C#/.NET 3

WPF Series -9- CustomListBox

When we used ListBox controls in our WPF project we faced the same problem as described in the previous post. Like DataGrid, ListBox control also has a property called SelectedItems, which isn’t a dependency property and therefore not bindable too. This post shows how ListBox control can be extended with a bindable version of the SelectedItems property. First we have […]

C#/.NET 3

WPF Series -8- CustomDataGrid

According to MVVM pattern the ViewModel interacts with the Model but doesn’t know anything about its View. As a result dependency properties of controls get bound to ViewModel properties by specifying bindings in the corresponding View (XAML). DataGrid control has a property called SelectedItems, which in multi selection mode holds the items that are selected. Unfortunately SelectedItems of DataGrid is […]

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[HOWTO] Adjust Outlook Web App Session Timeout

Today my boss asked me to extend the session lifetime for Outlook Web App to have a lower login frequency. As described in the article Session timeouts for Office 365 the session timeout is set to 6 hours by default. To change the session timeout the following steps have to be executed. Connect to Exchange Online using PowerShell Open a […]

C#/.NET 3

WPF Series -5- Binding ComboBox or ListBox to Enum

In our WPF application we wanted to bind ComboBox and ListBox controls to enums. The WPF way to set up such a binding is described here. This solution works absolutely fine but it requires the definition of an ObjectDataProvider for every enum. This in turn leads to lower maintainability and the code is not reusable. Due to these disadvantages we […]

C#/.NET 3

WPF Series -4- MahApps.Metro and MahApps.Metro.Resources

To have a modern look and feel we decided to align our WPF application to Microsoft Metro style. To achieve this, we used the open source toolkit MahApps.Metro. MahApps.Metro is a toolkit for creating Metro / Modern UI styled WPF applications. The MahApps.Metro project was started back in 2011 by Paul Jenkins. The source is available on GitHub (see MahApps.Metro […]

C#/.NET 3

WPF Series -3- MVVM Pattern

As mentioned in the previous post of this series the WPF application we implemented follows the MVVM pattern. MVVM stands for Model-View-ViewModel. The MVVM patterns intent is to provide a clean separation of concerns between UI and the business logic. It can be used on all XAML platforms. About MVVM Pattern Microsoft describes the motivation for MVVM pattern as follows […]

C#/.NET 3

WPF Series -2- WPF Application Design

Beside the vision and the requirements you also have to have an idea how the WPF application should look like in the end. For that purpose we created a few mock ups during first exchange with the customer in the early stages of the project. In the same stage we also created a process diagram (BPMN) that shows all the […]

C#/.NET 2

WPF Series – Introduction

In the first half of 2017 we implemented a WPF project for one of our customers. The aim of the project was to develop a Surface Pro compatible desktop application for data collection in context of civil engineering. The application allows the user to create, save, edit and export protocols of specific buildings. Furthermore it’s possible to create a PDF […]

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[HOWTO] Access Microsoft Access Database with PowerShell

In one of our current projects we had to access a Microsoft Access Database (.mdb) with PowerShell. I first tried to access the .mdb using the Invoke-SqlCmd Cmdlet from our PowerShell module biz.dfch.PS.System.Data. Unfortunately connecting to the Access database with the Invoke-SqlCmd Cmdlet does not work as it uses SqlClient from the C#/.NET namespace System.Data under the hood. After a […]