dr. wpf rocks..

Today, Karsten mentioned Dr. WPF….   I am embarrassed to admit I did not know about this phenomenon..  but I just spend the last two hours looking at his/her blog …  not only is it full of WPF goodies but also funny … Dr. WPF, thanks for being so generous in sharing via posts and forums ….  …

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too much System.Runtime.InteropServices.ComException ?? :(

Lately, I have been seeing System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException quite often when I launch Visual Studio 2008 to work on Silverlight projects..     Here is what I know causes the error.. Error happens when I have wrong templates installed (e.g. running old versions of the Silverlight tools for 1.1), in particular versions that were meant for VS 2008 beta2..  …

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WPF in Line of business applications ( aka "WPF DID GO to work")

In a recent family trip, my brother-in-law hooked me up w/ a magazine for the long plane ride; it was Visual Studio Magazine with a “WPF Goes To Work” article in the cover. The article begins with a “Windows Presentation Foundation has been greatly underserved by Microsoft’s emphasis on glitz and glamour; learn how to…

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Am I ready for WPF.. do I need it??

This is part 3 of the ‘WPF in Line of Business series‘ .. I do recommend part1 (for inspiration from real customer apps ) and part 2 (some of the praises for WPF);   this part3 will  try to ground WPF as much as possible.  Clearing the FUD There are at least two myths out there…

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WPF in Line of Business, Why and where..

 Introduction/Disclaimers: This is part 2  in the “WPF in LOB series“.   This is not meant to be a comprehensive introduction to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).   The goal is to share my experiences on why companies are using WPF to build line of business applications. These are a few common reasons and sample projects. For a…

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WPF in Line of business case studies..

Note: these are just a few of the case studies for WPF in Line Of Business; to see more ( or a longer list ) please check our case studies site and do a search for “Windows Presentation Foundation” or similar.    Also, this list focuses on “line of business” if you want consumer applications, you…

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Expression Media Encoder video player template debug code posted…

Creating a Silverlight 1.0 video player using Expression encoder is incredibly easy ( 3 clicks and done).. Debugging it or tweaking it was not as easy… Until now.. Jim Thill posted the debug ( read:uncrunched, unoptimized ) version of the media encoder templates.. so now you can read and tweak the code..  It also comes with…

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Lotsa tools goodies released recently…

Lots of tools released recently..  here are my lessons learned after not reading the manual 🙁 Expression Blend 2.0  December CTP was released last week..    I posted on Blend 2.0 before because the last CTP was full of new great features..   As far as I have seen from this 2.0 December CTP the big new…

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"The New iteration" a paper on designer/developer collaboration using XAML…

Karl (of mole fame) emails me about “The new iteration” article that Karsten and I wrote a while ago… The paper attempts to do a lot in a few pages:   Introduce XAML ( in the context of HTML, SVG and the likes) for those not familiar with WPF. Introduce the workflow you can get when…

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reusing animations in Silverlight 1.0

I have seen a few people create lots of animations to animate different objects instead of reusing existing storyboards..  When asked why they did that, they explain “I tried to reuse it but I got an “AG_E_RUNTIME_SETVALUE” when setting the property…  Here are the details on how animations/storyboards work so you can reuse them: You…

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