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Beta2 is out — What’s new in Cider

Mark shows off some of the new and exciting features in Cider Beta 2, including: DataSources window now works in Silverlight (as well as WPF) – you can now drag and drop from this window to your design surface to automatically hook up to data. Property Inspector window gets a facelift  —  now lets you sort by…

High DPI – it’s an everyone thing.

As larger displays are becoming more popular, they’re increasingly being used in places like the livingroom.  And if you’ve ever tried to read text across the room with the default DPI setting, you’ll find you may need a pair of opera glasses. In Windows 7, if you’re using a larger display, the OS will automatically adjust for…



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Creating a bug repro viewer in 5 minutes

One of my favorite books of all time is The Pragmatic Programmer.  A piece of advice I’ve always taken to heart is to take the time to make tools that will make you more productive.  Today’s tool I can share with you – I didn’t want to flip back and forth between the repro steps in…



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Tip: creating your own snippets

I recently showed how to use the “Define a Dependency Property” snippet in VS to save time/frustration creating a new property on your control.  I often need a property changed event as well, and it’s a bit of a pain to go back and add it.  I just figured out how to add/update snippets and thought I’d show you…


Tip: quickly create a dependency property

If you want to make a property that can be styled from XAML – you need to create a dependency property on your control.  This can be a tricky syntax, but fortunately the C#/VB editor have “snippets” that allow you to really quickly create one. Let’s assume we’re creating a BorderVisibility property on a UserControl.  It defaults…