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  • Wiki Page: WPF: Inheriting Property Values Considered

    This article explains and compares some approaches to inherit property values down the Visual Tree. Table of Contents Introduction Options Dependency Property Inheritance Example of Dependency Property Inheritance The Cryptic Explanation: Explanation of the Explanation Parent Dependency Property...
  • Wiki Page: User Page: Andy ONeill

    Andy is a long term Contractor with a wide variety of experience. He works in the Microsoft stack (mostly) on a wide variety of applications using all sorts of technologies - web, desktop, mobile, service reporting and database. Table of Contents Technet Wiki C# DotNet MSDN Forums Silverlight...
  • Wiki Page: Silverlight: Troubleshooting Installation

    This page is intended to help end consumers as well as the occasional professional developer who might have a problem with a Silverlight install. Table of Contents Troubleshooting Is Silverlight Working? Is Your Setup Compatible? Subtle Incompatibilities This Browser Doesn't Support Silverlight...
  • Wiki Page: Communicating Between Classes

    Table of Contents Common Use Cases Include The Inelegant solutions The Elegant solution - Messaging Sending and Receiving Messages Sample Solution Explanation of Code ViewModel to Code Behind Example ViewModel Requiring user input A very common question on the MSDN forums is where someone has one...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: MVVM Friendly User Notification

    This article demonstrates several MVVM friendly approaches to letting the user know something happened from code in a ViewModel. Table of Contents Getting the User's Attention Before You Start MVVM Immobile Text Common Mechanisms Fade Flash Wipe Ripple Moving Text Toast ToastListViewModel ToastList...
  • Wiki Page: UWA: Simple ListViewItem Styling

    This article explains a simple(r) way to style the look of ListViewItems in Universal Windows Store applications. Table of Contents Introduction Audience Overview Requirement The Development Process ListView Outstanding Functionality and Problems Ticked Off Theme Brushes Selected Colour Near...
  • Wiki Page: C#: Customise Add New Item Template

    The aim of this article is to introduce the reader to the idea of customising the templates they use when choosing Add > New Item in Visual Studio. Table of Contents Background Method Template Location New Template Try it See Also Other Resources Background A recent msdn forum question...
  • Wiki Page: Developer Friendly XML Extraction From SQL Server

    This article explains an approach which can used to extract data for Ad Hoc purposes by regular developers who are more used to .Net than SQL Server. Table of Contents Target Audience Overview Requirements Precautions Writing the Extract SQL Baby Steps For XML Auto Export to File Introduction to...
  • Wiki Page: MSDN Forums: Asking Questions

    Table of Contents How an Answerer Uses This Research First Correct Forum One Question Make Your Question Attractive Include Just Enough Code Enough Explanation Not the Wall of Code Helpful Development Techniques Debugging Iterative Development Marking Answers Be Fair Recognition Points Plagiarism Fallibility...
  • Wiki Page: Wiki: Why YOU Should Enter the Technet Wiki Guru Competition

    As the title suggests, this article is intended to explain why you would want to write a Technet Wiki article and enter it in the monthly competition. Table of Contents Introduction Why the Competition Exists Raising Your Profile Proof of Competence Tick the Community Box Entry Point What Are You...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: hAndy Tips

    Table of Contents Introduction Work in Progress - please do not edit Beginning WPF Binding Advanced Binding Dependency Properties Formatting Layout Efficiency Designer XAML MVVM See Also Introduction This article is the parent to a series presenting a wide variety of wpf development tips....
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - Dependency Property Default Double Trouble

    The tip explains how to resolve the "Default value type does not match type of property ..... " error. Table of Contents Scenario Reason for the Error Resolving the Error See Also Scenario Since double is a common type for control properties double is also a very common type...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Dynamic XAML

    Table of Contents Introduction Loading a Flat File as a Resource Dictionary Introduction to XamlReader Linq to XML Exploring XML Changing the Unchangeable Flexible Composition Awkward Bindings/Data Finally The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the many uses for building XAML dynamically...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Uneventful MVVM

    There’s an inevitable question crops up whilst coaching someone from a winforms or vb6 background: “How do I do my events then?” Read this before that grouchy team lead coaches you. The rumours are true. Table of Contents Audience Why Are Practical Reasons So Important? Sample No Event Handlers...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Implementing Global Hot Keys

    Table of Contents Introduction P/Invoke RegisterHotKey Return Value Other Applications Sample Code See Also Introduction If you want your WPF application to be able to detect and handle key presses even when it is not currently activated or focused on the screen you could implement what is known...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Change Tracking

    This article uses a sample to explain a method for tracking which data changed in a WPF application. Table of Contents Introduction Usage Technical Overview Code MainWindow Markup MainWindowViewModel MediaVM NotifyWithColour Dictionary1 Use in Your Projects Snippet See Also Other Resources ...
  • Wiki Page: C#: Local Files

    Your first application goes live. There you are awaiting the adulation of your new users. Over in the corner of your open office the first line support staff seem to be getting a lot of calls. Maybe this is your admiring fans? Then all the support tickets come through – every user reports your...
  • Wiki Page: Silverlight: StrikeThrough

    Silverlight only supports underline TextDecoration, this article is about implementing Strikethrough-like functionality and a warning about some of the issues to be aware of. Table of Contents Introduction Draw Your Own Line Complications Work Round Fails Setting the X2 Value FindControlByType...
  • Wiki Page: Silverlight Resources on the Technet Wiki

    These are the Silverlight Articles on the Technet Wiki Table of Contents Consumer / General Development General Business Intelligence Windows Phone Silverlight for Windows Embedded See Also Search Silverlight tag on Technet Wiki Other Resources Consumer / General Trouble Shooting Installs...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Entity Framework MVVM Walk Through 1

    Table of Contents Introduction Requirements Set Up Tables Creating an Entity Data Model Model - Step by step Outline UI Requirement Explanation of Implementation What gets a ViewModel? Ribbon/Toolbar/What? Navigation Edit Commands GetData - Intial read and refresh command Deletion User Messages Error...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - the Mystery of the Lost Binding

    This is more a horror story than a whodunnit. There you are working on your application and suddenly you notice it's behaving strangely. A dark shadow falls across the monitor, a door suddenly slams shut and dogs can be heard howling in the distance. Your binding is gone. Oh no. What strange...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - DataContext Special Source

    Sometimes what you've got just isn't tasty enough. You want more. How about some special sauce on that DataContext? Table of Contents Introduction Container DataContext Control DataContext Special Source to the Rescue Multiple DataContext See Also Other Resources Introduction ...
  • Wiki Page: Silverlight: What is Silverlight

    Table of Contents Audience Not Full .Net See Also Other References Audience This explanation is aimed at consumers rather than developers and deliberately glosses over some things. The result is probably over simplified for developers. Silverlight is a technology which allows you...
  • Wiki Page: Visual Studio: Snippetty Tip

    Table of Contents Introduction Audience What's a Code Snippet? What and where are they? A Simple Change From Editor Advanced Snippets See Also Other Resources Introduction Lots of developers use Intellisense Code Snippets but relatively few design their own or even alter existing snippets...
  • Wiki Page: T-SQL: How to Get the Latest Costs

    This article is aimed at developers new to T-SQL and SQL server. Most use will be gained by the developer who wants a pointer to alternative techniques or who has an immediate problem to solve. It is intended as something of a taster - a starting point for further research. If the reader is applying...
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