TestApi Released!

The vision: to help our customers write high-quality .NET applications and to drive test code reuse in the tester and dev community. To that end, TestAPI is now live on codeplex. You can check it out here: http://www.codeplex.com/TestApi. TestApi is an experimental library of test and utility APIs that enables developers and testers to test WPF applications,…

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A DataGrid sample using XML data

I love LINQ, so I’m on a mission to use it in as many samples as possible.  This one is pretty trivial but it took me a bit to put together all the pieces of loading up the xml file to getting the binding to recognize the correct attributes.  Finally I stylized the DataGrid a…


Silverlight Tools for VS and F1 Help

If you’ve installed the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008, you may have noticed that pressing F1 in the VS Code Editor or in XAML View can take you someplace unexpected. You’ll see this with types and members that are "shared" between Silverlight and the .NET Framework, which means that shared types have the same…

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Discuss! Is there confusion about styles versus templates?

Are you or have you been confused by what is a style and what is a template?  Our documentation hasn’t always been as clear as it can be when discussing Styles and Templates and we’re wondering if we need to be better at distinguishing the two, or if people are able to pick up on…


WPF Designer Hotfix is posted

The WPF Designer team has publicly released a Rollup Hotfix (KB958017) for the WPF Designer in Visual Studio 2008 SP1.  This contains a number of important fixes (see below). If you already have the latest version of the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1, you DO NOT need and should NOT install this hotfix….

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WPF Toolkit is live – DataGrid, Ribbon, and Calendar preview versions

In conjunction the morning keynote presentation at PDC, the public releases of DataGrid and Ribbon are now live. Download the binaries and source from here: · WPF Toolkit including V1 of DataGrid, V1 of DatePicker/Calendar, & preview of VisualStateManager (VSM): http://www.codeplex.com/wpf/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=15598. · Preview version of Ribbon: http://msdn.microsoft.com/officeui (install instructions here).   WPF DataGrid doing line-of-business…

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Silverlight Toolkit is posted

Get the new Silverlight Toolkit. Be sure to check out the samples: Silverlight Toolkit controls sample, and Silverlight Toolkit Charting sample. In this release, you get the following controls: TreeView AutoCompleteBox DockPanel WraPanel Label Expander HeaderedItemControl HeaderedContentControl NumericUpDown ViewBox ButtonSpinner ImplicitStyleManager Take particular note of the new Data Visualization control, Chart, which is a free…

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From Silverlight 2 to WPF

I’m a new member of the WPF documentation team, fresh off of Silverlight 2.  I worked on WPF many years ago when it was just a baby.  We wrote our samples in notepad and compiled with msbuild.  Now it feels like such a luxury coming back and having more tools than I know what to…


Composite WPF and Silverlight V2 is posted

Do you need to build a big old WPF or Silverlight line-of-business application? Is it so big that you need to partition the work among several dev teams? Then you need Composite Application Guidance (CAG) for WPF. The Patterns and Practices folks have rebuilt the popular CAB package into Composite Application Guidance for WPF, formerly…

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Silverlight 2 docs are posted

The spiffy new SL2 doc set is live on MSDN. Be sure to check out the new QuickStarts, which show you how to play with things like Deep Zoom and Isolated Storage.   Animations Describes how to create basic animations by changing property values and by using key frames. Audio and Video Describes how to…

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