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  • Blog Post: COLLABORATING ON CREATING ANIMATIONS IN WPF AND BLEND: POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS

    One area that is currently top of mind for me is designer and developer collaboration with WPF and Expression Blend, in particular around animation. I'd like to start documenting some techniques and outlining things that can and can't be done. Before diving in, let's quickly review the animation system...
  • Blog Post: CREATING A .NET TWITTER API in 4.5 SECONDS

    I've been meaning to document how I wrapped the Twitter API ... in 4.5 seconds. There is a very powerful feature in .NET is a tool in the sdk called xsd.exe . Darren David actually has a fabulous post on exactly the power of this tool: never touch a DOM or XPATH again! His post explains what is happening...
  • Blog Post: New Lab Posted: Creating 3D Content with Windows Presentation Foundation

    I just posted a new lab for learning how to use 3D in WPF. This is a great lab that I would highly recommend if you are learning WPF 3D. It shows how to do dynamic animation of 3D content as well as how to do 2D on 3D using the 3DTools .
  • Blog Post: North Face Case Study Published

    A case study about the North Face Kiosk is now posted to the Microsoft Case Studies site. This is a nice write up, showing how the technology solved business problems, and explaining the larger context of how the kiosk plays into The North Face's overall marketing and sales goals. There are quite a few...
  • Blog Post: Inspired By Flash Math Creativity #2: WPF Planets

    My next inspiration from the algorithms introduced in Flash Math Creativity was based on the work of Jamie MacDonald . In looking at his work, I quickly realized that I was going to need to brush up on my trigonometry skills. This led me to another great Friend of Ed book, Foundation ActionScript Animation...
  • Blog Post: Inspired By Flash Math Creativity: WPF Flowers

    I've recently picked up a great book called Flash Math Creativity . I been inspired by some of the techniques it outlines and have played around with similar ideas in WPF. The exercise has been a fruitful one, in that I'm making some pleasing computer art while also learning about the differences between...
  • Blog Post: WPF Application Portfolio Wiki Updated -- More WPF Apps!

    Tim Sneath has been doing a great job of blogging the many Vista/WPF showcase applications that are being deployed right now. If you are looking for a quick list of URLs that you can hit for the .XBAP or .APPLICATION files, please go to the WPF Application Portfolio wiki , which I've updated with all...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Expression Blend Beta 2 and Expression Design Beta 1

    You can now go download Expression Blend Beta 2 as well as Expression Design Beta 1 . Both applications have received significant work since their last incarnation with tons of bugs fixed. Go give 'em a whirl.
  • Blog Post: Databinding In Expression Blend: Forget the Data and Do the Bind

    I just posted a screencast showing how to wire up UI elements using Blend. The general premise is that databinding in WPF is about more than just data; it also allows you to connect UI properties, like wiring a slider up to a progress bar. Blend exposes this is a very useable way, once you know your...
  • Blog Post: Doninoken: WPF XBAP Piece by Bascule

    Check out Doninoken , an amazing WPF piece that is part of the Japanese Vista launch, done by the design agency Bascule . The aesthetic is amazing. I love how they use WPF 3D, mapping images on planes and animating the planes. (Watch for the small camera that pops up after the title screen that lets...
  • Blog Post: The Definitive Post on XBAP Trust Levels

    I've written about XBAPs and full trust in the past, but never as thoroughly as Karen Corby just did in her post on XBAP trust levels . She spent a lot of time getting this post correct, reviewing with various folks within Microsoft and providing very solid guidance. It is the kind of post that should...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo Messenger for Vista Debuts at CES

    I'm here at CES, where Yahoo and Microsoft showed off a preview of the new Yahoo Messenger for Vista, built entirely on WPF. Yahoo has a great landing page with screenshots, a screencast of the app and a sign up sheet for when they release a beta. I held off on blogging this until we got the Channel...
  • Blog Post: Gradient Animation Obsession Redux

    I guess I didn't call it an obsession without reason, as I can't seem to keep away from those hyponotizing gradient animations. I modified the tool I posted last month so that it would output the XAML, such that a designer could actually use the tool and never touch a line of XAML. I set up the tool...
  • Blog Post: The North Face In-Store Explorer

    It was at PDC 2005 when The North Face showed a prototype of a WPF kiosk they were building. Well, with Vista and WPF having RTM'd, the real kiosk has been deployed, which you can read about from lead engineer Darren David at Fluid's blog . (Fluid is the agency that did the work for The North Face.)...
  • Blog Post: Gradient Obsession: A Tool For Tweaking Gradient Animations

    I started getting slightly obsessed/hypnotized with gradient animations and wanted a tool to see what I could do, so I built one. Basically, I just bound a bunch of sliders to the various transforms on the brush transform. I reused the infrastructure from an earlier post. As you watch the animation...
  • Blog Post: Woodgrove Finance Application Source Code Posted

    The Woodgrove Finance Application is a great demo of how WPF can be used to create better data visualization, in this case for financial data. I've posted the source code -- there are some good nuggets in here worth exploring. Click Here To Run It Using The Finance Application The application...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend, WPF/E and the Torus Trip

    So, if you haven't heard, Expression Interactive Designer has been renamed to Expression Blend and is out in beta. Check it out! The new UI is amazing and the power latent in this tool is ripe with possibility. Also, WPF/E is finally out in the wild -- give those tires a kick for sure . In honor...
  • Blog Post: Required Reading: Optimizing WPF Application Performance

    If you are a WPF developer, you must read Optimizing WPF Application Performance . It is chockful of tips, tricks and information about the inner workings of WPF. I've read it multiple times and I always learn something new. It is a glimse into the WPF source code, which you are building on top of whenever...
  • Blog Post: Plumbing the SDK Samples and Unearthing More About Doing Per Frame Animation

    There is a very cool sample buried deeply in the SDK called Per Frame Animation that has some very clever and useful code in it. I recently was revisiting the sample and realized that there is a lot going on in the sample that may not at first be apparent. As such, I decided to isolate just the firework...
  • Blog Post: Mike Swanson Is The Man: Flash to WPF Converter Posted

    Mike Swanson, a hero already for his Illustrator to XAML converter, has posted a Thanksgiving gift: a SWF to XAML converter . I just interviewed him for Channel 9 , in which he shows some demos and spills the beans on how he did it.
  • Blog Post: WPF SDK Release Notes: Clean Your Clocks

    Release notes for pre-release version of .NET 3.0 could be read with the hopes that some of the issues raised might be fixed before shipping. However, the final release notes are worth reading, as these are known issues that were not fixed. The release notes ship with the SDK and there is some WPF issues...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.0 Shipped and MIX07 Announced: What Better Way To Celebrate Than With A Cool WPF App From ReMIX Japan?

    So, if you haven't heard the news, .NET 3.0 shipped along with the SDK ! The Visual Studio Extensions aren't official yet, but they are looking better with every build. And, in addition, MIX07 has been announced. It wouldn't surprise me if it sold out. So, what better way to celebrate than checking...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare Prototype Source Code Posted

    The healthcare prototype source code, which we have demo'ed in one way or another many times, is now posted. It is a very compelling prototype as far as how a particular vertical -- healthcare -- could take advantage of WPF. Perhaps most interesting is its different techniques for doing data visualization...
  • Blog Post: Beware Of Intellisense: Some Methods are Hidden like Dispatcher.CheckAccess and Dispatcher.VerifyAccess

    Just recently came across the fact that some methods are hidden from intellisense through the use of the [System.ComponentModel.EditorBrowsable(System.ComponentModel.EditorBrowsableState.Never)] attribute. Two that are hidden are System.Windows.Threading.Dispatcher.CheckAccess() and System.Windows.Threading...
  • Blog Post: Inter Process Communication Between Applications and Vista Gadgets Using WCF (Part 2)

    Once I got WCF working in a gadget, another scenario came up: wouldn't it be nice if the gadget and the application shared a data model? The gadget could remotely databind to the same data that the application was databound to. As such, there would be one data source, owned by the application, that the...
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