System Center 2007 Management Pack for TFS 2008

(For context: System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) allows provides monitoring, troubleshooting, audit collection, and reporting for any server workload or application, including the base operating system, system hardware, and other management agents)   Enter the new TFS 2008 Management Pack for System Center Operations Management 2007 to help you, yes, manage and monitor exposed services…


Microsoft Web Platform Installer Release Candidate

  The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and 7.0, SQL Server 2008 Express, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. The Web Platform Installer offers a…


Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR – RTM

The VS Database edition team has just released the golden version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR. I’ve included the feature list inline below, and you can download the software from the documentation from FYI, you must have VS 2008 SP1 installed first!   Feature list Project System Full support…


Nip & Tuck for GUIs (2) : Windows Forms and a self-contained WPF user control

I figure the most logical follow-on from my last post is to show how simple it is to start using WPF within an existing Windows Forms application. I set myself the goal for this post of doing this with zero code behind whatsover to avoid clouding the issue. I had no choice but to incorporate…


Nip & Tuck for GUIs (a.k.a. the scoop on Expression Design’s past)

So you may know that AutoCAD 2009 uses WPF for it’s “chrome” (no not that Chrome, the other chrome i.e. ribbon, action recorder and QuickView). What’s probably less well known (but which you can learn about at the MIX 08 University in this session) is that Expression Design, below, has quite a lot in common…


Event : UX Options with Microsoft, 11th Dec 2008 (Dublin)

Event Invite: User Experience Options with Microsoft – a full-day seminar If you’ve been reading a lot about Silverlight, WPF and all the various flavours of the Expression tools – you might be wondering about how they all fit together, and with more mature technologies like VB6 and WinForms. Well, this is your chance to…


Partner Training on 1) WPF 2) Web Development with VS 2008 in Dec 2008

Just a quick heads up re. two partner training events (for partners in Ireland / Northern Ireland) happening in the next month, on WPF and Web Development. Follow the link inline below for more details & to register (you’ll need to log in using your partner credentials).   EventID  Event Start Course Name CPLS Company…


WPF Data-centric Applications Using the DataGrid and Ribbon Controls

Having just blogged about the availability of the above I should mention this session from PDC, where the presenters build up an entire application in a few  stages while teaching attendees how to use all of the basic features of DataGrid and Ribbon (and some more advanced features).  You’ll also see some great new Cider…


WPF & Silverlight : Sharing skills and code

I get asked about this quite a bit, so this is session from PDC is a ready-made answer 🙂   Over the course of the session Ian builds a Twitter client in both Silverlight and WPF highlighting the pros and cons of each approach, what code is the same and what is different and why….


WPF DataGrid and Ribbon now available!

Some great WPF resources/previews were made available after the PDC keynote: · WPF Toolkit including V1 of DataGrid, V1 of DatePicker/Calendar, & preview of VisualStateManager (VSM): (The WPF Toolkit is a collection of WPF features and components that are being made available outside of the normal .NET Framework ship cycle.) · Preview version of…