A gathering of posts covering what's going on in the world of the Microsoft Client Continuum. Client Technologies include Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, WPF, Silverlight, Expression Studio, ASP.Net and Live Services.
To help prepare your applications for Windows 7, download the
Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers. The kit includes code, videos and labs for both native Win32 C++ developers and .NET developers covering the new features available in Windows 7.
Karsten Januszewski has posted a
write up on his XAML Playground project, a design surface written in Silverlight using
Gestalt. The source code is available so you can see a glimpse into the work it takes to create a design tool.
Blueboxes walks us through the process of
Rendering XAML to a JPEG using Silverlight 3 using the WritableBitmap class. Very useful when you wish to "print" the state of an application or something a user has created.
The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was released today. Now when you get your hands on a Windows
7 Multi-touch enabled device, you are guaranteed to have some touch optimized applications and games to use.
Ward Bell demonstrates how to
disable image-based buttons in LOB apps with a Grayscale Pixel Shader in WPF. Not only does this save you from twice the image assets to maintain, but its also very simple to do. And you feel cool, because you're using Pixel Shaders.
Nikhil Kothari has posted a a sample application that demonstrates a
ViewModel with MVC/Navigation in Silverlight. As an added bonus the sample uses the
New York Times Newswire API, and is running on teh Silverlight.FX framework.
Jaime Rodriguez has written a great tutorial on PlaneProjection in Silverlight 3. Jaime explains how to relate common 3D concepts
to PlaneProjection in Silverlight. You can see the transforms in action by playing around with parameters on
his Sandbox page. Or you can download the
Erik Mork from the Sparkling Client podcast has posted a 10-minute episode on
Projects that Benefit from Prism. Erik interviews Shawn Wildermuth and from the Patterns and Practices team Bob Brumfield
and David Hill who all have opinions on when its best to bring some pieces of the Composite…
Frank La Vigne demonstrates how he is using CC licensed
SVG files from Wikipedia in his Silverlight and WPF applications. To spoil the ending for you the secret ingrediant in this case is
Mike Swanson's excellent AI to XAML plug-in.