Lord of the Converters

…One Converter to bring them all and in the XAML bind them…

Last time, I briefly mentioned a WPF converter that I created that helps solve the Cambrian Explosion problem that comes with creating specialized converters. Today I’ll go over that converter and what makes it tick.

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Handling Errors from Plug-ins

Before we get into today’s topic, I have some sadness to report. My beloved Dallas Stars were eliminated from the NHL playoffs. Also, my favorite player, Trevor Daley, who now plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, has suffered a broken ankle and will not be able to play in the Stanley Cup games. Happily, if the Penguins win the Cup, he’ll still get his name engraved on its holy base!

Anyway, enough of that. Let’s get on to software.

Last time we built a very simple pluggable program where each plugin provides a translation of the string Hello, World! Today, we’re going to explore some of the problems inherent in our approach. Continue reading “Handling Errors from Plug-ins”

A Plug-in Primer

First of all, I’m sorry. It’s been a while. I committed to writing this blog, and I got a little lazy. That’s not to say that I haven’t been really busy, though.

Secondly, I’d like to say… LET’S GO STARS!!! (The Dallas Stars are currently in the Stanley Cup playoffs after having won the Western Conference and coming in #2 in the NHL during the regular season!)

Okay. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with this blog post.


Today, we’re going to embark on a new journey: building WPF applications that support plugins. There are a number of ways to build plugable applications, and I recently had the opportunity to play around with a few ideas. In this series we’ll explore some of our options and their merits. But first, let’s look at what a plug-in is. Continue reading “A Plug-in Primer”