Hosting Windows Forms and ActiveX Controls on a Canvas

I’m blogging to: KEXP Live Stream   Happy Halloween! I received an email from Keeron today and he was experiencing some difficulties in hosting an ActiveX control in a WindowsFormsHost which was parented to a Canvas in a WPF application.  His basic problem seemed to be that the control simply was not showing up in…

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ActiveX Controls Not Working via XAML

I’m blogging to: Soul Coughing Irresistable Bliss What’s the deal?  I tried to use an ActiveX control in a WPF application using XAML, but no worky!  Yep, ‘fraid so mis amigos, we have a bug.  Here’s the story.  Say you want to host one of these controls in a WPF application and you want to…

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Not Just Another Pretty Face

I’m blogging to: Tom Waits Mule Variations No, I’m not talking about ME!  I’m talking about WPF.  As I have been talking with people about the Crossbow stuff and I explain that customers will be able to enhance thier Windows Forms applications with WPF functionality, many people have asked “why”?.  I’ve had people say, “why…

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Painting Performance and Form Background Images

I’m blogging to: Erykah Badu Mama’s Gun Today I’m not going to talk about Crossbow stuff.  Instead, I’m going to focus on an issue related to general Windows Forms applications.  A customer that I met at PDC was talking to me about an issue that they were having and he was looking for some advice. …

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Help, I Have No Style!

I’m blogging to: The Beastie Boys To The 5 Burroughs Okay, I’m not talking about me personally…although I guess that is debatable.  But most folks who know me would most likely tell you that I certainly have some kind of style, but opinions may differ about the quality of that style 🙂  And I do…

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XAML Limitations and Windows Forms Controls

(Blogging Tunes: Live – “Throwing Copper”) This is a follow up post to yesterday’s post about XAML.  I alluded to the fact that there are some issues related to how XAML was defined that creates some limiations in its use to describe Windows Forms controls in hybrid applications.  So I figured I better elaborate on…

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To XAML or Not To XAML, That is the Question

(Blogging Tunes: Burton – Corea – Metheny – Haynes – Holland: “Like Minds”) My buddy Nick Kramer over on the WPF team was writing a recap of the recent PDC in his blog a while back and he made some comments that I think I should chime in about.  Nick was referring to my presentation…

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Using Nick’s WPF Clock in a Windows Forms App

(Blogging tunes: Nine Inch Nails – “Pretty Hate Machine”) So I got an email from a guy named Mike (what a great name) who has been reading my blog and he thought he would try out some of this really cool interop technology by taking the WPF Clock that Nick Kramer demonstrated at the PDC…

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Launching Modal WPF Windows from Windows Forms Apps…It’s Magically Delicious!

(Blogging Tunes: Al Green – “The Absolute Best (Disc 1)”) Ah you can’t beat the sweet soulful sounds of The Reverend Al Green now can you?  Anyhoo, I received a message from a customer a while back wanting help with launching a modal WPF window from a Windows Forms application.  The basics are really quite…

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Hosting a WPF Control in a Windows Forms Application

(Blogging Tunes: Screaming Headless Torsos – “1995”) We’ve talked about hosting Windows Forms controls in WPF applications, but what about the other way?  You may very well want to just keep your existing Windows Forms application and “sprinkle” in some WPF sweetness in strategic places.  That means you will need some means to be able…

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