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  • Blog Post: Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

    It’s been a little while in coming, but I’m delighted to announce that we’ve shipped the latest release of Family.Show , our reference application for WPF development. Family.Show started a couple of years ago, when WPF was in its infancy and a few of us were looking for ways to showcase the power of...
  • Blog Post: What Can YOU Do with 10K of Silverlight or WPF Code?

    A lot, it turns out. Some long-time readers may remember my post of a year or two back where I set a fun little challenge to test what could be accomplished with just a single element of XAML . In the preparation for MIX09 , the team created a competition that offered slightly more room for creativity...
  • Blog Post: WPF Developers: PDC Wrap-Up and Visual Studio Tooling Update

    Over the next week or so, I want to put a bit of context behind some of the announcements from PDC, particularly the ones that got glossed over amidst the excitement over Windows 7 and Windows Azure. I’m going to start with highlighting some of the work we’ve done around WPF over the last couple of months...
  • Blog Post: What You’ll Hear at PDC2008

    My favorite conference is almost upon us. If I’ve been quiet for a little while on my blog, it’s because this has been a crazy busy season for me and my team, as we put all the pieces in place for PDC2008. PDC is Microsoft’s flagship conference, both because of the scale and depth of content, but also...
  • Blog Post: Why You Want To Book Your PDC2008 Ticket NOW...

    If you're into any of the technologies that this blog covers, you'll be mad if you miss the Professional Developers Conference this year. It's actually been three years since our last PDC, so we're overdue! I'm really excited about all the things we're going to be covering at the PDC this year: those...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Third Major Release of Windows Presentation Foundation

    Today I'm excited to announce the public beta availability of a major new release of WPF. Since we shipped .NET Framework 3.5 late last year, the team has been hard at work at a new release that adds many supplemental features, fixes a good number of bugs, offers many performance optimizations, and includes...
  • Blog Post: What does Windows Vista SP1 Mean for Developers?

    As many people will have noticed, we released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week ( read about the notable changes here ). Aside from the inevitable bug fixes and enhancements to support new hardware types, one of the underlying changes is that SP1 brings the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Configuring a Web Server to Host Silverlight Content

    Deploying Silverlight content to a production web server is a pretty easy process. Despite occasional misconception, Silverlight doesn't require a Microsoft-based web server: Apache can host up Silverlight content just as happily as IIS. But there's one little gotcha: web servers are typically configured...
  • Blog Post: Have YOU Updated Your Windows SDK Recently?

    It can be pretty hard to keep everything up-to-date on a developer workstation these days. With so many CTP releases, betas, and service packs, I know I often realize that my own machine is behind in one area or another. One particularly worthwhile update that might have missed your attention over the...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 Keynote Live Blog

    I'm going to try to keep up a live blog this morning through the keynote to provide folk with an Engadget-style blow-by-blow account of proceedings. Keep hitting refresh on this entry to see the latest news as it comes. 9:30am - Ray Ozzie is on stage promptly. In a few minutes, we'll show you IE8 and...
  • Blog Post: Great Line-of-Business Controls for WPF

    I'm delighted to see that Infragistics have just released their NetAdvantage control set for WPF. It's a huge download: over 100MB, so either the controls are very big, the documentation is extremely verbose, or there are lots of samples included! This control set nicely fills the gaps in the capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Flotzam: Mashing up the Web

    Have you seen Flotzam ? It's a fun mash-up that Karsten and Tim put together that aggregates a bunch of different data sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and indeed any general RSS feed. You can install it either as an application or a screen saver, and it's a nice way to see what's going...
  • Blog Post: We've Released the News Reader SDK!

    Many of you have seen the New York Times reader application - it was featured as part of the portfolio I've been building up of Great WPF Applications . As I mentioned at the time, the New York Times reader is based on an SDK that we built to allow newspapers and content publishers to create rich, "occasionally...
  • Blog Post: Great WPF Applications #17: HP Interactive Canvas

    Kapow! Shazam! Zing! Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet drove in hard with a right hook last week , referencing my recently-returned-from-hiatus series of great WPF applications and asking why Windows Vista didn't have more killer applications. As one of her correspondents notes, and even Wikipedia highlights...
  • Blog Post: The New Iteration: A Whitepaper on the XAML Revolution

    Whenever we run a WPF or Silverlight training event or lab, the one question that is guaranteed to come up relates to the designer / developer workflow on a project team. In the old days of Win32 or Windows Forms, the workflow was straightforward (albeit extremely limiting). A lot of desktop application...
  • Blog Post: Great WPF Applications #16: Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

    It's time for me to reboot this series that showcases great applications built on WPF. I left it on hiatus for some months because I felt that the point had been well made, but it's probably time to pick it up again, not least because there's a swathe of cool WPF applications out there that a lot of...
  • Blog Post: WPF and Silverlight Contest Season Is Here!

    The snow has arrived (here in Redmond, at least), and people are starting to wind down for the holidays. No doubt you're dreading the arrival of Aunt Mabel for an extended stay and are planning an opportunity to escape to a remote hideaway cave and finally get a chance to explore some new technologies...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 1.1 is Now Silverlight 2.0

    It's been gratifying to see how much excitement there is out there about Silverlight. We've barely started the engines yet, but we've already had a number of big sites launch their first Silverlight experiences, and of course plenty of stuff underway that we'll be revealing over the coming months. Many...
  • Blog Post: Attend the WPF Virtual Bootcamp - no need to register!

    People frequently ask me how they can learn WPF quickly. Now the technology has been on the market for a while, there are a number of different choices: books from the likes of Petzold , Moroney , Nathan , MacDonald , Anderson and Sells/Griffiths , classroom training from companies like Pluralsight ...
  • Blog Post: The Zero-Effort Guide to Preparing a Great WPF Presentation

    A couple of months ago, I posted a couple of presentations on Silverlight, with the intention of making it easy for others to liberally borrow content for their own internal or external presentations on the subject. They seemed to go down pretty well if the number of blog post views is to be believed...
  • Blog Post: The 100th WPF Channel 9 Video: KevinButton on WPF 3.5

    I see on the Channel 9 home page that we've hit the milestone of one hundred videos posted on WPF/Avalon. The latest video is one of my favorites so far - the ever-entertaining Kevin Moore (of KevinButton and Bag'o'Tricks fame) talking about and demonstrating all the new innovations in WPF 3.5 . (For...
  • Blog Post: What's New in WPF 3.5? Here's Fifteen Cool Features...

    A lot of WPF developers know that Visual Studio 2008 will include much better baked-in support for WPF - the "Cider" team have delivered a WPF forms designer, high-quality XAML Intellisense built on top of a XAML language service rather than an XSD, a full set of project templates and integration between...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Family.Show 2.0

    Three months ago, we launched Family.Show, our first end-to-end reference sample for WPF. Family.Show is a genealogy program that demonstrates the usage of WPF for a complex, realistic scenario. If you're a fledgling WPF developer who wants to pore over some code that demonstrates best practices for...
  • Blog Post: A Summer of WPF and Silverlight Training

    Summer's here, and that usually means a bit of a slow-down in the office as folk take off on vacation. It's also a great time for some new skills development and training, and as there's a smorgasbord of WPF and Silverlight-related courses taking place over the next few months, I thought I'd take the...
  • Blog Post: WPF Hands-on-Lab: Build an Outlook 2007 UI Clone

    I got wind today of a great hands-on lab that demonstrates the steps needed to create a high-quality user interface for business applications using WPF and Expression Blend. Two engineers from Microsoft Switzerland, Ronnie Saurenmann and Ruihua Jin, have put together this 90-page lab that starts at File...
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