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“WPF/E” (codename) Community Technology Preview Sample Pack (Feb 2007) February 5, 2007

Posted by Patricio in Software Engineering, WPF.

Download and enjoy additional “WPF/E” (codename) enhanced web samples you can customize.
The “WPF/E” (codename) CTP Sample Pack is a self extracting package that will create a directory on your computer. The directory will contain sub directories with web pages you can view with a browser that is enhanced with “WPF/E”.


February CTP of WPF/E is Live February 1, 2007

Posted by Patricio in Software Engineering, WPF.

The December CTP just expired and the February CTP is now live.  The Windows installer is here and the Mac installer is here.

Windows Presentation Foundation Hands-On-Labs – RTM January 8, 2007

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These labs, also known as the Mix 06 Sandbox labs as they were released as part of the Mix ’06 Conference, are a set of tutorials that introduce key features of Windows Presentation Foundation and have been updated and tested to work with the .NET 3.0 RTM.

Each lab guides you step-by-step through the process of developing a complete Windows Presentation Foundation application using Visual Studio 2005, the Windows SDK and the Visual Studio 2005 Development Tools for .NET 3.0.

WPF/E: Setting up your workstation for development December 16, 2006

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So you’ve installed the WPF/E runtime and played with a few samples.  You’ve probably also installed the WPF/E SDK and opened up some of the sample source code.  What next?  Write your own WPF/E code, of course!

Adam Kinney has posted a video on Channel 9 about Getting Started with WPF/E. It’s worth a listen (I say listen because the code on his screen is illegible, but it’s interesting anyway).  In this video he opens up a WPF/E project template and uses that as a starting point.  So where is this template and how can you get it?  Well, there’s a hard way and an easy way to get it …

More details on John Rayner’s Blog

A short list of WPF/E examples December 16, 2006

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From Michael Schwarz’s Blog

– Flash and WPF/E combined:

– Page Turner

– Sprawl Game

– Film Strip Slide-Show

– Media Library

– Channel 9 Player (this is amazing, play the video, then shapeshift)

– Embed Videos in your Web Site


– Simple Animation

– Channel9 WPF/E section

– Egg Timer with animation, sound and transparencies

– Mouse Tracking

– Examples from Mike Taulty
http://mtaulty.com/wpfe/ex7.html  (nice video animation)

– Storyboard animation example

WPF…Everywhere! December 5, 2006

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The “WPF/E” (codename) Software Development Kit, enables you to build web pages and web applications that include rich content such as vector-based graphics, 2D animation, high fidelity text, audio and video and use JavaScript (AJAX) to interact with the page content and your server. The SDK contains documentation, sample code and tools that can be used by designers and developers. In order to view the application, the user’s browser need to be enhanced with the appropriate “WPF/E” (codename) package. To assist with the development process we recommend using Visual Studio 2005 in addition to this SDK. To help with design, we recommend using Microsoft Expression Design and Microsoft Expression Blend. In order to integrate the end result with web pages we recommend using Microsoft Expression Web.

The CTP SDK is available here.
The CTP is available here.

More details here.

.NET Framework 3.0 is here! November 7, 2006

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For best results, install on a computer that has not had any pre-release versions of .NET Framework 3.0 installed on it. If your computer has a pre-release version on it, you must remove it in the correct order to ensure a clean uninstall.

Free E-Learning: Developing Rich Experiences with Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 and Visual Studio® 2005 October 15, 2006

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This collection of 3 2-hour premium clinics teaches about the new capabilities provided by the .NET Framework 3.0. These clinics are for experienced Developers and Software Architects who are looking to adopt Microsoft’s next generation technology within their solutions.

Topics covered within the collection include:

  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Windows Workflow Foundation
  • Windows Communication Foundation

Getting started in WPF October 8, 2006

Posted by Patricio in Software Engineering, WPF.

Jfo have put together a series of articles on WPF, from a Windows Forms developer perspective.

The Whole Thing

Individual Articles

Other WPF articles as seen on JFo’s coding


Virtual .NET Framework 3.0 Labs October 6, 2006

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.NET Framework 3.0 includes Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace technologies.

Check them out here

The relationship between .NET 2.0, .NET 3.0, VS2005, “Orcas”, ATLAS, C#3, VB9, LINQ and ADO.NET vnext October 3, 2006

Posted by Patricio in Coding, Orcas, Software Engineering, WCF, WF, WPF.

.NET 3.0 was a wierd marketing move because it sure as heck sounds like it’s a whole new version of .NET, but it’s really not.First a pretty picture:

The Framework

.NET 3.0 is.NET 2.0 plus the four new components. Those four core technologies are called the “.NET 3.0 Components“.

When you install .NET 3.0, it will put the .NET 2.0 framework and the .NET 3.0 components on your computer. If you already have .NET 2.0, then it will just add the 3.0 components. If you have Vista, it’s all there already since those .NET 3.0 tools are a core part of Vista as well. Looking in your folders, you will see the .NET 2.0 stuff where you are used to seeing it – in Microsoft.NET\Framework\V2.0.50727. There will also be a Microsoft.NET\Framework\V3.0 folder that has just the four .NET 3.0 components in it.

Nothing in .NET 2.0 is changing.

.NET 3.0 and Vista

The .NET 3.0 components are part of Vista. So programming with these components also allows you to leverage what is new and shiny about Vista.

Visual Studio “Orcas“

Like the relationship between .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.0, so goes the relationship between Visual Studio 2005 and “Orcas“. Orcas adds stuff on to what is already in VS2005: development tools that let you work with the .NET 3.0 stuff. For example, UI tools for building XAML (“Cider“), project templates and intellisense for the components, a UI tool for WCF as well. The last is not in the current CTP, by the way. So everything you already can do with VS2005, plus more.


First of all, ATLAS isn’t ATLAS any more it’s “ASP.NET AJAX“. AJAX is an extension to ASP.NET 2.0 that provides client side scripting libraries. It also has ton of controls that come with it. ATLAS, err, ASP.NET Ajax is not part of any of these other releases. It is currently autonomous and it works right along with VS2005 (though it’s still a CTP). Hopefully it will RTM by the end of the year. That will be v1.0. Then it will be wrapped into Orcas and get more goodies as well.


These will be part of Visual Studio “Orcas“.


It’s very tempting to call this ADO.NET 3.0, but that makes it sound too integrated with .NET 3.0 which it is wholly unrelated to. ADO.NET vNext will be fully integrated with LINQ as well as adding some other awesome data access capabilities. But it is not coming out any time soon that I know of.

In addition to what I thought I already knew, I have spent a lot of time reading through “futures” documentation on the C# , VB9 and LINQ sites, on the ADO.NET site, on the Visual Studio site, on the .NET Framework site, the ASP.NET AJAX site, in forums and in blogs written by Microsofties.

by Julia Lerman

Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (ISO) for September CTP of Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components September 29, 2006

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Windows SDK September CTP DVD ISO

The Windows SDK includes pre-release content for application development with the APIs in Windows Vista, including the .NET Framework 3.0 technologies: .NET Framework 2.0, Windows® Presentation Foundation, Windows® Communications Foundation, and Windows® Workflow Foundation.

Introducing Windows Presentation Foundation September 18, 2006

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The primary goal of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is to help developers create attractive and effective user interfaces. Learn how the WPF unified platform helps make designers active participants in creating user interfaces, and provides a common programming model for standalone and browser applications