Learn Avalon by Watching a Channel 9 Screencast!

A few weeks ago, I started to build what will hopefully grow into a larger library of screencasts covering Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon"). The first two have just been posted on Channel 9.

Screencasts are short pre-recorded videos that aim to show succinctly how you can build cool stuff using Avalon. They start with an introductory slide to cover the concept and then dive straight in to a fast-paced demo.

Introduction to XAML demonstrates how you can embed all kinds of content in XAML and integrate them together.

Data Binding in Windows Presentation Foundation shows you how to build an RSS browser in just 14 lines of XAML using the data binding features present in Avalon.

I'm pretty proud of these, and I hope to produce more if feedback is positive. Let me know what you think!

Comments (13)

  1. davidlem says:

    Top chop Tim, I love the Data Binding screencast! Keep on keeping on matey 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tim posted some good video nuggets today.  My favorite is the screencast on Data Binding, where…

  3. Anonymous says:

    No it’s not the Video Professor, it’s Tim Sneath, who has two new screencasts up on Channel 9

  4. Anonymous says:

    Excellent videos! This is what was really missing; we had the WinFX SDKs, lot of really cool Channel9 demos, great blogs, but not really a step-by-step tutorials on the basic concepts in Avalon.

    It’s really helpful for someone like me who is just starting to code in .NET and take on the WinFX train.

    Please do post more of these (and if time permits, regularly 🙂 ). Also it would be nice if you can post the actual XAML code as well. For the first 2 videos it seemed okay without the code (not much there), but I suspect for the later screencasts it might get difficult to actually play with this locally in XAMLPad or VS.


    – Keeron

  5. Anonymous says:

    That’s exactly what we need. thanks!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great job! Keep doing them! I would really want to see a video about how to do C# programming against the items, that you do in the XAML code. It really confuses me abit.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Excellent !! It got me more interested in working on Avalon… Thanks a lot. Looking forward to more videos 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    Keep them coming. Top Quality!

  9. Kazi says:

    More, more, more, please 🙂 Very good indeed. Would you post the xaml sources also, please?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Tim Sneath produced some webcasts - probably because I asked him for a "total beginner’s guide"…

  11. Anonymous says:

    Very cool, keep producing them.

  12. Anonymous says:


    I finally got around to watching the first video. Some quick comments about it:

    1) Cool! This is the sort of thing I had in mind when I asked you about a total beginner’s guide in July.

    2) The bit about Fonts rendering in special ways (like qu) was interesting to see. The lack of such adaptive rendering used to be one of the arguments of the TeX-crowd against Windows. No More! Speaking of TeX things: will there be a mathematics module that takes advantage of all these cool rendering features and that takes xml or xaml as input?

    3) Good to hear a British accent in those MS videos once in a while 🙂

    3) I feel it is politically incorrect (at least in Europe) to call the Start Something video "ss". I am not nearly old enough to have witnessed WWII myself, but Europe is still bearing the scars of it and "ss" is one hell of a scar.

    4) Not really about this video but about Avalon in general: It’s kind of difficult to keep track of all different builds of Vista, .Net, Visual Studio, Avalon, Indigo, Workflow Engine, … I hope that when Vista goes into beta2 (using .Net 2.0 RTM I assume), there will simultaneously be released builds of Avalon, Indigo, Workflow Engine, maybe even WinFS that work with Vista Beta 2.


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