A screencast on what’s new on WPF Designer "Cider" beta2…

A belated follow-up to an earlier post about Cider...    Will try for a brief series that discusses:

  1. What's new in Beta2 ... (  lotsa new features, check details below )
  2. How to build a WPF app using Cider AND Blend ...  ( sweet spots for each tool,  brief demo of the workflow) ..
  3. Cider extensibility and features for control hosting, design-time, etc..

The 'features' screencast is available from Channel 9. It is ~10 mins of features  + 10 mins building sample app.. 
Some of the new features in the screencast you should watch out for: 

  • IDE/project stuff:

    • Templates for WPF apps  (no more extensions)

    • Remembers my preferences on how to always open a XAML file; if I choose Design Surface or XAML editor it remembers (per file-per-project)

    • User control support

    • Property windows, categories, etc.

    • Wiring up events from the designer ... One click 🙂 

  • Layout

    • Grid support with adorners

    • Panels ( StackPanel, DockPanel, etc.)

    • Snaplines

    • Guideline adorners for alignment

  • Navigation

    • Selection Sync  ( Designer, editor, property window are always in sync.. )

    • Document Outline

      • Visual Preview

  • XAML Editor

    • Reflection based intellisense ...  (yes, that means non-schema based)

    • Intellisense for mapping  xml namespaces

    • Sync selection from within the editor

    • Better perf than previous build..

    • Navigate to event handler

Please check the screencast,  and let me know if I missed some thing you like..  If there is some thing you don't like, provide feedback...

Comments (2)

  1. Karl (of mole fame) emails me about "The new iteration" article that Karsten and I wrote a while ago…

  2. Karl (of mole fame) emails me about "The new iteration" article that Karsten and I wrote a

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