Dante's blog

Tester by day, teacher by night, and learning a bit more each day.

March, 2007

Blog - About

Why, exactly am I doing this?

My name is Dante Gagne. I'm a software tester/dev for Expression Blend, and I've been working with the product for almost as long as it's been around.

I'm working at getting more into the community, and I've put together some training videos in conjunction with Total Training, so some folks may have heard of me.

Simply put, I experiment and play with Blend a lot, and sometimes, I stumble across something cool. When I do that, I like to post it up here. Also, I get e-mail from time to time from people who read my blog, and when I can, I like to post answers here. I figure that for everyone who sends me an e-mail, there are probably a couple dozen who don't.

So, feel free to drop me a message, and if it's something I know how to do, I'll try to post a response here. Otherwise, enjoy my ramblings, and let me know if you find something particularly useful :).

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    Game Engine

    Ok, as Blend continues its march, my mind starts moving to things I might do with it. And, naturally, one of the thoughts I've been having, is to write a game in it. There are plenty of technical aspects I need to work out... but here's what I'm thinking...
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    I'm up on the web!

    Ok, this isn't anything too new for most folks, but the "Trailer" for the Total Training series on Expression Blend is on the net. Check it out at http://youtube.com/watch?v=nqgjv0lODYU . Yeah, that's me. And yes, I'm quite proud of it. :)
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    Creating an alternate layout panel

    Ok, this is neat. This is the first time I've worked with layout panels and actually creating one of my own. Here's the code: class OverlapStackPanel : StackPanel { protected override Size ArrangeOverride( Size arrangeSize) { UIElementCollection...
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    Using a Timer

    Ok, most C# developers can probably do this in their sleep, but I needed to hook up a timer that would do something every N milliseconds. And every time, I have to decide if I need a System.Threads.Timer or a System.Timers.Timer and so on. So... This...
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    Databinding to CLR Objects

    I'm sure everyone else runs into these issues all the time, but every time I have to do this, I end up pulling up MSDN and looking all of this up. It's not too efficient, so I'm going to drop a few points here for reference. First: Binding a basic...
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