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MIX07 Welcome Swag
Swag found in my MIX07 Welcome Pack: 1 Silverlight / Mix07 T-Shirt (obligatory) 1 copy Vista Ultimate (cool) 1 copy Expression Studio (double cool!!) 3 coloured "discipline" armbands to identify the like-minded at MIX (Blue=Developer, Green=Business, Yellow=Design) 1 myspace.com thingamayoke 1 Silverlight...
30 Apr 2007
British Library WPF Application: Leaf through & annotate historic texts
The British Library has launched an application that uses the Windows Presentation Foundation to let you leaf through historic texts. Like Doninoken (mentioned yesterday ), it's published as an XBAP - a WPF application that runs within Internet Explorer, and uses WPF's 3D capabilities. Check it out...
30 Jan 2007
WPF: Free DataGrid control, Doninoken movie
There were a couple of interesting Windows Presentation Foundation bits I've seen recently. A third-party called XCeed has released a DataGrid control for WPF that is free of charge! A DataGrid was conspicuously missing from the WPF toolbox and I think XCeed are on to a winner here. Click through...
29 Jan 2007
WPF/E -- Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere -- Community Preview
Interested in developing applications in the Windows Presentation Foundation that you can run… everywhere? "WPF/E" is the Microsoft solution for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio, and video for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML...
19 Dec 2006
Interact with 2D in 3D: 3D Tools for the Windows Presentation Foundation
With the 3D Tools for the Windows Presentation Foundation library, which is now available on CodePlex, the Windows Presentation Foundation team has reduced the 3D case back to 2D, and made it possible to interact with 2D objects within a 3D scene. See the WPF 3D Team blog for more details, samples, and...
14 Dec 2006
Flash (SWF) to XAML converter
Mike Swanson has created a Flash (.SWF) to XAML conversion tool called SWF2XAML . Great stuff!! KarstenJ interviewed Mike discussing the utility on Channel9 . Mike's utility will be a great addition to the toolbox for artists who have content in Flash that they'd like to incorporate into Windows Presentation...
21 Nov 2006
NLarge is now a CodePlex community project
NLarge is now hosted up on CodePlex as a community project ! If you haven't seen CodePlex, it's like "Team Foundation Server in the Sky": a place to host community projects, which hosts code, wikis, work items, and all the other great Team Foundation Server collaboration stuff. NLarge is my humble...
15 Nov 2006
DirectX demos still get my juices flowing
On Tuesday I attended Mike Pelton's session about how to choose between WPF and DirectX for rendering 3D graphics. He began by illustrating WPF's strengths, and specifically called out data binding, the similarities between the 2D and 3D APIs, and the ease with which WPF developers can perform common...
9 Nov 2006
Introducing NLarge - screen magnifier utility for presentations
NLarge is a free little utility for technical presentations. It magnifies the screen (via a smooth animation), and allows you to pan and zoom around the magnified image. You can annotate the magnified screen using the mouse or a Tablet PC pen. NLarge runs from your system tray, and is triggered by...
27 Oct 2006
Looking for a few great launch Partners
Launch is coming soon, not just for Windows Vista and .NET 3.0, but also the 2007 Office System and Exchange 2007. We're looking for a few great Partners to be involved in this very significant event. Over the past two weeks, I've met with local development teams who are building applications using...
5 Oct 2006
Galway ICT Productivity Conference: 12th Oct for Devs, Architects, IT Professionals
The Galway ICT Productivity Conference, which will take place on Thursday October the 12th, promises top-class speakers for Developers, Architects and IT Professionals . The theme of the day is ‘Increasing Productivity through Technology,' which is looked at from three perspectives during three parallel...
2 Oct 2006
Petzold's new WPF book, Applications = Code + Markup, is brilliant
I've been meaning to write for some time about Charles Petzold 's book on the Windows Presentation Foundation, Applications = Code + Markup . Early reviews of the book offered glowing praise , so I ordered a copy of my own. I've read enough of it by now to offer it my highest recommendation. If you...
27 Sep 2006
Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources
Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning. This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don't always know about. I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article. 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums...
25 Sep 2006
Dave and Rob's Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)
Dave and Rob ’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions? The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts. Broken out...
20 Sep 2006
MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 19 Sept 2006
Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET - available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support...
19 Sep 2006
Windows Vista RC1, .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 completed
Two big announcements: Windows Vista RC1 Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is complete , as per Jim Allchin's announcement , and available to download for TechBeta and TAP participants! Vista RC1 will also be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers next week , and available to the general...
2 Sep 2006
Great walkthrough: Build a media player in Expression Interactive Designer
Through KarstenJ comes this gem of a tutorial in the Expression blog that walks you through building an interactive media player using Expression Interactive Designer for the Windows Presentation Foundation. I went through the tutorial end-to-end tonight. Along the way, you'll: Create a Play...
11 Jul 2006
Fun with Sketchiness in WPF
I've been having fun recently using my own dreadful handwriting as a font, which I captured using the My Font Tool PowerToy for the Tablet PC . It gives a "hand-sketched" look to Powerpoint slides and WPF apps. Robert Ingebretsen has taken pencil-sketchiness to the next level with hand-drawn shapes...
30 Jun 2006
WPF - 3:00 GMT. Brazil v. Ghana - 4:00 GMT.
If I'm not finished my WPF webcast by 4:00 today, I have a feeling my audience is going to be dramatically reduced...! Join us at 3:00 GMT (4:00 in Europe) and I'll show you shiny cool graphics stuff and try to get you out in time for the match :) [ Update: Wow, thanks to everyone who stayed until...
27 Jun 2006
Webcast : Me on Windows Presentation Foundation : Follow-up
The webcast series continued this afternoon with me demonstrating the coolest bit of WinFX -- Robert Burke: Raising the Stakes with "Avalon," the Windows Presentation Foundation June 27th, 3:00pm-4:30pm GMT Session description: Why should you care about adding a groundbreaking User Experience to...
26 Jun 2006
Webcast Series: Atlas (20 Jun), Team Foundation Server (22 Jun), Windows Presentation Foundation (27 Jun), VB.NET 2005 (4 Jul)
There's a series of four afternoon webcasts coming up about new developer technologies, and you're very welcome to attend. 20 Jun: Irish MVP Kieran Lynam on ASP.NET Atlas , 22 Jun: TFS expert Martin Woodward on Team Foundation Server , 27 Jun: Avalon junkie Rob ("Me") Burke on the Windows...
19 Jun 2006
Updated: Resources for Learning Windows Presentation Foundation (Beta 2 edition)
I've updated my " Resources for learning Windows Presentation Foundation" article to contain links to Beta 2-compatible material. There's a new WPF Community Site online, which is part of a bigger community site for all the .NET 3.0 / WinFX technologies). On that site you'll find Beta 2 versions of...
13 Jun 2006
"Free Concert in Galway," says Robbie
Along with my PADI diving certification this weekend , it turns out I picked up a nasty ear infection. I had been woozy all day while preparing for my WPF presentation , but it wasn't til I was really dizzy on the train to Galway that I rang my diving instructor, who thought it sounded like I'd burst...
12 Jun 2006
WinFX becomes .NET 3.0
"You can think of WinFX like .NET 3.0," I often said, while trying to explain how these new technologies fit into the .NET picture. Well, now, WinFX is called .NET 3.0 . It's just a change in branding. WinFX will still run against the 2.0 version of the CLR runtime. It's still the same (impressive...
12 Jun 2006
Galway Event, Monday 12 June : Windows Presentation Foundation @ ITAG
ITAG Presents : Raising the Stakes with "Avalon," the Windows Presentation Foundation When: Monday, 12th June, 7pm. Reception to follow. Where: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Headford Road, Galway Speaker: Me ! :) Overview: This is going to be a variation of my INDC presentation on WPF that I've...
6 Jun 2006
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