WPF and Silverlight Toolkit Compatibility

General Compat Thoughts The majority of the controls in the Silverlight Toolkit November 2008 (PDC) release are Silverlight versions of controls already present in WPF. These "WPF Parity" controls include: DockPanel WrapPanel ViewBox Label Expander TreeView HeaderedContentControl HeaderedItemsControl We focused heavily on API compatibility for these controls, only making changes (I’m actually not sure if…

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A Veritable Cornucopia of Silverlight Toolkit Resources

The Silverlight Toolkit is off to a great start and lots of people have been spending time writing content about how to use it. I’m a big believer in delivering a good end-to-end experience with the software my team produces, and the Silverlight Toolkit is a great example of that.  More than just some controls,…

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Having problems opening the Silverlight Toolkit Help file?

Today at lunch, Jeff mentioned to me that the default security policy on Windows Vista was causing some users difficulty opening the CHM help file. Jeff has all the details on his blog. You’ll get a message that says “Navigation was canceled”. If that’s the case for you, just right click the file, choose “Properties”…

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PDC "Silverlight Controls Roadmap" talk and materials

Just arrived back home from a great few days down at PDC in LA.  What a fun show to be at – even for people inside the company it’s a great opportunity to learn about some of thee great projects going on.   I’m really excited about Live Mesh and am looking forward to learning more…

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Silverlight Toolkit Now Available For Download

On the heels of Scott Guthtrie’s PDC keynote this morning, I’m very pleased to announce the launch of the Silverlight Toolkit on CodePlex! The Silverlight Toolkit is a collection of components dedicated to making you – the Silverlight Developer – as productive as possible writing Silverlight.  The full Silverlight Toolkit is available under the Microsoft…

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Silverlight 2 Released – Silverlight Toolkit on the Way

As you know, today we released Silverlight 2.  Scott mentioned the Silverlight Toolkit in his post as well – which is exactly what my team is working on.  We’re driving hard to get the first preview release of the Silverlight Toolkit at PDC later this month. Just to reiterate a few points that Scott called…

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MEF ‘n IoC

If you understood the title of this post, then you’ll understand the question that’s been in my head for a few weeks.  Recently, Microsoft released a preview of the Microsoft Extensibility Framework (MEF) up on CodePlex.  As I do with most things when first explained to me, I attempted to bucket MEF in terms of…

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Unit testing with Silverlight

One of the things I was most excited about when we shipped the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 controls was the included unit testing harness, written by Jeff Wilcox.  I think it’s a good thing when we can share some of our internal tooling.  It’s good for customers, because they can leverage the work that we’ve…

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Updated ExpandoHeaderControl sample for RC0

Here is the updated control sample for RC0.  Just a few changes from Beta 2 – RCO: generic.xaml needs to now be in a folder called “themes” (case sensitive) rather than in the root of your project.  In VSM transition declarations “Duration” has been renamed to “GeneratedDuration” So porting was easy.  If you want to…

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Control Freak.

Hmmm…no blogging lately…what has Shawn been up to?  Yes, guilty.  But here’s what’s been going on over the past few months.  Shortly after MIX07, ScottGu brought up an idea of building a larger team focused on building controls.  We kicked this idea around for while as we talked about details, timelines, and goals.  In April,…

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