Monday, December 22, 2008

Last list before Christmas


New version of Deep Zoom composer.  On the list to try out next year.

The VSTS Rangers have released version 2.0 of their TFS 2008 Branching Guide.

The November CTP of Microsoft Blueprints is out on Codeplex.  Yet another one to check out next year.  "Microsoft Blueprints deliver where other forms of guidance fall short, making you more productive by helping you codify conventions, automate tasks, ramp up quickly on new technologies and requirements, and package successful designs and implementations, so that you can use them again. They can also reduce your time to market, sharpen your estimates, and improve your code quality.
A Blueprint is an accelerator for a specific type of software deliverable like a web service, a rich client, or a mobile application. A Blueprint is a package of process guidance, human-readable resources (docs, decks, videos, etc.) and machine-readable resources (code snippets, templates, frameworks, DSL tools, etc.) which help you build or manage a specific task or domain. It’s an SDK for a problem, not a product or specific technology. "

For those who prefer guidance in book form, check out Documentation for Composite Application Guidance for WPF–June 2008 (Prism).

And yet more book style guidance has been released by the P&P guys - Application Architecture Guide 2.0.

And more updates to the WPF Application Quality Guide.

The WPF group have a new test tool on Codeplex - TestApi - a library of Test APIs.

And here's a tip about debugging WPF data binding.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Interesting Silverlight stuff

Some interesting blogs I've seen recently are pointing to a convergence between Silverlight and WPF.

Bart Czernicki has some predictions about what we'll see in Silverlight 3.  The support for 3D and hardware acceleration sounds interesting.

Want Silverlight on a Desktop? Check out project Fiji.