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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Exam 70-511: Stabilizing and Releasing a Solution

    That was weird, Live Writer posted my latest blog on top of the previous one.  Ok so now I have that fixed. Trees in WPF http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms753391(VS.100).aspx Using the WPF Tree Visualizer http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/01/29/using-the-wpf-tree-visualizer-vstipdebug0004...
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