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  • Blog Post: Redmond Developer: Working with MEF in VB and WPF

    Kathleen Dollard has a very good article on  that talks about using Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) to  allow customers to add their own forms to our Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) app?   In this simple example she show adding custom defined forms into the standard menus...
  • Blog Post: Great User Experience Example in a Business Application

    DNR-TV has a great talk\demo with Billy Hollis on a next generation business applications in WPF and Silverlight.  Billy is working with a customer to provide a temp worker to job matching services.  So far the application is in WPF, but they are planning to create a Silverlight version as...
  • Blog Post: WPF Composite Application Guidance is Live

    A very common pattern for business focused applications is the "Composite Application Pattern".   Over the last few months our P&P team has been working with industry leaders and the product teams in Microsoft to develop an sample application and a framework for building composite...
  • Blog Post: Loving the South African Developer Community

    I just got back from South Africa and I am happy to report that the .NET Developer community is very strong there.    User's Group Meetings in in Johannesburg and Cape Town User group meeting in Johannesburg  - thanks for setting this up Craig Nicholson ..  I had a great time...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Roles, Profile and Authentication Example Updated for Silverlight Beta2 Now with Visual State Manager (VSM) goodness!

    I am very excited about Silverlight Beta2 shipping recently ...  I took a few minutes to update my recent sample " Accessing the ASP.NET Authentication, Profile and Role Service in Silverlight " post to Beta2.  While I was at it, I thought I'd take advantage of the new Visual State...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Client Profile

    As I mentioned a few days ago , with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta we are taking some MAJOR steps toward making it easier for customers to acquire the .NET Framework. One of the ways we have done that is creating a client profile of the .NET Framework that includes only those parts of the framework that...
  • Blog Post: Reusable WPF Transitions Project is live!

    Jared Bienz has been working on getting some cool WPF transitions code posted to codeplex.  The project, Transitionals , is now live! Transitionals is a framework for building and using WPF transitions which provide an easy way to switch between UI views in a rich and animated way. Think of transitions...
  • Blog Post: Single source code base for Silverlight and WPF solutions

    At Mix08 , several people asked me about the possibility of creating a single source base for both WPF and Silverlight.  The scenario folks had in mind was to provide a reach solution with Silverlight that hits *ALL* possible users while also offering a really rich solutions for some users on full...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and WPF Control Developer Huddle at Mix08

    I just  ran into Ted Glaza from Ajax Control toolkit and Silverlight Controls fame and he is getting some of the control developers together (3rd parties, Microsoft as well as in house) to talk about building controls for WPF and Silverlight.  We will have some folks there are are building...
  • Blog Post: Cool new WPF application: Cayra Mindmapping tool Free!

    Check out this cool new new mind mapping tool that uses some of the great layout and graphics capabilities of WPF. http://cayra.net/ Here is a mindmap of Mix I created to test it out.. Fun stuff!
  • Blog Post: WPF Coming into the mainstream with excellent component vendor support

    I love the ecosystem around Microsoft technology... The 3rd party component vendors add some much jazz and productivity to our platforms. I recently saw a list of the component vendors already shipping products for WPF and I couldn't help but share it. Are there any I am missing? What has your experience...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster Updated

    A while back I blogged about the .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster... We made a few tweaks and updated it, including making it available in more formats. Download Links: Full XPS Split XPS PDF Tiled PDF Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: User Experience in the Enterprise: Lawson's flash ship manufacturing and distribution application

    Well, we are not even out of January yet and there is at least a hint of one of my 2008 prediction coming true . Frog Design is helping Lawson get User Experience to Reach the Enterprise. Check out the details on the case study and read more about how Frog Design brings WPF sexy to the enterprise masses...
  • Blog Post: Software Development Predictions for 2008

    Happy New Year! Not too long ago, I was asked for my predictions for the IT-Technology in 2008... You can find the full article here, but I thought I'd include my thoughts on my blog. Where's i-Technology Headed in 2008? I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments 1. User Experience...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 RTM

    We made it, just in time for your turkey-day fun! You can go out and download VS 2008 Express (for FREE) right now and .NET Framework 3.5 ... Here is just a few things I love about this release... Please add your own: 1. VS 2008 fully supports multi-targeting ... meaning you can use the new tool to work...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespace poster

    Many of you have asked for an update to the .NET Framework namespace poster for 3.5... Thanks to Paul Andrew , Kit George and many others, we now have it! See Paul's blog for more details... Download the full PDF to a color printer near you ;-)
  • Blog Post: VS2008, .NET 3.5, Silverlight and ASP.NET Futures

    I am in the middle of a vacation to sunny, hot and humid North Carolina, but I had to take a break from it to make note of the impressive set of new bits there are to play with... Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Most importantly, we released VS 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 release Beta 2. This...
  • Blog Post: ClickOnce in Firefox

    I just noticed that James Dobson recently got the FFClickOnce support added as an official FireFox plugin .. The latest release includes localization support! Thanks James, this really helps the community out a lot! Before the plug-in, you could not really do much with a clickonce application in firefox...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5

    Daniel Moth has a good post describing .NET Framework 3.5 ... I though i'd share part of it here as it is likely better than one I could do... thanks Daniel. Our goal with the .NET Framework 3.5 was to make it very easy for customers to adopt while providing some really interesting new value. The "easy...
  • Blog Post: Some common Acroplis questions

    Wow – there has been some really good buzz on acropolis in the last 24 hours… Reading over the blogs and stuff two interesting questions are popping out: Question: When are you shipping Acropolis!! Answer: As soon as it is ready ;-) Seriously, we are very early in the cycle here, we came out at Teched...
  • Blog Post: Hello Acropolis!

    Back in 2005 I spent a week with our Product Support professionals “helping” to answer support calls… I was amazed that at the world’s largest software company the tools these folks use were not well integrated (I believe it has sense been addressed). A customer call comes in via one application giving...
  • Blog Post: Ready for Teched '07

    I am pretty excited about Teched '07 June 4-8th in Orlando (if you are not already attending, you can still register). Here are a few of the sessions that I think will be very cool. WEB319 - A Lap around Silverlight - Scott Guthrie If you are making it to TechEd, you have got to come see Scott give an...
  • Blog Post: .NET Client Application Services

    Update: hree are some MSDN docs that cover this topic: Exposing Web Services to Client Script and ASP.NET Application Services Overview One of my favorite features in Orcas is the ability to leverage the ASP.NET Application services from any client application (ASP.NET, Ajax, WinForms, WPF, or even...
  • Blog Post: Defy All Challenges - More Videos

    I noticed the full interview I did for the Defy All Challenges site got posted. To watch the videos, go to http://www.defyallchallenges.com/ Select "Enter the Base" then "Windows Vista"
  • Blog Post: Paint.NET Creator on DNR

    It was very cool to run across one of the creators of Paint.NET (a very cool replacement for window's paint app written in managed code) on DotNetRocks . Rick Brewster recently joined the development team in my group and you will hear more about what he is working on now in a few months -- stay tuned...
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