Ok so blogging about the Client Continuum everyday is going to be harder than I thought… So far I am on track to one a week… So maybe I will just commit to that… (My wife and I discovered ABC’s LOST and now my evenings are being distracted by the tube…)
Anyway check out this great article on CodeProject by Dr. WPF about how to do DirectX interop with WPF using D3DImage. http://www.codeproject.com/KB/WPF/D3DImage.aspx
Admittedly way over my head but with the right set of code I should be able to build user interfaces for DirectX games… (Come on somebody hire us to skin the menus for a game please please).
Long story short for designes is this… It used to be that you couldnt have transparency between WPF and DirectX which meant you were effectively stuck in a square world. D3DImage opens the doors for rich visual mixing between the platforms.. Skies the limit.
Windows Presentation technologies are getting exciting. In terms of the platform, the holes are disappearing, the install base is growing, and with Apple screwing over developers on the iPhone Im getting amped up about Windows development… The rah rah at PDC should help alot too.. Im super itchy to get my hands on a copy of Windows 7…