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Hanselminutes Podcast 166 - Windows Presentation Foundation explained by Ian Griffiths

June 24, '09 Comments [7] Posted in Podcast | Windows Client | WPF
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51DF0boY5fL My one-hundred-and-sixty-sixth podcast is up. Scott chats with Ian Griffiths about Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). Why is it so hard to master? What techniques should the WinForms developer learn first? Scott's working on a side project, and he and Ian brainstorm ways for Scott's application to use WPF more effectively.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:55:37 AM UTC
This is the best Hanselminutes I have heard in a while.
Jason
Thursday, June 25, 2009 3:25:53 AM UTC
Just to elaborate a bit....

I think Ian was well-spoken and concise. Sometimes technical people are not great with interviews. You both helped me see the angle brackets in my mind.

I remember thinking at one point that the show must be edited because you were able to move on to the next question so easily with no awkward pauses in between each response.

The content was great and I am breaking into WPF and MVVM myself so I appreciate the timing of it.

It was also the right length of time. I know you pay attention to that to avoid wasting our time and like I said the conversation was concise.

Thanks for doing it, I really appreciate it.
Jason
Thursday, June 25, 2009 4:58:24 AM UTC
Great talk, such a shame it's not on video.
Thursday, June 25, 2009 9:56:31 AM UTC
Great poscast.

any chance of seeing the actual code before and after?
DS
Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:03:25 PM UTC
One of the best shows ever!
Friday, June 26, 2009 3:36:46 AM UTC
I second to see the before and after, even if it is just class diagrams. Good podcast.
Sunday, July 12, 2009 11:37:51 PM UTC
Great Show!

I wanted to mention that the problem of separating the model from the UI exists in Windows Forms as well as WPF.

The temptation to store the model in UI elements I think is less a WinForms vs WPF thing and more a code-it-as-you-go thing. The designer makes it so easy create-it-as-you-go for the UI that it's very easy to slip into the same mindset when it comes to the data model. Heck, for scratch projects I do it all the time. For bigger projects it starts to hurt pretty early in the process. :)

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