• 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

    PDC10: Mysteries of Windows Memory Management Revealed: Part Two

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    In the last session, focusing on virtual memory, it was noted that there was almost no connection between virtual and physical memory. The only connection is that the system commit limit is the sum of physical memory and the size of the paging file(s...
  • 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...
  • 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

    Great WPF Applications #4: Otto

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    Although you may not have heard of them by name, Otto Group are a huge retail conglomerate with €9b of revenues in 2005/6; they own retail outlets like Crate and Barrel in the US as well as catalog companies like Grattan and Freemans in the UK and the...
  • Tim Sneath

    What Can YOU Do with 10K of Silverlight or WPF Code?

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    How Did We Come Up With Silverlight?

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    I'm sure some readers will be interested in the decision making process that we went through to arrive at the name of Silverlight for our new web runtime platform. It was a tough choice; we know that WPF/E was much loved by the community and that acronyms...
  • Tim Sneath

    Preparing for Silverlight 1.0 RC and Beyond

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    In just a couple of weeks, we'll be ready to publish the Release Candidate of Silverlight 1.0 to the web. We're in the final stages of stabilization as we close in on launch; fixing the last few bugs, doing detailed security penetration testing work,...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight 2 GDR1 Now Available...

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    Not a huge release this one, but we've just shipped an update for Silverlight 2 that fixes a number of minor bugs that have been reported over the last couple of months. Get it while it's hot, here: Silverlight 2 GDR1 end-user runtime Silverlight...
  • Tim Sneath

    How to Install Team Foundation Server

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    It's a shame that we have to produce an installation guide to help developers get the various required components for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server up and running, but that's one of the vagaries of beta software. It's clear that not everyone is...
  • Tim Sneath

    Our First WPF End-To-End Reference Sample: Family.Show

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    The first three days of next week are going to be crammed full of announcements as MIX gets under way (click the hyperlink above to view the virtual conference site, where you'll be able to keep up-to-date on everything that's going on). In any big week...
  • Tim Sneath

    Free .NET Code Coverage Tool

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    I'm not a heavy Visual FoxPro user - although it is installed on my development machine - but I've often admired some of its capabilities. Although it doesn't mesh desperately closely with the general .NET architecture, it is a relatively powerful database...
  • Tim Sneath

    Migrating from Windows Forms 1.x to Windows Forms 2.0

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    This entry starts by looking at the new features in Windows Forms 2.0, and then proceeds to describe the migration strategy for existing Windows Forms 1.0 applications that are to be migrated to .NET Framework 2.0. New Windows Forms Controls We...
  • Tim Sneath

    First Steps to Learning WPF

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    A basic question I'm often asked is "where can I go to learn about WPF?" I like to answer this question here on the blog every now and again, both for new readers and to take account of new or changed materials. Here are a few useful resources that...
  • Tim Sneath

    Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #10: Daily Mail, Seattle P-I, forbes.com, New York Times

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    I've been holding off from highlighting the New York Times Reader as one of the applications in my portfolio for a few weeks, even though it clearly is a polished example of how WPF can transform user experience. Today, we can finally reveal one more...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Screencasts

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    To coincide with the launch of the Silverlight 1.0 Beta, my team has been working hard on a great series of intermediate-level screencasts on Silverlight that are just hitting the wires now. Each video is about five minutes in length, and covers a "how...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #2: Electric Rain StandOut

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    Enumerating the applications that I'm going to showcase as part of this portfolio on my whiteboard earlier today, I started to panic at what I've just signed myself up for - I've got lots of writing to do over the next week or two! I was quite surprised...
  • Tim Sneath

    Download Links for MIX08 Announcements

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    Here's a consolidated list of all the key downloads you'll need to update your developer workstation to the latest and greatest technologies announced this morning: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x86) Windows Vista / Windows...
  • Tim Sneath

    HTML5: A Specification or a Platform?

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    An interesting discussion broke out in the comments to the blog post on Never Mind the Bullets during the weekend over my allegedly loose usage of the term HTML5 to describe the site. Here’s the problem: while strictly HTML5 refers to a draft specification...
  • Tim Sneath

    Introducing Video.Show: A Silverlight Reference-quality Sample

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    One of the favorite things about my job is being able to share really cool new content with you all, and so today is a good day to end the week on! Since we completed the Family.Show WPF reference sample, we've been working away in partnership with a...
  • Tim Sneath

    Silverlight Christmas Cards

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    Around the world, people are preparing to gather together to celebrate the holiday season, to give and receive gifts and to sing carols. This year sees the start of a new tradition that our children and our grandchildren will preserve and pass on: the...
  • Tim Sneath

    What does Windows Vista SP1 Mean for Developers?

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Developers: PDC Wrap-Up and Visual Studio Tooling Update

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    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...
  • Tim Sneath

    PDC10: Kung Fu Silverlight – Architectural Patterns and Practices with MVVM and RIA Services

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    MVVM (Model/View/ViewModel) is an architectural pattern that is well-suited for Silverlight and WPF development. It is a variation of the MVC pattern that originated from the development of Expression Blend. At its heart, MVVM imposes three kinds of classes...
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