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  • 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: 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: 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: User Page: Andy ONeill

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

    Table of Contents Introduction Work in Progress - please do not edit Beginning WPF Binding Advanced Binding 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. This groups the series...
  • 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: Trouble Shooting Installs

    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: 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...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Thinking outside the box with the adorner

    Introduction Sometimes you need to break out the box of the control you're in and show something above or on top if it. When this is just for a short period of time the tooltip is a pretty good candidate. There are complications with a tooltip though it's a pop up so binding from it is...
  • 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: DotNet: Reporting Options

    Table of Contents Introduction SAP Crystal Reports Microsoft Reports MS Access Transforms - XSLT / XSL Jquery T4 Template Word Mail merge Open Source ReportingCloud My-FyiReporting Paid Third Party Telerik Reporting DevExpress Universal Reporting DevExpress Snap Windward Autotag Banded Reports ...
  • 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: CollectionView Tips

    Table of Contents Introduction Audience Broad Functionality Particular Advantages Usage Usage Introduction First obtain your CollectionView Sorting Filtering Simple Filtering Slightly more Complicated Complicated Filtering Performance and Repository Programmatic Selection of Record The Good The not so...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Property List Editing

    Table of Contents Introduction The Usual WPF Approach A List of Them Show Me the Code MainWindow EditRow Dictionary1 Conclusion Other Alternatives Introduction A very common User Interface layout for editing data is a list of labelled fields/properties. The label describes what the field is...
  • Wiki Page: C#: Practical Poly

    Table of Contents Introduction Intended Audience The Requirement What Code to Share - and How Over Riding What Override Does Process Flow The Visual Aid The Code - Publish Code - Menu Markup CommandVM CommandMessage MainWindowViewModel The Code - Subscribe CrudVMBase CustomersViewModel Summary Alternative...
  • Wiki Page: Silverlight: No Need to BringIntoView

    Table of Contents Demonstration Markup Code Behind Results A change introduced in Silverlight 5 is that a ListBox ( or any itemscontrol ) will now scroll a selected item into view if it's off screen. The rest of this article proves that. Demonstration Create a new Silverlight project...
  • Wiki Page: WPF: Tips - RadioButton Alignment

    Table of Contents Symptoms Simple Fix A More Complicated Fix Wait a Minute See Also The spot in a RadioButton or box in a CheckBox is vertically aligned in a rather strange way. The UI design perfectionist might even suggest this is a sub optimal way. You might never notice this if you...
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