend Beta 2 is available for download

    The new version can be donloaded from here . Here are some of the changes: Drag & drop to instantiate resources from the resources panel Better exception handling in the user code Better exception displayed in the scene: now you can investigate the InnerException, which, in many cases...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend goes Beta!

    And it's coming with lots of new features, a completely new UI, and... a new name (previously it was known as Expression Interactive Designer)! You may find more details on the Expression Team Blog . But wait, there is more! A new CTP of Expression Design is available and... the final version...
  • Blog Post: Check out Snoop - a very useful tool for debugging WPF applications

    Some time ago, Peter Blois posted "Snoop", a tool which I find really useful for debugging WPF applications. It allows you to: Browse the visual tree of running WPF applications Inspect properties of elements at runtime Edit properties of elements at runtime Inspect RoutedEvents that are...
  • Blog Post: How to use a custom ValueConverter in Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer

    One of the new databinding features in the March CTP of Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer is the ability to handle value converters. This article will explain how to databind 2 TextBox controls using a custom value converter which reverts the text. Step 1 - Create a custom value converter...
  • Blog Post: The March CTP of Expression Interactive Designer is available for download

    Your wait is over! The March CTP version of Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer is available for download. The download instructions are available on the Expression Blog here .
  • Blog Post: Displaying a graph using databinding and styles

    This example shows how databinding and styles can be used for displaying a set of connected nodes. To better illustrate this, I've added some basic interactivity: the nodes can be dragged using the mouse and databinding will update automatically the positions of the lines. For simplicity, I will use...
  • Blog Post: Creating a simple style with one trigger

    This article describes how to create a simple style with one trigger in Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer . We will create a blue rectangle which becomes red when the mouse is over it. Step 1 - Create a rectangle Draw a rectangle using the " Rectangle " tool from the Tools palette Click...
  • Blog Post: Creating a simple master details list

    This article describes how to create a master details list using Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer (and guess what: no code needed!). We are going to use databinding to achieve this. The data-source We will use a simple xml, containing the list of products from the Expression family, and...
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