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…


Some of these pages are no longer intentionally left blank.

One thing we neglected to mention in the release notes is that you can now load up roots other than Window and Grid in the August CTP.  The list I believe is anything deriving from Panel, Page, UserControl and ContentControl.  So if you have the latest installed – try replacing your window1.xaml with this: <Button x:Class=”WindowsApplication65.Window1″xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation”xmlns:x=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml”Height=”75″…


Upgrading to June CTP? Your layout might be different.

There’s a breaking change to the WPF control templates, which you might need to know about.  The controls I’ve noticed that need a double check are: Button ComboBoxListBoxTextBoxPasswordBoxSliderThumbToolBarTreeViewProgressBarTabControlGridSplitter            

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What is Rich Data Visualization Anyways?

One of the things you hear over and over again with WPF is the ability to do Rich Data Visualization.  It has always made me cringe, as it always seems like to fit into that category you need a 3D rotating panda, or some sort of alien chart form that would make Edward Tufte cringe….

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Brian discusses the evolution of user input and feedback in the designer

Brian walks through the history of the implementation of grab handles and snaplines in the designer, and how through the magic of the new architecture in Cider for the first time grab handles, snaplines and other “adorners” will have proper access to keyboard input as well as mouse. Also, don’t miss Jim’s solution to adding…


Mike shows us how to localize a hybrid application

Mike Henderlight has walked through a sample on how to localize a WPF/WindowsForms hybrid application. More information for XAML in particular: Localization requirements for your XAML resourcesGlobalization for the Windows Presentation Foundation


Commanding in WPF

There’s a nice article out on commanding in WPF.


Feb CTP is out

Feb CTP is out.  Rather than have a separate install, Cider is now integrated into the Visual Studio “Orcas” Development Tools for WinFX.  (Note the designer requires a full version of Visual Studio 2005.) Tim and Karsten have posted a list of “breaking changes” between Jan and Feb CTPs (most notable is the Mapping PI -…