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Old December 14th, 2009, 11:07 PM
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Default Cutting Edge User Interface Design?

Ok, the Outlook Bar UI look is so blasé now.

What would you say is cutting edge UI design and does anyone know of any sites discussing it along with new UI controls?
 
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Well obviously WPF is the new cool as far as .Net UI design is concerned. I did hear some talk about some UI layoutout patterns and templates on a recent episode of .Net Rocks but I can't find the link.
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Do you remember when the episode was?
 
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Not sure - it might have been the My .Net Story one, but I could be wrong.
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I learned WPF by tearing apart 3 applications. Look at their UI's. You'll say "Wow! You can do THAT!!"

Sasha Barber
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/WPF/LtoE.aspx
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/WPF/CinchVI.aspx

Daniel Vaughan
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/WPF/CalciumPart01.aspx

Both Barber and Vaughan are "WPF Disciples", and publish their stuff on Code Project (http://www.codeproject.com/) and Code Plex. Subscribe to the Code Project newsletter which is published every Monday. Barber's second app listed above is an awesome MVVM framework. Vaughan's is a composite app built on top of Prism. See http://www.codeplex.com/CompositeWPF and say "Wow!" again.

Another WPF Disciple you should pay attention to is Josh Smith, who also publishes regularly on Code Project.

Josh Smith
http://joshsmithonwpf.wordpress.com/

WPF Disciples
http://wpfdisciples.wordpress.com/

Then be sure you have the Windows SDK installed (with tons of WPF samples).

Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (ISO)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

WPF rocks!!

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Should mention they're all pretty complex apps. But probably the most valuable thing I took away from them was simply how to "steal" their resource dictionaries, and use/modify them to stlye my own controls.

Don't know if you know how to do that or not. But its pretty simple. Just yell if you'ld like a quick walk-through. Spent the last weekend working with Sasha Barber's RDs. Three days styling a vertical scrollbar thumb of all things. Programmed Windows Forms for years and never - not one time - ever even thought about a scrollbar thumb, much less programmed one. That's WPF for you.

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