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  • Blog Post: cheat-sheet to some of the WPF 3.5 SP1 features..

    .NET 3.5 SP1 buzz peaked very early at the beta.  At the time I was immersed in Silverlight, so I am now having to catch up; which is a bit of work since the release is packed with lots of new features.  Below is my cheat sheet to date; I tried to group them on what I saw were the "core"...
  • Blog Post: too much System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComException ?? :(

    Lately, I have been seeing System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException quite often when I launch Visual Studio 2008 to work on Silverlight projects.. Here is what I know causes the error.. Error happens when I have wrong templates installed (e.g. running old versions of the Silverlight tools...
  • Blog Post: Lotsa tools goodies released recently...

    Lots of tools released recently.. here are my lessons learned after not reading the manual :( Expression Blend 2.0 December CTP was released last week .. I posted on Blend 2.0 before because the last CTP was full of new great features.. As far as I have seen from this 2.0 December CTP the big new feature...
  • Blog Post: VS Tip of the day blog...

    Am I the last one to find this really useful blog with lotsa good VS tips? Try your VS knowledge on it.. How many of the tips did you know?? I knew about 60% ... but did not know of some really juicy ones (like swapping words via Ctrl-Shift-T .. . if you go there and you knew every single tip let...
  • Blog Post: Cider part3: Design-time extensibility.

    We have walked through the cider features, we have discussed its integration with Blend and the sweet spots for each tool ... to most users that is plenty, but there is a side to Cider that eventhough you might not see a lot is very important for the ecosystem and our long-term vision for Rapid development...
  • Blog Post: Cider Part2: building a WPF app using Cider and Expression Blend..

    In my earlier post I walked through my favorite Cider beta2 features. You might have noticed that I focused on 'developer' features like laying out controls, wiring up events, and XAML editing. I skipped other 'designer' tasks (like styling, templating, animation, etc.) that you would need to create...
  • Blog Post: A screencast on what's new on WPF Designer "Cider" beta2...

    A belated follow-up to an earlier post about Cider... Will try for a brief series that discusses: What's new in Beta2 ... ( lotsa new features, check details below ) How to build a WPF app using Cider AND Blend ... ( sweet spots for each tool, brief demo of the workflow) .. Cider extensibility...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 Cider beta2 .. feedback wanted ..

    Today I spent two hours in Cider beta2.. I was not sure what to expect, I must admit in the past I had just disabled it cause I did not enjoy waiting for the "whoops" page.. Here is my first [raw,unedited, un-sugar-coded] impression... The parser definitely surprised me.. A lot of my customer...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 (Orcas) beta2 ...

    I often skip the "xyz" has shipped announcements.. but VS2008 "orcas" beta2 is packed with so much goodness that I had to jump in to vouch for it.. Check out Soma/ScottGu's video on beta2 http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=329443 ... Start downloading beta2 while you watch the video, cause...
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