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WPF for the Visual Basic Programmer - Part 2 (Pluralsight)
Hi All, I have just published a new course on www.pluralsight.com . Check it out! Visual Basic Programmers are still in demand. Upgrade your skills by learning XAML and WPF. This course is specifically designed for the Visual Basic programmer and will...
WPF for the Visual Basic Programmer (Pluralsight)
Hello All, I have just published a new course on www.pluralsight.com ! Check it out! WPF For the Visual Basic Programmer Visual Basic Programmers are still in demand. Upgrade your skills by learning XAML and WPF. This course is specifically designed for...
Two more courses on Pluralsight
Hello All, I am pleased to announce that I have released two more courses on Pluralsight.com. How to Start and Run a Consulting Business Have you ever wanted to break out of the corporate life and be your own boss? Many people have this dream. In this...
Posted: Sep 18 2013, 01:45 PM by psheriff | with no comments
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Create a Login Window in WPF (2013)
One of my most widely-read blog posts had to do with creating a Login Windows in WPF that I wrote several years ago. I thought I would revisit this login screen with an updated version in Visual Studio 2012 and with an updated look and feel. Most business...
Posted: Aug 20 2013, 08:28 AM by psheriff | with 3 comment(s)
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Creating a XAML Tile Control
One of the navigation mechanisms used in Windows 8 and Windows Phone is a Tile. A tile is a large rectangle that can have words and pictures that a user can click on. You can build your own version of a Tile in your WPF or Silverlight applications using...
Posted: Oct 22 2012, 10:13 AM by psheriff | with no comments
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A WPF Image/Text Button
Some of our customers are asking us to give them a Windows 8 look and feel for their applications. This includes things like buttons, tiles, application bars, and other features. In this blog post I will describe how to create a button that looks similar...
Posted: Oct 01 2012, 09:03 AM by psheriff | with no comments
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A WPF Image Button
Instead of a normal button with words, sometimes you want a button that is just graphical. Yes, you can put an Image control in the Content of a normal Button control, but you still have the button outline, and trying to change the style can be rather...
Posted: Sep 06 2012, 01:15 PM by psheriff | with no comments
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A Communication System for XAML Applications
In any application, you want to keep the coupling between any two or more objects as loose as possible. Coupling happens when one class contains a property that is used in another class, or uses another class in one of its methods. If you have this situation...
A WPF Message Box you can Style
You go to great pains to add styles, colors, gradients, and a really cool look and feel to your WPF application only to have that ruined by the standard Windows message box as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1: The normal Windows message box just does not look...
Posted: Aug 13 2012, 12:39 PM by psheriff | with 1 comment(s)
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Create your own WPF Button User Controls
In Figure 1 you can see examples of the standard WPF Button controls. You can add a drop shadow and you can change the color, but you can’t change much else without creating a whole new control template. For example, you are unable to modify the BorderBrush...
Posted: Aug 10 2012, 11:54 AM by psheriff | with 1 comment(s)
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