DCMonkey DCMonkey What?!?

Niner since 2004


  • A Quick Look At "Windows 8"

    I think it would be insane for MS to not support APIs such as WPF, Win32 or Silverlight for writing apps that target this new Immersive environment, especially WPF, which seems tailor made for this type of rich app.

    And the spelunking into leaked builds of Windows 8 seem to indicate that the new AppX system will support apps developed with these APIs as well as allow integration with the new shell via tiles (which I could understand being more limited in implementation as they are effectively embedded in another application).

    But I think Microsoft needs to make an official statement as to whether these APIs will supported for developing future apps that target and integrate with the new Immersive experience or whether such apps will be relegated to the legacy desktop, even if we still have to wait for the September Build conference for details.

  • IE9 Sites on the Taskbar

    There's info on how websites can provide support for this stuff here  (though I wouldn't be suprised if you guys do a video on it too).

  • Silverlight TV 42: Apply and Customize the New Silverlight Themes

  • Advanced Silverlight Navigation Scenarios - Part 2 (Silverlight TV #39)

    "NLN is a concept that can be implemented in many ways."


    True. My approach is still NLNish and is not all that different from yours. I'm just presenting the lists of open items as tabs accross the top of the window instead of of hiding them behind one or more numbers or in listsboxes somewhere in the UI. In fact, the Contoso App screen shot that I borrowed for my mockup appears to use NLN in the form of the open customers list at the top left. You can see I was experimenting with wher one could put the number of open items in such a UI with that red badge next to "Employees".  One of my concerns was that the app I have in mind would have a two level menu like the Zune client rather than the one level menu of modules that the Contoso App has. Where would the badges go in such a design?


    "Does your approach allow the user to have multiple forms open at once?  ex, sales, billing and a report?  Does form get torn down if you navigate away from it?"


    Yes, yes, and no.

    Individual invoices, bills, or reports would be opened as tabs across the top of the window. The screens for looking up invoices, bills or available reports would all be contained in the leftmost tab, though I could imagine allowing one to open another instance of that tab as well, say by middle clicking one of the module links.

  • Advanced Silverlight Navigation Scenarios - Part 2 (Silverlight TV #39)

    Something along these lines is what I'm picturing:


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    The main tab would contain all of your search screens and such and the additional tabs would be opened for detail screens, reports, and complex multiscreen tasks. Those detail tabs could also be dragged away to create top level windows for when you want to refer to one window while working in another. Consider it a hybrid between a completely navigational app and one where every screen is opened in a new tab (or window).


    I worry that by hiding the clutter behind one or more small numbers or badges in the NLN UI, a user could get themselves deep into a stack of opened records without noticing it. With this hybrid tabbed browser style approach you would notice all the tabs you've piled up at the top of the window.


    One advantage of your BBQShack and Hollis' design is that the navigation icons are always accessible from any screen whereas mine are only on the main tab.

  • Advanced Silverlight Navigation Scenarios - Part 2 (Silverlight TV #39)

    Great video but I have some concerns about this "non-linear navigation" pattern. I was initially excited to see Billy Hollis' demo on DNRTv as well as Karl's BBQShack  implementation, but I'm starting to think NLN is more of a workaround for Silverlight's limitations rather than an optimal solution for multitasking within a single app.


    With a true desktop app you can spawn real top-level windows for record editing or standalone tasks and take advantage of the OS's window management features to multitask, especially on Windows 7 with its new Taskbar and Aero Snap features. If window clutter is a concern you could go with a tabbed UI like in modern browsers, or even better, allow drag and drop switching between both models as in Google's Chrome browser.


    With a traditional web app (assuming it doesn't use popups) you can rely on the browser itself to open tabs/windows from links to other parts or your app by middle/right clicking on said links and multitask that way.


    I'm guessing that these two methods are impractical with a Silverlight app.


    On another note, I'm curious to know how this new SL4 navigation stuff compares to WPF's navigation features and whether any of this will (or should) make its way back into WPF.


  • Microsoft announces Kin! The next Windows Phone (Formerly code named Pink): Full Demo

    Don't forget, it's also not a Microsoft phone.


    But it is Zune Tuned (but then so is a Windows Phone 7 phone)




  • IE 9: Surfing on the GPU with D2D

    I don't know if this was covered in the (I wasn't paying enough attention when I watched it Smiley, but would the move to rendering IE9 via DX allow a future version of the WPF WebBrowser control to function without the airspace issues of the current GDI based control?

  • Designing the Windows 7 Desktop Experience

    This sounds similar to a talk given at or around PDC 2008. Unfortunately in this one you can't see what the speaker is talking about, making it a bit pointless to watch.

  • Parallel Stacks – new Visual Studio 2010 debugger window

    Yeah. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, even on the same video. And if it's blank there's usually a flash of the player controls before it goes black.

  • Parallel Stacks – new Visual Studio 2010 debugger window

    I'm running Chorme and do see a black screen as well. Works in IE though.

  • Silverlight support for Chrome and other site updates

    Thanks for the Chrome fixes. I use that browser for personal surfing at work Smiley

    While on the subject of Chrome/c9 bugs, here's a weird one. Pasting text with newlines (ie: "foo /n bar") into an empty post editing box in Chrome wraps it in the following styling, rendering it invisible:

     <div id="_mcePaste" 
      style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; 
    	overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">
     <div id="_mcePaste" 
      style="position: absolute; left: -10000px; top: 0px; width: 1px; height: 1px; 
    	overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden;">

    It only happens if the editor is empty.

    PS: The auto resizing of the editor when you add enough lines to trigger it is really annoying, especially when editing an existing post as it doesn't expand until you try to scroll down

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