March 5, 2008

SD West, Day 2

Just a few things of interest today: On the UI, Vista Command Links are really a quite good alternative to annoying message boxes. Unfortunately, this implementation of them is Vista-only, making them near useless. WPF seems like a page borrowed from Qt's book. XML describes the UI, C# (or other .NET language of choice) controls what the UI is able to do. But they go beyond that and let you customize things like colors, gradients, shapes, animations, fonts, etc. Microsoft Virtual PC is now available for free. You could even download a 30-day eval VHD of Vista if you wanted to run that. In C# (and .NET in general), offers the C#/VB method signatures needed to call into native Win32 (and other) APIs. Handy reference if you're in to that sort of thing.