P - The Building Coder

Report
Brown University Swim Center
Building Advanced Microsoft .NET User
Interfaces for Use in Autodesk Products
Mike King
Structural Software Engineer
Odeh Engineers, Inc.
Agenda
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0-5 minutes
5-10 minutes
10-35 minutes
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35-50 minutes
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50-60 minutes
Introduction
Who am I and what am I talking about?
WPF Overview
What is it?
WPF Differentiators
Lightning fast lesson in WPF
WPF in Revit
Launching WPF windows from Revit extensions
Q&A
Prior Art
AutoCAD® .NET: UI Design Featuring WPF (Parts 1 & 2)
Fenton Webb
CP114-5 & CP118-2 (AU 2009)
Depth
Content
1 hour
2 hour
CAD
WPF
3 hour
Revit
Time
Content
Depth
1 hour
2 hour
3 hour
Time
WPF
Revit
CAD
Bio
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.NET Software Engineer
Structural Engineering background
Diverse development experience
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
WPF Advantages
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One skillset, many capabilities
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Control driven business apps (Windows Form, MFC, DCL)
 Rich document editing (PDF, RTF, XPS)
 2d graphics and drawing (GDI+)
 3d graphics (DirectX)
WPF Advantages
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Separation of code and markup
Improved tool support
Expression Blend 4 (designers)
Visual Studio 2010 (developers)
Markup Explained
2004
1990
XAML
2006
WPF Cautions
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Can increase development time
Fewer experienced developers
May have unfamiliar look and feel
Get the Tools
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Visual Studio 2010 (express is OK)
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Expression Blend 4
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http://www.microsoft.com/expression/try-it/
Kaxaml
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http://www.microsoft.com/express/Downloads/
http://kaxaml.com/
Autodesk SDK’s
Markup + Code Behind
XAML Markup
Code Behind (C#, VB.NET, etc.)
User Interface
Layout
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Many choices
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Canvas
Dock Panel
Stack Panel
Wrap Panel
Grid
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Adapt to screen size / resolution / DPI
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Less code required
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Negotiation for size and position
Dock Panel
TOP PANE
LEFT
PANE
DEFAULT PANE
Stack Panel
ITEM 1
ITEM 2
ITEM 3
ITEM 4
ITEM 5
ITEM 1
ITEM 2
ITEM 3
ITEM 4
Wrap Panel
ITEM 1
ITEM 3
ITEM 5
ITEM 2
ITEM 4
ITEM 1
ITEM 3
ITEM 4
ITEM 5
ITEM 2
Layout (demo)
Data Binding
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Map data to user interface
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Represent business data visually
 More than just text
 Bind UI elements together
 Support for 2-way binding
Database
Business Object
User Interface
Data Binding (demo)
Graphics
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Comprehensive 2d Graphics Support
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Vector Not Raster
 Brush Based
 Most Common Shapes + Paths
 Fully UI Integrated (Click, Mouse Over, etc.)
WPF Rounded
Corner
Rectangle
Animations
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Animate Almost all WPF Classes
Easy Parameterized Setup
Path Based Motion
Key Frame Recording
Subtle or Dramatic
WPF with AutoCAD
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See Fenton Webb presentation for many examples
Integration with Tool Palettes
Modeless and Modal dialog boxes
DataBinding to AutoCAD properties
WPF with Revit (demo)
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Get the Revit 2011 SDK
Creating a Revit project
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Required Libraries
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Implement Interface
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RevitAPI.dll – core database functionality
RevitAPIUI.dll – user interface integration
IExternalCommand – single command, run when clicked
IExternalApplication – application, starts and ends with Revit
Register Extension
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revit.ini – initialization file (deprecated)
*.addin – manifest file
Questions?
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