I am here in Mumbai for the 3rd leg of Tech Ed 2005 India. Earlier this month we have done it in Bangalore and Chennai. In this time Tech Ed, I am taking it easy, just doing one session and that too a light content one – on “Avalon”.

Following are useful links for my session on Avalon.

  • MSDN Mini Magazine on Longhorn (including on Avalon by Charles Petzold). Though this is outdated, it is a good introduction to Avalon.
  • To know about the good looking Playing Cards demo, read the blog entry by Adam Nathan. Download the binaries of this for WinFX Beta1RC here.
  • Designer for XAML – MobiForm Aurora
  • Version of SVG to XAML converter from this GotDotnet project

How to install Avalon:
1) Download and install Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 from MSDN Labs.
2) Download and install WinFX SDK Beta1RC from here.
3) Download and install WinFX Runtime Beta1 RC from here.

XAML Examples below:

Code 1 – Simple hello world example with XAML (WinFX Beta1RC version)

<StackPanel xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/avalon/2005" >
<Label FontFamily="times new roman">  Hello World  </Label>
<TextBox FontFamily ="verdana" AcceptsReturn ="True">  Hello World </TextBox>

Code 2 – Hello world example and an image inside a button with XAML (WinFX Beta1RC version)

<Grid   xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/avalon/2005">
 <Button Width="200" Height="200" >
 <TextBlock><Image Width="100" Height="100" Source="C:\Samples\Venkat.Gif" /> <LineBreak /> HelloWorld</TextBlock>

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