• Tim Sneath

    WPF/E Second CTP Shipped

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    It's been an interesting afternoon! At 4pm Pacific Time today (i.e. Feb 1st 2007 0000 GMT), the Windows version of the WPF/E December 2006 CTP runtime expired somewhat unexpectedly and prematurely (it was intended to timebomb in mid-February, but I guess...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications #3: 90 Degree Radius Reports

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    Many of the applications I'll be highlighting in this series are highly graphically-intensive and media-centric. I thought I'd present a counterpoint early on in this series to highlight that Windows Presentation Foundation is also very capable as a platform...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF - State of the Nation, January 2007

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    In celebration of the launch of Windows Vista (and of course, Windows Presentation Foundation), I sat down with Ian Ellison-Taylor yesterday to chat about what's next for WPF. We touch briefly on the inception of the project and the surprises and the...
  • 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

    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

    The Daily Show's Take on Windows Vista

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    The BillG appearance was very funny... Stewart: What does the F12 button do - does it do anything? Gates: I'd stay away from it if I were you - start with F1 and work your way up... Stewart: Is it a joke button - does the F12 button do something to...
  • Tim Sneath

    Great WPF Applications: Introduction

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    So at last we're finally done. As of today, you can go to Best Buy , Amazon or countless other stores around the world and purchase a shrink-wrapped copy of Windows Vista. Of course, this is not really the end - as a developer, it's just the beginning...
  • Tim Sneath

    The WPF Wiki is Here...

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    Behind the scenes, Karsten and I have been developing a WPF wiki on a background thread, and I think it's about time that we open it up to the world. Our goal is to continue to improve openness and transparency around WPF development, and allow space...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF and WPF/E Bloggers List: Updated for 2007

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    For the last couple of years, I've undertaken the thankless task of trying to maintain a list of active bloggers on WPF. Unfortunately, I've let it languish for a little while, so I've taken some time out to revamp it completely: making sure that people...
  • 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

    WPF Technical Chat: Transcript Now Available...

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    The week before Christmas, we had just over a hundred people show up for an online technical chat on the subject of WPF. We were both delighted by the turnout and overwhelmed by the great questions on all aspects of Windows Presentation Foundation. The...
  • 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

    Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Compatible with WPF and WPF/E Templates

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    Just in case anyone was wondering, you're safe to install the service pack for Visual Studio 2005 on a machine that has the .NET Framework 3.0 Extensions and/or the "WPF/E" project templates. One thing to be aware of is that Visual Studio 2005 SP1 includes...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Unleashed - New Book from Sams Publishing

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    If you're looking to learn WPF from a book, there are an increasing range of good choices out on the bookshelves that are based on the shipping APIs. I wrote a little about Charles Petzold's latest Microsoft Press title Applications = Code + Markup a...
  • Tim Sneath

    Microsoft Expression Launch Event

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    I'm presuming that almost everyone who follows this blog has at least one of the Expression design tools on their machine; Expression Blend (formeddrly known as "Sparkle" or Expression Interactive Designer) is an essential part of the arsenal for any...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Technical Chat: Thursday December 21st

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    Following on from a couple of requests, I'm delighted to announce that we'll be hosting our first ever live online technical chat with the WPF team on the MSDN site next Thursday, December 21st , at 12:30pm Pacific Time (that's 3:30pm ET, 8:30pm GMT,...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Microsoft Office Prank

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    It's a long-standing Microsoft tradition that when someone goes away for an extended period of leave, they're at risk of having a prank played on their office. The great Larry Osterman filmed a hilarious video a while back listing many of the examples...
  • Tim Sneath

    New in WPF: Build a True 3D Application

    • 6 Comments
    Well, it's finally here. As mentioned yesterday, the WPF 3D team had a very special announcement to make today. In the last hour, the bits have gone live on CodePlex . So what have we been getting excited about? It's now possible to build a fully 3D...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF in Three Dimensions

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    The WPF 3D team have just started a new team blog (covering the 3D APIs in WPF, obviously). These guys have done an amazing job over a very short space of time. For a long while, WPF didn't have any support for 3D at all (it wasn't in the original PDC...
  • Tim Sneath

    Installing the WPF/E Developer Environment on Windows Vista

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    Although the client runtime is an easy install, I came across a few quirks in installing the full "WPF/E" developer environment on Windows Vista (hey, this is bleeding edge, after all!) I thought I'd post a quick summary of the steps here in the hope...
  • Tim Sneath

    The WPF/E Developer Environment

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    On Monday of this week, we introduced a "little brother" for WPF as we released the first CTP of "WPF/E" , a technology that was announced a year ago at PDC 2005. "WPF/E" is a small, lightweight, cross-platform client runtime that brings the animation...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #11: Deleting the Undeletable

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    As many of us move forward from Windows XP or prior beta versions of Windows Vista to the final RTM version, I thought this little tip / secret might be in order. You may be aware that Windows Vista includes a number of different ways to upgrade a computer...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #10: Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Six Keystrokes

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    User Account Control is, as I mentioned in secret #4 , an important part of the security protection that Windows Vista offers. For any user with administrative credentials, you can always execute a process with full admin rights by right-clicking on the...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Sackful of WPF Tidbits

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    It's been a busy month for me, primarily due to the arrival of our third child (and our first American!) The blog has suffered as a result, but I thought I'd try to make up for it by collating together some of the interesting tidbits that have floated...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #9: Kill the Startup Monsters

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    If there's one thing that puts me off an application, it's when it unnecessarily inserts itself into the Windows startup process so that it can have its very own system tray icon from whence it can spam me with annoying messages. Obviously it makes sense...
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