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  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 4 or Visual Studio Express?

    Both. In fact you can develop in one and then switch to the other: In Expression, right click on the PROJECT, not the solution (as many books state) and then select Edit in Visual Studio! In Visual Studio, you do the same except the presentation is slightly different: There you go.
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: Maybe MSDN isn’t such a bad thing for WP7.1 beginner devs

    Just when I thought that MSDN was a big pile of out of date information, confusing search returns, it morphs into a better place then I was thinking it about.  Or it might be that I h ve been listening to closely to the students who make up most of my customers.  After all, Steve Jobs pointed...
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: WPF and Kinect and NUI, but not NUD

    My favorite new guy on the team, Jerry Nixon , (click on his name to see his blog), my favorite because he is the only new guy. But considering my own seniority at Microsoft, most everyone is a new person. And I sent him an email yesterday, similar to the following: ******************************...
  • Blog Post: Free ly thinking: More discussion about the MediaPlayerLauncher class or how to show a video in WP7 XNA

    Let's face it, in MSDN documentation there is often a very constrainted information about development tools, often to the point of being unusable. But there are many ways to get around that, one way, read blogs, not just this one. For example you might type in “Video Class XNA” into my...
  • Blog Post: Having fun with a TreeView

    First a word of warning, you will be working with some seriously funny, but ugly images in this post, so if that doesn’t sound like fun, then there is plenty of boring stuff on the web.  Including much of what I write.  My wife got me a new expresso maker, which is very cool, ummmm. First off...
  • Blog Post: Tab control taken over by bacteria computer

    Oh no. Looks like another overdose with that headline. Well before the overdose of chocolate chips and expresso tunes down I better get the article written. With four shots of expresso and a handful of chocolate chips, well… What if you want to make a form that has tabs? How would you do that...
  • Blog Post: Drag and drop in WPF (and similar to Silverlight)

    How do you do drag and drop in WPF? Likely you haven’t given it much thought, lately, drag and drop just isn’t as cool when it first came out many years ago. Back then, well, if you had drag and drop in your application, you were a genius. In a WPF Application (I named mine, WPFDragDropExample...
  • Blog Post: Enter a color in a textbox and change the color fill in a rectangle

    Wow! This is exciting isn’t it?  With just a few lines of XAML you can change the fill of a rectangle.  Oh I am just so excited! Using a few lines of XAML, on the phone, in Silverlight or in WPF, you can fill a rectangle using text that you type in a textbox! Here is the XAML, I added it to...
  • Blog Post: Changing the color fill of an object using Binding and SelectedItem.Content in a combobox

    Oh boy, thanks for making it to this blog.  This entry is going to be a low number, so I customized it just for you.  Ok, not really, but since there are likely so few numbers, you can feel unique. Someone has to write these kinds of blogs.  After all I can only write about security issues...
  • Blog Post: Free learning material for Windows Presentation Foundation, Big improvements in the Framework 4.0 material

    Wow!  Previously the Windows Presentation Foundation was, to put it nicely, bad.  Now to put it nicely, it is good.  Impressive improvement. Samples work, working links, and so forth.  Too bad that WPF is considered trailing edge technology by some people, I am really excited about...
  • Blog Post: IValueConvertor versus IMultiValueConvertor, nothing free here

    If IValueConvertor converts a single object, what the heck do you do with arrays of objects?  You use IMultiValueConvertor which can work with an object array and return a single value. Let’s say you are trying to model the cost of a bad attitude, after all all of these happy people running around...
  • Blog Post: Converting Data in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

    Implementing IValueConvertor has the member methods: Convert: Changes the input type to an output type ConvertBack: Reverses the conversion Use the IValueConvertor to create classes that perform a variety of conversion and formatting duties.  A C# implementation would look like: [ValueConversion...
  • Blog Post: What you need to know about routed events in WPF (similar to Silverlight)

    Events in WPF (and Silverlight) are dealt with differently, using “Routing Events”.  Why? Routed events enable you to add multiple levels of complexity to your UIs and the response to user input. What do you need to know about the concept of routed events: How to handle a routed event http://msdn...
  • Blog Post: XAML: Property Value Precedence

    Calvin Hobbes on Writing -- I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and  impenetrable fog! ___________________________________________________________________________...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep 70-511: XAML Hierarchical Binding to code

    Well CRO and Armando are getting their posterior kicked, the secret of hierarchical binding to code is elusive for them. Rebecca the boss has ask that Anna and the person with no name to work with CRO and Armando. Keep in mind that the goal is to create a hierarchical view of data held in code. Of...
  • Blog Post: Summary of Links to Exam 70-511 Study Guide

    Well I figured out that I need to get organized around the Exam 70-511 Study Guide.  Before I do so, this article is to link all of the posts I have done to date. In the future, each post will be tied to the Objective and Sub-Objective. Here are the links, in no particular order or organization...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Prep: Validating Data in the Windows Forms DataGridView Control

    Walkthrough: Validating Data in the Windows Forms DataGridView Control DataGridView.CellValidating Event How to: Display Error Icons for Form Validation with the Windows Forms ErrorProvider Component So the question might be: The application requires that a certain value, for instance, 10, needs to be...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Guide: Threading Model, Dispatcher

      Totally AWESOME sample: Threading Model Do what it takes, memorize the DispatchPriority Enumerations (not the numeric component, just the Member names and how to use them): Invalid: This is an invalid priority. Inactive: Operations are not processed. SystemIdle: Operations are processed when the...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511: ActiveX and Windows Forms Control in WPF

    Walkthrough: Hosting an ActiveX Control in WPF Walkthrough: Hosting a Windows Forms Composite Control in WPF How do you use an ActiveX control in Windows Presentation Foundation.  The URLs above gives you step-by-step process for placing an ActiveX control or a Windows Form Control in a Windows...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Guide: ApplicationSettingsBase Class

    Nothing like writing about 70-511 to get my numbers to fall, so if you are reading this, I REALLY appreciate it.  Seriously. What is the ApplicationSettingsBase Class? The ApplicationSettingsBase Class, acts as a base class for deriving concrete wrapper classes to implement the application settings...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511: Show the user the progress of a file download using a Background thread

      How to: Download a File in the Background Still studying for the 70-511 exam.  Learning a lot that I thought I knew and used the knowledge at the CIO Summit at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond this week.  I like to learn stuff, so it is very nice that I get to do this for my job. ...
  • Blog Post: Excellent UML video learning links, really these are AWESOME and good use of time

      Soft Skills App Dev Video: MSDN Video: UML with VS 2010 x x Part 1: Brainstorming a Project Link: http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/492bd50f-5c90-4619-86e5-f7a5bd36c35a x x Part 2: Organizing Features Into Use Cases  Link: http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/us/details/43c7a1aa...
  • Blog Post: Exam Study Guide 70-511:Managing Data at the User Interface Layer, Links

    Here you go, some links that I found useful for studying for the Exam 70-511.  They are in alphabetical order for no good reason.  I think that this part of the exam is the most difficult. Basic LINQ Query Operations (C#) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb397927.aspx Change Notification...
  • Blog Post: Exam 70-511: Textbox, test wrapping and StackPanel

    What if you need to use StackPanel element uses 14-point Courier?  For instance you have the following XAML: <StackPanel Width="200">      <TextBlock TextWrapping="Feedback">           Please provide...
  • Blog Post: 70-511 Exam Prep: Pack URIs in WPF

    Another blog that won’t get many hits, sigh, hope it isn’t as bad as security blogs.  Of course it won’t get as many hits as the Kinect Hack blog.  Anyway…This is a brain dump from reading the entry at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa970069.aspx I put it into the UI objective for...
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