jfo's coding

adventures in windows forms and wpf

March, 2005

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About JFo

Jessica (aka JFo) has 9 years experience building user interface libraries at Microsoft.   As a developer on the Windows Forms team, Jessica designed and implemented various aspects of the Windows Forms runtime for the 1.1 and 2.0 releases of the .Net Framework.  Her current project is the "Cider" designer for the "Dev10" release of Visual Studio.

About the blog

This blog is designed to talk about two different subjects: Windows Forms and the "Cider" designer for the Windows Presentation Foundation.  For a list of articles on Windows Forms, be sure to check the "Best and worst of JFos Coding by Category."

Providing WPF feedback

There are multiple ways customers can provide feedback and suggestions for Windows Presentation Foundation:

Providing Cider Feedback

Cider is in its early stages of development.  We encourage customers to send us feedback through  

Providing Windows Forms Feedback

There are several ways to provide feedback to the Windows Forms team


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    Getting the "blue" themed border color

    "What color can I use for borders - InactiveCaption is close, but doesnt work in Silver?" System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.VisualStyleInformation.TextControlBorder Prior to Whidbey, you would have to directly use the UxTheme API . I would recommend waiting...
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    Handling a layout event

    I was asked today the correct way to size a panel with a label in it. The panel is a header for a column of UI, which seems to be a common pattern in applications today. The question was: when I resize the panel, how can I make sure that the height of...
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    Suggestions for making your managed dialogs snappier

    Diagnosing Performance Problems with Layout So you’ve built up your complex form, and starting it or resizing it is slightly more exciting than watching paint dry. It could very well be that the way everything is hooked up, the dialog is fighting layout...
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    Getting ComboBox to show a TreeView (Whidbey)

    I tend to shy away from Whidbey only discussions here, but I've been asked a couple times how to get a combobox to show a treeview - so I thought I'd share with y'all what I whipped up in 20min. The interesting thing here is what you can do with a ToolStripDropDown...
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