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  • Blog Post: Podcast & Screencast: Slow Train Software, WPF, Windows 7

    Slow Train Software are a Dublin-based software development company who recently delivered a fantastic WPF-based user experience to their customer in the form of Velocitek Speedplay . Velocitek is a leading provider of GPS equipment for sailors. Their products enable dinghy and sport boats sailors...
  • Blog Post: Free Vouchers for Microsoft Certification in WPF Development

    I have 3 vouchers to give away to developers in Ireland / Northern Ireland ( only ) for a free Microsoft Certified Professional Exam, specifically Exam 70-502 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Presentation Foundation Application Development Achieving certification is a great way of demonstrating...
  • Blog Post: Nip & Tuck for GUIs (3) : manipulating a hosted WPF user control from a Windows Forms app

    In my last post in this series I showed how easy it is to host a WPF user control within a Windows Forms application. The control I used was completely self-contained in that it didn't require (or allow) the Windows Forms host app to set any properties or communicate with it in any way. That's not necessarily...
  • Blog Post: Nip & Tuck for GUIs (2) : Windows Forms and a self-contained WPF user control

    I figure the most logical follow-on from my last post is to show how simple it is to start using WPF within an existing Windows Forms application. I set myself the goal for this post of doing this with zero code behind whatsover to avoid clouding the issue. I had no choice but to incorporate Flickr into...
  • Blog Post: Nip & Tuck for GUIs (a.k.a. the scoop on Expression Design's past)

    So you may know that AutoCAD 2009 uses WPF for it's "chrome" (no not that Chrome, the other chrome i.e. ribbon, action recorder and QuickView). What's probably less well known (but which you can learn about at the MIX 08 University in this session ) is that Expression Design , below, has quite a lot...
  • Blog Post: Event : UX Options with Microsoft, 11th Dec 2008 (Dublin)

    Event Invite: User Experience Options with Microsoft - a full-day seminar If you've been reading a lot about Silverlight, WPF and all the various flavours of the Expression tools - you might be wondering about how they all fit together, and with more mature technologies like VB6 and WinForms. Well, this...
  • Blog Post: Partner Training on 1) WPF 2) Web Development with VS 2008 in Dec 2008

    Just a quick heads up re. two partner training events (for partners in Ireland / Northern Ireland) happening in the next month, on WPF and Web Development. Follow the link inline below for more details & to register (you'll need to log in using your partner credentials). EventID Event Start Course...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data-centric Applications Using the DataGrid and Ribbon Controls

    Having just blogged about the availability of the above I should mention this session from PDC , where the presenters build up an entire application in a few stages while teaching attendees how to use all of the basic features of DataGrid and Ribbon (and some more advanced features). You'll also see...
  • Blog Post: WPF & Silverlight : Sharing skills and code

    I get asked about this quite a bit, so this is session from PDC is a ready-made answer :-) Over the course of the session Ian builds a Twitter client in both Silverlight and WPF highlighting the pros and cons of each approach, what code is the same and what is different and why. Ian covered many details...
  • Blog Post: WPF DataGrid and Ribbon now available!

    Some great WPF resources/previews were made available after the PDC keynote: · WPF Toolkit including V1 of DataGrid, V1 of DatePicker/Calendar, & preview of VisualStateManager (VSM): http://www.codeplex.com/wpf (The WPF Toolkit is a collection of WPF features and components that are being made available...
  • Blog Post: Ireland / Northern Ireland: WPF training course for partners (8th-10th Dec 2008)

    Just a quick FYI for Microsoft partners in Ireland / Northern Ireland who are interested in WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), we're running a course for partners, delivered by one of our training providers, from 8th-10th December in Dublin. It's a three day, instructor-led course aiming to provide...
  • Blog Post: WPF for Line-Of-Business (LOB) Applications

    (Note: If in Ireland/Northern Ireland and you are are interested in learning more about WPF, would like to attend a WPF Bootcamp or are interested in “pimping that GUI” by adding a little WPF to your existing application via forms-interop then contact me for more details). If you’re weighing up your...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance for WPF now available

    Patterns & Practices have just released guidance to help you more easily build enterprise-level Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client applications. This guidance will help you design and build flexible composite WPF client applications—composite applications use loosely coupled, independently...
  • Blog Post: When to choose...WPF? Winforms? Silverlight? XBAPs?

    Are you clear on when to use say WPF instead of Winforms? Or, just as importantly, when to use Winforms (e.g. for a more traditional LOB application)? Or that you can easily use both together? How does Silverlight compare to XBAPs? David Chappell has written a white paper which describes the positioning...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs (you play, we clean up)

    Yesterday I wrote about why I tend to use VPCs at the moment for demos. In a similar vein, Microsoft Virtual Labs provides you with an online virtual environment to try out technologies such as WPF/WCF/WF , Team System or even Expression . You get a downloadable manual and 90 minutes to work through...
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