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  • Blog Post: Programmer Don't Like to Code

    Forgot what link brought me here, but I was quite impressed with the analysis. Programmer's Don't Like to Code ...they like problem solving . If programmers liked to code, we’d all be writing in machine language to this day. You can write that stuff all day and get precious little of the real problem...
  • Blog Post: Cleaning up your theme files with MergeDictionary

    Once you get the resources for more than one control in generic.xaml, things can get a bit messy. What one really wants: split up your resources into separate dictionaries for each control. I do this as part of the latest bag-o-tricks . I should get Lauren or Ashish to fill in the details about...
  • Blog Post: Hello from TechEd Boston (update to Bag-O-Tricks)

    Having a blast in Boston. The city is beautiful. Coolest things I’ve seen today: Exchange 2007 . Scary hot. You must go learn about it now. Holy cow. If you’re at TechEd, my talk is tomorrow at 1pm. Dev338. 157ABC. The slides are now on MSTechEd (you need to use a TechEd password to access them. Search...
  • Blog Post: Books on WPF

    Mehrdad is looking for some WPF books. I know of two: Programming Windows Presentation Foundation XAML in a Nutshell ...and of course, Chris Anderson is busy working on his book. I expect that once Beta2 hits the road, we'll see a lot more books on WPF and WinFX. I can't wait...
  • Blog Post: Do you subclass ItemsControl? Keep reading.

    ItemsControl has a protected virtual GetContainerForItemOverride that takes an object parameter. In all in-box WPF controls, this parameter is ignored and a cookie-cutter container is returned. While it’s currently possible for control authors to change the container they return depending on the...
  • Blog Post: TreeListView - Scary Cool Control Mash-up in WPF

    As promised, the ATC team has posted another ListView sample . This sample is amazing because it doesn’t involve ListView at all. Instead, it uses the primitives we designed for ListView--namely GridViewColumn and GridViewRowPresenter. The code required here is amazingly small for the flexibility of...
  • Blog Post: WPF ListView Rocks!

    No control in our library demonstrates the power of WPF more than ListView. It is the example of how element composition can be leveraged to make amazingly beautiful and amazingly flexible experiences. Check out the inaugural post from our friends in the Advanced Technology Center in Beijing. I've...
  • Blog Post: Updated Bag-O-Tricks for WinFX Februrary CTP

    In case you haven't heard , the WinFX February CTP has been released. If you haven't downloaded it yet, what are you waiting for! Go! Get it! Now! Alright, as is the custom, I've posted a new and improved drop of my Bag-O-Tricks . In this release: TreeView Double...
  • Blog Post: Robby and Me on Channel 9

    We're not nearly as entertaining as Don and Chris , but Robby and I are in another video on Channel 9 (our last one was on MSDN TV ). This time we talk about our experiences with Windows programming, the web and the power/flexibility/extensibility of WPF. It was a fun conversation. Robby is giving...
  • Blog Post: In other news...

    Our friends from Max have been busy. Not only are they cranking away at a beautiful WinFX app, but they're taking time to blog about their adventures. Ben has blogged about IScrollInfo [ Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 ]. If you are making your own panel and want a ScrollViewer to party over...
  • Blog Post: MSDN TV: The Power of Templates in Windows Presentation Foundation

    Robert and I just got posted to MSDN TV. We do a talk on the Power of Templates in Windows Presentation Foundation. If you want to look at my sample (the folder picker), just download my Bag-o-Tricks . It's one of the samples in there. If you want to download Robby's sample, please be patient...
  • Blog Post: Read Bea's Blog

    I think at some point I mentioned I've moved over to work on Data Binding in WPF. Binding is a thick, but powerful subject in WPF. One of the testers on my team is blogging (and she's hiding outside MSDN blogs). Beatriz is amazing to work with. Her blog is also very helpful. Send her a message...
  • Blog Post: An update to the WinFX Bag-O-Tricks for the January CTP

    As you may already know, there aren't really any changes to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) in the January CTP . I have noticed some updates to the VS extensions for Visual Studio , so you may want to update your bits anyway. I received a bunch of suggestions for samples , but nothing that...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Messenger Beta Invite for WPF Sample Suggestion: wanna trade?

    I have one Messenger Beta invite to give out and I'm always looking for WPF sample suggestions. So... I have no strict criteria. The first suggestion that makes me think "hmm, that looks interesting" wins. Tips: if it's trivially simple or insanely complicated, you probably won't get it. Take a look...
  • Blog Post: A WinFX Bag-O-Tricks

    It's been pretty quiet around the office this week. I've had a chance to do some updating and clean-up on a bunch of samples that I've created over the last several months. I've decided to roll up all of my samples into one application. This will make it much easier to roll changes forward as we make...
  • Blog Post: A reason to download the December CTP: XAML preview (and basic editting) in Visual Studio

    Here's an early Christmas present: download the latest CTP of WinFX and the associated extensions to Visual Studio and you'll get basic XAML preview and editing in Visual Studio. Happy Holidays!
  • Blog Post: WinFX Hex

    I discovered the game Hex when I spent a semester in Australia my senior year of college. Taking the things I learned building Minesweeper , I thought I'd see how far I could get with Hex. I'm pretty happy with the results. (As with my first post of Minesweeper, this is a work in progress.) I had...
  • Blog Post: Animating Tile Panel (an excuse to download the WinXP Nov CTP)

    I've been sitting on this demo a few weeks, so I'm excited to finally share the code publicly. Go down the the WinFX Runtime Components - November CTP The latest release includes a simple, static event: CompositionTarget.Rendering. This simple event will give you call every frame. What does...
  • Blog Post: WPF Minesweeper (updated)

    I've updated Minesweeper (see my last post ). We have a timer, a "new game button" and cool graphics when you win/lose. (Alright, I just change the background brush, but it looks cool.) I still need to add options to change the size and number of mines. I also want to do high scores, etc. It's a work...
  • Blog Post: Mine Sweeper in WPF (Avalon)

    Every once in a while someone asks if they could build the next Quake in WPF. While WPF has some pretty cool 3D and animation support, it wasn’t designed for twitch games. DirectX is still your best bet there. There are classes of games that are pretty easy to build in WPF, though. On a whim...
  • Blog Post: PDC: demos, posters, pictures

    I got back yesterday from the PDC. It was a great trip. As promised, I’m posting the demo code for my talk. This zip contains each stage of my ColorPicker demo: 0) A simple UserControl that uses standard CLR properties and INotifyPropertyChanged 1) A conversion of 0) to use DependencyProperty and Binding...
  • Blog Post: Custom Panel: TreeMapPanel

    TreeMaps have been all the rage. I figured it would be cool to see how easy it would be to build such a thing in WPF. It turns out that getting started in pretty easy. There are a number of implementations of TreeMaps around. I found a Java one that looked like a good place to start. After a bunch...
  • Blog Post: Building a folder picker in WPF

    The last time I blogged about TreeView, I was still using the control I personally implemented. Now that WPF actually has a TreeView, lets talk about how to use it. The first thing you’ll notice is that the API for what we shipped is pretty identical to what I blogged. (Guess who wrote the spec for WPF...
  • Blog Post: Get your WPF (Avalon) demo showed off at the PDC!

    Technical Evangelists Mike Swanson and Thomas Lewis have set up a “Show Off” session at the PDC to let our partners and customers demo their latest and greatest. Details on Mike’s blog. Details on Channel 9. Short audio interview with Mike and Thomas on Channel 9. ...
  • Blog Post: Cranking on PDC content

    Sorry I’ve been MIA from my blog for a while. I’ve been cranking on getting Beta 2 locked down and scrubbing my PDC content. I'm giving the Building Custom Controls in WPF talk at the PDC this year. (WPF = Windows Presentation Foundation = the set of functionality formally known as Avalon). I've...
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