Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

It’s been a little while in coming, but I’m delighted to announce that we’ve shipped the latest release of Family.Show, our reference application for WPF development. Family.Show started a couple of years ago, when WPF was in its infancy and a few of us were looking for ways to showcase the power of the platform…

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What Can YOU Do with 10K of Silverlight or WPF Code?

A lot, it turns out. Some long-time readers may remember my post of a year or two back where I set a fun little challenge to test what could be accomplished with just a single element of XAML. In the preparation for MIX09, the team created a competition that offered slightly more room for creativity,…

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WPF Developers: PDC Wrap-Up and Visual Studio Tooling Update

Over the next week or so, I want to put a bit of context behind some of the announcements from PDC, particularly the ones that got glossed over amidst the excitement over Windows 7 and Windows Azure. I’m going to start with highlighting some of the work we’ve done around WPF over the last couple…

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What You’ll Hear at PDC2008

My favorite conference is almost upon us. If I’ve been quiet for a little while on my blog, it’s because this has been a crazy busy season for me and my team, as we put all the pieces in place for PDC2008. PDC is Microsoft’s flagship conference, both because of the scale and depth of…

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Why You Want To Book Your PDC2008 Ticket NOW…

If you’re into any of the technologies that this blog covers, you’ll be mad if you miss the Professional Developers Conference this year. It’s actually been three years since our last PDC, so we’re overdue! I’m really excited about all the things we’re going to be covering at the PDC this year: those of you…

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Introducing the Third Major Release of Windows Presentation Foundation

Today I’m excited to announce the public beta availability of a major new release of WPF. Since we shipped .NET Framework 3.5 late last year, the team has been hard at work at a new release that adds many supplemental features, fixes a good number of bugs, offers many performance optimizations, and includes a new…

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What does Windows Vista SP1 Mean for Developers?

As many people will have noticed, we released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week (read about the notable changes here). Aside from the inevitable bug fixes and enhancements to support new hardware types, one of the underlying changes is that SP1 brings the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 codebases together. This is a…

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Configuring a Web Server to Host Silverlight Content

Deploying Silverlight content to a production web server is a pretty easy process. Despite occasional misconception, Silverlight doesn’t require a Microsoft-based web server: Apache can host up Silverlight content just as happily as IIS. But there’s one little gotcha: web servers are typically configured to only serve up a limited set of known file extensions…

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Have YOU Updated Your Windows SDK Recently?

It can be pretty hard to keep everything up-to-date on a developer workstation these days. With so many CTP releases, betas, and service packs, I know I often realize that my own machine is behind in one area or another. One particularly worthwhile update that might have missed your attention over the last couple of…

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MIX08 Keynote Live Blog

I’m going to try to keep up a live blog this morning through the keynote to provide folk with an Engadget-style blow-by-blow account of proceedings. Keep hitting refresh on this entry to see the latest news as it comes. 9:30am – Ray Ozzie is on stage promptly. In a few minutes, we’ll show you IE8…

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