Monthly Archives: May 2007

Adobe ripping european customers off

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Heard on radio last week: Adobe is selling their “Creative Suite 3″ 40% to 100% more expensive here in Europe than in the US.

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WPF: Training other developers (Italy)

.NET, Technical stuff, WPF
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I am back from Milano, Italy, where I spent the last 3 days teaching WPF to some of our developers. It was a very new experience for me. In the past, I have organized and held demos and presentations already, but it’s the first time that I am training other people for more than just one or 2 hours. I was quite nervous before starting the training, my main concern being to be able to say everything I wanted to say about the technology in the imparted time.

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WPF: Data Binding in Expression Blend

.NET, Blend, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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Intro

Continuing my quest to make my applications as “blendable” as possible, and after noticing that Expression Blend doesn’t execute a Window’s or a User Control’s constructor when the element is displayed, I thought I’d try to place my test data in the XAML itself, using an XmlDataProvider. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t work as well as I had hoped.

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WPF: Debugging your UI in Expression Blend

.NET, Blend, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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What?

Here’s a cool trick, which I thought of after reading this comment and this post.
The good thing to remember is that Expression Blend is a (maybe the first) Microsoft application entirely written in WPF. I always thought it was pretty cool. Well, even cooler than I thought: When load a project in Blend, the code you wrote is actually executed! Read the rest of this entry »

Snapshots on my websites

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I added a new feature on my website and my blog: PreviewShots by snap.com. When you see a small “balloon” icon next to a link, simply mouse over it and see a preview of the page this link leads to.

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WPF: The integrator

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A new role

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true, it has been already one week since I came back from MIX. During this week, I have been so busy with the project that I didn’t even have time to blog.
In the project we are currently developing, one of my roles is to be WPF integrator. This is a new role that has been discussed already quite a lot in various occasions. The WPF integrator stands between the designers and the developers. His role is to coordinate the work between these two very different worlds, and to try to get everyone understand each other. Honestly, there is more to this role than just that, but so far it’s been pretty much the major challenge :-)

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MIX day 3 (cont)

.NET, MIX, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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Gee, I almost forgot one session I attended:

Booyah! Designing and Developing Line-of-Business Applications That SIZZLE

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Pictures of Chicago downtown online

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Alright, it worked! The pictures from Chicago I took yesterday are online, just posted from O’Hare airport. Read the rest of this entry »

MIX day 3

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This post was imported from my old blog and had 1 comment which are included as a screenshot at the end of this post.

Today was MIX’s last day, and it’s almost painful to have to leave. I can’t believe how fast it went, how packed with information it was, and how many great people I had the chance to meet. To all of you, I want to say thanks for the great time I spent here. The organization was, as usual, spotless. Now I have so much information to process and sort, this will keep me busy for a long time… Oh how I hope to make it to MIX08 ;-)

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MIX07 day 2

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On Tuesday, most of the day was packed with sessions. I managed to see very interesting information. Microsoft is really pushing SIlverlight a lot, and while it’s great news for web applications, I really hope that they will not release their effort on WPF. We’re waiting for V2!!

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