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MVVM Best Practices #1 Highest Rated Episode on Visual Studio Toolbox

MVVM Best Practices #1 Highest Rated Episode on Visual Studio Toolbox

Back on May 12th, I attended this little event you might have heard of called TechEd in Houston, TX.  Just before the event, Robert Green, the host of Visual Studio Toolbox on Channel9, invited me back on the show to talk a little about MVVM and some best practices I would recommend to anyone using … Continued

Getting Started with Prism’s new ViewModelLocator

Getting Started with Prism’s new ViewModelLocator

You may, or may not, have heard that the Microsoft Patterns and Practices team recently shipped the newest version of Prism.  With the latest 5.0 version of Prism comes A LOT of breaking changes, bug fixes, new features, and brand…

Getting Started with the Infragistics xamSpreadsheet CTP

Getting Started with the Infragistics xamSpreadsheet CTP

With the most recent release of Infragistics WPF 14.1, we announced the availability of a new xamSpreadsheet control as a CTP (Community Technology Preview).  Since this announcement, I have been getting a number of question regarding how to even get…

XamRichTextEditor: Build your own Office Inspired Contextual Rich Text Format Toolbar

XamRichTextEditor: Build your own Office Inspired Contextual Rich Text Format Toolbar

The xamRichTextEditor was release just over 5 months ago, and it has quickly becoming one of Infragistics’ most popular controls.  For those of you that don’t know about the xamRichTextEditor, it’s a highly customizable rich text editing control that provides…

What’s New in Infragistics WPF and Silverlight 14.1

What’s New in Infragistics WPF and Silverlight 14.1

AMAZING! That’s all I can say about this 14.1 release of Infragistics WPF and Silverlight controls. This is the most feature packed release we have had since I started working at Infragistics over 2 years ago. I am really excited…

Infragistics User Group Contest 2014

Infragistics User Group Contest 2014

It’s time to start the third annual Infragistics User Group Contest for 2014.  This contest started as a way to help break the ice and loosen up the attendees during my sessions at the user groups I would present at.  Once the groups learned they would be competing with other like-minded groups of people from … Continued

Infragistics User Group Contest 2013: and the Winner is…

Infragistics User Group Contest 2013: and the Winner is…

At the beginning of the 2013 year, I announced the start of the Infragistics User Group Contest for 2013.  The contest started in 2012 as a fun way to break the ice at the various user groups I would speak at.  Due to the success of the contest, it quickly expanded to the rest of … Continued

XamDockManager Prism Region Adapter: Update 3

XamDockManager Prism Region Adapter: Update 3

The Prism region adapter I wrote for the xamDockManager has become much more popular than I would have ever thought.  My last update to the xamDockManger Prism region adapter was back in March.  That update included some refactoring and support…

Showing the Windows 8 Touch keyboard in WPF

Showing the Windows 8 Touch keyboard in WPF

With the release of Windows 8, the era of touch devices is in full swing.  Manufacturers are scrambling to create mobile devices that can run Microsoft Windows with the touch of a finger, without the need for a keyboard and…

What’s New in Windows UI in 13.2

What’s New in Windows UI in 13.2

Roughly 7 months ago, we announced the release of a brand new product from Infragistics for Windows 8 development.  Now, it is time for another update to the Infragistics Windows UI control toolset with the release of 13.2.  In our…

What’s new in Infragistics WPF and Silverlight in 13.2

What’s new in Infragistics WPF and Silverlight in 13.2

Shhhh… Do you hear that?  That’s the sound of another mind blowing, face melting, feature packed, Chuck Norris* approved release of Infragistics WPF and Silverlight controls.  That’s right kiddies, this 13.2 release brings a number of new controls, new features,…

Silverlight 4 Maintsream Support has Ended

Silverlight 4 Maintsream Support has Ended

In case you missed it, Microsoft’s mainstream support for Silverlight 4 has ended.  Technically it ended in January of 2013, but you wouldn’t know that unless you keep up to date with Microsoft’s Silverlight Support Lifecycle, or you tried to open a Silverlight 4 application in Visual Studio 2013.  Then you will immediately notice that … Continued

Learning Prism and Infragistics

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Setting up the Prism Application
 
Creating the Shell
 
Creating the Mail Module
 
Creating Custom Region Adapters
 
Navigation and MVVM
 
Adding Ribbon Tabs to Navigation
 
Adding the Contact Module
 
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Introduction to Prism

check In this course you will learn how to design and build Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications, Silverlight Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), and Windows Phone 7 applications using loosely coupled components that can evolve independently but which can be easily and seamlessly integrated into the overall application. This is an introductory course that concentrates on the basic concepts required to build a composite application with the Microsoft Patterns and Practices Prism framework which includes the boostrapper, regions, modules, view composition, navigation, and different techniques for communicating between loosely couple components.

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  • XamDockManager–A Prism RegionAdapter

    Writing a generic custom Prism RegionAdapter for a complex control is sometimes difficult, because custom RegionAdapters are custom.  They normally have some specific logic built into them that make them fit into a particular application just right.  You might need a tweak here or a tweak there, need a feature here or a feature there, … Continued

  • Prism: Dynamically Discover and Load Modules at Runtime

    If you develop WPF applications with Prism, then you are probably already aware of the many ways in which you can load a module.  Loading a module starts with what is called a ModuleCatalog.  You can’t load a module unless it has been added to a ModuleCatalog.  Once the module has been added to a … Continued

  • My I-90 User Group Tour (Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse) Follow up

    What an awesome week!  If you have been following me on twitter, then you know that I was on my I-90 User Group Tour last week.  I spoke at three user groups, in three days.  Unlike my BAM! User Group Tour that took me on nine airplanes, this tour only had me on four. I … Continued

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  • I Started a CodePlex Project: The Extended WPF Toolkit

    WPF developers, have you ever needed a control that it is in the Silverlight Toolkit but not the WPF Toolkit?  What is that all about?  Well my solution to that problem is on CodePlex and it is called the Extended WPF Toolkit.  The Extended WPF Toolkit is a collection of WPF controls, components and utilities … Continued

  • FREE Office 2010 Blue Theme for WPF and Silverlight Microsoft Controls

    Shhhhh…. Do you hear that?????  That’s the sound of another great FREE theme! Today’s theme is the highly requested Office 2010 Blue theme.  The Office 2010 Blue theme takes it’s visual cues from the Microsoft Office 2010 product suite.  This is probably the most popular theme among Windows developers.  Why?  Well ,let’s face it!  Most … Continued

  • Write a Sortable ObservableCollection for WPF

    You probably have had the need to sort an ObservableCollection at some point in one of your applications by either ascending or descending order.  Of course, you can always use the ObservableCollection.OrderBy and ObservableCollection.OrderByDescending, but these methods just return a new collection of IOrderedEnumerable, which forces you have to rebind the DataContext/ItemsSource in your UI, … Continued

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  • What’s new in Infragistics WPF and Silverlight in 13.2

    Shhhh… Do you hear that?  That’s the sound of another mind blowing, face melting, feature packed, Chuck Norris* approved release of Infragistics WPF and Silverlight controls.  That’s right kiddies, this 13.2 release brings a number of new controls, new features, new themes, new styles, and much needed updates to an already industry leading WPF and … Continued

  • An MVVM Friendly Property for the XamDataPresenter DoubleClick Event

    If you are building a WPF application, chances are you are using the MVVM pattern.  If you are using the MVVM pattern, I am sure you have discovered certain scenarios that become difficult to accomplish in a ViewModel when trying to respond to something in the View.  If you are building a WPF application, using … Continued

  • What’s New in Windows UI in 13.2

    Roughly 7 months ago, we announced the release of a brand new product from Infragistics for Windows 8 development.  Now, it is time for another update to the Infragistics Windows UI control toolset with the release of 13.2.  In our first release of Windows UI 13.1 back in April, we had put so much awesomeness … Continued