Expression Blend 4 or Visual Studio Express?

Both. In fact you can develop in one and then switch to the other: In Expression, right click on the PROJECT, not the solution (as many books state) and then select Edit in Visual Studio! In Visual Studio, you do the same except the presentation is slightly different: There you go.

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Free ly thinking: Maybe MSDN isn’t such a bad thing for WP7.1 beginner devs

Just when I thought that MSDN was a big pile of out of date information, confusing search returns, it morphs into a better place then I was thinking it about.  Or it might be that I h ve been listening to closely to the students who make up most of my customers.  After all, Steve…

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Free ly thinking: WPF and Kinect and NUI, but not NUD

My favorite new guy on the team, Jerry Nixon, (click on his name to see his blog), my favorite because he is the only new guy.  But considering my own seniority at Microsoft, most everyone is a new person.  And I sent him an email yesterday, similar to the following: **************************************** Jerry, http://bit.ly/crenshawkinectdigestive Most of…

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Having fun with a TreeView

First a word of warning, you will be working with some seriously funny, but ugly images in this post, so if that doesn’t sound like fun, then there is plenty of boring stuff on the web.  Including much of what I write.  My wife got me a new expresso maker, which is very cool, ummmm….

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Drag and drop in WPF (and similar to Silverlight)

How do you do drag and drop in WPF?  Likely you haven’t given it much thought, lately, drag and drop just isn’t as cool when it first came out many years ago.  Back then, well, if you had drag and drop in your application, you were a genius. In a WPF Application (I named mine,…

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Free learning material for Windows Presentation Foundation, Big improvements in the Framework 4.0 material

Wow!  Previously the Windows Presentation Foundation was, to put it nicely, bad.  Now to put it nicely, it is good.  Impressive improvement. Samples work, working links, and so forth.  Too bad that WPF is considered trailing edge technology by some people, I am really excited about it.  If this was a movie sequel, it would…

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IValueConvertor versus IMultiValueConvertor, nothing free here

If IValueConvertor converts a single object, what the heck do you do with arrays of objects?  You use IMultiValueConvertor which can work with an object array and return a single value. Let’s say you are trying to model the cost of a bad attitude, after all all of these happy people running around, there must…

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Converting Data in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Implementing IValueConvertor has the member methods: Convert: Changes the input type to an output type ConvertBack: Reverses the conversion Use the IValueConvertor to create classes that perform a variety of conversion and formatting duties.  A C# implementation would look like: [ValueConversion(typeof(int), typeof(string))]         public class myConverter : IValueConverter         {             public object Convert(object value, Type…

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