more gifts.. sidebar gadgets for Office

this one went live last week,  the office team released their Tasks and Calendar sidebar gadget …   been using these for a week.. they are sooo usefu tha: yesterday I sent trip reports (had been in my task list for a month)…  today I might do expense reports …  Management, if you want stuff done,…

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Christmas gifts came early this year

 The WPF 3D team started a blog a few days ago … and today they released some code to be host interactive 2D controls in a 3D surface..   You can find all about that at their new blog hereAmazing stuff that could have saved a few of my projects ( e.g. OTTO Store ) a…

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transparent windows in WPF.. please make them small :)

A feature that the WPF team added late to WPF was the ability to allow transparent windows ( property is Window.AllowsTransparency). This feature was requested by customers because it allows you to create cool non-rectangular or semi transparent windows..  Lauren has sample for creating one here When we first released the feature, it was not…

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installing WPF/E SDK in my Vista machine…

Mike Harsh has a link to  known issues with WPF/E sdk .. here   This does not touch on Vista though … and my first attempt to install did not work.. I am told, the trick is to run the installer as “Administrator” ….     [ I guess for devs (who I hope are advanced/power users)  “Run as admin” is…

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Running a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF/Indigo) service in Windows Vista..

Tried installing an existing WCF .svc to my Vista RTM machine…    did the usual stuff (create application in iIS manager, set perms, etc.. ) …  ran it and BOOM! HTTP 500   —  Handler svc-Integrated has a bad module “ManagedPipelineHandler” in its module list So I spent 20 mins looking at IIS configuration manager — which…

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writing a .net activex control for your sidebar gadget..

HTML is quite easy for people to get started with, pretty broadly known, light weight, rich enough (if you work hard at it or have nice graphics), etc.. so there is a good set of reasons why the sidebar folks chose HTML as the presentation technology  [ I am guessign here] However, there are some…

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Using Atlas to make webservices calls from sidebar gadget..

Last post we did a REST call using XmlHttp from a sidebar gadget… but let’s admit it, we were all doing xmlhttp calls in 2000 and we were ‘geeks’… it was not until 2005? that this exact same code became “cool” because it was called AJAX …  So here is the ticket to get you…

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Making REST calls and using state (aka cookies) from a sidebar gadget…

This will walk you through how to make REST (GET,POST) calls from a sidebar gadget using XmlHttp.. ( 20 mins or less, if you have asp .net) There are plenty of samples on the web for using XmlHttp, so will go quick and we will touch in a few of the ‘more intricate’ scenarios people…

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The basic wiring for a vista sidebar gadget..

[This should be read as a supplement to gadget development verview ].  Writing a gadget is quite easy.. It is just HTML and a little bit of wiring up notifications for docking + undocking, visibility, etc.  I am hoping this post and helps you have a gadget with flyouts, notification for docking/undocking,  saving settings, etc. in less than 20 mins…..

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MSDN architecture webcasts on wpf..

Yesterday, I had the [unsual for me] pleasure of surfing the web for ‘things WPF’…  A couple of useful findings (imho) were: How to Leverage Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation in a Single Hybrid Application   Architecture Webcast tomorrow 9/3 at 1700 GMT…  I will try to attend if myself… Scott Morrison took over crossbow…

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