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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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  • Building IG Outlook Part 3 – Creating the Mail Module

    This is the third video in a series that will take you step-by-step on building a Prism application that mimics Microsoft Outlook.  In this video we will create the first module in the application called the Mail module.  We concentrate on just stubbing out the module project, creating a module catalog, adding the Mail module … Continued

  • BAM! The Burlington, Albany, and Montreal User Group Tour

    I would like to announce my first user group tour of 2013.  I call it BAM!  The Burlington, Albany, and Montreal User Group Tour.  Starting Feb 9th, I will be making my way to Burlington Vermont to present at the Vermont .NET User Group.  I know technically it’s called the Vermont .NET UG and not … Continued

  • Create a Custom Prism RegionAdapter

    Don’t want to read the article?  Watch the video tutorial on Xaml TV. Prism provides 4 region adapters out of the box for you: ContentControlRegionAdapter SelectorRegionAdaptor ItemsControlRegionAdapter TabControlRegionAdapter (Silverlight only) Well, what happens when you want to use a different control as a region host?  Simple.  You need to write a custom region adapter for … Continued

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  • A Simple WPF Loading Animation

    Okay, so I needed a very simple and clean loading animation for a multi threaded application I was working on to notify the user that something was in the process of being loaded.  So of course the first place I looked was Google, because I figured someone else has already written one and I could … Continued

  • 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 new functionality.  One of these brand new functional additions is a ViewModelLocator.  Now, I personally … Continued

  • Analyze performance issues in your WPF application with WPFPerf.

    Do you have a WPF application that just seems to be slow in some areas and have no idea on how to track it down? Enter the WPFPerf profiling tool.  WPFPerf is a suite of performance profiling tools that allows you to analyze the run-time behavior or your WPF application.  It can also help determine … 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

  • On the Road Again! The I-90 User Group Tour (Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse)

    I’m on the road again for my second user group tour of 2013.  This time I am headed to the great state of New York.  I am calling it the I-90 Tour, mainly because all the groups I will be speaking at are located along the I-90 New York State Thruway. On March 26 I … Continued

  • Infragistics User Group Contest 2012: And the Winner is….

    I did a ton of traveling and speaking at various events and user groups in 2012.  During this time, I decided to start a fun little contest between user groups that I presented at.  If I came to speak at your user group, you probably remember me taking a picture of your user group.  Well, … Continued