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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...
3 Aug 2015
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...
2 Aug 2015
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...
21 Jul 2015
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...
20 Jul 2015
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...
9 Jul 2015
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...
2 Jul 2015
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...
25 Jun 2015
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...
24 Jun 2015
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...
6 Jun 2015
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...
1 Jun 2015
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....
31 May 2015
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...
29 May 2015
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...
28 May 2015
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...
22 May 2015
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...
22 May 2015
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 ...
22 May 2015
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...
22 May 2015
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...
22 May 2015
Silverlight Resources on the Technet Wiki
Peter Geelen - MSFT
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...
10 May 2015
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...
9 May 2015
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...
9 May 2015
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 ...
4 May 2015
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...
19 Apr 2015
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...
18 Apr 2015
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...
18 Apr 2015
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