cheat-sheet to some of the WPF 3.5 SP1 features..

.NET 3.5 SP1 buzz peaked very early at the beta.  At the time I was immersed in Silverlight, so I am now having to catch up; which is a bit of work since the release is packed with lots of new features.  Below is my cheat sheet to date; I tried to group them on…

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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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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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VS Tip of the day blog…

Am I the last one to find this really useful blog with lotsa good VS tips?  Try your VS knowledge on it.. How many of the tips did you know??   I knew about 60% … but did not know of some really juicy ones (like swapping words via Ctrl-Shift-T .. . if you go there and you…

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Cider part3: Design-time extensibility.

We have walked through the cider features, we have discussed its integration with Blend and the sweet spots for each tool …  to most users that is plenty, but there is a side to Cider that eventhough you might not see a lot is very important for the ecosystem and our long-term vision for Rapid…

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Cider Part2: building a WPF app using Cider and Expression Blend..

In my earlier post I walked through my favorite Cider beta2 features.  You might have noticed that I focused on ‘developer’ features like laying out controls, wiring up events, and XAML editing. I skipped other ‘designer’ tasks (like styling, templating, animation, etc.) that you would need to create a stunning app .    The reason I…

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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: What’s new in Beta2 … (  lotsa new features, check details below ) How to build a WPF app using Cider AND Blend …  ( sweet spots for each tool,  brief demo of the workflow) .. Cider extensibility…

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VS2008 Cider beta2 .. feedback wanted ..

Today I spent two hours in Cider beta2.. I was not sure what to expect, I must admit in the past I had just disabled it cause I did not enjoy waiting for the “whoops” page.. Here is my first [raw,unedited, un-sugar-coded] impression… The parser definitely surprised me..  A lot of my customer projects from the Vista launch…

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VS2008 (Orcas) beta2 …

I often skip the “xyz” has shipped announcements.. but VS2008 “orcas” beta2  is packed with so much goodness that I had to jump in to vouch for it..   Check out Soma/ScottGu’s video on beta2 https://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=329443…  Start downloading beta2 while you watch the video, cause by the end no chance you will not be interested in playing with…

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