Helpful WPF tools: Pistachio, Snoop and Mole

Every WPF developer should come across these three tools at some point in their career. These tools are extremely valuable for debugging, developing, cleaning and optimizing WPF applications. I can't believe how many months I went without using these tools to their full abilities, but now I use them on a daily basis. Below is a brief description of each tool along with links to where you can download them.


Falling Picture Snowflakes using WPF

If your just interested on the post topic feel free to skip this paragraph; just me talking about the past 3 months and what has been going on in my life. 3 months since my last post .... wow, life sure has been crazy. Not only with the holidays being crazy as usual, I also got married and went on my honeymoon!!! All of my tasks for the wedding just seemed to hit all at once and things got crazy from then on, until the wedding day of course.

Animating the Expander

Notice that when you use an expander and expand / collapse it that there is a jerkiness depending on the number of elements that you have in it. So to solve this problem you can animate the expand / collapse events that get fired to smoothly open and close. Easy, right?

Background Overlay with Opacity

Ever use the opacity property to give some eleme3nt a see-through effect? It's pretty cool the results you can get, but you can also run into some problems. For instance, you have some container of elements and you want to give that containers background a see-through effect. So apply an opacity of 0.50 to the container and your done! Well, not so fast.

The look and feel of a Progressbar

Some of our hardware that we are currently using at work required time to fully charge up before it could be used again. After 'x' amount of seconds the signal would be fully charged and ready for action. Now the typical way that this could be presented to the user would be an on / off state where off is when the signal is not present or when it is charging and on when the signal is ready to be used. But, what about a progress bar! Just slap in a progress bar and bind its value to the signal and wa-laa, done.

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