Monthly Archives: March 2007

WPF course with IdentityMine: last day / Going home

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Last day of training

I simply cannot believe how fast the week went, and how interesting it was. Yesterday, we all gathered at IdentityMine HQ. We first had a cool (but fast) demo of Expression Blend by Nathan, who really knows what he is talking about and has a huge experience with the tool and WPF in general. The tool is really quite good, and should allow even developers to work faster, because of the help it provides. I really want to learn Expression Blend. I see myself quite close to the designers, actually closer than probably most of my developers colleagues. That’s why I really enjoyed the afternoon discussion about the workflow designer-developer, which is quite a new topic now that WPF enables designers to work on the actual same CSPROJ and XAML files as we do.

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WPF course with IdentityMine: fourth day

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Laeticia turned 3

First of all, yesterday was Laeticia (my younger daughter)’s 3rd birthday. I love you so much Laeticia (you too Alise). I miss you both a lot, can’t wait to be back with you on Sunday.

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WPF course with IdentityMine: third day

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Big day yesterday. First we had a training session in the morning, and talked about animations. I could see how I got a few things wrong. Animations in XAML are very straightforward to create and start, and it gets a bit more complex when you want to control them and especially stop them. In my ColorClock, I’ve been confronted to a few of these problems: How to release the animation’s “grasp” on the dependency property it just animated? How to “chain” animations, making sure that they are correctly released so that they can eventually be garbage collected? How to synchronize animations? That’s where Josh’ practical experience really helps! Here are a few tips:

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WPF course with IdentityMine: second day

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OK, I discovered something… *whispering* some of the guys at IdentityMine actually read my blog… so I can’t criticize the training, hope you understand…

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WPF course with IdentityMine: first day

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We had a great time yesterday! First of all, the weather was wonderful. Way to deny Seattle’s reputation (well, today is quite cloudy, though). We had a wonderful view on the sunshine on Mount Rainier, quite a sight! The hotel is great too.
 
We started pretty much from scratch, which was good for those of my colleagues who have no prior experience with WPF. Actually, it was very good for me too, a good way to consolidate the knowledge I acquired on my own last year.

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Updated PositionedNode (DHTML effect) / Arrived in Tacoma

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End of January, I made an update to my PositionedNode DHTML effect, but too busy with WPF activities, I never managed to publish it. Having just sat 14 hours in a plane, I finally took the time to do it. There are 4 major changes:

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Travel to Seattle, WPF training!

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I am very excited! Today is travel day. I am flying to Seattle, and will attend an IdentityMine WPF training next week! 5 days of WPF together with 9 other developers and designers from the project I am working on. In this project, I’ll act as a WPF coach, and the training is a great opportunity to round up the WPF knowledge I gained since I attended MIX06 last year, to learn new things, and especially to study the new workflows between designers and developers.

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Updated FadedNode (DHTML) / Archived old JavaScript pages

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This DHTML fading effect, where a given node’s opacity changes smoothly from one minimum value to a maximum value and back, has been updated. The update is very minor: Now it’s not necessary anymore to define an opacity in the node’s “style” attribute.

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WPF ColorClock

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I published the first public version of a clock programmed in WPF. GalaSoft’s WPF ColorClock is inspired from the original ChromaChron clock, which was a huge trend in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The clock shows the time in an original manner, with one colored area per hour. A cache rotating with 30° every hour displays the time. Of course reading the time in that manner is not perfectly accurate like a digital watch, but it’s very soothing and with a little experience it’s surprisingly easy to differentiate even small time differences.

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Barcelona

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Flying often to Malaysia provided us with enough miles to get a “free” ticket to a european destination of our choice. I put “free” in quotation signs, because in fact you still have to pay quite a few taxes, not even mentioning the hotel and of course the kids’ tickets, and also given the very low plane tickets prices in Europe currently, it didn’t make that big a difference. So it was really more of an excuse for a weekend abroad coupled with a city’s visit. We chose Barcelona, where none of us had ever been before (actually it was Chi Meei’s first time in Spain altogether). With a flight of a little more than one hour, and then a taxi ride of 20 minutes to the city centre, it’s really next door.So we left on Friday night, spent two great packed days visiting, and came back home on Monday, loaded with sun and colors.

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