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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. WPF
A few tips for working with XAML inside of Visual Studio 2010.
If you work with XAML day in and day out then surely you will have your own tips/tricks for working inside of Visual Studio 2010. Here are mine. I hope that you find them useful. Tip #1 When Double Clicking on a .XAML File go directly to the XAML View and collapse the Design split view. I find it annoying how the design view opens up every time you double click on a .XAML file. I like to create my UI inside of Expression Blend instead of Visual Studio. For instance, I get the following screen when ......

Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 6:05 AM

A Silverlight Developer’s look at TFS 2010 Remote Hosting.
Full Disclaimer: Since I am on the GeeksWithBlog.NET Influencer list, I was issued a free 1-year subscription to DiscountASP.NET TFS2010 remote hosting. With that said, the thoughts/opinions located below are my own. I’ve always like Team Foundation Server. The main thing that I’ve hated about it was installing/maintaining it. I’d rather spend that time learning more about things such as Silverlight/WPF/WP7. I really didn’t know what to expect as we use another source control at work and I’ve never ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:20 AM

Enabling Scrolling Text in WPF (XAML Code Snippet)
I recently needed to create a scrolling text in a WPF application. After I did some digging, I found it and thought that I would post here to share. I’ve added my own touches to it, so the original source has been modified. <TextBlock Grid.Row="2" FontSize="22" Name="txtScrolling"> <TextBlock.RenderTransfo... <TranslateTransform x:Name="translate" /> </TextBlock.RenderTransf... <TextBlock.Triggers> <EventTrigger RoutedEvent="FrameworkEleme... <BeginStoryboard> ......

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:34 PM

Working with the Grid in SilverLight/WPF
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the Grid in Silverlight/WPF today and decided that I’d share this with others. I made this diagram and the following xaml code snippet to remember how to position controls/etc in the grid. From looking at the image below, we have a 3x3 Grid that starts at 0. After you create a Grid, debugging is easier if you turn the ShowGridLines to true. Now its time to setup the RowDefinitions and ColumnDefinitions. We can create a button control now. You should pay special ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:05 PM

Getting started with MVVM (General Info+Links)
OK, Lots of confusion around this pattern. I am also trying to wrap my head around this pattern and wanted to present what I have learned so far as well as my favorite links on the subject. I’m also working on a sample program that is from start-to-finish. Model View ViewModel is usually called: MVVM PresentationModel or just the plain ViewModel It is just an architectural pattern for Silverlight of WPF. It is designed to allow Designers to focus on the user experience instead of the business logic. ......

Posted On Sunday, June 27, 2010 9:54 PM

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