Royal Institute Christmas Lectures

When I was a kid growing up in England, one of the things I looked forward to the most at Christmas was the Royal Institute Christmas Lectures. The Christmas Lectures are aimed at kids (even grown up ones!) and cover all sorts of subjects in science and technology. My favorite lectures were always on astronomy…

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UI Composition Patterns

Figuring out the right name for something is one of the hardest things in software development. There is a lot to a name – the name conveys the concept; get the wrong name and you convey the wrong concept, leading to much confusion, developer irritation and mental pain. We’re currently working on a new capability…

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Are We Firing On All Cylinders Or What?

This last month has been what you might call crazy. Within the space of a couple of weeks we have had no less than 6 major releases in P&P! We’re a fairly small team, but we follow an agile process for all of our projects which enables us to scale pretty well and have multiple…

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Silverlight Navigation – Part 2

Welcome to the second in my short series of articles on navigation in Silverlight! In the first article I introduced the core Helix navigation framework and illustrated how the three main classes – Form, NavigationPage, and NavigationLink – could be used to support simple navigation scenarios in Silverlight. In this article I’ll be adding to…

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Tales From The PDC – Day 1

Well here I am in sunny LA at the PDC. At least I assume it’s sunny, not been outside all day. Been too busy ‘capturing the brain power’ or something… No doubt by the time I post this you’ll have heard something about Azure. Apart from being a rather nice shade of blue it’s the…

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Silverlight Navigation – Part 1

This is the first in a short series of articles on navigation in Silverlight. Navigation is an often neglected but critical part of an application’s design. From a usability perspective, structuring the application so that the user can easily and intuitively access its various features, functions and data is hugely important. From a development perspective,…

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Prism 2.0 – First Drop

Woo Hoo! We just released the first drop of Prism 2.0 on our CodePlex site here. For this first iteration we’ve focused solely on the "multi-targeting" aspects of Prism (UI composition and modularity support will follow soon though). By multi-targeting we mean the ability to build applications that can provide both a WPF desktop and…

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Application Architecture Guide 2

Those of you who remember ye olde days of yore when .NET 1.0 and 1.1 were the latest and greatest thing may also remember the Patterns and Practices Application Architecture Guide. It was published waaay back in December 2002, and it has consistently been one of our most popular guides overs the years. But time…

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Prism on DNR and MSDN

Patterns & practices alumni Glenn Block has been busy writing and talking about Prism 1.0 recently: First up, he and Brian Noyes recorded an interview with those nice Dot Net Rock chaps at TechEd which just got posted here. Looking forward to listening to that once it shows up on my Zune… And second, Glenn’s…

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And The Survey Says…

In my last post on the Prism 2.0 project, I alluded to the exactly-what-it-sounds-like "Vision/Scope kick-off meeting". For all Patterns and Practices projects we put together a Vision/Scope deck that we present to the rest of the P&P team (and customers and partners) that describes what the project will focus on, what guidance it will…

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