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  • CTP - XAML Viewer working inside VisualStudio!

    Gaston Milano is a self-proclaimed “VS man” - so he wanted a XAML Viewer that worked inside of Visual Studio Whidbey. So he wrote one ! Screen shots look great! (I just left a comment with my problems getting it running on Visual C# Express. I'll have to wait until I get into work to see...
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  • Playing with Gel Buttons

    I was very pleased to get hold of the November CTP. At last I can play with Avalon without having to go without all the home comforts of my Windows XP installation. The first experiment I tried was creating the popular Gel style buttons with event triggers and animations. I found it quite pleasant to...
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  • Using Visual C# Express or Visual Basic Express with the Avalon CTP

    I saw Joe Duffy 's post about the Avalon CTP where he said: “And it's compatible with the Express SKUs as well.“ Our team only tested the Avalon CTP with the Express SKUs briefly. We found one major problem (and weren't able to fix it for this release): the Express SKUs look for project templates...
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  • 3rd public release of Avalon...a few details on the development experience

    First, PDC 2003. Second, WinHec 2004. Now an Avalon Customer Tech Preview! Three interesting links way below that I stole from http://msdn.microsoft.com/longhorn/ . First, a link to the bits for MSDN members. Second, a link to online documentation and samples. Third, a good overview of what is new or...
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  • Attribute grammar for xaml attributes

    We have a bit of a mess in our processing for attributes. First, a list of the mess, then a brief description of the fix we plan. Attribute values in xaml can map to: 1) a Literal value <Balloon Color=”Red” /> We use the type converter from the type of the Color property. I'm happy...
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  • new Xaml terminology.

    Among other things, I (and my teammates) have spent much of the last year designing significant improvements to xaml2003 that you saw at the PDC in October 2003. While we have spent a lot of time investing in design, we haven't implemented many of the changes yet. As such, I hadn't wanted to do much...
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  • Longhorn Speech!

    I think that adding voice command functionality to Longhorn is an excellent feature that will likely take a back seat to the eye candy of Avalon. In any case, Jason Nadal has an awesome article on the Longhorn Speech API . Sample code included! Talking to your computer can be a little strange, and most...
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  • Walking the thin line with XAML

    Chris positions XAML vs general serialization technologies and approaches. ... XAML was designed to be a compromise markup format, that balanced the toolability and readability aspects of a markup. You can think of HTML as a markup that was squarely designed to be readable, but not very toolable. SOAP...
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  • The .Net Show - filming about avalon

    Pablo Fernicola (Group Program Manager), David Ornstein (Lead Program Manager), Nathan Dunlap (Rockin' Designer), and I spent time yesterday with Robert Hess and the .Net Show crew. The .Net Show blog posted about the filming (with links to photos) etc... Interesting format. Nathan showed the Login Screen...
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  • Today you can't compile xaml on the fly.

    A posting in the channel 9 wiki on getting stated with xaml led me to clarify how xaml pages load in IE and why you sometimes need to compile them. XAML Loading in IE Currently, if you have a xaml page and it doesn't have any code embedded (or in a code behind file) you can just double click it and it...
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