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WPF: Binding updates

Whenever you offer a Cancel Changes command you need to delay updates to the Source until the user Accepts Changes e.g. by clicking OK or Save.

Although WPF's two way bindings update the source immediately you can delay the update by adding UpdateSourceTrigger=Explicit to your binding expression.

{Binding Path=Text, UpdateSourceTrigger=Explicit}

The Source won't be updated until you call BindingExpression.UpdateSource.

Custom Chrome in WPF

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Some of you may have wondered who the creators of Microsoft Max did the Chrome.Although this breaks one of the Top 10 Vista rules I will show how to create a WPF window with custom chrome.You can't get there by simply setting the border of a WPF Window to None because always a thick border remains. You have to do a work around and create an empty Win32 window and fill it with your own WPF controls.You can use the HwndSource object to do this. This object is intended to place WPF controls into Win32 Applications but you can also use it to place a WPF control onto your Windows Desktop which is also a Win32 application. HwndSource will call the native function CreateWindowEx and create the window for you.Dim params As HwndSourceParameters = New HwndSourceParameters("CustomChrome 1", 400, 300)
Dim hwnd As HwndSource = New HwndSource(params)
hwnd.RootVisual = New Page1This code will create a default window for you. The HwndSourceParameters's constructor sets the Name, Width…

VB LINQ updated for VS 2005 RTM

LINQ Visual Basic 9.0 has been updated to support Visual Studio 2005 RTM

VB LINQ Homepage
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/Future/default.aspx

MSDN TV: Visual Basic Futures: Latest Developments in the LINQ Project
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20060112VBasic
AS/manifest.xml

Capture WebCam with WinForms2

I was asked whether it is possible to capture a webcam's output in Windows
Forms 2.0 so I did a bit researching.First I thought I would have to do this in DirectX but then I found some API
calls for VB6 and translated them to VB .NET 2.In fact it is very easy to capture the output. You simply need a Control and
it's handle.I chose a PictureBox named PictureBox1 to do so.You have to define the Win32 API calls first. We will need two API functions
SendMessage and capCreateCaptureWindow.
Private Declare Auto Function SendMessage Lib "user32" (ByVal hwnd As
IntPtr, ByVal wMsg As Integer, ByVal wParam As Integer, ByVal lParam As
Integer) As Integer Const EM_LINEFROMCHAR As Integer = &HC9
Const EM_LINEINDEX As Integer = &HBB Private Declare Auto Function capCreateCaptureWindow Lib "avicap32.dll"
(ByVal lpszWindowName As String, ByVal dwStyle As Integer, ByVal x As
Integer, ByVal y As Integer, ByVal nWidth As Integer, ByVal nHeight As
Integer, ByVal hWndPar…

InstallShield Applications on Vista 5270

I just tried to install a InstallShield Application on Windows Vista Dec CTP 5270.

The installer crashed with the message. Could not initialize IKernel. The parameter is incorrect.

After browsing InstallShield Knowledge Base I found a soultion.
The InstallShield Setups can't install InstallShield's IKernel on Vista.
You can install them manually. Manual & Setup

Where did the Loading Event go?

In earlier Versions of WPF Pages and Windows provided a Loading Event.
I used to placed all my data initialization code that affects databinding here.
Since this event is gone I placed the code into the Loaded Event.
This is very uncompfortable because the page is displayed before this code is executed.
I also tried to put some code into the constructor but this wasn't a good idea because it is not guaranteed that all controls are initilized at that moment.

So I searched the MSDN for that issue and found the Initialized Event as a solution.
When this event is fired all controls are initialized but the page is not yet displayed!
You can perform any databining related actions there and the user will only see the result.
Besides this is more performant than putting the code into the Loaded event because WPF doesn't need to set and render all databinding fields twice!

Visual Studio 2005 - Award for Customer Excellence

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I'm proud to tell you that I just received a Award for Customer Excellence related to Visual Studio 2005!

WinFX Novmember CTP: WPF Data Changing

IValueConverter moved from System.ComponentModel to System.Windows.Data
PropertyGroupDescription moved from System.ComponentModel to System.Windows.Data

Its new constructors allow you to write:
Dim g As System.ComponentModel.PropertyGroupDescription

g = New System.ComponentModel.PropertyGroupDescription()
g.PropertyName = "Status"
g.ValueConverter = conv

like this:
Dim g As System.Windows.Data.PropertyGroupDescription

g = New System.Windows.Data.PropertyGroupDescription("Status", conv)
ICollectionView properties were renamed
Sort --> SortDescriptions
GroupBy --> GroupDescriptions

and much more ...

Unfortunatelly MS released December CTP before I could complete this.

So stay tuned to receive information about December CTP!

ATM I'm downloading and Installing
Vista December CTPWinFX December CTPWinFX December CTP SDKMicrosoft Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Community Technology Preview - WinFX Development Tools