9 Wired In March Edition

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Welcome to March's edition of Wired In! This month, we are excited to announce a new VMware vSphere 4.0 Ultimate Bootcamp course. We have also added courses for Exchange 2010 and Windows 7! Along with these courses, we are introducing specially priced career packages through our career portal that will help you get certified on many of the new MS technologies.


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MS SharePoint

Mindsharp - SharePoint Server 2010 Administrator Beta Apr. 5

MS SharePoint Power User Apr. 8, May 6

50146A: Programming Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Apr. 26

50149B: SharePoint 2007 Operations Apr. 19, Jun. 21

MS Windows Server

6430A: Planning and Administering Windows Server 2008 Servers Apr. 5

6426A: Configuring and Troubleshooting Identity and Access Solutions with Windows Server 2008 AD Apr. 7

6416C: Updating your Network Infrastructure and Active Directory Technology Skills to Windows Server Apr. 12

6435A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Apr. 12

MS SQL Server

6232A: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Apr. 19

2779B: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database Apr. 26

MS Exchange 2007 & 2010

10135A: Configuring, Managing and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Mar. 22

3938C: Updating Your Skills from Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003 to 2007 SP1 Apr. 26

5051: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Apr. 29

MS System Center 2007

50028B: Managing System Centre Operations 2007 Apr. 12

6451A: Planning, Deploying and Managing Microsoft System Center May 3

Visual Studio 2008 & ASP.NET 3.5

6368A: Programming with the Microsoft .NET Framework using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Mar. 22

2541B: Course 2541B: Core Data Access with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Apr. 19

Windows 7

50321A: Windows 7, Configuring Technology Specialist Course Mar. 29

6292A: Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client Apr. 7

6294A: Planning and Managing Windows 7 Desktop Deployments and Environments Apr. 19


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Developer's Connection

Developerby: Scott Jackson, MCT


Introduction to WPF


WPF is the next-generation presentation system for building client applications in the Windows operating system. You can use it to build a range of Windows-based applications, from a simple word processor or media player to an enterprise-level line-of-business application.


By using WPF, you can create both stand-alone and browser-hosted applications.


The cool part of WPF is that it can inject some much needed style into the traditional windows form – in effect making them more like a website. XAML, the markup language that WPF uses, will look familiar to HTML coders. You create your UI definitions in XAML, and they are stored in files that have the .xaml file name extension.


Everything that you can do in markup language, you can do in code. Therefore, you do not have to use XAML; you can build your UI by using code. If you are working in WPF, you should really be working in XAML though.


Let’s take a look at some basic XAML (with some spacing added for readability):

<Window x:Class="WpfApplication3.MainWindow"
Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525">

    <Grid Background="White">

        <Rectangle Margin="190,86,196,102"/>



Stepping through this short code, we can see that the <Window> element is on top, and defines the height and width of the MainWindow.


We are creating a rectangle inside of a grid. The Rectangle itself has its margins set as an attribute, and creates a form that looks like:



Next up, I am going to add a Fill tag to this rectangle, and use brushes to paint the insides with a nice gradient.


<Window x:Class="WpfApplication3.MainWindow"
Title="MainWindow" Height="350" Width="525">

    <Grid Background="White">

        <Rectangle Margin="190,86,196,102">


                <RadialGradientBrush GradientOrigin="0.75,0.25">

                   <GradientStop Color="LightBlue" Offset="0.0" />
<GradientStop Color="Black" Offset="0.5" />
<GradientStop Color="Red" Offset="1.0" />






The result is:


I could also add animations, and I could turn a rectangle like this into a button or another control!
We could have made this in C# or VB.NET, but the XAML code is much easier to read – and it separates our design from our development.  This is a technology that is well worth looking at for future projects.




If you want to give Scott feedback on this article, email him @ sjackson@neweratechology.com

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