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WPF/E + ASP.NET AJAX, Better Together

Posted in ASP.Net/Web Services | Avanade | WPF/E at Thursday, 25 January 2007 04:39 Pacific Standard Time

One of my side projects at work has been a social website for the SoCal solution developers. I decided the site would be a great chance to learn more about WPF/E as well as ASP.NET AJAX so I've been making heavy use of both on the site. One of the last version 1.0 features that I wanted to finish was the login page which was pretty ugly (until today). I was hoping to use a pure WPF/E solution for the login itself, but WPF/E doesn't support things like textboxes yet, so I had to use plain old HTML as well. I also tried to make use of dog ears in the animations and I think that I succeeded.

You can give it a try and see the animations in action (but you shouldn't be able to log in :). I'm planning on creating a demo version of the site that can be used for demos that won't have real people's info in it, but for now you'll just have to get back on the invalid login example. I built the buttons in notepad but I followed Lee's demonstration on how to create animated buttons in WPF and just tweaked it to use in WPF/E. I didn't complete the button down animations yet, but the mouseover animations work great.

For the dog ears effect of the text flying in and out I used my DoubleAnimationUsingKeyFrames technique from my previous post and just added a little bit of bounce to the animation. I think it works. For the AJAXish wait icon I downloaded an icon from this site, converted it to a PNG file, and then added a RotateTransform with an animation (using the CenterX and CenterY properties to make it spin).

Inside the site I've also used a lot of ASP.NET AJAX and WPF/E, but for now I'm going to keep that under wraps. But I will make a demo site soon. Let me know what you think of the login.

Friday, 28 November 2008 03:47:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Could you post your code for the Ajax animations?
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