Help make Microsoft developer technologies better!

Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rjacobs/archive/2011/04/14/how-you-can-make-wf-wcf-better.aspx Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don’t realize these feature voting sites exist. In addition to WF/WCF, I am aware of these: http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform https://windowsphone7community.uservoice.com/forums/84435-feature-feedback http://data.uservoice.com/forums/72027-wcf-data-services-feature-suggestions http://data.uservoice.com/forums/72025-ado-net-entity-framework-ef-feature-suggestions http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/40583-wpf-feature-suggestions…

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Police Department Protects Citizens … with Windows 7

Pat Weikle, who is an Architect Evangelist on my team, just blogged about some great work he was a part of: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/publicsector/archive/2010/07/08/police-department-protects-citizens-of-vernon-hills-illinois-with-windows-7.aspx Here’s a blurb from the official case study: “The Vernon Hills Police Department wanted to support the work of its field officers by installing in-vehicle video recording systems in police cars. After evaluating…

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WPF and DataAnnotations

The System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace was introduce in the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to support ASP.NET Dynamic Data.  Silverlight + WCF RIA Services now uses it as well.  I’ve been asked by a few people when WPF will use it.  Why wait?  Karl Shifflett has a sample of how to do it here: https://www.vimeo.com/11585675 This video is…

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Tanagram Partners: Making multi-touch easier with touch.codeplex.com

Our Ch.9 Interview with Tanagram Partners on http://touch.codeplex.com was published.  Check it out! http://bit.ly/Ch9TanagramTouch “The APIs in WPF4 plus the Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch make building common touch scenarios easy. However, implementing many of the same touch scenarios using WPF3.5SP1 or Silverlight 3/4 involves writing a fair bit more code. Furthermore, the touch APIs…

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NOW AVAILABLE: Surface Toolkit for Windows Touch

Check out the video: https://channel9.msdn.com/posts/LarryLarsen/Surface-Toolkit-for-Windows-Touch/ Download the SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=801907a7-b2dd-4e63-9ff3-8a2e63932a74 For those of you who don’t read the readme… One of the samples uses XNA.  The toolkit installer will not install XNA.  You will need to do that yourself.  Either install the tools or just the redist.  Your call: Microsoft XNA Game Studio 3.1 Microsoft XNA…

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SCREENCAST: Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

I’ve been meaning to record this screencast for a LONG time.  Well, I have a presentation on MEF tomorrow.  I was originally planning on demonstrating this sample, but realized that I won’t have enough time.  However, I needed to be able to point the audience to an explanation of this sample as a follow on. …

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Multi-Touch Dev Dinner this week in Reston, Va

In case you missed it through the DevDinner tag on my team blog (official place for Developer Dinner posts), MSDN Flash, or http://communitymegaphone.com… Timezone: Eastern Time Start Time: 2/24/2010 6:00:00 PM End Time: 2/24/2010 8:00:00 PM Title: Microsoft Developer Dinner: Hands-on Natural User Interfaces: Multi-touch development with Silverlight and WPF 4 Description: The Natural User…

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Announcing touch.codeplex.com

UPDATE: You can follow tanagram on twitter @tanagram https://twitter.com/tanagram.  One of the things I have been trying to do this year is encourage / kick start partners to create useful CodePlex projects.  I’ve been digging into Windows 7 multi-touch since it was announced at PDC08.  As the managed (.NET) APIs available for WPF 3.5 SP1, Silverlight, and…

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Improving perceived WPF app startup performance with MEF and a Splash Screen

UPDATE (4/5/2010): I uploaded a newer version with a few minor tweaks.  I finally created a screencast for this sample: http://tinyurl.com/WpfMefStartupScreencast UPDATE (2/27/2010): I uploaded a newer version of the sample.  I fixed some bugs and added support for loading a ResourceDictionary using MEF.  I will be recording a Ch. 9 screencast soon. I keep…

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Bing Maps 3D, WPF, and Windows 7 MultiTouch

Have you seen the Microsoft Surface Globe application in the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7?  There are plenty of videos of the app in action on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/YouTubeSurfaceGlobe. Would you like to build an app like this yourself?  Thanks to InfoStrat.VE, you can! Josh Blake just announced the R2 release of InfoStrat.VE.  Amongst other…

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