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Pete Brown writes on a variety of topics from XAML with the Windows Runtime (WinRT), .NET programming using C#, WPF, Microcontroller programming with .NET Microframework, .NET Gadgeteer, Windows on Devices, and even plain old C, to raising two children in the suburbs of Maryland, woodworking, CNC and generally "making physical stuff". Oh, and Pete loves retro technology, especially Commodore (C64 and C128). If the content interests you, please subscribe using the subscription link to the right of every page.

Archive for tag: PDC-2005

  • xamlCase

    The last couple days of the PDC were spent single-tracking through the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF, formerly known as Avalon) and Microsoft Expression sessions. Later in the evening on Thursday, I spent a good chunk of time with Ian Ellison-Taylor and other folks from the Microsoft WPF team at the "Ask the Experts" session. My thanks to Ian for spending so much time discussing the...

  • 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...

  • WinFX Hearts

    Check out WinFX Hearts. This nifty WinFX / WPF / Avalon / XAML app was demonstrated at the PDC as part of the "Light Up on Windows Vista" bits.

  • PDC Day 2: Ooh Shiny!

    Sparkle, Quartz, Acrylic. Those are definitely some of the more unique product names I've heard in a while. As these are targeted towards the usual hip "own a mac as a spare" types of folks, you won't find any ".NET" or "2006" or similar in the names. Just like the apps and their purpose, the names are simple and clean, and conjure up crisp images of diamond-honed user interfaces. First, a lit...

  • More Swag, and Tablet PC 101

    Yes, more PDC swag :) I spent a half hour in a hands-on lab today, learning how to program for the tablet PC in Windows Vista and Visual Studio 2005. In return for doing something which I considered to be enjoyable and enlightening, I received a refurbished Wacom Graphire 4x5 Tablet, and a 256mb memory stick with all the labs. Pretty nice! It is much easier to program for ink and handwriting ...

  • Microsoft PDC Day 1 Recap

    Microsoft PDC Day 1 Everything Looks Different The first thing that became clear to me today was that we're in for another user interface revolution, one even larger than the change from Windows 3.x to Windows 95. Windows Presentation Foundation (aka Avalon), Windows Vista, and Office 12 turn your UI world upside down. A la Carte Office 12, in its current form, completely does away with the...

  • PDC 2005

    My employer, Applied Information Sciences, is sending me to the PDC in Los Angeles this year. During the week of September 12, look for postings on some of my favorite topics such as Avalon and presentation technologies.