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    New Download Location

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    A number of folks have contacted me asking where they can download Helix , the Prism Template Pack or the Prism Tabbed Interface Sample now that we no longer use the ISP that was hosting these files. I'm happy to report that I have (at last!) moved...
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    Prism Template Pack 1.4: Now with MEF Support!

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    Quite a few folks have asked for MEF versions of the Prism templates. I’m happy to announce that the Prism Template Pack has now been updated to include MEF (as well as Unity) templates.You can download the latest version of the template pack (version...
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    Closable Tabbed Views in Prism

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    Prism regions make it easy to change the layout of views within an application. A region is a logical placeholder associated with a specific layout control. Displaying a view in a region causes the view to be added to the layout control. But because the...
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    Prism 4.0 Template Pack Now Available

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    The updated version of the Prism Template Pack for Prism 4.0 is now available here ! The Prism 4.0 Template Pack contains Prism shell and module project templates and a quick-start solution template which creates a multi-project solution with a shell...
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    Updated Prism Template Pack for Visual Studio 2010 RTM

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    Well it took longer than I thought it would, but I’ve finally managed to update the Prism Template Pack for Visual Studio 2010 RTM!!! To install the templates, download the template pack from here , rename the file extension from .zip to .vsix , then...
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    Prism 4.0 – Have Your Say!

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    We are just about to officially kick off the Prism 4.0 project. As we’ve done for previous Prism projects, we’ve put together a short survey to try and get community input on the focus and direction of the project. You can find the survey here . One of...
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    Prism Template Pack for Visual Studio 2010

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    Now that we have Release Candidate versions of Visual Studio 2010, as well as WPF and Silverlight 4.0, I’ve updated the Prism Templates so that you can more easily develop Prism applications that target these latest releases. The templates themselves...
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    Prism – A Look Ahead

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    We (meaning the Patterns & Practices Client Team) have have just published a post ( here ) on the P&P team blog that describes our plans for Prism. The post answers two of the most frequently asked questions that we get on Prism: Can I use Prism...
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    Custom Content Loaders in Silverlight 4.0

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    Silverlight 3.0 supports navigation by providing a Frame control into which you can load various pages as the user clicks on hyperlink controls in the application’s UI. Each page is specified by a Uri. As navigation takes place, the browser’s history...
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    Prism and MEF

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    One of the most highly anticipated of the new technologies coming in .NET 4.0 and Silverlight 4.0 is the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF). Folks that are familiar with Prism and that have been looking at MEF have been wondering how Prism and MEF...
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    Prism & WCF RIA Services

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    Back in August I did a post that described how you could use .NET RIA Services and Prism together. That post, and the associated sample app, was based on the .NET RIA Services July CTP. .NRS –> WRS A couple of weeks ago at PDC those terribly nice RIA...
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    The Breadcrumb Navigation Pattern

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    The Breadcrumb Navigation pattern provides a visual representation of the path the user took as they navigated to a particular state in an application. It provides context so the user can see where they are logically within the application structure,...
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    The Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Is Here!

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    The Application Architecture Guide 2 nd Edition is finally available! The complete guide is hosted on MSDN here . We’ve sent the guide off to MS Press for printing, so the printed version should be available from your favorite bookstore soon. Since the...
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    Blend Behaviors

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    Expression Blend 3 includes a number of very cool new features (see here for a good summary). But there are two that I think are particularly important – SketchFlow Rapid Prototyping, and Blend Behaviors. I’ll cover SketchFlow in some depth in a future...
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    Prism Training Classes

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    Due to popular demand, and hopefully signs of a recovering economy, the Rolling Thunder chaps are running another online Prism training course. It’s a 3 day course and runs from October 27th to the 29th. Full details here: http://www.rollthunder.com/prism...
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    Prism And .Net RIA Services

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    For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a sample that shows how you can use Prism and .Net RIA Services (I’m going to call it .NRS for short) together. In this post I’m going to walk you through the sample and show how you can structure a Prism...
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    Prism Quick Start Kit Update

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    As promised, I have updated the Prism Quick Start Kit and added a WPF quick-start solution and WPF project templates. You can download the latest release here . In the zip you’ll find four project templates (Shell and Module templates for WPF and Silverlight...
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    Prism Training Course

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    David Platt of Rolling Thunder has just announced another 3 day Prism training course to be held July 7th-9th. You can find all of the details here . It’s web delivered so you don’t even have to travel! It looks like it covers a lot of material – there...
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    Prism Quick Start Kit

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    Building applications from scratch starting from a blank page or screen in Visual Studio is a frustrating, time consuming and intimidating task. Instead, most developers like to start with a working application that they can modify, tweak and extend to...
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    ViewModel and Dependency Injection

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    In my last post – Silverlight Navigation Part 3 – I outlined a mechanism whereby you could navigate to a View and have the application create and wire up the associated ViewModel automatically. I also showed the inverse of this, where you could navigate...
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    Silverlight Navigation Part 3

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    Welcome to the third post in my series on navigation in Silverlight! The goal of this series of posts is to provide a simple to use framework (called Helix) for building Silverlight applications that are based on a flexible navigation mechanism and the...
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    Mix 09!

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    Mix 09 starts today! There have been a number of key announcements made at Mix, especially concerning Silverlight 3.0 and Blend 3.0. If you are at all interested in Web and Silverlight development then be sure to check out the "Gu's" keynote...
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    Prism 2.0 Refresh

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    We just posted a refresh to the Prism 2.0 bits. You can download the latest release from the same location on MSDN here . The recent release of the GDR update to Silverlight 2.0 (which takes Silverlight from version 2.0.31005 to version 2.0.40115) causes...
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    Prism 2.0 Is Live!

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    WooHoo! Prism 2.0 is done and is now live on MSDN! You can access the Prism 2.0 documentation here , and download the code from here . Prism is a library of patterns that help you build robust, flexible and modular WPF and Silverlight applications. These...
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    Master-Detail With CollectionViewModel

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    Implementing a Master-Detail style UI with the CollectionViewModel I described in my previous post is pretty easy. With a selector control bound to a CollectionViewModel as shown in my previous post, you just need to add a content control to the View...
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