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Project Tangerine

Sep 10,2007

Infragistics TangerineWhat is “Tangerine” you ask? Tangerine is a WPF “Exemplar” produced by the Infragistics User Experience Group (UxG) and Visual Design Group (VDG). An Exemplar is the term we use for a reference application. (Click the exemplar link to learn a little more about the terminology.) Instead of re-inventing the wheel here, I’m just going to paste in the description from our community site:
Tangerine v1.0 is a WPF-based asset browser application. It has a pluggable architecture so that you can provide any number of different back-end asset providers while reusing the same snazzy UI that’s based on Infragistics NetAdvantage for WPF toolset. In our first release, we have supplied an Amazon Web Services’ E-Commerce Service provider so that you can use the application to browse and search the catalogue. You can use the links below to both run the application (via ClickOnce deployment) now or download the solution and papers.

This application covers a huge range of techniques and technologies and is great way to increase your knowledge of WPF. We’ve used the xamCarouselListBox throughout the application in several different ways — hopefully this will inspire some additional creative uses of the control.

Silverlight 1.0 Book Coming Soon

Sep 10,2007

Silverlight 1.0 Book CoverI’ve had the good fortune to work on Microsoft Silverlight 1.0, published by Wrox, with a great group of colleagues at Infragistics. We churned this thing out in record time, staying up late, losing sleep, and sacrificing weekends — all while going to our real jobs during the day. For any of you who have written or contributed to a book like this, I’m sure you understand completely. But, the satisfaction that comes at the end of a project like this is totally worth it, and did I mention the book is in FULL COLOR! I’m really excited to see the printed version when it hits store shelves in a few weeks.
For now, you can get more info at the Wrox web site, or pre-order via the listing.

Image to XAML Converter

Jun 21,2007

Sometimes an idea strikes and immediately you know it should be forgotten, discarded, but you just can’t help yourself. The Image to XAML converter is the product of just such an idea. I was looking at some bitmap patterns that I use as tiled textures and thought I should just convert them at a pixel level to a XAML representation. THEN I thought I could just convert entire images on a pixel-by-pixel basis to Rectangles in XAML! What a fantastic idea! This little app is a model of what you should not do with XAML, but it’s still entertaining to use. And yes, I’m sure I could make it more efficient using DrawingGroups and RectangleGeometries, but that’s just not the point is it? So, download the app and watch a 16KB png grow to a 1600KB text-based monstrosity.

Download: Image to XAML Converter

(Warning: start with small images, then test your luck with larger ones)

Mix Wristbands

Apr 29,2007

Lee just posted pics of the Mix Swag Bag contents, so I won’t do the same. I just want to note that I’m disappointed the Design wristbands are yellow. I really want to lay claim to those green wristbands. After all, the IKEA leaves living atop many a designer’s cubes are green. I’m just sayin…

IKEA Green Leaf
Mix Wristbands

Firefox ClickOnce Plugin

Apr 26,2007

From the download page at…

“Allows Firefox to run a .NET ClickOnce application…

Allows Firefox to run a .NET ClickOnce application.
ClickOnce is an application deployment technology developed by Microsoft. (See

Please find more information at the FFClickOnce homepage,

There is also a testing guide available at:

Download here:

I just tested with the WPF Twitter app and it worked great.


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