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If you are a developer or designer who is creating cutting edge user interface experiences using Microsoft Expression Blend you've just found a great resource!  The purpose of this site is to share our experience with this brand new product.  As with any new piece of software there is a ton to discover.  Bugs will be revealed and workarounds discovered, hopefully this can be a resource to share in the discovery process!

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Anoymous Delegate Methods with local variables in VB
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 8/26/2008 8:49 PM
I often run across anonymous delegate methods when converting sample code from C# to VB. Here's how I deal with a particularly difficult conversion: one involving local variables.
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Frustrating situation with textblock .text rendering
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 8/19/2008 2:05 PM
I spent 4 hours on the most frustrating thing, getting a textblocks .text property to render before UI locking code ran. Here's how I solved the problem.
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Trick to returning datarows using WCF
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 8/12/2008 1:21 PM
Datarows are not inherently serializable, therefore you cannot simply return them in WCF. However there is a simple trick that will make things work.
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.net 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008 SP1 released
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 8/12/2008 1:12 PM
Hope this fixes more bugs than it creates!
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Trick with returning Datables with WCF
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 8/6/2008 6:04 PM
Hint: null fields make returning Datables with WCF malfunction
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WCF DataContract and Namespaces
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 8/5/2008 6:16 PM
I could not get my class object to work, it turned out to be a namespace issue.
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Phased Migration of Webservice to WCF service with Session support
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 6/2/2008 6:17 PM
I found some good online resources on this topic but had difficulty with session support, here's how I conquered it!
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Massive listbox performance improvement and loading resources from resource dictionaries
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 5/23/2008 2:16 PM
My WPF was not performing very well and I could't figure out why. Listboxes were terribly slow to render and even slower to scroll, and performance was sluggish overall. I found out what was wrong, it involved loading resource dictionaries. Here are some things I've learned that massively increased the performance of my app!
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Expression Studio 2 released...but be prepared to empty your wallet
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 5/5/2008 10:52 AM
MSFT announces release of Expression Studio 2, unfortunately those who bought Expression Studio prior to 2/24/2008 will have to pay to upgrade.
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I'm back with an interesting note on COM Interop
Sean Cullinan By Sean Cullinan on 4/24/2008 2:16 PM
Spent 2 days figuring out why my events weren't working...lets just say that my findings underscore the necessity of details
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