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What IDEs do you use for WPF design/development?

At Actipro we are always striving to improve IDE and designer support for our WPF control products. 

Now that Visual Studio 2008 has been out for some time with formal WPF support, we wanted to poll our user community to see if anyone is still using Visual Studio 2005 for development, or if everyone has basically moved onto Visual Studio 2008 for their development needs.

Our WPF control products currently install a sample project for VS 2005, however if nobody is using that version any more, we would like to migrate completely to Visual Studio 2008 projects only.

If you are a WPF application developer, please help guide our future WPF IDE support by answering a quick poll here:

Poll:  What IDEs do you use for WPF design/development?

It will only take a minute of your time... we appreciate the feedback!

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Where did my Ribbon go? Ribbon hides at run-time after designing with VS 2008

This is an issue that a couple customers have run into and emailed us on, so we wanted to post more about it. 


The scenario is that you drag a Ribbon onto a Window and everything shows up fine at design-time.    But when you go to run your application, you see a blank Window.

Why Did It Disappear?

What happened was that you probably clicked and dragged something somewhere in the Visual Studio designer that either:

  • Set the Width or Height of the Ribbon to an explicit size (very bad)
  • Set the Margin around the Ribbon to something that forces it to have a smaller than desired size
  • Did the above things to a direct container of Ribbon that affects its size

At run-time a feature of Ribbon is to collapses when there is not enough space for it.  You have full control over the threshold size at which this collapse occurs.  But one of the items in the list above would have caused this collapse code to kick in because the Ribbon is being forced smaller than desired.


To fix this problem, simply look at the XAML for your Ribbon tag and remove any Width/Height property settings.  Also check to ensure that a Margin isn't set that could be causing this.  Then run your application and everything should appear like you would expect since now the Ribbon is not being forced to a small size.

Why Does It Show at Design-Time?

In the designer we force Ribbon to stay expanded and ignore its normal run-time collapse behavior.  This is done so that you can properly visually design the Ribbon.

Further Reading

We also have a section explaining this issue in the Ribbon control's Troubleshooting topic in the product documentation.