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  • Blog Post: Posts about threading in .NET

    if you want to know more about Threading, theres a series of posts (in the making) by Sacha Barber on Code Project. This is definitely a good read :) The following are links to the posts: Introduction into threading in .NET Lifecyle Of Threads/Threading Opportunities/Traps Synchronization...
  • Blog Post: Split Button\Menu Item\Automation

    I got a couple of queries from the readers asking if I could provide a slightly non-trivial sample of using automation. So I created a split button user control which looks something like this If there are no items then you get a checkable button. The items are created in a popup and are...
  • Blog Post: Xbaps using Cookies

    Earlier on I had written an app, BlogPadm which was fulltrust and the writer used Google Data API to write the content to Blogger.com. However, when you create an xbap version of it, a problem arises in that you cannot make WebRequests outside site of origin and hence, the xbap version of the above failed...
  • Blog Post: Tool: Export Visio to Xaml

    This is a pretty nifty tool by Saveen .. The project is on codeplex: http://www.codeplex.com/VisioExportToXAML The results look amazing: (Visio rendering v/s Xaml render) Share this post
  • Blog Post: Maximizing borderless window using SysParameter values

    Earlier on, I had written a post on maximizing a borderless (WindowStyle=None) window but without covering the taskbar. This solution works well but was not that nice to look at implementation wise :) ... However, theres a simplere solution to achieve the same. I get quite a few queries about the previous...
  • Blog Post: Another MindMapping Tool

    A month ago, I was browsing through different blogs and came across Denis Vuyka's blog post on connecting objects on the canvas... Nice post... Being an avid fan of mind maps, that was the natural extension to the library that he created. Check it out There are 3 types of objects which are basically...
  • Blog Post: LIVE: The Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit & Reader SDK

    Finally, the Reader SDK is out ... From the windowsclient site "These Syndicated Client Experiences applications exploit the push capabilities of RSS in a model where each application retains full control over the presentation of the content. The Sync Framework and sync service take care of syncing...
  • Blog Post: WPF weather reader user control

    Recently Ahmad, our test intern, created a WPF weather user control and it came out really nice. Take a look. The code is available on code plex .. The code also includes a sample which is demo desktop weather gadget using the usercontrol. The user control provides 2 dependency properties, IsMaximized...
  • Blog Post: MindMap app using Hyperbolic tree

    I recently came across a Hyperbolic tree implementation on codeplex using WPF and thought that a nice usage of it could be in writing a mind map creating application.... I tweaked some of the original code and got a tree with editable nodes... Its been laying around for sometime, so I thought it best...
  • Blog Post: Binding menus using HeirarchicalDataTemplates

    One WPF feature that is not covered a lot is the HeirarchicalDataTemplate and hence, I asked my intern, Ahmad El-Shafey, to try something on this feature. And yeah, he did write a blog post on it :) ... this is his post on his experience with HeirarchicalData templates. " Some people use DataTemplates...
  • Blog Post: ABCs of Threat modeling ...

    Larry Osterman has an interesting series of posts on Threat modeling.. It starts from the basics and is very comprehensive. A application needs to go through the threat modeling process to identify possible threats, the mitigations, and the risks involved. From a tester's perspective it opens up several...
  • Blog Post: .NET Source code

    Now thats what I call WOW ... For .NET developers this is like getting hold of the holy grail :) ... " We'll begin by offering the source code (with source file comments included) for the .NET Base Class Libraries (System, System.IO, System.Collections, System.Configuration, System.Threading, System...
  • Blog Post: Testing using WPF UI automation

    One question that often pops up among WPF app developers is UI testing... WPF enables this scenario through a new accessibility framework. Some useful resources from mdeavey's post Overview Using UI Automation UI Spy Stress Test using UI Automation (new link : here ) Unit Testing WPF controls...
  • Blog Post: 3.5 features: Viewport2DVisual3D

    Viewport2DVisual3D .... this new feature makes things a lot easier in the 3D world.. What this enables is putting interactive 2D on 3D. This makes things like having a textbox in 3D a breeze... < Viewport2DVisual3D x:Name = " vp2d_multiple_children " Geometry = " {StaticResource mesh} " >...
  • Blog Post: 3.5 features: Addins

    In 3.0, we received a number of queries regarding creating plugins. So in 3.5 we got this in .. :) .. Creating an adding would bsically need the use of 3 dlls - System.Addin, System.Addin.Contract, System.Presentation The basic steps to create the addins involves creating a contract, then create the...
  • Blog Post: 3.5 Features: Enabled hyperlinks in RichTextBox

    hmmm... that was one often requested feature. So to enable hyperlinks in RichTextBox all that is needed is to set the property IsDocumentEnabled on the RichTextBox. Type the following in XamlPadX and you have the hyperlink navigation working. < RichTextBox IsDocumentEnabled = " True " xmlns...
  • Blog Post: WPF Balloon comments :)

    Pavan has a nice post on creating baloon comments. The first thing that comes to mind on seeing the balloon comments is Comics. And guess what! thats exactly what I tried.. and presto You can get the original source code here . It overlooks positioning the arrows coming out of the comment boxes...
  • Blog Post: One more kewl Animation XBAP

    came across this xbap from Denis Dolfus . Its got some kewl animation and evasion techniques. Check it out here Share this post
  • Blog Post: Nifty Silverlight game

    Came across this nice little Silverlight game.... Give it a shot... heres the link Share this post
  • Blog Post: WpfPerf tools now available as a msi

    A couple of weeks ago I had posted an entry about the WPF perf tools being part of the SDK.. One of the readers asked for a separate installable since the SDK is huge and downloading the SDK just for the perf tools really didnt make sense... So we listened, and the WPF perf tools are now available as...
  • Blog Post: Back to the Future @TechEd 2007

    Now this is pretty funny... Watch the video that was played at the start of the keynote address at TechEd 2007 Video: Microsoft Back to the Future Share this post
  • Blog Post: WPF Blog Writer

    Recently, I was trying my hand at creating a simple blog writer. The writer came out pretty nice. The app makes use of a base richEditor control (thanks to Praj ).. After a bit of tweaking it ended up like the above... So the app just makes a simple call in the xaml <custom:RichEditor/> ...
  • Blog Post: Xaml shield image in plain Xaml

    just came across a post which includes xaml to display the xaml shield. That looks sweet.. and all the more when its in Xaml... Xaml code attached Share this post
  • Blog Post: Vista style Open/Save FileDialogs

    If you have tried creating FileDialogs in WPF, they usually do not blend well into the Vista look. The solution is to use the wrappers provided in the VistaBridge library which is part of the SDK samples. You could include the library dll (around 100k) in your project and then make the simple call...
  • Blog Post: New WPF Community Site

    We now have a new community site for WPF - WWW.windowsclient.net It gels both the WPF and Windows forms communities and provides for a unified .NET/Windows client community. This effort consolidates the community knowledge - so more power to you guys out there :) Share this post
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