Great Line-of-Business Controls for WPF

I’m delighted to see that Infragistics have just released their NetAdvantage control set for WPF. It’s a huge download: over 100MB, so either the controls are very big, the documentation is extremely verbose, or there are lots of samples included! This control set nicely fills the gaps in the capabilities currently provided by WPF, including…

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Flotzam: Mashing up the Web

Have you seen Flotzam? It’s a fun mash-up that Karsten and Tim put together that aggregates a bunch of different data sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and indeed any general RSS feed. You can install it either as an application or a screen saver, and it’s a nice way to see what’s going on…

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We’ve Released the News Reader SDK!

Many of you have seen the New York Times reader application – it was featured as part of the portfolio I’ve been building up of Great WPF Applications. As I mentioned at the time, the New York Times reader is based on an SDK that we built to allow newspapers and content publishers to create…

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Great WPF Applications #17: HP Interactive Canvas

Kapow! Shazam! Zing! Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet drove in hard with a right hook last week, referencing my recently-returned-from-hiatus series of great WPF applications and asking why Windows Vista didn’t have more killer applications. As one of her correspondents notes, and even Wikipedia highlights, the notion of a killer application is both rare and…

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The New Iteration: A Whitepaper on the XAML Revolution

Whenever we run a WPF or Silverlight training event or lab, the one question that is guaranteed to come up relates to the designer / developer workflow on a project team. In the old days of Win32 or Windows Forms, the workflow was straightforward (albeit extremely limiting). A lot of desktop application development teams I’ve…

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Great WPF Applications #16: Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

It’s time for me to reboot this series that showcases great applications built on WPF. I left it on hiatus for some months because I felt that the point had been well made, but it’s probably time to pick it up again, not least because there’s a swathe of cool WPF applications out there that…

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WPF and Silverlight Contest Season Is Here!

The snow has arrived (here in Redmond, at least), and people are starting to wind down for the holidays. No doubt you’re dreading the arrival of Aunt Mabel for an extended stay and are planning an opportunity to escape to a remote hideaway cave and finally get a chance to explore some new technologies! Two…

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Silverlight 1.1 is Now Silverlight 2.0

It’s been gratifying to see how much excitement there is out there about Silverlight. We’ve barely started the engines yet, but we’ve already had a number of big sites launch their first Silverlight experiences, and of course plenty of stuff underway that we’ll be revealing over the coming months. Many .NET developers are naturally interested…

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Attend the WPF Virtual Bootcamp – no need to register!

People frequently ask me how they can learn WPF quickly. Now the technology has been on the market for a while, there are a number of different choices: books from the likes of Petzold, Moroney, Nathan, MacDonald, Anderson and Sells/Griffiths, classroom training from companies like Pluralsight, Wintellect, Developmentor and IdentityMine, and online tutorials like those…

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The Zero-Effort Guide to Preparing a Great WPF Presentation

A couple of months ago, I posted a couple of presentations on Silverlight, with the intention of making it easy for others to liberally borrow content for their own internal or external presentations on the subject. They seemed to go down pretty well if the number of blog post views is to be believed. But…

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