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Announcement! Adventures of a WinForms developer in the WPF world

Posted by Igor Moochnick on 01/05/2008

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Recently I start to see more and more adoption of the WPF around me, but it still happening very slowly. Mainly this is due to the extreme flexibility of the WPF and lack of the predefined control libraries. This is extremely bad for people who are perfectionists. They like to make their application shine, but can’t do this without a deep knowledge of WPF. And, while starting to learn WPF, they start to wonder around and discover more and more amazing things that can be achieved with it. It’s just impossible to stop and focus on the day-to-day tasks. Big companies can afford to have a dedicated designer, but a small dev or consulting shop can’t. And more than that, today there are only a handful of designers that know WPF in and out. Just admit it – the technology is still new and not widely adopted.

So, I’ve decided to walk you through all the small tips and tricks that I’ve passed through a year ago while playing with CTP bits of WPF and .NET 3.0. The tutorial will be based around a single application. I plan to show how different new .NET 3/3.5 technologies (WPF, WCF, WF) can be used in a series of small posts. Each time making the application smarter and more functional.

I think it’s a time to have a code alternative to Northwind database. If all the DB-related examples are written against Northwind, what are the DB-unrelated examples should be written against? Don’t you think?

I’ve put a screen-shot for a tease. If you can figure out what this application doing you can win a nice mug.

NOTE: If, by any chance this post will see a designer that knows WPF and want to join me in writing a nice WPF-related tutorials. Shoot me a note.

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