Bad install of WPF?

Magnus Hiie reported an interesting problem that some of you may be hitting (thanks Magnus!).  He saw System.Windows.Serialization.BamlParseException occurredMessage=”Error at element ‘StaticExtension’ in markup file ” : Binary format of the specified custom attribute was invalid..” on pretty much every xaml file he tried to load.  Problem is that the machine has an assembly in…

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Support for layered windows

One piece of feedback we’ve heard loud and clear is that you want layered windows.  Well, I’m happy to announce that based on your feedback, we now plan to officially support layered windows in WPF 1.0, coming to a future CTP near you (not necessarily the next CTP, though, it will be the next CTP…

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Tricks and tips

IsHitTestVisible – want to draw something on the screen, but have the mouse input pass right through that drawing?  Then set IsHitTestVisible=”false” on it. Disabling default styling — Controls actually have two styles for looking up its values – the one specified by Control.Style and the one in the theme.  To ignore the theme style,…

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If xaml is so easy, why is code so hard?

Charles Petzold has written a couple good posts about the relationship between code and xaml, and asks, “Why is something that is so easy to do in XAML so clumsy to do in code?” Obviously, WPF code is not always clumsy.  But where it is, there’s usually three factors at play.  The first is that…

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