Rob Relyea


January 2006 - Posts

  • Jan'06 CTP WPF Tech Demos

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    I just posted a set of 5 wpf technology demos that work on the January 2006 CTP showing: 

    Contains working versions of the following demos:

    • Data Visualization (Auction items)
    • Flow Document
    • Layout (basic panels, layout-to-layout animation)
    • XAML (using a custom class)

    Let me know what you like and what other demos you'd like to see...


  • New designer tool 1st CTP (Expression Interactive Designer)

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    At the PDC, developers could try it out in the hands on labs.  On Channel 9 last year, you could see demos.  Now, you can download its first CTP (Customer Tech Preview) and check out a new Channel 9 video.

    I'm fantastically excited to see the first CTP of Expression Interactive Designer, "Sparkle", being posted!

    Check out 5 short videos (10 minutes total) that show off what it (and WPF) can do:

    What do you think?


  • Busy week...transitioning from xaml to tools...talks, etc...

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    I've had 2 presentations this week and 1 ask the experts session with the Microsoft field (Technical Specialists, Developer Evangelists, Consultants, etc...).  I really enjoy meeting with customers or other microsoft folks.

    I used to be part of the Microsoft Field...for 5 years in our Chicago office.  Loved the job.  So I find it especially fun to present to the field.

    My big challenge this week is that now that we have tools coming out (Visual Studio "Orcas" December 2005 CTP - with "Cider" and Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer (coming soon)) I find myself having to change my presentation style and content.  No longer can I sit in XAML and C# or XAML and VB.  I love that I can make this transition, but it will take a few times to figure out how to best weave in tools with wpf details, etc...

    I helped drive and do another big checkin that got in successfully today.  If things go well tomorrow, we'll have that change in a CTP in a month or two.

    Mapping PIs are dead.  :-)