What happens when you put over 100 WPF enthusiasts in a chatroom with a dozen WPF team members. One boisterous and crazy chat session, that’s what.
Last December the WPF team decided to have a open chat about any WPF topic. I looked at my calendar and was surprised to see that I had no appointments that day and I wasn’t on the road either.
I was really interested in attending this chat. It’s hard to know who to to talk to at Microsoft about WPF issues and features. They have a lot of people working on WPF bits. There are a lot of technologies, under the WPF umbrella , spread across numerous teams. Anyway Microsoft has been having chat session with different dev teams for a while now. A couple weeks ago it was the WPF teams turn. Boy, were they surprised when we all showed up.
The week before Christmas, we had just over a hundred people show up for an online technical chat on the subject of WPF. We were both delighted by the turnout and overwhelmed by the great questions on all aspects of Windows Presentation Foundation. The moderators told us that this was one of the most popular chat sessions they’d been involved with (second only to a chat on IE 7), so we’re gratified by your support and interest.
Tim Sneath posted the transcript for the chat on his blog. I think there were about 200 questions answered during the hour long chat.
Read the transcript. Here’s a sample.
Kevin-okoboji [MSFT] (Expert):
Q: what is the decent number of items that we can show in listbox/listview etc before we see performance hit(I know it will depend on the Itemtemplates)
A: It does depend on the complexity of the templates and your expected usage. We virtualize the UI items, but as you scroll we add/remove new items to the tree–this is not free. What issues have you had?
Nick Kramer [msft] (Expert):
A: We’re currently working on fixing this
It’s kind of like looking at an unfiltered FAQ. At least you can see what other WPF developers want to know about WPF.