Archive for the Xaml Category

Metro Controls – Jump Viewer

After an amazing week at //Build, I’ve been busy playing with the new controls, which I have to say are fantastic! Ollie and I know the pain first hand when it comes to building a Silverlight TUI (Touch User Interface) it’s not a great story and IMHO the controls are not ready. I may still […]

WP7 Contrib – Bing Service Wrapper Part I – Location

This being the first post about the Wrappers I thought that we should break the ice with the most commonly used service. Location. Out of all of the services this is the simplest to call but also we would suspect the most widely used. When you combine this service with the device location based WP7C […]

WP7Contrib – Page Transitions and Navigation Service

I finally got around to updating the page transistions in wp7 contrib last week, its something that has been on my list for awhile. For a complete sample project check out the sample in the spikes folder where you can also find lots of other samples illustrating other tennants of the contrib. The transitions used […]

WP7 Contrib – the last messenger

As you may already be aware the WP7C uses MVVM Light as its preferred MVVM framework. Laurent has a great implementation of a Mediator style pattern that he has aptly name the Messenger. What I really like about this is the simplicity when it comes to implementing the baked in messages and how you can […]

WP7 Contrib – Customising the DateTime Picker

As you may already be aware there are two controls in the WP7 toolkit that provide the standard interactions and UI for selecting time and a date. Personally these are 2 of my favourite controls mainly due to the transitions and simple UI. However….. What happens when we are building an application that needs you […]

The cleansing process

I spend a large proportion of my time collaborating with UI designers and UI interaction designers where we work closely together to produce interactive UI’s for customers. As someone who is a novice when it comes to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop I am very reliant on the import functionality in Blend. In this post I […]

PathListBox Adventures – radial layout

The PathListBox ROCKS, if you have not heard of this control before then checkout Christians blog for more details and also his session at mix 10. The PathListBox solves some of the tricky issues related to creating custom panels for a ListBox or ItemsControl. Previously when we need custom layout of visual elements inside of […]

Its a POC don’t worry about the data…

In the last post my aim was to start a conversation around the advantages of building a visual data model. But this is a POC ? Why would you do this? Well its an interesting question and I am sure that there are folks out there who like to build prototypes and POC’s in this […]

JC Decaux and Tag Heuer Surface Application deployed to Heathrow T5

This is really the start of a number of posts that I have been meaning to put together for a while now. These are centred around how to rapidly build prototypes. It’s a technique that I use on a regular basis both for WPF and for Silverlight. In order for me to get across how […]

Resource Dictionaries

In this post I thought that it would be interesting to share some of my thoughts that I have been having recently around Resource Dictionaries (RD) and how they are structured. It is very easy to just put everything into your generic.Xaml or even into your app.Xaml files and let the designer run away with […]