Monthly Archives: August 2007

WPF talk tomorrow: Windows Presentation Foundation, Between Designers and Developers

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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Reminder: I will be talking in front of the .NET Managed User Group of Switzerland about the collaboration between graphics designers and developers with WPF. All the talk’s details can be found here.

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Back from Seattle

.NET, Personal, Technical stuff, WPF
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I was in Seattle (actually in Tacoma) for one week workshop with a firm specialized in WPF, IdentityMine. I spent three days with Jonathan Russ, who is without any doubt one of the most talented developer I ever met, and at the same time a very good man, always ready to take time to discuss ideas or to explain concepts.

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WPF: Expression Blend 2 and external resources (VS2008 version)

.NET, Blend, Technical stuff, WPF
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Following a past entry about Blend and external resources, some of you told me that they tried it without success in Orcas. Here is an updated checklist for Orcas, which should solve the problem, I hope.

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WPF: Workshop in Tacoma, WA, with IdentityMine

.NET, Personal, Technical stuff, WPF
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I am thrilled to be here in Tacoma again, second time this year (and overall) after we were given a WPF training by IdentityMine very innovative and specialized firm. These few days with them are going to be devoted to reviewing some of our design choices, discussing ways to make our designers’ work easier (making the application “blendable”), etc…

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WPF talk: Windows Presentation Foundation, Between Designers and Developers

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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It’s now official: I will be talking about the new collaboration between designers and developers with WPF in front of the .NET Managed User Group of Switzerland.

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Toyota Prius, someone?

Personal, Technical stuff
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This post was imported from my old blog and had 7 comments which are included as a screenshot at the end of this post.

Since my wife stopped work, we’ve been thinking of selling both our cars (we have a Toyota Previa and a Toyota Yaris (big Toyota fans)) and getting a new one. The Yaris is too small for me and the Previa is too big for my wife, so we’re looking for something in the middle.

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WPF: Expression Blend 2 and external resources

.NET, Blend, Technical stuff, WPF
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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.

Update: see the checklist for Visual Studio 2008 “Orcas” here. Also available: Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 projects to download.

One thing where Expression Blend V2 improved a lot over V1 . This situation is often useful when you want to “skin” an application. In such a case, you can define your UI in a main assembly (for example the EXE), but define all the UI ressources (Templates, Brushes, Styles, etc…) in a ResourceDictionary located in another DLL. WPF allows “importing” resources defined in an external DLL using the following syntax:

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WPF: Getting, sorting and filtering information in pure XAML (well almost)

.NET, Technical stuff, WPF
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One question on the WPF forum caught my attention. It was a nice challenge, so I decided to give it a try. It turned out not bad, so I thought I would post it on my website for future reference. The question is: How to display all the cultures in a ListBox, and filter to display only these starting with “en-“. Good news is: you can do a lot of that in XAML only. Bad news is: If you want to filter, you need code-behind.

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Designer-Developer week / Talking with Microsoft’s Simon Guest

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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Designer-Developer week

I was pretty busy this week, spending most of it in Milano, where we have one of our development teams. We met some of our designers to work on and refine the designer-developer workflow that we will use during our WPF UI development. It was a very interesting week, because we had to learn to speak the same language (we already know each other, so the learning curve was not too big, but still). I called that the designer-ish / developer-ish translation. It’s very interesting to see how two people with a very different background describe processes and ideas with different words. So the very first step to do is to define what’s what.

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Porting to VS2008 / New WPF book / Pictures of Sicily

.NET, ASP.NET, Technical stuff, Website, WPF
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Porting to VS2008

I am working on a few ASP.NET projects I do privately, and had a small issue, which I couldn’t debug in VS2005. I decided it was time to give a serious try to VS2008, so I converted most of my private ASP.NET projects to VS2008, and everything wen smoothly. I didn’t take any risk, and I chose to continue using .NET 2.0 for these projects, so that only the IDE changes, but not the framework. After a very fast and painless conversion, finding the error was a breeze (I was having problems adding a tagprefix to an ASPX page, because somehow the referenced DLL was not recognized by VS2005. In VS2008 however, not only the[ DLL loaded without any problems, but I even got Intellisense in the ASPX for free! So far, it’s been a real pleasure using VS2008, and I can only recommend it to everyone.

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