The 9 guy has been energized by WPF/E
So while waiting for this WPF/E holiday, I had the opportunity, to use and learn about WPF/E. This sample of shown to the left is the current WPF/E media player for Channel 9. So I started down the route of creating the best media player ever but once I got beyond some of the basic functionality, I learned hw to use Storyboards and Animation. I was hooked, it was so simple to animate each individual shape or object. I wanted everything to move! This sample demonstrates an exercise in the Animation framework by running a total of 121 animations, all while playing video and serving as a media player.
Its all vector too! No bitmaps involved, which allows for maximum flexibility. This was also done all in Visual Studio, which I was using mainly as Notepad with color coding. Microsoft Expression Studio was announced today as well, so you most likely will not be typing out your own xaml, but I had a lot of fun tweaking each and every object with all of the numbers in view. One thing that makes hand-coding possible though is the speed of the engine. You make a change in your xaml file, hit refresh on your page, and you get instant results.
Ok, I should stop, and take a breather. I’m really excited about WPF/E and I plan to talk a lot more about it in the future. I already have a list of little nuances I plan to share that I learned while creating this guy. Allright, I’m going to go check out the WPF/E forums.