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  • Blog Post: Programming the Task Bar in Windows 7 with WPF 4 Article Series

    Last week we published an article by VB MVP Alessandro Del Sole on how to utilize a cool Windows 7 Task Bar feature from WPF. Well this week we published another one on Jump Lists and Ale has promised to deliver even more! So yesterday we added a dedicated page to the Visual Basic Developer Center that...
  • Blog Post: Community Article: Programming the Task Bar in Windows 7 with WPF 4, Part One – Thumbnail Buttons

    This week we published an article by VB MVP Alessandro Del Sole on how to utilize a cool Windows 7 Task Bar feature from WPF. You can use WPF 4 to specify thumbnail buttons that appear for your app when people hover over it in the Windows 7 Taskbar. Ale also shows the basics of using the commanding pattern...
  • Blog Post: Updated Samples for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate

    If you haven’t heard, Jason Zander announced today that the Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 is now available for MSDN Subscribers here . The RC will be made available to the public on Wednesday the 10th. We also just refreshed all the WPF & Silverlight Data binding, VSTO and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New Blog from the WPF & Silverlight Designer Team Just Launched!

    The WPF and Silverlight Designer team (a.k.a Cider team) launched a blog last week and they already have a TON of content! http://blogs.msdn.com/wpfsldesigner/ Wow I need to catch up!  I’m told during the months of January and February they will be adding a good bit of WPF & Silverlight content...
  • Blog Post: Build WPF Data Controls for Outlook Addins Easily with VS2010

    Last post I showed how to migrate our Northwind Outlook client to .NET 4 and Office 2010 . This Outlook Add-in displays order history information in an adjoining form region so sales associates can see that data immediately when communicating with customers. When we originally built this with Visual...
  • Blog Post: Migrating an Outlook Client to .NET Framework 4 in Visual Studio 2010

    Early this year we built a business application for order management for Northwind Traders on the Office and SharePoint platform using Visual Studio 2008 and Office & SharePoint 2007. If you missed them: Architecture of the Northwind Office Business Application OBA Part 1 - Exposing Line...
  • Blog Post: XAML Power Toys Released for Visual Studio 2010

    I finally made my way back home from Europe and I’m still digging through all my email, newsletters, feeds, etc. But one of the items that grabbed my attention is this week Karl Shifflett released updated XAML Power Tools for Visual Studio 2008 as well as a new set for Visual Studio 2010 : Updated: XAML...
  • Blog Post: WPF In-Depth with Billy Hollis

    If you’re up in Redmond, the . NET Developers Association has a very special guest for their meeting tonight. Billy Hollis will be speaking on WPF showing off a real business application he developed. Billy has a very “practical programmer” style that I always enjoy. He’s also an expert on WPF so...
  • Blog Post: New “How Do I” Videos Released on Entity Framework & WPF

    Yesterday we released a couple more videos onto the Visual Basic Developer Center on building WPF data-entry forms with Entity Framework: How Do I: Hook Up and Display Validation in WPF using Entity Framework? How Do I: Build a WPF Master-Detail Data Entry Form Using Entity Framework? That makes 5 videos...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Presentation Foundation in Office Clients

    I was cleaning up my desk today and in the piles of mail and gobs of paper I found the SDN Magazine “Women in Technology” issue 101 that featured an article I wrote that was released in print back in May. Well, I just noticed today that near the end of June they made most of the articles available online...
  • Blog Post: WPF or Silverlight? Billy Hollis Shares His Thoughts on Channel 9

    One of my favorite Visual Basic MVP’s, Billy Hollis, was caught at TechEd by the Patterns&Practices folks for a quick chat. In this short 2-minute interview Billy shares his opinions on WPF and Silverlight. Check it out: Billy Hollis on WPF and Silverlight By the way, anyone notice Channel...
  • Blog Post: Filtering Entity Framework Collections in Master-Detail Forms

    Last post I talked about how to get WPF data binding to work with master-detail entity collections. I had a couple readers ask me how they could filter the child collection instead of bringing them all down so in this post I’d like to show how you could do that. It’s actually pretty easy. Customer (Master...
  • Blog Post: Master-Detail Data Binding in WPF with Entity Framework

    Today I thought I would talk about a really common scenario in data applications, creating a master-details (one-to-many) data entry form. I’ve written about WPF data binding and Entity Framework a lot in the past: Posts: Master-Details with Entity Framework Explicit Load Loading Data and...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Validation in WPF on Entity Framework Entities

    I’ve blogged before about implementing validation on LINQ to SQL classes as well as how to customize the display of error messages in WPF . In this post I want to show how you can use these same techniques to validate entities coming from the Entity Framework (EF). Like LINQ to SQL classes, Entity Framework...
  • Blog Post: New “How Do I” Video Series Released

    I just released 3 new videos onto the VB Dev Center starting a new series on how to do WPF data binding with Entity Framework using Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 . This is a “no frills” WPF series that focuses on data so you won’t see any other tools used besides Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and no flashy...
  • Blog Post: Good Times at DevTeach, Vancouver

    Last week I spoke at DevTeach in Vancouver which was held at the beautiful Four Seasons in downtown. I love this Canadian conference because the attendees are great – super friendly and social, and ask a lot of great questions. I mostly interacted with folks building applications for the government or...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding Samples on Code Gallery

    One of the many samples released for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 that you should be aware of are examples of WPF data binding against Entity Data Models. You can find some easy to follow samples here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WPFDatabinding This sample demonstrates how to create a WPF Forms solution...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 – Everyone can download and play today!

    Here it is folks, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 has been released to the public today. Check out the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 1 site to download the Beta, submit product feedback on the Beta 1 Forums , report bugs on Connect , and find additional information. Also visit the Beta 1 walkthroughs...
  • Blog Post: Using the WPF ObservableCollection with EF Entities

    The ObservableCollection is a special WPF collection that provides proper notifications to the UI when items are added, removed, or the list is refreshed because it implements INotifyCollectionChanged . It’s common to use this collection (or inherit from it) to contain your business objects you want...
  • Blog Post: Notifying the UI when Entity References Change in Lookup Comboboxes

    Last week I wrote about how to data bind WPF lookup comboboxes to entities returned from the Entity Framework. I described that the key to this type of binding is setting the SelectedItem to the object reference itself on the navigation property instead of setting SelectedValue and SelectedValuePath...
  • Blog Post: Data Binding WPF Lookup Combobox Values to EF Entities

    It’s extremely common to have to hook up lookup tables on your data entry forms in order to populate foreign keys in a database. I’ve talked about how to do this in Winforms and WPF with Datasets and LINQ to SQL before: How Do I: Create a Lookup Combobox in WPF? How Do I: Create a Master-Detail Data...
  • Blog Post: "WPF for LOB" Training Tour

    In January I had the pleasure of attending Karl and Jamie's "WPF for line-of-business applications" training down in the Silicon Valley. Well I'm very excited to see that they are both heading on a training tour to hit some more major cities like NYC, L.A., even London. I see that they also...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic QuickStarts and How-to Topics for the Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight

    I just popped a headline onto the Visual Basic Developer Center (which also appears on the VS start page for all of us that have selected the VB development settings :-)) about the release of Visual Basic QuickStarts and How-to Topics for the Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight (formerly...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: WPF Improvements in VS2010 for Business Apps

    I just posted an interview on Channel 9 on WPF Improvements in Visual Studio 2010 for Building Business Apps . At the MVP Summit a few weeks ago, Italian MVP Alessandro del Sole was so excited about the new WPF features in Visual Studio 2010 that he asked me if he could interview Milind Lele himself...
  • Blog Post: OBA Part 4 - Building an Excel Client against LOB Data

    In my last few app building posts we've been building a simple Office Business Application (OBA) for the new Northwind Traders. If you missed them: OBA Part 1 - Exposing Line-of-Business Data OBA Part 2 - Building and Outlook Client against LOB Data OBA Part 3 - Storing and Reading Data in Word Documents...
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