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)…


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…


Karl Shifflett’s WPF and Silverlight shared design-time code

Here’s a most excellent demonstration of how to author a custom design experience that’s shared between WPF and Silverlight controls. Karl gives you a detailed, step-by-step walkthrough, complete with Task List breadcrumbs: Walkthrough guidance in the form of Task List hints That’s so clever it blows my mind. Karl shows you precisely how to isolate…

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Fishbowl – A Facebook sample app in WPF

uxlabs@Microsoft has just released Fishbowl, a sample client application for Facebook, complete with source code. Fishbowl requires .NET 3.5 and uses WPF and ClickOnce. If you’re using Windows 7, it also demonstrates new features such as Jump Lists, taskbar previews, and multitouch. You can get more information and install the application from http://www.fishbowlclient.com. You can get…

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Glenn Block at PDC: Building extensible rich internet applications with the Managed Extensibility Framework

Building Extensible Rich Internet Applications with the Managed Extensibility Framework In Hall F on Thursday at 11:30 AM Learn how the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 introduces the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) for building customizable applications that can easily be extended by third parties. Whether you are building an extensible data grid, a custom rules engine,…

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WPF samples now available at Code Gallery

In past versions of our Visual Studio and .NET Framework documentation, you may have experienced frustration when you tried to access our WPF sample code. No more. We’ve picked the best samples, hoisted them out of the docs, updated them for Visual Studio 2010, and uploaded them to Code Gallery: WPF Documentation Samples. You’ll see…

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Silverlight designer sample code is posted

If you’ve been wishing for some helpful designer gestures for your Silverlight DataGrid controls, look no further. The Silverlight Designer Sample is available at the WPF and Silverlight Designer Extensibility site. It demonstrates a pretty neat designer implementation for Silverlight’s TabControl and DataGrid controls. Silverlight TabControl design-time implementation sample Silverlight DataGrid design-time implementation sample You’ll…

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WPF Designer sample code is posted

If you want to author custom design-time experiences for your WPF controls, this is a good place to start. We have samples for custom adorners, context menus, property value editors, and advanced scenarios. This code is written for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, but you should have luck with the Beta 1 bits. A Silverlight…

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Silverlight delivers online viewing experience for Sunday Night Football

The NFL and NBC will be delivering the entire Sunday Night Football season by using Silverlight 3.0 and IIS Smooth Streaming. The first game of the season will be broadcast tonight, with the Tennessee Titans vs. the Pittsburg Steelers. Game starts at 5:00pm PST and you can watch online for free: http://snfextra.nbcsports.com/. Here are a…

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TestApi v0.3 Released!

The third preliminary version of TestApi, the testing API library has been released. TestApi is a library of test and utility APIs that you can use to test WPF, Windows Forms, .Net Framework, and Win32 applications. Check out Ivo’s blog post for information on changes and new features in this version. Get the TestApi here:…

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