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  • Blog Post: Xaml Art Assets

    One more interesting site: www.xamalot.com ... Was looking around for some interesting xaml artifacts for a sample project and this site had plenty of it. The clipart is pretty nice (as shown below)... Have fun.. \ Share this post
  • Blog Post: Porting WPF apps to Silverlight

    The other day when browsing through the blogosphere I came across Arik's posts describing the workarounds\tips that he used for porting his 3.5 WPF application to Silverlight. It was a good read since all these tips from different bloggers have been consolidated in 2 posts Porting from WPF to Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Using RibbonGallery Control

    The Ribbon Control is a pretty big control owing to the complexity of the Ribbon design guidelines. You can give it a try by downloading from LINK While there are several things to blog about, this post will focus on RibbonGallery. The download provides a sample that covers all features by implementing...
  • Blog Post: Zoomable Canvas Control

    Kael has a nice series on the Zoomable Canvas control The usage is something like < ListBox.ItemsPanel > < ItemsPanelTemplate > < ZoomableCanvas Loaded ="ZoomableCanvas_Loaded" RealizationLimit ="1000" RealizationRate ="10" RealizationPriority ="Background"/> </ ItemsPanelTemplate...
  • Blog Post: WPF Ribbon Basics

    The WPF Ribbon control is easy to use once you get the basics of it. The structure is simple < ribbon : Ribbon x : Name ="Ribbon" > < ribbon : Ribbon.ApplicationMenu > < ribbon : RibbonApplicationMenu SmallImageSource ="Images\SmallIcon.png" > < ribbon : RibbonApplicationMenuItem...
  • Blog Post: Ribbon Control Design Time Experience

    The Ribbon Control is now available to the public for download . If you havent taken a look yet, would definitely recommend it. A neat thing about this release is that it includes a design time plugin to VS. So out of the box you have a template in VS, when creating a new project The design...
  • Blog Post: Announcing CTP of XAML Toolkit

    We are happy to announce the release of the second CTP of the XAMLToolkit. Where do i get it: LINK The toolkit comprises of: A XAML DOM Fxcop rule authoring support for XAML SilverlightSchemaContext that enables System.Xaml to parse SL XAML. We greatly appreciate your feedback...
  • Blog Post: BeeEye (Bing Image Viewer)

    BeeEye is a Bing Image viewer application. Its got a very Blend ish look and feel and was a quick project for our intern, Aykut Bal. Its Multitouch enabled and also has some facebook integration. The search history keep track of previous image searches along with the thumbnails. It also showcases...
  • Blog Post: Perf Tools for WPF (.NET 4)

    You can now download the perf tools for WPF in .NET4. These tools can be use for profiling both 3.5 and 4.0 applications. The tools come as part of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (Windows SDK 7.1) download. If you havent yet tried it, please do so. The install also deploys a...
  • Blog Post: WPF Shell Integration Library

    One of the common complaints I have heard is that it is difficult to have a glass chrome like windows. Yeah, you could set the style to None, but then you would need to have code handling window behaviors like resize, close.... No more.. two of our devs (Adam Smith\Joe Castro) have written the WPF Shell...
  • Blog Post: Request for Feedback (WPF VNext)

    So have you tried out .NET 4. If not, do give it a try. We have a bunch of new WPF features in .NET 4 and it was covered as part of the WPF features series . Now that we are close to release, whats next. This is where your feedback is invaluable . We listened to your feedback from 3.5 and incorporated...
  • Blog Post: WPF Manipulation Basics

    Here's the second post by Drake on the usage of Manipulation features.. Sample attached WPF Manipulation Basics Things to know before we start Understanding how RoutedEvents work might provide additional insight for this tutorial. http://msdn.microsoft.com/magazine/cc785480 . In the previous...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Winforms to WPF (links to Info)

    Recently, I got a question whether there was any any information for migrating from Winforms to WPF. I put together a few links that might be helpful. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms753178.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms747270.aspx http://blogs.windowsclient.net...
  • Blog Post: System.Xaml: IAmbientPropertyProvider Sample

    Another post from Shree :) In my last post I showed an sample using IXamlNameResolver service provider. In this post I will introduce you to another new service provider in System.Xaml, the IAmbientPropertyProvider. IAmbientPropertyProvider enables access to ambient properties (marked with Ambient...
  • Blog Post: Guidance on WPF\SL differences

    The title says it all.. This is question that pops up all the time. So its good to share out a document that lays it down. http://wpfslguidance.codeplex.com/
  • Blog Post: System.Xaml: Method calls from Xaml

    Xaml is awesome. I am hearing lot of "yeah"s... So have you tried out the new System.Xaml stack in .NET 4.0. If you havent give it a shot. It new and improved ... One of the guys on the Xaml team is Shree and I finally got him to write a post on System.Xaml... Bet you'll see more of him. So have fun...
  • Blog Post: WF\WPF sample using System.Xaml

    Check out the WF/WPF integraion sample using the System.Xaml stack. " The sample demonstrates how to create an application that uses Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) features in a single XAML document. To accomplish this, the sample uses Windows Workflow Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Navigation system in WPF

    Recently, Tamir revealed an in-car assistant system having a WPF GUI. Thats how a navigation system should look like.. I want one :) Share this post
  • Blog Post: GeoPlaces: WCF\WPF app

    GeoPlaces - This is a pretty cool app integrating several texhnologies - WPF/WCF/ADO/Virtual Earth API. The source code is on code project - so get your hands dirty with this code :) Share this post
  • Blog Post: WPF App: Sonic

    Did you check out Sonic... Its a pretty complex mp3 player by Sacha that "allows the users to specify the users music location(s) (Via App.Config) and then use some funky LINQ/IQueryProvider magic to work out what MP3s are available, and the use the ID3 tag information to store the file metadata in SQL...
  • Blog Post: New WPF Controls: Ribbon/Calendar/DatePicker/VSM

    Now you asked for more controls and you got it!! We have got walkthroughs for the following features: WPF Toolkit: DataGrid Feature Walkthrough New! WPF Toolkit: Visual State Manager Overview New! Ribbon Feature Walkthrough New! WPF Toolkit: DatePicker and Calendar Walkthrough New! And...
  • Blog Post: XAML to PNG with server-side WPF

    Y'day I just read an interesting post of rendering xaml files with Server side WPF logic.. Got time.. take a look at Lurent's post here Share this post
  • Blog Post: WPF SplashScreen Template

    The Splashscreen feature was part of SP1. However, there was no VS template to get it done fast. We have now released the VS template for creating Splashscreens for your projects. EnJoi http://www.codeplex.com/wpf/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=14962 For step by step walkthrough of creating...
  • Blog Post: WPF Datagrid CTP

    One of the common requests from LOB customers has been the Datagrid control. Its not there is SP1 but we have released the CTP version of this control on Codeplex. check it out here: http://www.codeplex.com/wpf/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=14963 In addition, it also includes VS templates...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance for WPF 2008

    Its been some time before my last post. Just catching my breath with a new addition to my family. :) The Composite Application Guidance aka PRISM for WPF 2008 has just been released. For those who havent heard of it : "The Composite Application Guidance for WPF can help you split the development of...
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