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I found this project via Delicious (yes, it's still around and still useful) WPF tag,, and thought it pretty cool. It's been a year+ since the last check-in, but the code works, shows off some cool stuff and is a "show" app... Wink



"For a hobby that revolves around dead people, genealogy is remarkably popular: it's the fastest growing scene in North America. And a perfect study for our first Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) reference application.

Our designers employed every trick in the WPF book– styles, resources, templates, data binding, animation, transforms– to present an innovative visualization of the classic family tree, freeing our developers to concentrate on behind-the-scenes features like XPS, Windows Vista "light up", and ClickOnce for WPF.


The solution in the latest checked in version is a VS2008 file, but it converted and ran just fine for me in VS2010. There's doc's/help and a nicely formatted class diagram too.



Here's a snap of the v4 Solution;


Also included in the project are two sample family files for the Windsor and Kennedy lines, so you play with all the features and stuff. It's pretty cool how this app makes it easy to explore and edit a family tree. Not like a I need another project, but


So if you're interesting in WPF, in use some Windows 7 features in your app, in GEDCOM import/export, in family trees or the WPF Toolkit then this project might be fun for you to check out...


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    Family.Show is a great app. I really like the reference applications Microsoft (well a partner) has made for its software stacks (WPF, WCF, etc.) Unfortunately its looks like a stale project now. Someone should pick it up and make it a 3-tier application which can rival Geni. Still a great app tho.

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