Monday, December 04, 2006

WPF Everywhere

Codename WPF/E or Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere in full, refers to the technology that allows lightweight XAML based applications to run within Internet Explorer, Firefox, or even Mac's Safari. To see what I'm talking about, download the CTP from here, and then check out the samples from here. According to several blogs, it's Microsoft's answer to Flash and other animation-oriented web-technologies. However, members of the community seem not to agree on whether it is purely based on Windows Presentation Foundation (such as mentioned in this blog) or relies heavily on AJAX such as mentioned on the download site.  

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Uninstallation aid

I recently posted about a problem I had while upgrading from Office 2007 Beta 2 to the final version. Somehow, the unstallation of beta 2 still left some pieces floating around on my harddisk. I then used a manual workaround, but in the mean time, I've also found a nice little tool that really shows you what's installed. Should have saved me some time.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Cool Windows XP Theme: Zune

I ran into this while looking at the weblog of Alex Thissen.

Zunetheme

Download this from here.

Team Foundation Server roadmap

I was quite surprised that nothing was announced on Team Foundation Server during this year's TechED. We've been using TFS since it its beta 3 stage, and we all know that it is a great product, but it still misses some important features. The biggest limitation from my perspective is the lack of decent support for accessing TFS over an open Internet connection. We currently use SSH tunneling as a limited workaround. Additionally, I'd love to have a web interface for tracking workitems. I know that there are some third-party solutions for that, but come on, we've payed a lot for TFS. Anyway, check out this great blog on the what's coming up for TFS in 2007.

During the TechED, I had a chance to talk to Neno Loje and Ognjen Bajic, both Team System MVP. These guys found a lot of additions and workarounds that you may find very helpful in your daily life in the world of Team System. Check out their blogs for some interesting articles and tools. 

Also, if you want to get some help figuring out how to set-up your project, check out this article.