Off Track

Ok – I’ve managed to get a little side-tracked – there are just so many things rummaging around in my head at the moment.

This one popped into (virtual) reality the other day – a WPF based application notification area (status panel). The idea is that the panel interacts with a validation engine which governs all validation on a given page. It would also be related to a WPF equivalent of ErrorProvider. The WinForms ErrorProvider was kinda cool for doing simple demos but in real apps I always thought it was a bit of a joke. I’m aiming here to produce “notifications” that have associated metadata – primary text, secondary text (the long version), actions (e.g. intellisense options, corrective measures), locators (e.g. click to focus on the bad control) etc.

Based on previous experience most of this is really easy – its the rules validation engine that gets tricky – especially when table validation is required (e.g. grids).

 StatusPanel v0.1

2 thoughts on “Off Track”

  1. Hi Nigel,
    Is it possible to share the source code of your cool status panel?
    I appreciate your help.

  2. Hi Karim,

    At this stage the status panel is only half baked but I do plan to have a basic version up and running within the next two weeks – and I’ll certainly be posting all the source code for that on my blog (as a zipped solution).

    The standard visuals are rendered using the XAML in this post but of course there’s much more to it than that.

    Cheers and stay-tuned,

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