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Building a Docking Window Management Solution in WPF

, 1 Jan 2011 CPOL
A docking window solution using WPF as part of Synergy toolkit
Synergy.zip
MixModes.Synergy.Resources
bin
Debug
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.csproj.user
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.csproj.vspscc
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.vsdoc
obj
Debug
DesignTimeResolveAssemblyReferencesInput.cache
GenerateResource-ResGen.read.1.tlog
GenerateResource-ResGen.write.1.tlog
GenerateResource.read.1.tlog
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.g.resources
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.Resources.Language.resources
TempPE
Properties
Resources
Close.png
DockBottom.png
DockCenter.png
DockHexagon.png
DockLeft.png
DockRight.png
DockTop.png
Error.png
Maximize.png
Minimize.png
NewProject.png
Restore.png
SplitBottom.png
SplitLeft.PNG
SplitRight.png
SplitTop.png
MixModes.Synergy.Themes
bin
Debug
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.csproj.vspscc
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.vsdoc
obj
Debug
Aero.NormalColor.baml
Brushes.baml
Buttons.baml
DesignTimeResolveAssemblyReferencesInput.cache
DockPane.baml
GenerateResource-ResGen.read.1.tlog
GenerateResource-ResGen.write.1.tlog
Images.baml
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.g.resources
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.Properties.Resources.resources
MixModes.Synergy.Themes_MarkupCompile.cache
ResizableAdorner.baml
ResolveAssemblyReference.cache
TabItems.baml
TempPE
Text.baml
Themes.baml
ToolTips.baml
WindowParts.baml
Windows.baml
Properties
Settings.settings
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities
bin
Debug
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.csproj.vspscc
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.vsdoc
obj
Debug
DesignTimeResolveAssemblyReferencesInput.cache
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.pdb
TempPE
Properties
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework
Adorners
Behaviors
bin
Debug
de
Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.dll
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.pdb
System.Windows.Interactivity.dll
WPFToolkit.dll
WPFToolkit.pdb
zh-Hans
Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
zh-Hant
Microsoft.Expression.Interactions.resources.dll
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
Commands
Controls
Converters
Extensions
Framework
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.csproj.user
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.csproj.vspscc
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.vsdoc
obj
Debug
Controls
NotificationToolTipContent.baml
DesignTimeResolveAssemblyReferencesInput.cache
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.dll
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.g.resources
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework_MarkupCompile.cache
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework_MarkupCompile.lref
ResolveAssemblyReference.cache
TempPE
Themes
Generic.baml
Windows
WindowsManager.baml
Properties
Themes
ViewModels
Views
Windows
Synegy
bin
Debug
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System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Resources.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Themes.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.dll
MixModes.Synergy.Utilities.pdb
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.dll
MixModes.Synergy.VisualFramework.pdb
Synegy.exe
Synegy.pdb
Synegy.vshost.exe
Synegy.vshost.exe.manifest
System.Windows.Interactivity.dll
zh-Hans
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
zh-Hant
System.Windows.Interactivity.resources.dll
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App.baml
DesignTimeResolveAssemblyReferencesInput.cache
GenerateResource-ResGen.read.1.tlog
GenerateResource-ResGen.write.1.tlog
MainWindow.baml
ResolveAssemblyReference.cache
Resources
MainWindowMenus.baml
Synegy.exe
Synegy.g.resources
Synegy.pdb
Synegy.Properties.Resources.resources
Synegy_MarkupCompile.cache
TempPE
Views
NewProjectWindow.baml
Properties
Settings.settings
Resources
SplashScreen.jpg
Synegy.csproj.user
Synegy.csproj.vspscc
Synegy.vsdoc
Views
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About the Author

Ashish Kaila
Software Developer (Senior) MixModes Inc. | Research In Motion
Canada Canada
Ashish worked for Microsoft for a number of years in Microsoft Visual Studio (Architect edition) and Windows Live division as a developer. Before that he was a developer consultant mainly involved in distributed service development / architecture. His main interests are distributed software architecture, patterns and practices and mobile device development.
 
Currently Ashish serves as a Technical Lead at RIM leading next generation BlackBerry media experience and also runs his own company MixModes Inc. specializing in .NET / WPF / Silverlight technologies. You can visit MixModes at http://mixmodes.com or follow it on Twitter @MixModes
 
In his free time he is an avid painter, hockey player and enjoys travelling. His blog is at: http://ashishkaila.serveblog.net
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