First things first, I promise the next entry in my 4C’s series is coming soon. The problem is that once I got to writing about it, a bunch of content just started flowing out of my brain and onto my hard drive (I use Windows Live Writer…something I HIGHLY recommend for anyone writing a blog). The first entry was supposed to be about using the Window as the simplest of custom controls. Well, I got to talking about the Application class and XAML and code-behinds, and the next thing you know I have a full introduction to WPF programming going. Besides, Charlie hasn’t done his second entry for his Code Climber series, so I’m pretty much ahead of the game.
Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about what I REALLY love about the new "Orcas" CTP (besides the fact that it’s the first pre-release that combines Cider, the LINQ to SQL designer, the WCF service wizards, and the Workflow Designer in one handy dandy interface).
This is what I really love about orcas:
You are looking at an instance of a custom control in the new "Cider" Designer. That’s right people. No longer do you have to do your layout of custom controls in the dark. Also what I didn’t show is the Property grid showing the properties of my Custom Control for editing. Actually, you are looking at three instances of two custom controls. Below the PowerGrid (from the WPF Toolbelt) are two instances of the PowerDatePicker (harvested from Kevin Moore’s Bag o’ Tricks by a new contributor to the project Mark Shumer). There are going to be some pretty cool updates to the project coming soon.
So there you have it, I would highly recommend anyone doing serious WPF development to at least consider using the new "Orcas" CTP, and for further summary updates to my Code Climber series, and the WPFToolbet are both coming soon!