Its been a white since I’ve blogged due to various reasons. Most of these reasons are due to various hosting providers misbehaving.
I have still been doing other things.
RedKite v 0.1 was released and although it still needs some UI adjustments, but v 0.2 is well on its way.
I got my phone upgraded to a HTC Hero, which is a truly awesome device, even though i do miss Windows Mobile, Android is actually pretty good, although it does suffer from some rather lame parts of Google Apps, like Calendar which is just absolutely crap.
Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing, and i have been running it on my machines since it was given to MSDN, its brilliant and faster than ever.
I’m currently working on a post about what i would like to see in Windows 8, which should be coming up soon.
A few weeks ago one of my misguided friends showed me his favourite twitter client – tweetie, and it has a very good UI layout idea. Rather than having a selection of tabs or filters across the top, it has them down the side. This solves the problem i was trying to solve in the UI of custom created tabs and filters.
So the initial problem was that i wanted a single column of tweets, and from my experience of twitter clients i automatically had the tabs on the top of the column of tweets, this lead to only having 4 tabs before i ran out of space. Anyway i saw tweetie and saw how it did it down the left side and this would solve my problem so i have taken a shot at implementing it.
In this design i have also customized and added extra features, a optional Close button so the tab can be closed, and a number which represents the the number of new tweets in that tab.
I am still working on making the code and templates for this properly, so it can be themed with minimal effort, if you want to take a look at the code, head over to my project on CodePlex and tell me what you think.
I’m about to start working on the Art for the splash screen and icons, so they should be up here soon.
Over the last few weeks i have been learning WPF, and have been creating a Twitter Client
While i am still learning, this is what i have produced so far, although now i have learnt more i am planning on a slight redesign
[edit: there was a picture here, but due to a server crash it disappeared (i now have better backups)]
What do you think?
I did have to stop using Visual Studio 2010 as its editor was playing up and begin really slow, although this is a beta, and i expect this to be corrected
Over the past week i have spent a lot of time reading “Pro WPF in C# 2008”, and all i can say is WPF and XAML make UI design bearable, and its brilliant, its so powerful, and easy to learn.
Well done Microsoft