• Tim Sneath

    Choosing Between Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit Editions

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    Historically, the 64-bit edition of Windows XP hasn't been a runaway hit. It's not really surprising in many ways: the x64 version was a rather specialist product built off the Windows Server 2003 codebase, which traded a loss of support for a number...
  • Tim Sneath

    WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2 and the Dreaded Error 1603

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    I've seen a number of instances of this error over the last few days since we released WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2, and wanted to highlight it right here on the blog to ensure people knew about it. The symptom is that on installing the WinFX Runtime...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Live Local Comes to the UK - And Much More...

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    It's great to see how agile the Windows Live Local / Virtual Earth team are - they've just released what is their third or fourth public release in almost as many months, I think. Building on the maps and routing algorithms from the Streets & Trips...
  • Tim Sneath

    What's New in WPF Beta 2?

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    If you've not noticed that today is a pretty significant day for Microsoft, you've either been offline from the major news sources or we've lost your attention altogether. I can't think of many occasions in my Microsoft career when we've released so many...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Art of Interviewing: A Follow-up

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    There's been some interesting comments on my entry: " The Inside Scoop on Interviewing at Microsoft ", and I just wanted to follow up and expand on a couple of points. Hiring new staff is an incredibly resource intensive project. There's a reason why...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Catalog of Channel 9 Videos on Windows Presentation Foundation

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    While I'm sitting here waiting for the latest daily build of Windows Vista to copy down to my laptop, I thought I'd attempt to collate a list of highlights from the Channel 9 videos we've recently done covering WPF. We're gradually building up a fairly...
  • Tim Sneath

    Attend CompSci Classes at a World-Class University For Free!

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    I've been having a blast over the last couple of weeks on the commute into work revisiting my formative student years. No, I've not grown my hair long, stopped showering on a daily basis and started sleeping in until noon... In actual fact, I've been...
  • Tim Sneath

    Editing an MSBuild Project File

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    It's a small thing, this one - but not a lot of people seem to know about it, so I thought I'd add it in here. It's not uncommon that I find myself wanting to hack at a .csproj or .vbproj file directly (for example, to set a dependency between a XAML...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Aero Pt. 1 - Adding Glass to a Windows Forms Application

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    In a brief departure from my usual ramblings about Windows Presentation Foundation, I wanted to write a couple of technical posts about using new Windows Vista shell features from managed code. To start off, I thought I'd talk about how to add glass to...
  • Tim Sneath

    Want to be the Next Tim Sneath?

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    Well, ugh - of course you don't - who would? It's a horrible thought...! But perhaps you think you'd be a good fit for the open position we have in our team right now for another Windows Presentation Foundation evangelist, in which case, read on. We...
  • Tim Sneath

    XPS Standalone Viewer Now Available

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    XPS is the fixed format document technology that ships in Windows Presentation Foundation. It's a specification for a subset of XAML that can describe the layout and form of one or more printed pages, and is intended for allowing applications to generate...
  • Tim Sneath

    Building WPF Projects on Vista Without Tools...

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    If you walked into my office at a random moment during the day, chances are that you'd find one of my machines in the middle of a Windows Vista installation. As most people know, we produce daily internal test builds (actually, probably more like 20-30...
  • Tim Sneath

    Magnifier: An Interesting Discovery

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    I've been playing around with some of the accessibility and UI automation features in Windows Vista recently, with the view to writing a short article on the topic. En route , I came across a somewhat remarkable discovery (to me, at least). I'm sure...
  • Tim Sneath

    Learn WPF in 20 Minutes!

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    Well, perhaps I'm exaggerating a little (!), but we've just posted a great 20-minute screencast from Fil Fortes (one of the PMs on the WPF team), who builds a XAML browser application from scratch using XAMLPad, Visual Studio 2005 and Expression Interactive...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Inside Scoop on Interviewing at Microsoft

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    (or at least, my personal take on it!) Over the last couple of months, I've been interviewing candidates for a couple of different roles at Microsoft at a rate of almost one a week. Interviewing is definitely something of a skill, both for the interviewee...
  • Tim Sneath

    iBloks: One of the First Commercial WPF Applications

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    One of the great joys of my role at Microsoft is that I get to work with some really cool partners who are building next-generation applications on our platform. Right now there are perhaps eight companies that I'm working with intensively on launch showcase...
  • Tim Sneath

    Getting Compatible with Windows Vista

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    Taking a momentary breather from the joys of Windows Presentation Foundation, I wanted to point to this excellent MSDN article on testing applications for compatibility with Windows Vista. Some of you may remember that at the PDC in 2003 one of the...
  • Tim Sneath

    Troubleshooting Windows Presentation Foundation Install Issues

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    By my reckoning, the most recent Feb 2006 CTP of WinFX represents the eleventh public release for Windows Presentation Foundation. (And I'm going to step out onto a limb and conjecture that we've probably got just three or four CTP-style releases to go...
  • Tim Sneath

    Glaucoma! Glaucoma!

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    Digg links to this year's Vincent Flanders Awards for the worst-designed web pages, and there's no contest for my personal favorite - the Association of International Glaucoma Societies . It's hard to know where to start: the fact that the page takes...
  • Tim Sneath

    Expression Interactive Designer and Graphic Designer March CTP

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    Psst - don't tell anyone - but the March release of Expression Interactive Designer ("Sparkle") and Expression Graphics Designer ("Acrylic") are now available. These releases are compatible with the February CTP of the WinFX Runtime Components, just to...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF Bloggers Updated

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    I've made a substantial set of updates to my list of WPF bloggers - you might want to reimport the OPML or update your feed reader manually if you use this to keep track of news and events in the WPF community. If you're missing from the list, please...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Live Becomes Windows Live Extreme

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    Just visited live.com (it's set as my home page) and got a giant surprise: lots of new features for this rapidly advancing portal site. I spotted at least the following new features: Fantastic new inline window popups (hover your mouse over the...
  • 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

    WPF Major Breaking Changes in Feb 2006 CTP

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    This is intended as a quick guide to the major breaking changes that will affect Windows Presentation Foundation applications, rather than providing an exhaustive list: Schemas have changed for WPF and XAML. Instead of: http://schemas.microsoft...
  • Tim Sneath

    WinFX Runtime Components (February CTP) Now Live

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    We've just published the February CTP of the WinFX Runtime Components. This is a big step forward for Windows Presentation Foundation in particular, with several months of development work being exposed for the first time. (Those of you with eagle eyes...
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