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  • Blog Post: Debugging Data Bindings in a WPF or Silverlight Application

    The WPF and Silverlight platforms use late bound data binding resolution for bindings in XAML files. This feature allows a DataContext to be set at run-time and the objects within that DataContext to resolve their property bindings then. This late binding enables cool features like DataTemplates, composable...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks for working with the WPF and Silverlight Designer in Visual Studio 2010

    This article is a collection of tips and tricks that we have gathered over the time we've spent building and using the Visual Studio 2010 WPF and Silverlight Designer, which you might not find elsewhere. We think they make working in the designer more fun and productive experience – we hope you...
  • Blog Post: Sample Data in the WPF and Silverlight Designer

    Objective Requirements Retail release of Visual Studio 2010 and the latest Silverlight 4 tools for Visual Studio 2010 . Table of Contents Background Faux Types and Real Types Images in Sample Data Files Adding New Sample Data File Consuming Sample Data File WPF Sample Data Scenarios Silverlight Sample...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue: Control Design-Time Assemblies File Locking When Using WPF and Silverlight Designer

    File Locking Issues when using WPF and Silverlight Designer When creating and testing a registered assembly (e.g. an assembly registered via TCI), it is possible to run into a file locking issue that causes compilation to fail.  While there are a few different manifestations of this particular issue...
  • Blog Post: How to Enable Using the Binding Builder in WPF and Silverlight Applications

    When the Data Sources Window is used to generate the UI, the generated XAML injects design-time information so that the Binding Builder can be used to create bindings for the UI controls. What if your application was written in Visual Studio 2005 or 2008; or you used the XAML Editor, the Designer or...
  • Blog Post: Using WPF and Silverlight UserControls

    UserControls promote code reuse, separation of concerns and simplify development by partitioning applications into smaller blocks of code. In this article you'll learn why you would use a UserControl, how to create one from the Toolbox, understand when design-time code executes and how to prevent blocks...
  • Blog Post: Layout Techniques for Windows Forms Developers

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . In a typical Windows Forms application control placement is set using the Location property, setting the X and Y sub property values. The Windows Forms designer provides a complete set of tools for aligning and sizing controls. The WPF...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Consuming Resource Dictionaries in WPF and Silverlight

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . Resource Dictionaries are a powerful feature in WPF and Silverlight that enable developers to organize and consume reusable resources. After completing this walk through you'll understand how to create and merge resource dictionaries in...
  • Blog Post: Create Silverlight Master – Detail UI Using Data Sources Window Object DataSource

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . Master – Detail layouts are the bread and butter of Line of Business (LOB) applications. This walkthrough will show you how to drag & drop from the Data Sources Window to create the UI that is sourced from an Object DataSource. This...
  • Blog Post: Building a Simple Forms Application using the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2010 and WCF RIA Services

    The final release of Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 has recently shipped . Silverlight 4 Tools brings together Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4 and WCF RIA Services 1.0. This great combination of runtime and tooling makes it easier than ever to build LOB applications using Silverlight. In...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Releases, Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 RTM available now!

    As part of today's release of Silverlight 4, the WPF and Silverlight Designer team is pleased to announce that a release of the Silverlight Tools which works with Visual Studio 2010 RTM is now available. Where Can I Get These Tools? If you already have Visual Studio 2010 RTM installed, you can...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Read Me for the WPF and Silverlight Designer

    User code exceptions may affect designer and Visual Studio Any user code that throws an exception at design-time can cause unhandled exceptions in the designer and may even cause Visual Studio to crash. To protect against this, prevent your code from executing at design time by wrapping it with DesignerProperties...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue: Second Hot Fix Available for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate Crash

    A second hot fix has been made available for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate that solves another IntelliSense related crash. Get the hot fix Information here. There are now two hot fixes.  Please ensure that if you are using Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate that you install both hot fixes...
  • Blog Post: Known Issues for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate

    This post provides information on a few high profile Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate bugs and some additional information that will help developers have a successful experience with the WPF & Silverlight Designer. Table of Contents Known Issues Application Compatibility Designer Limitations...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue: Hot Fix Available for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate Crash

    If you have installed Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate and have experienced one or more crashes while editing Code or XAML please install the below hot fix.  The crashes are related to IntelliSense displaying. Hot Fix:  http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/KB980610 We apologize for this inconvenience...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Support for Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate

    Silverlight 3 projects are supported with the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate build – however Silverlight 4 projects are not yet supported. We will be adding Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate support for Silverlight 4 with the next public Silverlight 4 drop. If you are doing active Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue: Controls and GAC, Toolbox and TCI

    Introduction The purpose of the post is to provide guidance for control authors to limit the controls added to the Toolbox and that are listed in the Choose Items Dialog. The word "controls" in this post is defined as "any public type in a control assembly that derives from FrameworkElement...
  • Blog Post: Create First Silverlight Application

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . Are you new to Silverlight? This walkthough will enable you to have a successful first time experience with the Silverlight Designer and creating your first Silverlight application. You will learn to easily create, move and align controls...
  • Blog Post: How to Insert a Row in a Data Entry Form

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . A common task after a form is developed is inserting a new row in the form. This short walk-through will show you how to insert a new row in an existing data entry form. For this exercise our requirement is to insert a Label and TextBox...
  • Blog Post: How to Layout a Data Entry Form

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . The WPF & Silverlight Designer provides the ability to quickly layout a data entry form. This walk-through will provide a workflow for laying out Labels and TextBoxes using the Grid control as the layout panel. Table of Contents Completed...
  • Blog Post: WPF & Silverlight Layout Controls

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . The WPF and Silverlight platforms have a wide selection of powerful layout controls. This topic will provide you with an understanding of these layout controls and how to take advantage of the WPF and Silverlight Designer features when...
  • Blog Post: Setting Up Visual Studio for WPF and Silverlight Development

    This article has a corresponding video that can be viewed here . This important information will enable you to be successful in discovering the toolset and setting up Visual Studio 2010 for WPF and Silverlight development. Table of Contents Visual Studio Tool Window Layout Design View Split View Bar...
  • Blog Post: Loading Metadata for Microsoft Controls

    I have received several requests for information on loading metadata for WPF & Silverlight controls shipped by Microsoft.  For example, a developer wanted to add a design time context menu to a Button control but couldn’t figure out how to add the required metadata. I covered the locating and...
  • Blog Post: WPF & Silverlight Design-Time Code Sharing – Part II

    In WPF & Silverlight Design-Time Code Sharing - Part I , I introduced the custom controls and the required design-time features.  I also covered how Visual Studio 2010 discovers and loads control design-time assemblies.  In addition, I explained how to implement platform neutral WPF &...
  • Blog Post: WPF & Silverlight Design-Time Code Sharing – Part I

    This post along with Part II will cover writing design-time code that can be shared between WPF & Silverlight custom controls for the WPF & Silverlight Designer for Visual Studio 2010 that target .NET 4.0 and Silverlight 3 and 4. Normally in a series you start with a simple example and article...
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