Redmond Developer: Working with MEF in VB and WPF

Kathleen Dollard has a very good article on  that talks about using Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) to  allow customers to add their own forms to our Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) app?   In this simple example she show adding custom defined forms into the standard menus.. all of this is done in VB!   Redmond Developer:…


Great User Experience Example in a Business Application

DNR-TV has a great talk\demo with Billy Hollis on a next generation business applications in WPF and Silverlight.  Billy is working with a customer to provide a temp worker to job matching services.  So far the application is in WPF, but they are planning to create a Silverlight version as well.    Watch the web cast…


WPF Composite Application Guidance is Live

A very common pattern for business focused applications is the "Composite Application Pattern".   Over the last few months our P&P team has been working with industry leaders and the product teams in Microsoft to develop an sample application and a framework for building composite applications in WPF.  If you are looking at building a WPF…


Loving the South African Developer Community

I just got back from South Africa and I am happy to report that the .NET Developer community is very strong there.    User’s Group Meetings in in Johannesburg and Cape Town User group meeting in Johannesburg  – thanks for setting this up Craig Nicholson..  I had a great time showing off Silverlight 2.  We had…


Silverlight Roles, Profile and Authentication Example Updated for Silverlight Beta2 Now with Visual State Manager (VSM) goodness!

I am very excited about Silverlight Beta2 shipping recently…  I took a few minutes to update my recent sample "Accessing the ASP.NET Authentication, Profile and Role Service in Silverlight" post to Beta2.  While I was at it, I thought I’d take advantage of the new Visual State Manager (VSM) feature to simplify some of the…


.NET Framework Client Profile

As I mentioned a few days ago, with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta we are taking some MAJOR steps toward making it easier for customers to acquire the .NET Framework. One of the ways we have done that is creating a client profile of the .NET Framework that includes only those parts of the framework…


Reusable WPF Transitions Project is live!

Jared Bienz has been working on getting some cool WPF transitions code posted to codeplex.  The project, Transitionals, is now live! Transitionals is a framework for building and using WPF transitions which provide an easy way to switch between UI views in a rich and animated way. Think of transitions for applications in the same…


Single source code base for Silverlight and WPF solutions

At Mix08, several people asked me about the possibility of creating a single source base for both WPF and Silverlight.  The scenario folks had in mind was to provide a reach solution with Silverlight that hits *ALL* possible users while also offering a really rich solutions for some users on full WPF (.NET Framework 3.0…


Silverlight and WPF Control Developer Huddle at Mix08

I just  ran into Ted Glaza from Ajax Control toolkit and Silverlight Controls fame and he is getting some of the control developers together (3rd parties, Microsoft as well as in house) to talk about building controls for WPF and Silverlight.  We will have some folks there are are building the current set of controls…


Cool new WPF application: Cayra Mindmapping tool Free!

Check out this cool new new mind mapping tool that uses some of the great layout and graphics capabilities of  WPF.   Here is a mindmap of Mix I created to test it out..  Fun stuff!