Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog

June 2008 Entries

July Chicago Architecture Group Meeting

The July Chicago Architecture Group meeting will be held at the Downers Grove Microsoft office.  Mike Smialek of Daugherty Business Solutions will be speaking on the Evolutioin of Architecture.  Please join us and meet your peers in the Chicago architecture community.  You need to pre-register because of building security and it also helps us to know how much food to order.  Please visit the link below.


Learning WPF

Wow!  The learning curve for WPF is pretty steep.  It is at least when you compare it to WinForms or ASP.NET.  I guess the price you pay for flexibility is complexity. 

Discoverablility is definitely a problem with XAML.  How do these silly tags work?  Most of them don't have properties as you would expect.  You have to add child tags which may or may not have properties.  The children may  also be extensions of the parent object.

Certain tags seems like they will have an effect, such as wrapping content, but like styles they seem to be ignorable base on some unclear hierarchy.  As you learn more you will find that inheritance is explicit instead of implicit like CSS.

Another interesting learning is that binding a directory full of images to image controls can bring your system to its knees.  As with most powerful development environments you can take as much rope as you want, but you may hang yourself.

I think in the future you will see some of the Expression tools incorporated, at least in part, into Visual Studio.  At that point the learning curve will ease some.  Until then, be prepared to work hard to create a well performing application.

Chicago Architecture Group - First Meeting Review

Tonight was the first meeting of the Chicago Architecture Group.  David Dickinson made a wonderful presentation on real life SOA.  This was accompanied by a lively discussion with the 19 people in attendance.

Thanks to Carl Franklin, Stephan Rylander and Larry Clarkin for making this such a success.

We have a meeting planned for July 10th at the Microsoft Downers Grove office.  Stay tuned for more information.