Desktop matters conference report ..

Tim Sneath ( my work boss)  emailed me asking how it went , and since I am typing if for my team I thought: “what the heck … just publish it…” I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at Desktop Matters last Friday .. It is the “hard-corest” Java conference I have ever attended (disclaimer, I…

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WPF’s Declarative Model = XAML + Services.. not just mark-up.

I spend a lot of time talking to devs, architects and [a few] designers about Windows Presentation Foundation; one of the biggest surprises to these people is the “power and comprehensiveness” behind WPF’s declarative model.  Conversations always begin with a “yes declarative like <insert mark-up flavor of preference here, usually HTML>” … and end up…

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Adam Nathan’s "Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed" book

I was at the local bookstore this weekend … and stumbled across Adam’s WPF unleashed book … this triggered a memory that a few weeks ago Yosi Taguri had told me to “make sure my presentation for TechReady covers every thing in Adam’s Chapter 3” .. I grabbed the book and  browsed through it…   wow! What a jewel…..

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WPF data grid..

Xceed announced today their FREE  datagrid for WPF …      Check it out here http://xceed.com/Grid_WPF_Demo.html It looks neat..  groping, sorting, styling,  editing , data binding, etc.. (disclaimer: only ran xbap, I did not download and play with it yet … I did like the demo itself )..  Did I mention it is FREE!!  WPF is really…

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tweaking your wpf code to run in Expression Blend…

beta 1 of Expression Blend ( aka Expression Interactive Designer, codename Sparkle)  went out  a month ago…     I hope you are using it now..  I have used it for a while beforexe it went out, it has been very useful for creating animations, templates, styles, etc..  If you have tried to use Blend with existing…

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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…