I worked for more than a month as a TTL of a team to develop a Surface application; as a feedback, I liked the table and the SDK rather complete (though it lacks a control map!) and really working simulator that prevents many people to deploy on it each time to test if everything works
I learned more things about WPF, in particular templating, binding and animations, even if as a ”code” developer I didn’t want to open Blend … (And I was close to succeed )
As summer months are a little more peaceful, I’ll try to summarize some points that I felt important to remind as “tips & tricks” list, stay tuned!
Under development of a Surface project for a client, I have been facing a problem that many of those who have developed on this device should have faced: using, as in the Microsoft Concierge, the control Map (aka Virtual Earth map).
As stated on the Microsoft MSDN forum, the only use of control which is supported is the Ajax SDK, which sounds not very useful when doing WPF…
Fortunately, a real nice guy, through its company, has made a fairly complete control wrapper through WPF, as you see a brief video presentation I made some time ago.
Thus, we are able to use any of WPF templating for Pushpins on the map, zoom control actions, or geographical positions of the globe … Enough to play on this for quite a while :)
Windows 7 is available now as a beta version, and with a new set of Win32 APIs for Multitouch management. the only pre-requisite (no kidding): a computer with a touch enabled screen like the HP TouchSmart IQ500, that my company purchased for the Techdays and on which I developed an application based on Multitouch Interop,which means calling system non-managed functions in .NET managed code.
For this, I based my work on this post, explaining how to declare the necessary properties of the window so that events like “Touch” is transmitted to the application once it instantiated.
Once this done, I could get a small and really application demo which my company has been using for several events, while other companies were using the same screen just able to show old style embedded applications provided by HP (Nice Achievement:))