• Tim Sneath

    Building a Perfect WPF Developer Workstation

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    OK, so you've just decided that WPF is the strategic technology of choice for your next-generation application, and you've taken the opportunity to flatten and reinstall your developer workstation. What should you put on it to create the perfect WPF development...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Coolest Command-Line Tool in Windows Vista

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    Perhaps this is ironic for someone who has a heavy focus on beautiful client interfaces, but I've always been a bit of a command-line junkie. Maybe it's a fetish, maybe it's just a legacy of the early DOS, VAX/VMS and UNIX systems that I used in my formative...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight 1.1 is Now Silverlight 2.0

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    Comparing WPF on Windows Vista v. Windows XP

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    A question I'm often asked is, "what's different about WPF in Windows Vista compared to the version that ships for Windows XP?" In the interests of transparency (which is what blogs are for, right?) I thought I'd address this here. I think it’s important...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight 1.0 RC1 is Here!

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    As indicated in a previous post , we're homing in on the launch of Silverlight 1.0, and today marks another milestone with the launch of the first release candidate. Since the beta we released at MIX, we've fixed approximately 2000 bugs and work items...
  • Tim Sneath

    Virtual PC in Europe - Fix for the Dreaded Sticky Ctrl Key Bug!

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    I know many developers who rely on Virtual PC 2004 these days, both for application compatibility testing purposes and also for beta testing releases of Visual Studio 2005 ("Whidbey") and SQL Server 2005 ("Yukon"). A few colleagues and I have been trying...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Couple of Avalon Express (XBAP) Demos

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    Some technologies are cut, others just get renamed so many times that people think they've been cut! Ever since the first public unveiling of Windows Presentation Foundation, we've supported both standalone and browser-based applications. On the browser...
  • Tim Sneath

    Deploying Silverlight in the Enterprise

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    As more and more Silverlight sites become available, enterprise administrators are starting to ask for guidance on how Silverlight should be deployed in a corporate environment. Obviously, at one level it's as straightforward as executing the installer...
  • Tim Sneath

    What's New in WPF 3.5? Here's Fifteen Cool Features...

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great Silverlight 2 Demo: Healthcare Demonstrator

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    Congratulations to Martin Grayson and team for building one of the smartest Silverlight 2 demonstrations I've seen to date . I saw parts of this demo a month ago when I was in the UK, and I'm delighted it's now released. Whether or not you're involved...
  • Tim Sneath

    Free Vector-based Illustration Tool from Microsoft

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    It's nigh-on impossible to keep track of all the varied products and announcements from Microsoft even as an employee, let alone as a customer! It took someone external (thanks Damir !) to alert me to Microsoft Expression , a vector-based illustration...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #8: Zoom in Explorer

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    The awesome guys from the Windows Vista Magazine revealed a great Windows Vista secret recently that I wanted to bring to a broader audience. When you're browsing around the file system in Explorer, it's often useful to be able to quickly switch between...
  • Tim Sneath

    PDC10: Mysteries of Windows Memory Management Revealed: Part One

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    Fundamentals of Memory Management Windows has both physical and virtual memory. Memory is managed in pages, with processes demanding it as necessary. Memory pages are 4KB in size (both for physical and virtual memory); but you can also allocate memory...
  • Tim Sneath

    PDC05: Product Key Problems - Redux

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    A week or so ago, I posted an updated product key for the Windows Vista builds we distributed at the PDC . We've been keeping a close eye on attendee feedback to make sure we've mopped up any problems people have experienced whilst installing Windows...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Developer’s Guide to Preparing for Windows 7

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    As everyone must know by now, the Windows 7 Release Candidate is broadly released and available for download from the Windows site . The RC build is essentially our dress rehearsal: we’ve hit feature complete, stabilized the release, followed the active...
  • Tim Sneath

    ASP.NET, Atlas, Windows Forms and WPF

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    One of the challenges of trying to write a blog like this is getting the level right. I'm conscious that some of my readers are expert "Avalonians" who have been working with the technology since PDC 2003, whilst others are just coming across this technology...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #1: British Library Turning the Pages

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    I'm going to start off this series with a real blockbuster that was announced just this morning. I've been looking forward to the moment when we could reveal this application for months, as I think it's one of the most exciting applications I've ever...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight is FIZZING, Not Fizzling

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    Any good politician, regardless of leaning, knows that the language you use to frame a topic is key to how it is perceived. By repeatedly using pejorative terms to describe your own position and that of your opponents, you start to move a debate onto...
  • Tim Sneath

    How to Embed Silverlight Content in Almost Any Web Page

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    Catherine Heller has written up a great post that describes a new feature in Silverlight Streaming. Having uploaded a Silverlight application to the Silverlight Streaming service, you can now embed it in any web page as an <iframe>. If you want...
  • Tim Sneath

    Regular Expressions for UK Formats

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    It's often hard to find good UK-aware regular expressions (for use with the ASP.NET RegularExpressionValidator or the .NET RegEx class). I was therefore delighted to come across RegExLib.com , which contains a most comprehensive listing of commonly used...
  • Tim Sneath

    An Avalon Team Blog Directory

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    If you're interested in this blog, you'll probably be interested in reading the blogs of other folks from Microsoft who work directly or indirectly on Avalon. I've been spelunking around in an attempt to come up with a comprehensive Avalon bloggers list...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #6: Running a Command Prompt During Setup

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    If you're doing a fresh install of Windows Vista, you'll probably use a bootable DVD so that you're able to reformat the system partition. But sometimes you might find yourself in a situation where you could really use a command prompt as you go through...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #14: Zurich Airport

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    From the beautiful city of Zürich in Switzerland comes this great example of how WPF makes data visualization a snap. In the scenario we're looking at here, the airport wanted a way to be able to track and manage flight operations. I'm sure we've all...
  • Tim Sneath

    Speeding up Adobe Acrobat Startup

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    I'm very fond of the concept of Adobe Acrobat - being able to share a single PDF file that contains a non-volatile representation of a document, that you can view on-screen or via a printer without worrying about formatting issues caused by different...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #2: Copy as Path

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    Ever wanted to copy a link from a network file share into an email, and wound up having to traverse the path, click on the address bar, copy the details out, paste it in and then type the filename itself (with the appropriate quotation marks? With Windows...
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