Finding code in the MSDN Library

At Tech Ed, one of the things we heard over and over is “More code!”  This is not a new comment. We hear it a lot and believe me we are trying to get the code you want (simpler, more complex, full downloadable sample) where you want it. But there are a few tricks to…


Find the WPF sample you want with this "map"

I got an email the other day that included a twitter post with a link to this “map” of our documentation samples. It is a pretty fun way to see what all we have available. I don’t know who created it but I really like it!  Especially since we had a hard time designing our wiki…


Greetings from TechEd 2010

This week I’m hanging out at TechEd 2010 to find out more about what customers are interested in learning about in our documentation. I’ll be attending sessions and attempting to get people to tell me all about their experience with the MSDN Library. If you are at TechEd, you can find me (or my friend Cheryl)…


More tools for WPF 4 application development

You might have heard a lot of buzz about the recent release of the Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010.  But what you might not have heard is that a lot of the features in the new tools work just as well for developing a WPF application!  Here’s some of the features you might…


Help Viewer Power Tool Provides Index and Standalone Window

  Microsoft released a Power Tool that adds keyword index capability to the Help Viewer with an option to display help in a standalone window. If you’ve been missing these features in Visual Studio 2010, check it out! If you have any questions or problems with the Power Tool, you can go to the Developer…


Calling a Stored Procedure from your WPF app

Recently I needed to get data from a database by calling a stored procedure. This seemed like it should be easy to do but it ended taking me 2 days to find the right feature that would work. My knowledge of databases is extremely limited and I ended up winding along a not very helpful…


Keep Offline Help Up-to-Date in Visual Studio 2010

One of my favorite features offered by the new help system in Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to easily update offline content with the latest documentation from MSDN. If you use offline documentation in Visual Studio, one of the first things you should do after installation is to check for the latest updates to…

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OpenFileDialog sample

I finally got some time to dig through all my customer feedback requests and found a glaring problem! The OpenFileDialog class has basically no content on it and so I set about correcting that. It turned out there was a nice little example already living in the Dialog Boxes Overview topic but with no links…


Finding an Object TreeViewItem

  The question often comes up, “how do I get to a certain TreeViewItem?”  The question arises because a TreeView is bound to a data source, TreeViewItems are implicitly created and wrap the data object.  However, the TreeView.SelectedItem property returns the data object, not the TreeViewItem.   This is good when you need to access the…


WPF Shell Integration Library for .NET 3.5

One of the exciting new features in .NET 4 is the ability to use Windows 7 Shell features like Jump Lists, Thumbnail Buttons, and progress indicators in Taskbar buttons, with your WPF applications. These features are found in the System.Windows.Shell namespace in .NET 4. However, if you need to target .NET 3.5SP1, which ships with…