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  • Blog Post: SaaS Vendor quits browser to boost sales

    Interesting win-back from the browser for WPF. Whats are the two take-aways for public sector developers and decision makers? First, user experience has a huge impact on adoption. This is an example of Software Plus Services at work. Its not something that Microsoft invented, its something that we noticed...
  • Blog Post: P&P ships Composite Application Guidance for WPF

    The Patterns & Practices team has recently released the Composite Application Guidance for WPF which provides guidance for "componetizing" the development of enterprise-class WPF applications across multiple development teams, with each team owning a piece of the application, and then seamlessly...
  • Blog Post: WPF for Line of Business applications

    I'm a big believer that WPF is a great UI technology for LOB applications.  Yes, there are some shortcomings in the designer experience if you compare the WPF designer to the Windows Forms designer in Visual Studio 2008.  Yes, WPF is missing some controls that people expect like a DataGrid...
  • Blog Post: DC Launch Follow Up

    Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my "Defy Occasionally-Connected Challenges With Smart Client Applications" session at the DC Launch.  The deck and demo files are available here: Deck Workflow Services Demo Sync Services for ADO.NET Demo Server Database The demos require Visual...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST: What's new in Visual Studio 2008 for Smart Client Developers?

    UPDATE: I am aware that the registration link is broken. I am working to get the proper link from the company who sets these up for me. Sorry about the broken link. UPDATE2: The link has been updated and now works:). Come see a demo-rich overview of the new features Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” has...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Visual Studio 2008 & the .NET Framework 3.5 for Smart Client Developers?

    I've been spending a bit of time getting spun up on what's new in the .NET Framework 3.5 & Visual Studio 2008. With all the buzz around Silverlight & ASP.NET AJAX, you may not have heard about the new tools, APIs, and services for Smart Clients. Here is a list of some of what's coming: WPF "Cider...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Software Factory v2 is now available

    Enhancements include: Windows Presentation Foundation interoperability CAB extensions and View with presenter recipe Offline application blocks and recipes; the application blocks support asynchronous calls to WCF web services. Richer ClickOnce Deployment capabilities Enhanced guidance packages which...
  • Blog Post: Thanks to everyone in Los Angeles & Sacramento who attended our conference

    As promised, you can get my decks and demos from www.publicsectordeveloper.com ( direct link ). The demos are "as-is" but feel free to let me know if something doesn't work anymore. A more detailed explanation of the WPF deck and demos can be found here . If you are interested in WPF, then don't forget...
  • Blog Post: Another WPF Ribbon control

    Actipro software has release their Actipro Ribbon WPF control. You can learn more about it here. There's a live XBAP demo here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: WPF 3D Goodies

    I was catching up on some blog reading and came across two posts that I think those of you interested in the 3D feature of WPF will find helpful: Bootcamp Lecture deck from the WPF 3D Team Blog New Lab Posted: Creating 3D Content with Windows Presentation Foundation -Marc
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: more than just a pretty face

    I just finished reading this article over at ars technica. Developers always ask me "why Vista if WPF works just fine on XP SP2?" WPF on Vista is a better experience because of the "plumbing" you will read about in this article. I think this article does an excellent job explaining the history of how...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Introduction to WPF (13MAR07)

    UPDATE: I promised I would post the running list of WPF controls and XAML capable tools. Mike Swanson keeps it here . Thanks to everyone who attended. You can download my deck here . The demos & code I showed (plus more) are all available from http://wpf.netfx3.com/files/default.aspx . You can download...
  • Blog Post: Using WPF, Virtual Earth, and WPF/E together...

    A while back, I blogged about using WPF/E & Virtual Earth together. The post is here . I've also blogged about adding Virtual Earth in a Windows Forms application here (last paragraph). What about WPF? Given that the Virtual Earth v4 Map Control is delivered as a set of JavaScript libraries, the...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Introduction to WPF

    Thanks to everyone who attended. You can download my deck here . The demos & code I showed (plus more) are all available from http://wpf.netfx3.com/files/default.aspx except the New York Times Reader and the stuff I built using Expression Blend. You can download Blend and the Visual Studio 2005 addin...
  • Blog Post: PUBLIC SECTOR WEBCAST: Building a Better User Experience with the Windows Presentation Foundation

    When Feb. 23rd 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Where Register at this link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325322 Note : Audio will be via the Internet. Your machine will need a speaker. Abstract Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and formerly codename ...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a WPF Ribbon control?

    If you've been to any of my WPF talks or you went to the DC Vista Launch, you have probably heard me mention "a control vendor is working on a 100% WPF based Office 2007 style ribbon control." Well, Denis over at DevComponents finally broke the silence about the WPF-Ribbon . There is a private beta which...
  • Blog Post: User Experience demos at the DC Vista / Office launch dev track

    Thanks to everyone who attended! I've received a number of emails regarding the demos from my User Experience session at the DC Launch yesterday. There are a ton of code samples / demos available with the Windows SDK . The "healthcare prototype" and "Woodgrove Finance Explorer" apps (along with others...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Compact Edition RC1 Released

    This is what was formerly known as SQL Server Everywhere. If you need a lightweight database for your Smart Client applications, then you should definitely check out SQLCE. One of the great things about SQLCE is that you can deploy it as a private assembly. This means no admin privs to deploy a local...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are available for download

    Just announced. MSDN landing page is here . "Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are free Add-Ins, Controls, Components, Tools or Samples for you to use with Visual Basic 2005 to make developing great applications even easier! Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0 This toolkit is aimed at simplifying the use...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Forms/WPF interop blog

    Scott Berry is blogging about WinForms/WPF interop. His first post is is a nice list of gotchas. I suspect many people will incrementally introduce WPF into their Windows Forms based applications in places where taking advantage of the rich visualization of WPF makes sense. This should prove to be a...
  • Blog Post: 3D isn’t for the chosen few anymore!

    One of the great new features of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is the ability for mere mortals like myself to introduce 3D into a windows application. I have ZERO 3D programming background. However, I was able to get comfortable quickly after a quick read of the 3-D Graphics Overview in the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Everywhere Edition Screencasts

    Steve Lasker recently posted 3 great screencasts on SQL Server Everywhere Edition: Video of installing the SQL Server Everywhere Edition CTP Screencast of Deployment Options for SQL Server Everywhere Edition ADO.net Programming options for SQL Server Everywhere Edition I just watched all...
  • Blog Post: Karsten’s 5 day WPF boot camp

    So you are interested in getting up to speed on WPF, but don’t know where to start? Karsten Januszewski just posted a recipe to be up and running in 5 days. Check it out here . I like that he has guidance for both developers and designers. -Marc Technorati Tags: Microsoft , .NET , Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition CTP

    We've release the first CTP of SQL Server Everywhere Edition. If you aren't familiar with SQL Server Everywhere Edition, here's the description from http://www.microsoft.com/Sql/Everywhere : "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition offers essential relational database functionality in a compact...
  • Blog Post: Want to see what's possible with WPF?

    The folks over at http://thirteen23.com/ have some snazzy examples of "the art of the possible" when using the Windows Presentation Foundation. You can download 4 WPF application samples. You'll need to install WinFX Beta 2 . If you don't want to install WinFX Beta 2, but want to see what's possible...
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