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Vertigo Software: I See Dead People with WPF

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If you want to learn a new technology, there’s no better way to go about it than to pore over the source of a real application. Nine months ago we commissioned Vertigo Software to create a reference sample for WPF and Windows Vista, and at MIX we unveiled Family.Show to the world. This application is beautiful both as source code and as running software – and it’s free to download. Dr Sneath sat down with Scott Stanfield, Alan Le and Paul Osburn to find out more about how they built the application and the lessons they learnt in creating it. Check out the MIX session too!

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  • CplCarrotCplCarrot Dust Puppy
    Sorry - URLs are pooched
  • URL is going through OWA server (very nicely setup Exchange 2007 though) 

     

    use

    http://www.vertigo.com/familyshow.aspx to get to the actual page

  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    URLs fixed. Sorry 'bout that (yep, I copied the URLs from an email via OWA...)

    C
  • caffeineHicaffeineHi Trevor Lowing
    What kind of license is this released under? I don't see any license in the source file.
  • Vertigo is cool
  • Hi Ion,

    We haven't had time to include the licensing yet (I am sending out email reminders on this now) but you can assume it's the Microsoft Permissive License:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sharedsource/licensingbasics/permissivelicense.mspx


    Jeff

  • PeterFPeterF Aragon IT

    Nice application. It really shows off the talent of both Vertigo developers and the developers of the .NET framework.

    One small bug: don't try to drag out text from a details view textbox control into the canvas

    Peter

  • William Staceystaceyw Before C# there was darkness...
    Cool app!  Q.  When adding women (i.e. my wife) do I use her birth name or my last name?
  • MinhMinh WOOH!  WOOH!
    Hi Paul, Alan, Scott

    It's Minh from the ill-fated Vertigo-Cincinnati. Great to see you guys getting huge visibility!
  • caffeineHicaffeineHi Trevor Lowing
    If you have ever tried to write a GEDCOM parser you can really appreciate the complexity of such an application. GEDCOM is a nightmare.

    I can't seem to find the "Family" Schema. What Genealogy XML specification did you use?
  • caffeineHicaffeineHi Trevor Lowing
    You might want to state what version of GEDCOM this is compatible with. 5.5 is current. You may want to either say GEDCOM 5.5 or do some testing.
  • FlatlinerFlatliner With our thoughts we make the world.
    One thing I thought would be really handy, would be for Family.show to support import of selected Contact information from Outlook, Windows Address Book or even just .vcf files for your siblings and parents. Obviously would have to do this after you had entered their name and relationship first.

    Basically once you've entered a name, have an Import Details button on the Details panel.

    I guess I've got the code... feel free to tell me to do it myself Smiley
  • Chris PietschmannCRPietschma​nn Chris Pietschmann
    All I have to say is, Awesome! I can't wait to go check out the code!
  • caffeineHi wrote:
    You might want to state what version of GEDCOM this is compatible with. 5.5 is current. You may want to either say GEDCOM 5.5 or do some testing.

    Hi CaffieneHi,

    You're correct. Family.show is compatible with importing and exporting GEDCOM 5.5.


    I can't seem to find the "Family" Schema. What Genealogy XML specification did you use?


    Our .family file is the serialized representation of the family.show .NET objects and not the Genealogy GEDCOM 6.0 beta schema.

    Hope this helps,
    Alan Le
  • staceyw wrote:
    Cool app!  Q.  When adding women (i.e. my wife) do I use her birth name or my last name?


    A. It's open to interpretations, so either will work.  To reduce complexity we didn't distinguish maiden name from the married last name.
  • Great stuff!!

    Note to Channel 9: find a quieter place to record.  I found the background conversation really distracting.
  • RoyalSchrubberRoyal​Schrubber One. How many time travellers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    I've tried it on Vista and it works fine, but on XP I have few annoying troubles with graphics. Anyone experiencing same thing?
  • odegnanodegnan The Rainmaker
    This is so cool. Vertigo rocks! Thanks guys.
  • CahillNet wrote:
    Note to Channel 9: find a quieter place to record.  I found the background conversation really distracting.


    CahillNet, sorry about that - we recorded this at the MIX conference Las Vegas, and this was actually the quietest place around (we took over one of the press briefing rooms). Maybe we can find a better directional microphone next time. Hope it didn't ruin the video completely.
  • great software; the video on the vertigo website demonstrates the whole thing beautifully Smiley 

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