Dr. WPF's Prescription for Windows Presentation Foundation

This week we talk with WPF guru, Dr. WPF.  The good Dr. delivers his insights on common misunderstandings in WPF along with a recommendation on one of the most important decisions you can make when building your applications. He also tells us about what he sees as being a true barrier for rapid WPF adoption. Remember though it's easy to get the answers you need... all you have to do is ask Dr. WPF!


What’s Happening in .NET

Scott Guthrie recently blogged about the Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 SP1 beta release.  While shipping with the expected bug fixes, SP1 comes with some major feature additions as well. The following is a quick list of the items that affect user experience:

  • Dynamic Data: Makes working with data-driven websites a delight. This release brings DynamicControl support to GridView, ListView, DetailsView and FormView
  • Routing: Yes, the URL does matter! The routing engine brings control to URL to all ASP.NET developers.
  • Back/Forward History: This control will help solve a significant user experience problem plaguing AJAX applications
  • Script Combining: Many AJAX applications will get a performance boost when multiple JavaScript files are consolidated on the server and served to the client at once.
  • JavaScript Code Formatting: Visual Studio makes your life a little bit easier when writing JavaScript as the code formatting engine now works with JavaScript.
  • IntelliSense for JavaScript AJAX Frameworks: There are a number of great JavaScript libraries out there. Visual Studio now has IntelliSense support for most of the major players.