My name is Barak Cohen and I am the Product Manager of "WPF/E" (codename). I have been in Microsoft for 5 years (wow) and am excited to have the opportunity to work on something that will have such an impact on Microsoft's customers in addition to many other connected people.
I used to be a Windows device driver developer in the past (can you belive that) and also was involved in other Microsoft runtimes such the the .NET Framework and the .NET Compact Framework. I have so much to tell you about "WFP/E" but I will keep this to my next post.
Until next time.
I wanted to share somethign that many designers and developers miss when they install the “WPF/E” CTP SDK Download" . It is the Quickstart. The Quickstart is a step by step guide to "WPF/E" that uses very simple live examples. Try it out. Let me know if it is useful (images blow are not clickable). And best of all the team posted the quickstart at: http://wpfesdk.members.winisp.net/quickstart/
Just a quick note to remind you that "WPF/E" is indeed a cross platform presentation technology. Look at the screenshots of the http://channel9.msdn.com/playground/wpfe/Sprawl/default.html samples on Firefox, Mac and IE7 (yes it also works also on IE6)
There is already a lot of information available for you to munch on starting 09:00AM PST:
A new MSDN dev center at http://msdn.microsoft.com/wpfe
MSDN library nodes on "WPF/E" that includes:
“WPF/E” SDK – if you want to develop “WPF/E” content, you need to use that. Having Visual Studio will help the process be smoother.
“WPF/E” white papers.
Downloads for you to play with:
“WPF/E” CTP for Windows – this is what you need to install on IE (6 or 7) and Firefox (1.5 or 2.0) on Windows
“WPF/E” CTP for Macintosh – this is what you need to install on Safari and firefox (1.5) on the Mac.
“WPF/E” Samples – after you install “WPF/E” CTP on a pc or on a Mac you can use these samples to get a feeling to how “WPF/E” works.
Channel 9 zone for WPFE
And of course the complementary tools and designers sites at www.microsoft.com/expresion site and the www.microsoft.com/design.
We also have 3 MSDN forums to discuss "WPF/E". You are invited to ask questions: General, Designer, Developer.
The last thing I want to share with you is an internal Microsoft "WPF/E" site, that looks like the image the the bottom.
You can not see the graphic effects from this image, so I want to let you know that the buttons you see are actually floating on moving water and the images at the bottom are floating. Nevertheless, the text you see is standard HTML text. This page shows how you can mix HTML and XAML on the same page and get the benefits of both. You can do it too.
So, it is time for you to start trying “WPF/E”. Let me know how it goes and stay tuned to some more information. Barak
Our SDK team just announced that the "WPF/E" SDK was refreshed today on the "WPF/E" Dev Center and MSDN Library.
The WPF/E SDK refresh includes:
- Updated SDK docs
- Updated QuickStart (which uses "WPF/E" for navigation!)
- Visual Studio Template support for Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1
See the new content at:
“WPF/E” (codename) Software Development Kit (SDK) Community Technology Preview (Dec 2006)
"WPF/E" on MSDN Library
In addition, the QuickStart is now available at the following publicly-accessible Web location:
I would like to thank Chandu Thota for this code. THis is a common scenario where you want to point to an external video. Chandu wrote the following IFRAMed code that does that:
<iframe frameborder=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 scrolling=no height=330px width=400px src=http://www.chanduthota.com/wpfe/embedVideo.aspx?src=http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/e/0/0e0e3638-5d4f-4b05-9c38-e371ddf42429/WPFE_Joe_Stegman_Ch9.wmv></iframe>
It has been almost a week since a big wind storm hit the pacific northwest and my family is staying in an alternative house since our house is still without power (with sub freezing night tempratures). At least no trees ended on our roof. Well, now that we have some place warm to be, I could spend some more time looking at what people are doing with "WPF/E" and I wanted to talk about a sample on Mike Taulty blog that shows 12 videos playing and animating concurrently. Although it is simple we can learn two things about what you can do with "WPF/E":
1. "WPF/E" codec implementation is quite efficient. I do not have the best performing laptop and even though this is an early CTP, playback looks good.
2. Video (as represented from a Media element) is an integral part of xaml and the resulting experience. No more video islands.
What do you think?
With the spirit of the holidays, some designers we work with have created some nice greeting cards using "WPF/E". The first card I want to share with you is this one by Michael Höhn from Futurecom in Switzerland:
This card is customizable by the URL and you can customize it using this simple configuration page.
Send some "WPF/E" love to your freinds today.
I will follow up with more cards soon.
Video playback on the web does not have to be boring. Check out this new implementation from the Channel 9 team. It plays, it resizes, it animates it entertains and it's alive