Create your own media browser: Display your pictures, music, movies in a XAML tooltip

In my prior post, I showed how to use XAML and XAMLReader to create inline XAML to display the results of a query.   Today, let’s take it a step further: let’s create a query of all the media (pictures, movies, music) in your “My Documents” folder and display the names and sizes in a…

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Use the DispatcherTimer, Popup and even a movie to enhance your data presentation

We can subclass the prior Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) class called Browse that displays the results of a query. This subclass will add a WPF Popup to it.   The popup can easily be added to either a ListView or the ListBox sample I posted earlier (Use LINQ with WPF : Styles and DataTemplates in…

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Use DataTemplates and WPF in code to create a general purpose LINQ Query results display

In my last post, Use LINQ with WPF : Styles and DataTemplates in code, I showed how to use DataTemplates in code to show the results of a query in a ListBox.   Let’s make a reusable class called Browse which creates WPF content as a ListView from a LINQ query and generates columns and…

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Use LINQ with WPF : Styles and DataTemplates in code

Using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and LINQ is easy in code. We’ll create a query and display it in a WPF ListBox   Using XAML is harder: the ObjectDataProvider class works with non-anonymous types.   Start Visual Studio 2008 (or 2005 with Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0. Linq is only in 2008)…

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Customer site visit: 3-D printer company

I spent a few hours at a local company called 2Bot (http://www.2bot.com/) which makes a 3-D printer that you can attach to your computer via USB port. Yep, I said 3 dimensional: you can feed it an architectural drawing of a building or landscape, and it actually can carve it out of a block of…

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Extract TreeView or ListView ImageList icons from a DLL

An ImageList can be used for a ListView or TreeView control to contain many images in a single file, usually embedded as a resource.  Visual Studio itself has many icons.   If you open Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer, you can see many icons in toolbars, ListViews or TreeViews.     Using Visual Studio (any…

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