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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

Series - Building IG Outlook

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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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  • Dallas XAML: Using Prism to Build Loosely Coupled WPF and Silverlight Applications

    Last week I presented a session on building WPF and Silverlight applications using Prism at the Dallas XAML user group.  Here is the session abstract: In this session we’ll learn how to design and build Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop and Silverlight applications using loosely coupled components that can evolve independently.  This is an introductory … Continued

  • Free Pluralsight Prism Training

    I am excited to announce that Pluralsight and Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices team have joined forces to provide you with free access to over 4 hours of online Prism training.  That’s right, you heard me correctly. FREE online Prism training sponsored by the one and only Patterns & Practices team.  I know you have some … Continued

  • Chicago .NET User Group–The Shortest Prism Talk I have Ever Given.

    This past week I was on the road again.  This time I was visiting Chicago, the “Windy City”.  Let me tell you… it was really windy!  What was I doing there you ask?  Well I was visiting my friends at the Chicago .NET User Group.  What did I talk about?  Well, Prism of course. The … Continued

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  • WPF – Windows 7 Taskbar Part Two – Jump Lists

    About a month ago I started a four part series on how to implement various features of the Windows 7 taskbar which are features that have seemly been forgotten.  This series will attempt to resurrect the Windows 7 taskbar and cover the following: Thumbnail Buttons Jump Lists Overlay Icons Progress bar icons In this post … Continued

  • 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

  • Building IG Outlook Part 4 – Creating Custom Region Adapters

    This is the fourth video in a series that will take you step-by-step on building a Prism application that mimics Microsoft Outlook.  In this video we create a custom region adapter for the Infragistics XamRibbon and XamOutlookBar controls that are defined as regions in our application’s shell. Download the Source

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  • XamDataGrid Cell Adorner Framework

    Quite some time ago, Josh Smith wrote a post on how to adorn the cells of the XamDataGrid.  I like the concept, but wanted a better implementation that didn’t rely on events or initializing controls in the code behind.  So this led me to write a simple cell adorner framework that will allow you to … Continued

  • 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 about the new controls we are giving you early access to, the new features that … Continued

  • FREE IG Theme for WPF and Silverlight Microsoft Controls

    It’s that time again!  Time for another free WPF and Silverlight theme for the Microsoft controls.  The last free theme I gave away was the Metro Light and Dark Themes for WPF and Silverlight Microsoft controls.  Soon after I released that theme, there was an overwhelming positive response from the community.  So, I am fulfilling … Continued