Now: Cloud Computing

As some of you may have noticed, this blog has gone dark for a while.  During that time it got an interesting face lift and a new title “Cloudy in Seattle”. As it turns out, I switched teams and am now a proud member of the (Cloud) Computing Tools team… but that also meant I…

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Professional Developer and Designer tools for students at no charge

Check it out: https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/ DreamSpark is simple, it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology – or just get a head start on your career.

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Watch Me Speak at TechEd 2007

This week (June 4-8) if you are at TechEd in Orlando, please come by to watch me speak: DEV326 Authoring Custom Controls and Components in Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation at 8:30AM in N320 E.  The abstract is as follows: Make it easy for developers to use your Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Controls and stimulate leverage…

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Microsoft Windows 1.03

The DigiBarn computer museum has a collection of screen shots of installing, booting and using Microsoft Windows 1.03 (circa 1985).  In some ways its amazing to see how far we’ve come, in other ways, a lot of the fundamentals haven’t changed.  http://www.digibarn.com/collections/software/microsoft/windows10/page_01.htm

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WPF(/E) and XAML Links

A few links I’ve heard good things about or have read recently: Rob Relyea on XAML Top Ten UI Development Breakthroughs In Windows Presentation Foundation Brian Pepin’s post on Cider’s Extensibility Architecture Lately I’ve taken an interest in WPF/E.  I’m meeting up with Mike Harsh later this week to get the full skinny.  Here are…

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UI Technologies

One of the questions I hear a lot from customers and friends is “My project is going to ship post Vista and thus post-WinFX, shouldn’t I want to bypass Windows Forms and use WPF instead?” My opinion is that it all depends on the kind of application you are writing (i.e. what will WPF enable…

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2007 Microsoft Office Screen Shots

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/2007office/default.mspx The Office team has really made some cool and somewhat risky changes to their UI.  The feeling is that users will find “new” features that have been in Office for a long time. 

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Managed Spy

Take a look at this way cool tool that Benjamin Wulfe put together called “Managed Spy” (why not Spy#?)  Not only does it give you a view of the window hierarchy like Spy++, it also allows you to get/set the public properties on the Controls in that hierarchy. I sure wish this existed a couple…

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Right on Crossbow!

The hot news from the WPF and Window Forms world is that the WPF/WF interoperability layer (code-named Crossbow) will be shipping together in WinFX v1.0.  Check out Mike Henderlight’s blog post. This is really cool for two reasons.  Anyone looking to add WPF to their Windows Forms apps or vice versa will not have to…

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Secret Weapons and Language Workbenches

I read a great article titled “Why Windows Presentation Foundation Will Dominate Thick Client Development, XAML Is Microsoft’s Underestimated Secret Weapon” by Carl Zetie.  If you have the resources to read such an article, I recommend it as a good read. In the article, the author draws a parallel between XAML and Language Workbenches.  The…

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