Thursday, April 30, 2009

Too Lazy to do more than cut/paste links from RSS Bandit tabs :-(

Prism

In this post, Brian Noyes describes what he calls composite extensions.  It's based on Prism but is not tied to WPF, and describes a region manager like ability for Wonforms - http://www.softinsight.com/bnoyes/2009/04/22/CompositeExtensionsForPrism2.aspx

http://www.softinsight.com/bnoyes/2009/04/22/BuildingCompositeWPFApplicationsAtEvansvilleNETUsersGroup.aspx

http://elegantcode.com/2009/04/22/code-cast-26-prism-20/

Build Outlook style app - http://blogs.msdn.com/erwinvandervalk/archive/2009/04/29/how-to-build-an-outlook-style-application-with-prism-v2-part-2.aspx

WPF

The future of WPF at Mix09

WPF Coverflow control released

http://blogs.msdn.com/ivo_manolov/archive/2009/04/24/9566644.aspx - WPF test api

http://blogs.msdn.com/ivo_manolov/archive/2009/04/28/9574933.aspx - WPF Application Quality Guide v0.5 Released!

Getting ready for Windows 7

http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde/archive/2009/04/25/walkthrough-to-get-your-applications-ready-for-windows-7.aspx

http://geekswithblogs.net/iupdateable/archive/2009/04/28/what-developers-should-be-doing-in-readiness-for-windows-7.aspx

Other

Mindscape twitter http://twitter.com/MindscapeHQ

Software Factories - someone's doing it - http://vincenth.net/blog/archive/2009/04/24/factory-overview-part-1-a-bird%e2%80%99s-eye-view-of-the-macaw-solutions-factory.aspx

http://azuregrid.codeplex.com/

Learn SL - http://silverzine.com/

http://blogs.msdn.com/paulcornell/archive/2009/04/20/visual-studio-2010-model-first-development.aspx - model in VS210 - create an Entity Data Model

All in one code framework - http://cfx.codeplex.com/

http://ayende.com/Blog/archive/2009/04/29/let-us-burn-all-those-pesky-util-amp-common-libraries.aspx - Ayende rant

Build a training course - http://coursebuilder.codeplex.com/

BizTalk 2009 released http://blogs.msdn.com/sudhir/archive/2009/04/28/microsoft-releases-biztalk-server-2009.aspx

Poco, Mef, and custom type systems. Are you ready to take the red pill? - more from Glenn Block - http://codebetter.com/blogs/glenn.block/archive/2009/04/27/poco-mef-and-custom-type-systems-are-you-ready-to-take-the-red-pill.aspx

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Notes

http://managedesent.codeplex.com/

http://witsynchronizer.codeplex.com/

http://weblogs.asp.net/whaggard/archive/2009/04/07/mef-preview-5-released.aspx

http://joshsmithonwpf.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/a-mediator-prototype-for-wpf-apps/

http://blogs.msdn.com/pfxteam/archive/2009/04/06/9534426.aspx

http://www.mindscape.co.nz/blog/index.php/2009/04/05/intro-to-wpf-flow-diagrams/

http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2009/04/04/expression-blend-3-preview.aspx

http://blog.vuscode.com/malovicn/archive/2009/04/04/microsoft-unity-auto-mocking-container.aspx

http://team.interknowlogy.com/blogs/ryanabreu/archive/2009/04/03/mix09-brain-dump-part-2-prototyping-and-designing-with-expression-blend-3.aspx

Just before Easter Holiday

MIX highlights

Jaime Rodriguez has 3 nice articles about the highlights of MIX09

Tim Heuer explains what Silverlight OOB is all about.

There are video of preso on WPF 4 - downloading now, and a short summary here

Christan Schormann summarises Blend 3 and Sketchflow.

Rob Relyea gives an update on what we'll see for XAML in .NET 4

UX

Balsamiq Mockups has been mentioned to me as an effective wireframing tool.  I'm also very interested in the SketchFlow features of Expression Blend 3.  The attraction for me is that you start in low fidelity XAML and incrementally refine as you iterate the UI design to completion.  Or at least that has been our experience.  So having to refer back to outdated Powerpoint wireframes was not the way to go. 

Interesting rant from UX guy moving on from Google, because he doesn't think that they treat UX seriously enough for him.

General

The prolific Jeremy Miller has an article in MSDN mag on Persistence Patterns.

Info on the Windows 7 logo program has been posted.

A new site on CodePlex for the DLR

Virtual Earth WPF control,and  Avalon Controls Library