Using Model-View-ViewModel in WPF Applications

I am presenting at SoCalCodeCamp this weekend (January 30th, 2010) – Advanced WPF – Using Model-View-ViewModel in WPF Applications. Agenda : 1. Roles of the M-V-VM triad 2. Why use M-V-VM ? 3. Characteristics of the ViewModel 4. Build a Sample WPF Application using M-V-VM Resources : MSDN Magazine Article and Sample Application Download Martin Fowler’s description of the ‘Presentation Model ‘ Jeremy Miller’s ‘Build Your Own CAB’ series

Dial Gauge is a ProgressBar

I am not just being philosophical here. In WPF, ControlTemplates allow you to transform a control’s appearance. This is not the same as applying stylesheets. This is an entirely new level of customization. What you see in the screenshot below looks like a Dial but is actually a simple ProgressBar control wearing a “Dial” template. The Dial template was created using Microsoft Expression Blend . Include the ControlTemplate as a Window.Resource and then assign it to ProgressBar element’s Template attribute : Of course that is not all. The ControlTemplate must define some named elements of FrameworkElement type. Charles Petzold has explained it in detail : MSDN Magazine Article. So, I will not repeat it here. The sample code can be […]

WPF – LINQ to SQL Sample

This exercise in binding a WPF ListView control with LINQ to SQL was a lot of fun ! The following image shows data from AdventureWorks sample database displayed in the ListView control. The end result is very admirable, even in this very basic demo. Feeling a complete sense of freedom is unavoidable when working with WPF. This sample demonstrates : LINQ to SQL mapping. WPF ListView Control DataBinding. Displaying images stored in database as varbinary in WPF control. The sample code can be downloaded here : WPF-LINQ to SQL Sample License : Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Database Schema Version Control Tool

It is essential to treat database schema as source code and apply all the norms and best practices applicable to it. From what I hear and read, database schema version control is non-existent in too many projects. Various techniques to accomplish version control of database schemas have been discussed and published. Martin Fowler and Pramod Sadagale has written a comprehensive article on Evolutionary Database Design. It is a must-read for everyone involved with database development. K. Scott Allen writes in detail about an excellent system here – Versioning Databases – Change Scripts. This approach is sufficiently light-weight (for my taste) and provides complete control over the whole process. I am providing a free tool here that you can use to […]