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Multithreading and WPF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 23, 2012 1

WPF 4.5 has improved its support for multi-threaded data binding, but the technique is still risky. This report attempts to explain how it works and what’s involved in using it safely.

New Bing Maps WPF Control Includes Touch Capabilities

by Jenni Konrad on  Jan 13, 2012 2

The Bing Maps Windows Presentation Foundation Control introduces mapping capabilities to WPF via a native control. It includes support for Microsoft Surface, bringing touch features to Bing Maps.

Binding Enhancements in WPF 4.5

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 08, 2011 2

Though it isn’t in the spotlight any more, WPF still continues to be a key-stone for rich client development on Windows. With full access to the .NET libraries and the underlying operating system, no other HTML or .NET-based UI technology can match it. Recognizing its importance, Microsoft is continuing to invest in improving WPF and especially its binding capabilities.

Windows 8 Replaces the Win32 API

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 13, 2011

Windows 8 introduces a new core API called WinRT. This is used to develop Metro style applications using C/C++, .NET, or JavaScript. These applications automatically gain features such as hardware acceleration and advanced power management out of the box. Existing Silverlight and WPF applications can be ported to the new “Native XAML” libraries with minimal effort.

Extended WPF Toolkit v1.5 Adds Six New Controls

by Jenni Konrad on  Aug 18, 2011

The Extended WPF Toolkit is a compilation of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) controls, utilities, and components not included in the standard WPF Toolkit. The new version 1.5 has six new controls in addition to some control updates and bug fixes.

Jeremy Likness on Clean Design-Time Friendly ViewModels

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 29, 2011 1

There are many ways to handle design-time data in view-models. While some people use complex dependency injection frameworks or inversion of control containers, the simplest method is to just check the DesignerProperties.IsInDesignTool flag. Unfortunately this has the side effect of embedding the design-time data into one’s application. Jeremy Likness offers a couple ways of working around this.

Surface SDK 2.0 Targets Windows Touch Devices

by Abel Avram on  Jul 12, 2011

With Microsoft Surface SDK 2.0 one can write applications for both Surface and Windows Touch devices.

Microsoft’s Silence is Infuriating .NET Developers

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 11, 2011 18

Earlier this month Microsoft unveiled a new touch-centric UI for Windows 8. According to the presentation this new UI allows Windows 8 applications built using just HTML5 and JavaScript. This is great news for web developers looking to do more with the Windows platform, but Microsoft is refusing to say whether or not .NET can also be used for this new application model.

What to look forward to in WPF vNext

by Jonathan Allen on  May 11, 2011 5

With all the focus on Silverlight, and more recently HTML 5, a lot of people have been wondering about the future of WPF. This in quite understandable, as silence from Microsoft’s press machine often means that the project is on hold, possibly forever. However, it could also mean they aren’t ready to reveal what they are working on.

Silverlight Status Report

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 13, 2011 8

Silverlight on the browser is better than ever. It is getting the same kind of performance improvements seen with HTML 5 while still benefiting from statically typed languages and JIT compilation. So why is Microsoft barely willing to talk about it at MIX?

WPF on Mono? It is a matter of funding.

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 22, 2011 8

Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono project, says that support for Windows Presentation Foundation on Mono is possible, but would require funding for 15 to 20 developers over a period of two to three years. As an alternative he proposes using other toolkits, but they too need community support.

A Case for WinForms

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 05, 2011 10

When DevExpress released their roadmap for 2011, WinForms barely got a mention. As a ten year old technology that is basically abandoned by its creator this isn’t too surprising. But what it interesting the amount of negative feedback that generated. A lot of DevExpress’s customers just don’t see WPF or Silverlight as a viable replacement for their major applications.

WAF and Caliburn: 2 WPF Application Frameworks

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2010 1

WPF Application Framework (WAF) and Caliburn are two open source frameworks providing the foundation to developers to write WPF/Silverlight applications based on the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern using a layered architecture.

Microsoft Ribbon for WPF

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 04, 2010 13

Microsoft has released a new preview of their WPF-based Ribbon control. Though not the final version, it includes a go live license and a copy of the source code. The quality is quite high and it appears that all of the bugs and API design flaws from last year’s preview have been corrected. While the source code is available, the license only permits read-only access for debugging purposes.

.NET and Azure Samples Showcase .NET Technologies Used in a Layered Architecture

by Abel Avram on  Jul 22, 2010 1

Serena Yeoh, a Microsoft consultant and a contributor to Microsoft pattern&practices Application Architecture Guide, has created a Layered Architecture Sample for .NET 4.0 which was later ported to Azure, showcasing various .NET technologies (WPF, WCF, WF, ASP.NET, ADO.NET EF) used in an architecture based on the Layered Architecture design pattern.

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