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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author WPF Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) topics.

When Should You Use WPF?
It’s pretty clear that Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is here to stay. In fact, use of WPF is becoming more popular and frequent, particularly now that Silverlight 2.0 is on the horizon. The problem is that there has been very little guidance available to help you decide when to use the various UI technologies available. There is however, some unofficial help in the form of this blog post and this white paper. Here is the comparison matrix from Michael’s blog post: WPF WPF XBAP Silverlight ......

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2008 1:52 PM

WPF Application Quality Guide
Since WPF was released it has seen a fairly rapid adoption but not much in the way of guidance. The WPF team at Microsoft is hoping to change that with the release of the WPF Application Quality Guide. The guide is going to be released in stages and will be updated based on feedback provided by the community. While the first release is still missing a lot, it does provide some good tips on setting up your application for automated testing. They also provide a good list of tools for performance profiling: ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 8:39 PM

WPF Virtual Bootcamp
I just came across a post by Tim Sneath announcing the WPF Virtual Bootcamp. This is a three-day virtual training course that covers all aspects of WPF as part of MIX University. The best part about this bootcamp is that it's completely free. This was originally delivered on the Redmond campus earlier this year to a small invited audience and features: A keynote from Ian Ellison-Taylor, the general manager responsible for WPF, Silverlight and client platform tools. Introductory sessions on core WPF ......

Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 10:01 PM

The guys over at Xceed, makers of the powerful yet free Xceed DataGrid for WPF have just launched the WPFwiki. The wiki was created to be a community resource for developers working with Windows Presentation Foundation. Even though the site was just launched, the idea started in 2003 when the WPF DataGrid was just starting to be developed. As the developers encountered problems and questions that they felt would be of common interest, it was recorded in a database along with the answer. In March ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 25, 2007 7:54 PM

Expression products now part of MSDN
When Microsoft announced the new Expression product line, a decision was made to keep these out of the MSDN subscriptions. The theory behind this was that these tools are designed for graphics designers and didn't have a place in the MSDN subscriptions. This decision was widely criticized by the development community and Microsoft has finally realized their mistake and announced that Expression Web and Expression Blend will now be available at no extra charge to all MSDN Premium Subscribers, including ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 8:19 AM

Tech·Ed Technical Tracks - There's WPF!
Earlier this month, I posted a summary of the technical tracks available for Tech·Ed 2007. As I was putting the summary together, I noticed that WPF was not listed. Well, Rob Relyea, the PM on the WPF team noticed my post and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is now officially listed under the "Developer Tools and Technologies" track ......

Posted On Thursday, February 22, 2007 9:55 PM

WPF Reflection control
One of the cooler "eye-candy" type effects possible with WPF is the ability to create reflections. Reflections can be made of pretty much anything and are relatively simple to create. There is a good tutorial on creating reflections using Visual Studio and Microsoft Expression Blend. The drawback to creating reflections is that you have to repeat the steps for every reflection. Fortunately, one of the developers at Infragistics has created a custom control that allows you to easily create reflections. ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 9:59 PM

WPF Datagrid control
Anyone who has been using WPF has, by now, realized that one of the most versatile controls in Windows Forms is missing! I'm referring to the DataGridView. The WPF ListView does have a very powerful Grid View mode that can be used to get around this limitation for a lot of situations. However, for those times when you really do need the power and flexibility of a true data grid, you were out of luck unless you wanted to host the Windows Forms control. All of that changed at the end of January when ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 8:59 PM

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