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  • Look Ma, No menus!

    Ok, so let's say you're not into WPF and all the neat UI changes that will come about from that. You're not the design type, you just want to write traditional battleship applications. Will you still be able to stay in happy File | Edit | View | ...| Help menu land? Nope. Microsoft Office has always been the UI innovator in Windows. Where it goes, developers of LOB applications must foll...

  • Sparkle - the 100% All-Managed, All-WPF Application

    In case anyone ever wonders if Microsoft produces any real apps (other than Microsoft Max) using managed code, here you go: Expression Interactive Designer (aka Sparkle) is a 100% .NET, managed code application.  The source is currently more than 1200 .cs files and about 140 .xaml files totally 210,000 some lines of C# and 23,000 some lines of XAML.  There is no unmanaged code dire...

  • My Vote for Most Likely WPF Visual Cliche

    The simulated reflection effect in WPF (formerly Avalon) is ripe to quickly become a visual cliche, much like the aztec temple-like overuse of stacked 3d elements in the VB 3.0 Win3.x days. When done tastefully by someone with an eye for design, it can look good. In the hands of average Joe, though, things can quickly get ugly. When I did the Sparkle hands-on-lab at the PDC, the reflection eff...

  • Baby Gear

    Here's some interesting baby gear we intend to get: Slings We ordered a Maya Wrap for Melissa, and a larger one for me, from La Leche league of Annapolis. They sell them as a fundraiser. While we were down there, we saw a fairly slight woman with a very large baby in the wrap, hanging off of her front. She had no problems at all with moving around or using both of her hands. She also didn't l...