WPF-Based Yahoo Messenger for Vista Available

As a pretty cool example of the effects that are possible with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Yahoo has just announced the availability of the preview release of Yahoo Messenger for Vista. Download it from: http://messenger.yahoo.com/windowsvista.php As of today, they’ve announced support for 64-bit Vista as well. -Chris Technorati tags: WPF, Vista, Yahoo, .NET


Speaking on WF at NE VB Professionals User Group Tonight (8/2)

Just a reminder that I’ll be speaking with the New England Visual Basic Professionals User Group in Waltham tonight (8/2) from 6:15 to 8:30.  By request, I’ll run through the basics of Workflow Foundation, then we’ll devote the remainder of the meeting to more intermediate topics such as persistence and host/workflow communications. -Chris Technorati tags:…


Announcing: Essential Windows Communication Foundation

Word’s getting out, so it’s time to acknowledge it on this blog.  If you were at TechEd, you may have noticed copies of a sample chapter of Essential Windows Communication Foundation being given out at the Addison-Wesley booth.  The eagle eyed among you (I heard from a bunch of people, actually) noticed the author listing on…


Embedding Active XAML in PowerPoint

[File under “Cool Presenter Tricks”] Simon Guest posted about a nice little trick for embedding XAML in a PowerPoint slide.  What makes it all happen is finding an add-in for PowerPoint to display web pages from a slide.  Simon points us to Shyam Pillai’s “LiveWeb” add-in.  Run the setup there and PowerPoint will offer a…


Controlling Page Flow with Workflow Foundation – Sample Available

Matt Winkler gave a session this week at TechEd where he described how to use Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) to control the page flow of a client-facing application.  This has certainly been a popular request since the early days of ASP.NET (giving rise to such MVC frameworks as Maverick.NET.)  A preview of this technology was given at…


Today’s Maine Developer Network WCF Presentation Postponed

What’s with this white stuff outside my window in April?  Well, apparently there’s much more of it up in Maine, so we’re going to postpone my WCF presentation for the Maine Developer Network today. The new date will be exactly one week out, same place, same time – Thursday, April 12th from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Deering…


Roadshow Update – Portland and Manchester

Two more stops made and one more to go on the first tour of Bob & Chris’ MSDN Roadshow!  Portland, ME We visited the Portland, ME area and had a great audience brave the should-never-get-this-cold cold to come to the MESDA facility in Westbrook. [Again, thanks to Bob for being Mr. Photographer!] We’re returning with…


The Roadshow Has Begun!

We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended the first two stops of Bob & Chris’ MSDN Roadshow!  Both events were well attended and, equally important, had active and engaged audiences to keep things interesting.  We spent each day covering the four technologies of the .NET 3.0 Framework – Windows Communication…


Announcing Bob and Chris’ MSDN Roadshow!

Bob Familiar and I are busting out of our home bases in Massachusetts and taking our long-winded rants and questionable demos on the roads across the Northeast!  In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing the latest in developer- and architect-focused content to a town near you. Join us for a full day of no-fluff deep…


Speaking on WF at Rhode Island .NET User Group – 1/3/2007

I will be giving a session on Windows Workflow Foundation for the Rhode Island .NET User Group tomorrow night, January 3rd, from 6-8 PM at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.  There is also a social hour from 5-6 with soda and pizza. Here is the abstract: Workflow Foundation (WF), a component of the .NET…