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  • Blog Post: Customizing Your WPF/Silverlight UI using Value Converter and/or Partial Class Properties

    When writing data applications, one of the things we need to take care is the difference between the data stored in the database and the data you want to show to the user in presentation layer. We need to make sure that the data being displayed in the UI is friendly and makes sense to the users. Also...
  • Blog Post: Building Look-Up Binding with the VS Data Source Window

    About six months ago, Milind wrote a post about how to leverage the Data Source Window to build look-up binding. In that article, Milind briefly described one way to do that through drag-and-drop. In this post, I’ll show you different ways to use the Data Source Window and build look-up binding through...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Custom Controls for WPF & Silverlight Data Binding

    As posted in our previous articles, Visual Studio 2010 offers “Drag and Drop Data Binding” for WPF and Silverlight Applications. Using this feature, you can create data-bound controls by dragging items from the Data Source Window to the WPF or Silverlight Designer. As you’ve probably noticed, in Data...
  • Blog Post: Integrate SharePoint List Data in Your WPF Application

    With the SharePoint 2010 Beta came out of the door, one of the exciting news is that it allows developers to access SharePoint List Data using ADO.Net Data Service 1.5 . If you are familiar with Data Service Client programming mode (we have already posted some articles here ), it will be very easy to...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: How to Bind DataSet to WPF Designer

    WPF Data Binding: How to Bind DataSet to WPF Designer In our previous posts, we mostly used the Entity Data Model as the ORM (Object-relational mapping) layer for the WPF Data Binding scenarios. Meanwhile, since DataSet is used broadly, we also provide the DataSet as a supported DataSource in the...
  • Blog Post: Entity Data Model: working with foreign key when you don’t have it

    It’s been debatable whether to include FK (foreign key) columns in the conceptual model. That’s why in Visual Studio 2010, a checkbox is added to Entity Data Model Wizard, so that the decision is left to the developers. While I was playing with it yesterday, I found FK particularly useful in the following...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Navigation Bar in WPF with Insert / Save / Delete Action

    Some time ago, we built a navigation bar for our WPF application to navigate data. We can make it even more powerful, and add CRUD support into it. Because we are using Entity Data Framework, it’s pretty easy to achieve this. Don’t believe it? Let’s first add the following buttons into our navigation...
  • Blog Post: Customize format of DateTime string in WPF and WinForm data binding

    Drag-and-drop data binding helps you build business applications very easily, however sometimes you still need to customize the layout or format after data binding is set. For example, I built a simple application to display all the Customers, and for each Customer, the related Orders are loaded into...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Navigation Bar for Data Navigation in WPF

    You may have known that drag-drop data-binding experience has been introduced to WPF application development story from VS2010 Beta1, thanks to a lot of posts before this one. The whole experience in WPF is pretty similar to what we’ve already had with WinForms: developers configure the bindings in Data...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: Lookup tables

    A few weeks ago I wrote about creating a master-details form , where we looked at an example of a database used for tracking orders, as part of an order management system. We had used the Customers and Orders tables and built a master-details form that showed a list of customers and for each selected...
  • Blog Post: WPF 4 Beta 1 Designer Video Series on Channel 9

    I was browsing Channel 9 today, and saw the video Mark Wilson-Thomas demonstrating the easy drag-and-drop way of creating a Master Detail Form in WPF. Please check it out here . In some other videos , he also talked about the future of WPF designer , which is pretty cool. Milind Lele also made two videos...
  • Blog Post: WPF Sample on CodeGallery

    The MSDN CodeGallery now has VB and C# sample for WPF data binding http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WPFDatabinding This is a sample of a WPF application and includes data binding, data validation, lookup binding. The solution is VS2010 Beta1 based, but the application uses .NET Framework 3.5. See also...
  • Blog Post: WPF designer in VS2010

    Check out this excellent article: http://windowsclient.net/wpfdesigner/articles/first-wpf-application.aspx The article walks you through creating a basic WPF application. “ You will learn to easily create, move and align controls, create data bindings and edit control collections using the powerful features...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: Bind a generic object on a WPF designer

    In Visual Studio 2010 Beta1, we have enabled data binding experience for a few data sources on WPF designer. Generic object or business object is one of them. Besides this, we have also supported multiple object selection in data source configuration wizard. I will show you all of the above features...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Data Resources to Chew On

    Sine we released Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 to the public on Wednesday (as Yang mentioned here ) I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the resources we have published to help you get started building business apps in your shiny copy of VS2010 Beta 1. Teams are really thirsty for feedback...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data Binding: Creating a Master-Details form in Visual Studio 2010

    Visual Studio 2010 Beta is released. Late last year we had released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of VS2010. At that time I had written about some improvements to the data binding improvements for WPF. The Beta has many more and we will discuss them on this blog in a series of posts. In my...
  • Blog Post: Building WPF Business Applications using Entity Framework

    I’ve been writing a lot about building WPF business applications with Entity Framework using Visual Studio 2008. If you’re just starting this type of development you may want to read the following: Data Binding WPF Lookup Combobox Values to EF Entities Notifying the UI when Entity References Change in...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: WPF Improvements in VS2010 for Business Apps

    Today I posted a new interview on Channel 9 on WPF Improvements in Visual Studio 2010 for Building Business Apps . At the MVP Summit a few weeks ago, Italian MVP Alessandro del Sole was so excited about the new WPF features in Visual Studio 2010 that he asked me if he could interview Milind Lele himself...
  • Blog Post: Drag-Drop Data Binding For WPF (by Milind Lele)

    One of the improvements in VS2010 (CTP available for download here ) is drag and drop data binding for WPF applications. Drag-drop data binding has been available for WinForms since Visual Studio 2005. So those of you that are familiar with that will find the WPF experience quite similar and readily...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010: CTP Available (by Milind Lele)

    Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 are the next generation developer tools we are working on. An early preview, a CTP of VS2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 , is now available for download. To learn more about the CTP or to provide feedback go to the CTP feedback...
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