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  • Blog Post: US Government Per Diem Rates Gadget: Building a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget using ASP.NET AJAX

    UPDATE: Modified second to last paragraph with pointer to http://gallery.live.com . Added a design goal to the list. I was asked by someone in my management chain, let's call them Manager X, to build a sample Windows Vista Sidebar gadget that would be of potential use to our US Public Sector customers...
  • Blog Post: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar (APRIL)

    Thanks to everyone who attended! You can find links to the downloads from previous posts here and here . The per diem gadget I showed should be ready in the next couple weeks. -Marc
  • Blog Post: PUBLIC SECTOR WEBCAST: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar (APRIL)

    When April 18th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Where Register at this link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032334426&Culture=en-US Note : Audio will be via the Internet. Your machine will need a speaker. Abstract Windows Sidebar Gadgets are lightweight programmable...
  • 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: 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: WEBCAST FOLLOW UP: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar (MARCH)

    Sorry for those of you who expected this post to show up yesterday. You can find my updated deck here and the gadget which uses ASP.NET AJAX for web service calls + client side data binding here . -Marc
  • Blog Post: WPF Wiki

    Check it out here . Man I wish I had this when I started learning WPF! -Marc
  • Blog Post: PUBLIC SECTOR WEBCAST: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar (MARCH)

    When March 27th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Where Register at this link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032331000&Culture=en-US Note : Audio will be via the Internet. Your machine will need a speaker. Abstract Windows Sidebar Gadgets are lightweight programmable...
  • 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: Get the Windows Vista Aero theme in a Guest OS using Virtual PC 2007

    Here's a tidbit I've been meaning to blog about for months... If you install Windows Vista as our guest OS using Virtual PC 2007 (or Virtual Server for that matter), you may initially be disappointed by the fact that you only get the Windows Vista Basic theme: Have no fear, there IS a way to get the...
  • Blog Post: MSN Soapbox Vista Sidebar Video

    I've been playing around with the Soapbox Video plugin for Windows Live Writer . This post is somewhat of an excuse for me to test out adding MSN Soapbox video to a blog post. However, I figured I would try to make it relevant . So as a prelude to my Developing Gagdets for the Windows Vista Sidebar webcast...
  • 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: Developing Gadgets for the Windows Vista Sidebar

    When Feb. 27th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Where Register at this link: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325327 Note : Audio will be via the Internet. Your machine will need a speaker. Abstract Windows Sidebar Gadgets are lightweight programmable objects...
  • 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: AJAX programming in Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets

    I've been talking to a few customers about gadget programming recently. I've also been doing some gadget programming myself to get ready for my webcast this month on the topic. One of the first things people ask me about gadget programming, once they understand the fundamentals, is how to make network...
  • 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: More WPFE, Virtual Earth, and AJAX goodness!

    I was inspired by WPF/E and "Layering" Content and Using Opacity with a WPFE / Virtual Earth Mashup to try something similar but different. I wanted to be able to show WPFE content (vector graphics, text, and video) on a map when I hover over a pushpin. So I hacked away and this is what I came up with...
  • Blog Post: DC Vista, Office, Exchange Launch Event

    Having spoken to a few customers, it has come to my attention many of you in the DC area aren't aware of the launch event we are having this month. The event is open to the public. Did I mention it is free? Many of the folks on our team will be presenting. Stop by and say hi if you attend! -Marc Ready...
  • Blog Post: Vista RC1 available to the public

    Windows Vista Customer Preview Program RC1 download is available here . -Marc tags: Windows Vista , VISTA
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 and tools available

    .NET Framework 3.0 Release Candidate (RC) was made available for download on September 1st. I have been holding off on blogging about it because all of the relevant tools were not yet available until yesterday. Rob Relyea has a nice post here pointing you to all the bits. -Marc tags: .NET , WinFX , ...
  • Blog Post: Project GlidePath Software Factory

    While federal developers aren’t exactly MicroISVs , the Project GlidePath software factory still may be of interest. It provides some useful information on developing with the .Net Framework 3.0 and is a great example of a Software Factory . For information, check out the Channel 9 video . The official...
  • 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: http://www.seewindowsvista.com

    Take a look at the newly launched http://www.seewindowsvista.com site to see a sampling of the 'art of the possible' on Windows Vista. I think they've done a great job with this site...congrats guys! -Darryl
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