Friday, September 09, 2005

Houston .Net User Group Meeting

I attended a meeting of the Houston .Net User Group (HDNUG) last night. It was great! The room was packed and the mood was definitely upbeat.

Jerry Fitzpatrick gave a Tip and Trick presentation on "Customizing A .NET Control". He derived a class in C# from Label and proceeded to show how the VS .Net IDE reflected changes made to the properties of the class. Once Jerry made a couple of properties read-only those properties no longer appeared in the properties window. Similarly, Jerry showed how he could create a new property and the IDE would make it available at design time. Good stuff!

Markus Egger gave a presentation on Avalon, XAML, and WinFX. I have got to get me one o' these! Avalon may not quite be a UI paradigm changer, but it's at least a paradigm nudger...a nudge like a baseball bat to the head. Awesome stuff. Excellent presentation. The animation demos made the best impression.

Apparently, Avalon is now called Windows Presentation Framework, and is available here.

HDNUG raffled off a dozen textbooks, a few coffee mugs, 3 copies of CodeSmith, and an 80 Gb USB hard drive. Sweet!


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9/09/2005 3:03 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

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9/09/2005 3:08 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

OK. Comments are left on for now, but I have "word" recognition turned on, and I am not allowing anonymous comments.

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9/09/2005 3:12 PM  
Blogger Ashish Shetty said...

Bill, I like to think of Avalon (now Windows Presentation Foundation) as a paradigm changer. You've probably seen or heard of the feature richness: vector graphics engine, 3D support, fixed and flow documents, styles, animation, media, uniform programming model for the web and the desktop, plus application and deployment models that are not in your face. These are great by themselves, but one fact not often talked about is the integration story: how the platform makes it possible to blend all of this together, for instance to create a button that is gel styled and has 3D animation on it when you mouseover.

And I don't just say this because I work on the team :) I am happy you have previewed our technologies and would love to get more feedback when you get your feet wet in them. It is important to us that the platform allows our customers to create great applications.

9/11/2005 11:41 AM  

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