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  • Markup-oriented developers aren't at home with Strongly Typed languages

    A user asked: Is there a generic way of assigning a property a value, somewhat like you could do through XAML? For example, if I specify the following code: <Glyphs Fill=”#000000”> How would I create a Fill property with value “#000000” through code? Note that I don’t...
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  • CSS Support in XAML

    Jon Udell compares Flex and Avalon . He says: It's interesting to consider these two admirably compact implementations side-by-side. Some points of comparison: MXML XAML Here today 2006? 2007? Runs anywhere Flash Player 7 runs Runs only on Longhorn Server required Server not required Uses ActionScript...
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  • WinFS and System Maintenance

    My post today on microsoft.public.windows.developer.winfx.general I hope Microsoft also does some serious long term testing of Longhorn. I'd hate to think that everyones WinFS could grind to a halt after adding 6 months worth of data and no one could predict because they were in such a hurry to release...
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  • Longhorn- The missing pieces

    Apologies for not posting in a long time. I guess you'd all though this was another blogging casualty. But I'm back. I'm still working mainly with VB6 but I'm taking every oppotunity to cram .Net from books articles and videos online. I really like the way that WinFX will create a level playing field...
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  • XAML: Un-programming. Ouch. We want it to feel right.

    Dino's Un-Programming post, brings up interesting feedback from the development community. We want to make XAML somethings that developers can choose to use. That being said, I hope tools like VS and other tools from the rest of the industry focus on persisiting Visual Designers to XAML, not code. We...
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  • XAML: Setting richer properties via element syntax. Design considerations.

    I just saw Kenny Lim's ( digitalnetbizz ) posting calling out using a CLR object as a property in XAML . Let me give people some background on the feature and some changes we are considering in the future. Markup==ObjectModel This is one of the Avalon programming model's key tenets. We wanted our markup...
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  • MarkupCompilation: XAML, BAML, .g.cs Details

    WinFX allows you use XAML to declaratively define your UI, interactive media, or document. XAML is a great way to define these things. However, XAML isn't what we'd prefer to use at runtime. With HTML, parsing of the .html file is done at runtime. This leads to the following problems: 1) the runtime...
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  • WinFX: An All-Managed API

    Although this article is a couple weeks old (and I dont know if someone already posted it) I thought it was quite an interesting read on WinFX and its relationship to the .NET Framework today as well as to the Win32 API. It cleared up a few things for me, especially that all new functionality in Longhorn...
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  • What is missing from or broken about XAML?

    Yesterday Chris , Don , Martin (a coworker of Don's) and I met to discuss XAML. We're going to be thinking hard about possible improvements to it. Now when I say XAML in this context - i mean the markup format, not the Avalon elements or animations, etc.... We're asking questions like: 1) should compact...
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  • IS this a democracy?

    I'm not sure how Avalon is going to go on the ID vs Id issue. Thanks to Brad and Steven for raising the issue with the community. I've read every reason, tallied the results, took out the repeat votes (but left their first vote in), took out Microsoft employees, etc... We're talking pivot table here...
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